Brass of the Month
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Copyright: Jon Bayliss
January 2013 -
Today it is set in a pavement of white marble fragments and consists of an inscription in an oval cartouche surrounded by scrolls and foliage, with an achievement set above it, all enclosed in a round-
While there are no other brasses from this workshop as large and elaborate as the Lister brass, a couple of others follow it in featuring inscriptions in cartouches. That to Francis Ratcliff of Sheffield Manor, died 1686, is placed murally near the Lister brass and that to Roger Newham of Inkersell is on the wall of Staveley church in Derbyshire. It must have been produced within a few months of his death on 4 June 1687, for below it as a pendant is a smaller plate to his wife Katherine, who died 17 November the same year and whom Roger's inscription names as one of the two people responsible for his monument.
The inscriptions at Sheffield and Staveley are at opposite ends of the group in terms of date, so there has been some evolution of the lettering style, even if we ignore the use of lower-
While the popularity of monumental brasses as memorials in the south-
From the mid 1660s to the late 1680s a particular style of lettering occurs on monumental brasses in the area, with particular concentrations in Sheffield Cathedral and Rotherham parish church. One example on the floor of the former stands out. It is the brass to Martha, daughter of Stephen Bright of Carbrooke and wife of William Lister of Thornton in Craven, who died on the ninth of September, 1663 aged 24. It is the earliest example by five years of this style I yet know but it is likely that it was laid down shortly after her death as her husband survived her by only three years. It is, however, possible that the memorial once included a separate inscription to William.
The Newham brass at Staveley
Detail of the Lister brass