The mystery of the third leg :
Sir Richard Pembridge who died in 1375, fought at the battles of Crecy and Poitiers and was made a Knight of the Garter by King Edward 111.
His epitaph is a fine alabaster tomb and effigy in Hereford Cathedral. Originally the effigy correctly showed him wearing the Garter insignia only on his left leg. However, following damage during the Civil War, the right leg was replaced, but the wooden replacement wrongly included the garter. In the 19th century the wooden replacement was replaced by a new alabaster leg without the garter, and the incorrect wooden leg now stands nearby.
Following the collapse of the older church in 1788, St Chad’s Church at Shrewsbury was built 1790-92, incorporating Classical Greek features. The site and plan caused much controversy as circular churches were unfamiliar in England and furthermore part of the town walls had to be demolished. A simple grave slab in the churchyard declares it to be that of Ebenezer Scrooge and it is indeed a fake. In fact it was a film prop when the church was featured in the film ‘Christmas Carol’ which was filmed in Shrewsbury and the crew left it in situe.
Thanks Andy. Nice to hear your tale of yore.
Between 1788 and 1862 an unusual weather vane graced the top of the spire of St Peter’s church in the shape of a huge key, a symbol of St Peter. The vane was removed in 1862 during George Gilbert Scott’s renovations and is now preserved inside the church.
Ye Olde Cross Inn in Narrowgate at Alnwick in Northumberland is also known as ‘The Dirty Bottles’. This is due to some old bottles which have been sealed up in the front window for some 200 years. The story goes that the landlord at that time was putting the bottles in the window space when he dropped dead. His wife declared that there was a curse on the bottles and if anybody attempted to move them, they too would drop dead and the bottles have remained untouched since then