Memorial: M5979

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, commemorating Sir William Heydon, d. 1592

Location

St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England

Transcript

‘D.G.H. MILITI GENEROSISSIMO. / NORF ADMIRALLIO QUONDAM & SUMMO VICECOMIT / LEGATO CONSULARI, ET IRENARCHAE. / D. ANNA H. UXOR. D.G. WOODHOUS MILITIS FILIA. / SUSPIRANS, & SPERANS, CONIUGALE HOC MONUMENTUM / SACROSANCTI AMORIS ERGO. / VIVENS POSUIT.’

‘VIVIT ANOS QUINQUAGINTA TRES MENSES OUATUOR / OBIT DECIMO NONO MESIS MARTII A:D 1593.'

Translation: ‘To Sir William Heydon a most noble Knight of Norfolk, once Admiral and High Sherif, Justice of the Peace - Lady Anne Heydon, his wife, daughter of Sir G Woodhouse, Knight, longing and hoping, has during her lifetime placed this monument in token of her faithful and undying love.
He lived fifty and three years and four months. Died on the 19th day of the month of March 1593.'

Details

Type: Wall memorial
Position: South aisle
Materials: Alabaster

People

Heydon, Sir William
Age: c. 53
Date of Death: 14/03/1593
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Admiralty Jurisdiction

Extra

Notes: The Heydon Memorial is unusual in that Sir William Heydon and his wife, Anne Woodhouse face south and not east. According to the Church History and Guide ‘... it seems likely that the memorial was made for the chancel but proved too large and was subsequently moved to the south aisle.’

Bibliography: St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe, A History & Guide, Richard Youngs 1972 and Emma Youngs 2018.

Photographer: Pippa Lacey