Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hidden Henley

THE extravagant ornamental tomb in my picture looks like it belongs in a grand cathedral but

THE extravagant ornamental tomb in my picture looks like it belongs in a grand cathedral but in fact it can be found in the Knollys Chapel at the Church of St Nicholas in Rotherfield Greys.

Lavishly embellished with cherubs, vases, statues and gilding, this is the tomb of the Knollys family and includes effigies of Sir Francis Knollys and his wife, who was lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I, with kneeling figures of children to the sides. On the canopy above are Lord William and Lady Knollys at a prayer desk (above right).

The church is Grade II* listed and the chapel was added by William Knollys, first Earl of Banbury, owner of Greys Court, in 1605. It is well worth a visit.





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