January 11, 2007

Audrey Poyntz, c.1610

The most spectacular of the memorials is that of Sir Gabriel Poyntz [1538-1607] and his wife Etheldrada or Audrey. Their effigies are carved in red-veined alabaster which had been imported from France and carved by Gerard Johnson of the Southwark School in about 1610. They rest beneath a painted and carved canopy of the heavens [see pictures] on which the word Yahweh is inscribed in Arabic script to indicate that Sir Gabriel claimed to have served in a crusade.

St. Mary Magdalene, North Ockendon, Essex

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