Angels on Memorials

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Memorials inside churches

SO7137 : Memorial to John Hamilton Martin, Ledbury church by Julian P Guffogg
Angels watch over the baby John who died in 1851. Memorial by Thomas and Mary Thornycroft.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TF3675 : Memorial, St Leonards' church, South Ormsby by Julian P Guffogg
In memory of Charles Massingberd d.1835.
By Richard Westmacott Junior.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TG1728 : Memorial, St Andrew's church, Blickling by Julian P Guffogg
Memorial to William Schomberg Robert Kerr, 8th Earl of Lothian, born 1832 and died in 1870.
Monument sculpted by G. F. Watts, c.1878.
by Julian P Guffogg
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TG1728 : Wall Memorial, St Andrew's church, Blickling by J.Hannan
A white marble relief by A. G. Walker to Constance, widow of 8th Marquess of Lothian, d.1901.
She was responsible for funding the church restoration.
by J.Hannan
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SO9841 : Angel on Coventry memorial by Philip Halling
This is one of two angels flanking the effigy of the 1st Earl of Coventry in Elmley Castle church. The 1st Earl of Coventry's country seat was Croome Court and this magnificent memorial was meant to be placed in Croome church. The memorial was sculpted by William Stanton at the earl's widow and second wife Elizabeth (nee Grimes), however, due to a despute between the earl's sons and Elizabeth, the family wouldn't allow the memorial to be placed at Croome. The despute arose after the death of the earl's first wife, Winifred, when he married one of his servants Elizabeth, who at 25 years old was more than forty years his junior. She was the niece of his house keeper and the sister of a Thames waterman. She claimed her name was Elizabeth Graham. After the death at 70 of the 1st Earl on 15 July, 1699, she inherited a large amount of his estate and within a few months married Thomas Savage of Elmley Castle, hence the memorial tomb of her first husband was placed in Elmley Castle church.
by Philip Halling

SO7137 : John Hamilton-Martin memorial by Richard Croft
Angels watch over baby John who died in 1851, his memorial made by Thomas & Mary Thornycroft LinkExternal link in St.Michael & All Angel's church
by Richard Croft

SU0835 : Great Wishford - Weeping Angel by Colin Smith
Detail on the Grobham Memorial within St Giles Church.
by Colin Smith

SU7197 : Detail of the Angels by Bill Nicholls
Closer view of the two angels on the tomb in the chapel at St Margaret, Lewknor.
by Bill Nicholls

SO7137 : St Michael and All Angels, Ledbury by Philip Pankhurst
Memorial to William Miles, died 1803, by John Flaxman.
by Philip Pankhurst

TR0420 : Memorial to Ann Russell, All Saints' church, Lydd by Julian P Guffogg
Died in 1780 aged 31, also to her son Henry 1781, aged 4.
The sculpture shows the mother giving her child to the angels.
by Julian P Guffogg
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SK9136 : Memorial to Sir Dudley Ryder, St Wulfram's church by J.Hannan-Briggs
Rt Hon. Sir Dudley Ryder was Solicitor General, Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Kings Bench 1754. He became Baron of Harrowby, but he died the following day, so the honour was passed to his son.
He married Anne Newnham in 1733, and had just one son, Nathaniel.
He died in 1756 aged 65.
by J.Hannan-Briggs
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SK9799 : Detail of Memorial to William Aubrey de Vere, Redbourne church by J.Hannan-Briggs
William Aubrey de Vere Beauclark, 9th Duke of St Albans. (1801-1849). Married Harriet Mellon (1777-1837) of London, then Elizabeth Gubbins (1818-1893) of St Leonards on Sea at Harby. They had three children, William, Diana and Charlotte.
by J.Hannan-Briggs
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SK3140 : Monument to Lord and Lady Curzon in All Saints' Church by David Dixon
There are 35 monuments to members the Curzon family in the church; these include free-standing tombs, wall monuments and floor tablets. They date from the 13th to the 20th centuries. In 1906, after the untimely death of his wife Mary, Lord George Curzon commissioned GF Bodley to design a memorial chapel. The north wall of the nave was removed and the chapel was constructed over a large burial vault.

This memorial chapel contains the largest of the Curzon family memorials in the church. It is a free-standing tomb which bears the effigies of the 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, who died in 1925, and his wife Mary. It is a table tomb in white marble; two angels holding the crown of life lean over the effigies. The memorial, with the recumbent effigies of Lord and Lady Curzon, is in white Serravezzo marble on a black base, while the floor is in green Aventurine, a quartz from the Urals, chosen by Lord Curzon to contrast with the white tomb.

LinkExternal link Churches Conservation Trust
by David Dixon
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Other memorials and architectural decoration

SU7856 : Elvetham - Church of St Mary - Carved stone angel by Rob Farrow
A close-up of one of the carved angels seen in SU7856 : Elvetham - Church of St Mary - Angels and buttresses
Full view of church SU7856 : Elvetham - Church of St Mary (deconsecrated)
See also shared description below.
by Rob Farrow
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NS4863 : The Russell Institute by Thomas Nugent
The striking bronze guardian angel on the corner, high above the main door. The robe of the angel depicts the Christian symbol of a pelican feeding her young with her own blood.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS4863 : Above the entrance of the Russell Institute by Lairich Rig
Not an angel, but similar to one.


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