Cadaver Tombs

Hemingbrough, North Yorkshire.


Cadaver Effigy in the Church of St Mary, Hemingbrough.

 

Cadaver Effigy , St Mary's Hemingbrough, North Yorks. Photo: Tim Scott, 2001

 

This cadaver effigy does not seem to be associated with any tomb, although it may have been, as items have been removed historically from St. Mary's. It was dislocated as such in 1888, as Thomas Burton Esq wrote in his "History and Antiquities of Hemingbrough":

...The second object is an example of a corpse in its winding-sheet, very crudely carved, and similar to others which may be seen in various churches in the country. They were not monumental, but in tended for the payment of money and to give solemnity and security to oaths and promissory engagements. Originally there was a slab over these figures upon which money was paid. 'As I am so shall you be' was the message to the oath-taker -a solemn warning against false swearing and fraud...

 

Cadaver Effigy , St Mary's Hemingbrough, North Yorks. Photo: Tim Scott, 2001

 

With thanks to Tim Scott

 

external link:Tim Scott's Hemingbrough page.


 

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