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HER Number:MDV2365
Name:Slanning Memorial at St Mary’s Parish Church, Bickleigh


Site of 16th century Slanning monumenl at St Mary’s parish church in Bickleigh


Grid Reference:SX 520 623
Map Sheet:SX56SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBickleigh (SH)
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBICKLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SW/1/8

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COMMEMORATIVE STONE (XVI to XVIII - 1501 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Jones, W., 1887, The Slannings of Leye, Bickleigh and Maristow, 457-8 (Article in Serial). SDV162368.

St Mary’s parish church in Bickleigh. Slanning monument. In 1838, on rebuilding of church, a drawing of the original monument was made by Rev. W J Coppard. It shows that the monument was in four compartments: the upper contained the Slanning crest and a shield impaling the Slanning arms with those of Champernown ("gules, a saltire vairy between 12 billets or"); the second compartment contained the entablature, on the frieze of which were three shields, with the Slanning arms impaled on each: on the shield on right with Cruwys, -"azure, a bend argent between 6 escallops or"; on the shield on the left with Maynard, -"argent, a chevron gules between 3 sinister hands gules"; and on the centre shield with the following coat, "azure, within a bordure engrailed or a chevron or between 3 fleurs-de-lis or, which may be that of Horstons"; the third compartment contained the Latin inscription under an arch, resting on a tablet on the heads of two sons and a daughter of the deceased. Below the children the two recumbent effigies, and the lowest contained a death's head with the legend "o man remember thy end" between two shields, Slanning and Champernown arms. Right side of monument: upper compartment contained a tablet, with the legend "fear god", and figure of death striking the deceased with a dagger. Separate shields of Slanning and Champernowne on frieze. All that was preserved of the original monument consists of portions of the front. Other details: Plate.

Worthy, C., 1889, Devonshire Parishes (Article in Serial). SDV338449.

The Slanning memorial, or rather what is left of it being the inscription commemorates the death of Gamaliel Slanning by the sword of Sir John Fitze. There were originally arabesques and figures in plaster among which was a skeleton attacking a corpulent personage. But when the tablet was removed for restoration all this fell to pieces.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon (Monograph). SDV17562.

Gray, V., 1982, Untitled Source (Un-published). SDV336191.

Memorial stone in situ with inscription.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon (Monograph). SDV325629.

Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T., 1998, Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal, 69 (Report - non-specific). SDV319814.

All that remains of original memorial is an inscription recording death of Gamaliel Slanning in duel with Sir John Fitz of Fitzford, Tavistock in 1599. In 1838 this was incorporated with memorial brass to Nicholas Slanning into existing monument above south door of church. Helmet & gauntlet of Gamaliel's son, Nicholas, who was killed in civil war at siege of Bristol in 1643, are placed on top of memorial.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV162368Article in Serial: Jones, W.. 1887. The Slannings of Leye, Bickleigh and Maristow. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 19. A5 Hardback. 457-8.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback.
SDV319814Report - non-specific: Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T.. 1998. Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.60. A4 Stapled + Digital. 69.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume.
SDV336191Un-published: Gray, V.. 1982. Parish Checklist.
SDV338449Article in Serial: Worthy, C.. 1889. Devonshire Parishes. Devonshire Parishes. 2. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV2357Part of: St Mary's Parish Church, Bickleigh (Building)
MDV2363Related to: Slanning Memorial at St Mary’s Parish Church, Bickleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 6 2008 12:40PM