TF1194 : Tomb of Brayboef, St Mary's church

taken 7 years ago, near to Claxby, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Tomb of Brayboef, St Mary's church
Tomb of Brayboef, St Mary's church
13th Century tomb. Possibly founder of the church.
St Mary's church, Claxby
The village is in the Domesday Book as “Clachesby” and the church is also mentioned.
The present church building dates from the Early English period of architecture, the late 1100s. The Nave, north Aisle and Chancel are all of this period. The clerestory windows were added later and on the north side one can still see the stones on which the original roof timbers rested. The two arches on the north side of the nave are Early English while those on the south are Victorian.
The Early English chancel arch has two very big and rude corbel-heads! One sticks his tongue out while his raised arms hold the arch. The other distorts his mouth with both hands.
The walls of the chancel are not parallel with those of the Nave – looking from the west end towards the altar the chancel veers noticeably to the south. This happens in too many cruciform churches to be written off as accidental, but the real reason for it is not known. A pious suggestion is that it could represent the head of Christ as it dropped off the cross. Some suggest that the walls of the chancel are built on the foundations of an older building which were not discovered until the nave had been started.
The church was extensively restored in 1871 at a cost of £1500 of which the Rector took responsibility for £900. The work was carried out under the supervision of Mr James Fowler of Louth, a notable architect in Church restoration which at this time was so fashionable. The whole of the nave and chancel were re-roofed, the south aisle and vestry added and the north doorway blocked. The organ chamber, pulpit, font and reredos were added at this time. In addition most of the windows were altered, and the present stained glass installed (except for the modern glass in the tower window). The oak chancel screen was erected in 1877.
The tomb of the founder of the church, named Brayboeuf, was moved from the south side of the sanctuary to its present position on the north side. There is some carving on the top of the tomb but it is difficult to discern. The large Elizabethan monument on the south side of the chancel was erected in 1605 in memory of John Witherwick who was Lord of the Manor and who died in 1595. The records show this family to have been patrons of the living of Normanby on the Hill and Claxby from 1383 until at least 1540. After this no patrons names are recorded for Claxby until 1635. Eventually the estate passed to the Markhams, who were Roman Catholics, then to the Tunstalls, the Clifford Constables and finally the Earls of Yarborough (also known as the Pelhams).
During redecoration in 1967 most of the heavy Victorian painting which had covered most of the nave walls was removed leaving only that over the chancel arch on the east wall of the nave.
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TF1194, 78 images   (more nearby )
Contributed by
Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 28 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Church (from Tags)
St Marys 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1112 9457 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.1724N 0:19.7256W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1112 9458
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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