My research tells me that this is a Flemish brass of Simon of Wensley, who was the rector at Holy Trinity in Wensley between 1361-94. He is shown in his mass vestments with a chalice on his chest. The brass is full length but I’ve chosen not to include all of it here.
Simon was rector when Edward III and Richard II were on the English throne and would have been a survivor from the Black Death
Apparently, the church itself has parts of it’s structure that date back to the 13th Century.
This brass brought to mind a brass rubbing that I completed at Westminster Abbey in June 1976. I was attending a conference in London and for some reason the Abbey had a collection of brasses in the lower level. I wandered down the steps and there was an artist completing a brass rubbing. I was intrigued and asked if I could buy some materials from him to do one myself. I decided to do a rubbing of an early 14th century knight, Sir Robert de Bures from Acton, Suffolk, England. I believe his original brass is still in the local church in Acton. I was patient with the process and about three hours later I was finished. I had the rubbing framed and it looks quite smart, and now hangs in my son’s home. It is a beautiful brass which captures the full regalia of a military knight, with his armor, shield, sword, etc. The artist that captured his image was very respectful of all the details of Sir Robert’s military wardrobe. He truly provided later generations with a wonderful insight into their culture and how a well positioned knight would look. An artist indeed. Thanks for the shot and the memory.
🙂 – Brass rubbing is something I’ve never really been attracted to – not sure I’d have the patience! Though I’m certain such care promotes careful observation of the details – where we might give a cursory glance and pass by.
Many of the monuments I see give valuable insights in to fashion/convention of their time – unfortunately this seldom includes ‘the common man’.
I’m always pleased to learn that one of my images prompts a memory, especially when associated with somebody’s ‘a moment in time’. Thank you.
We have just had a rubbing of Sir Simon de Wensley framed that my wife completed on a visit to my native Yourkshire in 1972. I understand rubbings are now no longer permitted.
Mike Spence Victoria BC Canada April 2022
Well done! It’s easy to discard such things through the passage of time.
Whether rubbings are still permitted I can’t commment.
All the best.