TF2157 : Brass of William Symson, Holy Trinity church, Tattershall

taken 10 years ago, near to Tattershall, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Brass of William Symson, Holy Trinity church, Tattershall
Brass of William Symson, Holy Trinity church, Tattershall
This brass, the most modest surviving at Tattershall, comprises a 22 Ĺ inches high figure of a priest in mass vestments standing on a flowery mound. The plate inscription beneath the figure reads:
Hic facet d(omi)n(u)s Wilelmus Symson Capellanus Edwardi Heuyn qui obijt v_die Me(n)s(is) Septembris A(nno) d(omi)ni M CCCCC xix cui(us) a(n)i(m)e p(ro)piciet(ur) de(us) amen.
(Here lies Sir William Symson, Chaplain to Edward Hevyn, who died 5th of September AD 1519, on whose soul may God have mercy Amen).
The brass has been separated from its indent, which survives intact in the nave floor.
The figure is a standard product of London series D dating from c 1490, but the inscription was engraved by another London workshop after Symson died in 1519. Two explanations are possible. Symson may have ordered the figure in his lifetime, with his executors adding the inscription later. Alternatively, the workshop re-used an old figure from a monument, which had been displayed, probably from a London church, to provide a low-cost brass for Symsonís executors. Given Symsonís relatively low status, the latter is more likely!

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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 18 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
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Holy Trinity 
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Tattershall 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 2120 5758 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:6.0997N 0:11.4713W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 2120 5758
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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