SP3211 : The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall and the Church, Minster Lovell

taken 5 years ago, near to Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall and the Church, Minster Lovell
The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall and the Church, Minster Lovell
The Hall - The hall was built by William Lovell around 1440. The manor house then changed hands several times. In 1602 the house was bought by the Coke family who stayed here in the early 18th century. The Cokes abandoned this hall and built a new mansion at Holkham Hall, in Norfolk. Minster Lovell hall was dismantled by 1747.
The Church - William, 7th Baron Lovell, settled in Minster Lovell in 1431 and demolished the 12th century house and church. He built a new manor house and this parish church in 1450. The ruins of the manor house may still be seen behind the church. St Kenelm's Church has remained virtually unaltered since construction in 1450. It was built on the foundations of an earlier priory minster, which explains the unusual cruciform shape, with central tower.
Monuments include an inscription in the north transept to John Vampage (d. 1466), connected to the Lovells by marriage, and the flat stone tomb of Henry Heylyn, with his family arms and a Latin eulogy. Most notable is an alabaster monument with an effigy of a knight, either William (d. 1455) or John Lovell (d. 1465); the tomb has no inscriptions.
St Kenelm was a Saxon prince, and the name "Minster" in the name of the village suggests that the village may have had a Saxon minster. The suffix "Lovell" was added to the name from the 13th century when William Lovell held land here.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 10 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3240 1136 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.9971N 1:31.8931W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3245 1130
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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