THE BRADSHAW MEMORIAL, ST ALKMUNDS CHURCH, Duffield, Derbyshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on December 7, 2011

The Bradshaw Memorial.

Roy Pledger on January 2, 2012

In about 1600, Anthonie Bradshaw erected his own memorial in his parish church at Duffield in Derbyshire. Although he described it as a ‘little monument’ it was in fact 12 feet tall and commemorated his living self, his two wives and his (then) 20 children. Born of an old Derbyshire family, Bradshaw became a successful London lawyer before returning to his native Derbyshire. His monument is of sandstone, with obelisks and rusticated pillars, and is inset with alabaster panels. They are full of inscribed information, some in Latin and some in English, about Bradshaw and his family. He and his family are portrayed in half-figure incisions identified by initials with full names above and at the foot of the monument is an acrostic of his name. The whole thing is topped with his coat of arms and crest. One thing missing is the date of his death in 1614. Bradshaw had a further three children before he died. The monument was restored in 2002.

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