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Bottesford's effigiesBack in the 1990s one of the first 'major' publishing projects that I was involved with required taking photographs of every sepulchral effigy in Leicestershire and Rutland. All the historicial research had been completed by Maz Wade Matthews. But his photographs were taken on an Instamatic camera. Which didn't focus correctly.
Max and I would take a week off work every May and drive from church to church taking photographs using better cameras. After many years (!) the project was completed. By then it was possible to put a 'web site' on a CD-ROM and hope to sell it (better technology came along soon after... ). (Matthews 2002.)
The most impressive collection of such effigies in Leicestershire and Rutland is at Botteford. There examples of every style from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries. Locally only at Exton in Rutland has better examples, but there aren't as many.
The effigies are of the Manners family (the Earls of Rutland, with their seat at Belvoir Castle) and their antecedents.
As a quick-and-dirty way of sharing Max's information with you, here are the pages from the CD-ROM about Bottesford's effigies.
William Albini or Robert de Roos (1236 or 1285)
'Fair Maid of Normanton' (14th century)
William de Roos (1414)
John de Roos (1421)
Margaret de Roos (1439)
Thomas White (1698)
If you're not already familiar with these splendid sculptures then do visit Bottesford church.
When you arrive look up at the fascinating gargolyes. One of them is ringing a pair of handbells.
Inside the nave are some splendid corbels and 'springers' in the 'V' of the arches. There is also a rare seventeenth century font.
To get to Bottesford church you'll almost certainly pass the base of a medieval cross and the remains of stocks and a pillory (or whipping post).
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