Monumental Brass Society

Theft of brass at Itchen Stoke, Hampshire

The brass effigy commemorating Joan, wife of John Batmanson, 1518, from Itchen Stoke, Hampshire (LSW.I) was stolen in December 2015. This London G style figure (475 x 155 mm) was thought to have been in the private possession of Lord Ashburton when Rev. Herbert Haines published his List in 1861. The plate was returned and inserted into the nave wall when the new church was built in 1866. The church was declared redundant in 1973 and vested with The Churches Conservation Trust two years later.

Members with any information are asked to contact Martin Stuchfield, Hon. Conservation Officer ( or The Crime Bureau via the non-emergency police number 101 quoting crime reference number (Hampshire 44150427948). The accompanying five-line English inscription and the kneeling effigy of a lady, engraved c.1525 (LSW.II), remain in-situ.


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