Saturday, 28th September 2019
This meeting, to be held in association with the Rector and Churchwardens of St. Mary the Virgin, Church, Walthamstow and the Walthamstow Historical Society, will commence at 11.15a.m. with an optional short walk focusing on the medieval village of Walthamstow conducted by Neil Houghton, Hon. Secretary of the Walthamstow Historical Society. It is also hoped to visit the 15th century Ancient House (subject to occupancy). The formal meeting will start at 2.00p.m. in the church with Neil Houghton speaking on A History of St. Mary’s Church and the parish of Walthamstow. Tea and an opportunity to view the five medieval brasses and monuments including one by the renowned sculptor, Nicholas Stone, will follow. The afternoon will conclude with a talk on the brasses by Martin Stuchfield.
The church is located in Church Lane/Church End. The postcode for satellite navigation is London E17 9RJ. The nearest station is Walthamstow Central on the Victoria underground line. The church is a walking distance of 0.4 miles (9 minutes) due east from the station along St. Mary’s Lane.
Saturday, 26th October 2019
This meeting, to be held in association with the Vicar and Churchwardens of St. Mary’s Church, Willesden and the Willesden Historical Society, will continue the popular series of visits to Middlesex churches. Margaret Pratt and Cliff Wadsworth of the Willesden Historical Society will open the formal part of the meeting with A History of St. Mary’s Church and the parish of Willesden. Philip Whittemore will, once again, speak on the brasses. Finally, Nicholas Rogers will speak on Edmund Roberts of Willesden and his Book of Hours.
It is proposed to produce a comprehensively illustrated booklet that will be available free to members attending the meeting.
The church is located at the junction of Church Road, High Road and Neasden Lane. The postcode for satellite navigation is London NW10 2TS. The nearest station is Neasden on the Jubilee underground line. The church is a walking distance of 0.4 miles (9 minutes) due south from the station along Neasden Lane.
Saturday, 28th March 2020
The first meeting of 2020 will be held at Holy Trinity church in the delightful Northamptonshire town of Rothwell. The speakers will include Ann Rowlett who will focus on the monumental brass commemorating Owen Ragesdale, 1591, founder of Jesus Hospital (M.S.III).
Further details will be available shortly.
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, 18th July 2020
Saffron Walden, Essex (subject to confirmation)
Further details will be available shortly.
Friday, 25th September 2020
King's Lynn, Norfolk
Arrangements are in hand for the Society’s Conference to be held at King's Lynn.
On the Friday afternoon it is planned to visit the Minster church of St. Margaret.
It is proposed to have a keynote talk on the Friday evening and five presentations
on the Sunday focused on the theme of ‘Status and Display’.
An excursion is being organised for the Saturday that will include visits to the churches at Narborough, Rougham and South Acre.
Accomodation will be centred on the Duke’s Head with delegates able to make alternative arrangements. The event is being jointly organised with the Church Monuments Society.
Further details and a booking form will be available shortly.
Saturday, 17th October 2020
Trotton lies in a bend on the river Rother, between Midhurst and Petersfield. St George’s parish church, Trotton, ‘has one of the finest interiors in Sussex’ (Arthur Mee) with three impressive monuments.
On the west wall, 14th century paintings depict the Last Judgement, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Works of Mercy.
The brass to Margaret Camoys, c.1310, is ‘the oldest existing female brass’ (Pevsner). The face is life-like, the gown flowing, and there is a small dog at her feet. Indents in her gown and within the canopy once contained shields, proudly proclaiming her identity.
The second brass is to Thomas, Lord Camoys (d.1421) and his wife, Elizabeth Mortimer (d.1417), widow of Harry ‘Hotspur’ Percy. Camoys fought at Agincourt with Henry V. This brass is ‘one of the biggest and most ornate and best preserved brasses in England’ (Pevsner).
Other monuments include the tomb chest of Sir Roger Lewknor (d.1478), husband of Eleanor Camoys, the granddaughter of Lord Camoys.
There will be talks by Jessica Barker, Nigel Saul and Jennifer Ward.
Refreshments will be provided.
Petersfield is the nearest station for Trotton. Transport to and from the station will be available upon request.