The church of St Martin at Lowthorpe near Driffield in East Yorkshire was a Collegiate Church until 1547 when it became the parish church and in the late 18th century the church was reduced to the current standing of the medieval nave, leaving the old chancel in ruins. An entry in the parish register for 26th August 1711 tells that Frances Rokeby donated a large gold wedding ring bearing the inscription ‘Obey and Rule’, “With use of all such, as shall come to be married at the said church and are un-provided with a ring.”
A striking 14th century gravestone can be seen inside the church, having been removed from the ruined chancel for preservation. It depicts the figures of a man and a woman draped in a cover, over which a tree is growing. Shields are at the roots of the tree and at the ends of its branches are the heads of 13 children, 7 sons on the male side and 6 daughters wearing caps, on the female side. It is thought to commemorate Sir Thomas de Heslerton, his wife Alice and their children.
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Photo taken in Harpham, East Riding of Yorkshire YO25, UK
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