Ludlow Palmers
helping to conserve the fabric and treasures of St Laurence's
The Monuments of St Laurence's
Monument to Ambrosia Sidney

Ambrosia Sidney

Ambrosia Sidney, 4th daughter of Sir Henry Sidney died in 1574 aged 9. Her tomb is dated 1580 and stands on the south side of chancel.

Elaborate monuments to children at this time were uncommon, unless they were heirs or heiresses, and this seems an extraordinary display of parental love. ...read more...

The Townshend Monument

Robert and Alice Townshend

The substantial tomb chest, with painted effigies of Sir Robert Townshend and his wife, and figures of their twelve children around the sides, is set within an arched recess on the north side of the chancel, close to the altar.

Townshend, who died in 1556 became Chief Justice and member of the Council of the Marches. ...read more...

The Walter Monument

Edmund and Mary Walter

This large tomb enclosed by railings is on the south side of the chancel, next to the tomb of Ambrosia Sidney.

Walter, 1518-1594, came from Staffordshire, trained as a lawyer and was recommended to Sir Henry Sidney for the Council of the Marches. ...read more...

The Bridgeman Monument

John and Frances Bridgeman

This substantial table tomb in St John's chapel commemorates Bridgeman, 1568/9-1637/8, and his wife Frances Daunt who came from Gloucestershire.

He trained as a lawyer, became a member of the Council of the Marches in 1623 and was knighted. His numerous legal roles including acting as Recorder of Gloucester and Chief Justice of Chester, ...read more...

The Eure Monument

Mary Eure

The monument to Mary Eure née Dawnay, 1557-1612, was erected by her husband, Ralph Eure, 3rd Baron Eure, Lord President of the Marches from 1607 until his death in 1617, when he was buried next to his wife.

The monument is now in the south transept but was originally in a more prestigious position at the east end of the chancel, ...read more...

The Waties Monument

Edward and Martha Waties

The wall monument to the Waties is on the north side of the chancel. This type of memorial became popular from the later 16th century among professional people as it was less expensive or space consuming than the grand tomb chest

Edward Waties came from a local family based at Burway. He was a member of the Council of the Marches ...read more...