Cadaver Tombs

Church of St James the Great, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.


Photographs by P. Fairweather. 16-Aug-1986.

 

In the South Chapel now known as the Gainsborough Chapel.

Father Sir Baptist Hicks died without any sons and was permitted to pass his honours and titles to the husband of his eldest daughter whose family name was Noel and thus her descendants bear the name Noel and they became the Earls of Gainsborough.

Photographs by P. Fairweather. 16-Aug-1986.

On the South side of the chapel is the fine memorial to Juliana Hicks and her Husband Edward Noel, Lord and Lady Campden. Hardly Cadavers in the normal sense They stand dressed in shrouds in the door of a marble cupboard with the doors ajar ready to emerge on the sound of the last trump.This is supposed to be representing the Resurrection. They clasp hands and both wear their coronets. This monument is by Joshua Marshall,1664 "Master Mason to Charles II. (At The sign of The Hand and Starre in Fleet Street.London.) The Epitaphs are lettered on the inside of the doors and tradition says that they remained closed until after the death of Lady Juliana. Sir Edward Noel fell at Oxford whilst fighting for Charles I.

Left Hand Panel Reads: Right Hand Panel Reads:
THIS MONUMENT
IS ERECTED TO PRESERVE
THE MEMORY AND PORTRAIT
OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE
SR. EDWARD NOEL VICOUNT CAMPDEN,
BARON NOEL OF RIDLINGTON
A LORD
OF HEROIK HIGH PARTS & PRESENCE.

HE WAS KNIGHT BANNERET
IN THE WARRS OF IRELAND
ANNO 1611.
HE WAS AFTERWARDS MADE
BARON OF RIDLINGTON
THE OTHER TITLES CAME TO HIM
BY THE RIGHT OF DAME JULIANA HIS WIFE
WHO STANDS COLLATERALL TO HIM
IN THIS MONUMENT
A LADY
OF EXTRAORDINARY GREAT
ENDOWMENTS BOTH OF VERTUE
AND FORTUNE

THIS GOODLY LORD
DIED AT OXFORD AT YE BEGINNING
OF THE LATE FATALL CIVIL WARRS
WHITHER HE WENT TO SERVE
& ASSIST HIS SOVUERAIN PRINCE
CHARLES THE FIRST
AND SO WAS EXALTED
TO THE KINGDOM OF GLORY
8o Martii 1642.
THE LADY JULIANA
ELDEST DAUGHTER AND COHEIRE
(OF THAT MIRROR OF HISTIME)
SR. BAPTIST HICKS, VISCOUNT CAMPDEN,
SHE WAS MARRIED
TO THAT NOBLE LORD
WHO IS HERE ENGRAVEN BY HER,
BY WHOM SHE HAD BAPTIST
LORD VICOUNT CAMPDEN NOW LIVING
(WHO IS BLESSED
WITH A NUMEROUS & GALLANT ISSUE)
HENRY HER SECOND SON
DIED A PRISONER
FOR HIS LOYALTY TO HIS PRINCE.
HER ELDEST DAUGHTER ELIZABETH
WAS MARRIED
TO JOHN VICOUNT CHAWORTH.
MARY HER SECOND DAUGHTER
TO THE VERY NOBLE KNIGHT
SR. ERASMUS DE LA FONTAINE.
PENELOPE
HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
DIED A MAYD
THIS EXCELLENT LADY
FOR THE PIOUS
AND UNPARALLELLD AFFECTONS
SHE RETAIND TO THE MEMORY
OF HER DECEASED LORD
CAUSED THIS STATELY MONUMENT
TO BE ERECTED IN HER LIFE TIME
IN SEPTEMBER
ANNO DOMN 1664

 

 

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