SZ7798 : SS Peter & Paul - Monument - The Resurrection

taken 4 years ago, near to West Wittering, West Sussex, Great Britain

SS Peter & Paul - Monument - The Resurrection
SS Peter & Paul - Monument - The Resurrection
This is the older of two fine monuments thought to date from the mid C16th, though appearing older - and described as "fine C15th tombs" in the EH listing for the church LinkExternal link
It is thought that at least one, and possibly both monuments are to William Ernley who died in 1545, although an alternative theory is that this older example was commissioned by him for his first wife, Elizabeth, who died in 1528.
It represents the Resurrection in the centre with angels bearing shields on either side. It is these shields that have led to the identification with the Ernley family. Note that the shield on the right (as viewed) is "halved" - that is to say that the armorial devices of two different shields have been combined - the dexter (left as viewed) side being the same bearings as shown on their own on the shield on the left. The sinister (right as viewed) side of the right hand shield being of a different set of bearings. Such "halved" shields are indicative of a combining of two noble families - that is to say, by marriage. This lends strength, in my opinion, to the idea that this entire monument is to William's wife, Elizabeth - or possibly was originally intended for both of them. See the accompanying (younger and smaller) monument here SZ7798 : SS Peter & Paul - Monument - The Risen Christ
For a fuller description of both of these monuments, see the Sussex Parish Churches website here (about halfway down) LinkExternal link
West Wittering - SS Peter & Paul
The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in West Wittering dates from the C12th, the nave being from quite early 1100s while the Lady Chapel is from nearer to the end of that century. The following century saw the addition of the chancel and the tower, while the porch was not added until the C15th.
The tower contains a bell cage dated to about 1500.
Inside the church are a number of interesting things; most notable are two fine C16th monuments - either both are to William Ernley ( 1545), or one may be to his first wife Elizabeth who died 17 years before him in 1528. The monument(s) to William were built by his second wife, Bridget. (For more details see the write-ups against the relevant photographs). These monuments are of the so-called Selsey style. (Selsey Bill is only a few miles away).
The church also contains a C13th marble slab with an incised crozier, usually denoting a bishop. It is thought that this was carved by masons from nearby Chichester Cathedral.
The oldest artifact in the church however, is undoubtedly the font, which is thought to date from Saxon times, making it over 1000 years old. There is also a gable-end cross (displayed in a case) which is thought to date from the earlier Saxon church which would have stood here.
The church is EH Grade I listed LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 September, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 September, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
West Wittering 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 7770 9840 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:46.7989N 0:53.9563W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 7770 9840
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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