TG0443 : Brass to John & Agnes Symondes, St Margaret's church

taken 8 years ago, near to Newgate, Norfolk, Great Britain

Brass to John & Agnes Symondes, St Margaret's church
Brass to John & Agnes Symondes, St Margaret's church
Brass to John (d.1511, a Merchant, and his wife Agnes (d.1508) shown in their shrouds with children below. (William, Raufe, Aleyn, John, Cecily, Anne, Agnes and Rose). The inscriptions are upside down so that a passer by could read without turning their back on the altar at the east end of the aisle.
The brass is incomplete.
St Margaret's church, Cley next the Sea

Grade I listed

The south porch is dated between 1405 and 1414 and contains a wealth of heraldry carved in stone including shields for the de Roos family who were patrons of Cley for nearly 300 years.
The nave has some beautifully carved poppy heads from the 15th century and eleven remarkable cinquefoil windows in the clerestory which retain fragments of medieval glass.
There are 6 bay north and south aisles.

The font, dated from the mid 15th century, depicts the Seven Sacraments. The lower part of the tower dates from the 12th century and was heightened in later years. The chancel contains 13th century two-light fork windows one of which is reset with 15th century stained glass.
There are six misericords under seats in the chancel and the carvings are not as old as the seats themselves. There are still a number of brasses on the floor of the nave. There are two generic monkey figures on top of the pinnacles to the south east and south west corners of the south aisle.

Behind the organ in the south aisle is a brass to John Symondes (1511) and his wife Agnes (1508) represented in their shrouds with the words “now thus”. Beneath them are their children: William, Raufe, Aleyn, John, Cecily, Anne, Agnes and Rose. The inscriptions are quaintly arranged so that they appear upside down in order that they should be read by the passer by without turning his back on the altar that stood at the east end of this aisle.
On the wall is a brass to Robert Taylar (1578) is an interesting example of a palimpsest brass.
The reverse side suggests the canopy of a foreign brass of an earlier period and may well be the work of an apprentice as the engraving is of poor quality.
There is also a brass at the west end of the south aisle with a male figure and a group of six sons and they are all that remains of a fine civilian brass (c1450). A further brass of 4 daughters, which fits neatly into this civilian brass, is now in the custody of the Archaeology Department of the Norfolk Museum Service and is only available for viewing on request.
(info from Church Guide Book)

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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 16 February, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Cley Next the Sea 
Church (from Tags)
St Margarets 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 0484 4312 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:56.7809N 1:2.8418E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 0484 4312
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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