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Ashbourne, St. Oswald's Parish Church - Interior
Looking towards the altar

Above is the view of the chancel from the nave. This picture was a familiar site to anyone who boarded at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School. When the pupils attended Sunday Matins they sat in the pews almost level with where the photographer would have stood to take this picture.

St. Oswald's chancel is mostly Early English in style but there is a Perpendicular east window above the altar. There is no north aisle next to the nave but the south aisle is divided from the nave by four Decorated arches on "handsome" columns, some of which are shown on the right.

The brass lectern, in the crossing, was presented to the church in 1878 by the grandchildren of Lady Bent, in her memory[1]. A peal of 8 bells, dating from 1815, are in the tower above the crossing as well as an ancient sanctus bell. Although the bell ropes can't be seen, the bell ringers (campanologists) assemble below the tower.

Capital in the South Arcade
  On the left of the picture, on the far side of the buttress, is the north transept and a small part of the Boothby Chapel can be seen on the far side. Many of the churches important monuments and tombs are to be found both inside and just outside the Boothby Chapel.

Monument to Penelope Boothby, Boothby Chapel, North Transept

Penelope Boothby

When Penelope died her parents commissioned this wonderful white marble tomb from Thomas Banks, R.A. According to Pevsner, Queen Caroline is supposed to have cried when she saw the statue at the Royal Academy exhibition[2]. Charles Cox remarked that "this exquisite work of art has been often described, but by no one more successfully than by the Rev. D. P. Davies, in 1811"[3].

"Nobody ought ever to overlook this tomb, as it is, perhaps, the most interesting and pathetic object in England. Simplicity and elegance appeal in the workmanship; tenderness and innocence in the image. On a marble pedestal and slab, like a low table, is a mattress, with a child lying on it, both being cut out of white marble. Her cheek, expressive of suffering mildness, reclines on a pillow; and her little fevered hands gently rest on each other, near to her head. The plain and only drapery is a frock, the skirt flowing easily out before, and a ribbon sash, the knot twisted forward, as it were, by the restlessness of pain, and the two ends spread out in the same direction as the frock. The delicate naked feet are carelessly folded over each other, and the whole appearance is, as if she had just turned, in the tossings of her illness, to seek a cooler or easier place of rest. The man whom this does not affect, wants one of the finest sources of genuine sensibility; his heart cannot be formed to relish the beauties, either of nature or art"[4].

The inscriptions round the monument are in English, Latin, French, and Italian. The English version reads:-

I was not in safety, neither had I rest, & the trouble came.
Only child of Sir Brooke Boothby, and Dame Susannah Boothby.
Born April 11th, 1785, died March 13th, 1791.
She was, in form and intellect, most exquisite.
The unfortunate Parents ventured their all on this frail Bark,
and the wreck was total[3].

Two of the Cockayne family, Boothby Chapel

Edmund Cockayne
(alabaster on freestone altar tomb)
Edmund, the son of John Cockayne, lies next to his father. He was slain at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1404 and his body was, reputedly, returned to Ashbourne for burial. He is dressed in the knightly attire of the period, with a pointed bassinet on his head[3].
Sir John Cockayne and his wife
(alabaster altar tomb)
Sir John, shown here with his first wife Jane daughter of Sir John Dabridgecourt of Strathfield Saye, died in 1447. He is wearing armour from the reigns of Henry V and VI whilst his wife's clothing dates from the first half of the fifteenth century and includes a horned or pointed headdress[3].

The Bradbourne Tomb, Boothby Chapel

Bradbourne Tomb

Sir Humphrey Bradbourne (died 1581) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of William Turville[3]. Sir Humphrey is in armour, whereas his wife is in a long robe. Both have ruffs round their necks and cuffs (freestone altar tomb).

Some of the Bradbourne's children

Children on the Bradbourne Tomb, the near ones swathed in crysomes showing they had died as infants. There are actually three infant children. Next to them are two figures in long black gowns and then are two of the four eldest sons, also wearing armour[3].

Font, 13th century, with trefoil arches and small fleur de lis

1. Postcard "Ashbourne Church, Interior". No publisher. Not posted.
2. Sepia images from Mee. See [4] below. Mee acknowledges the work of his Art Editor, Sidney Tranter, but is not specific about who provided which picture, although contributors included the National Trust and Valentine and Sons.
All images in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire", 1912

[2] Pevsner, Nikolaus (1953), "The Buildings of England, Derbyshire", Penguin Books.

[3] Cox, J. Charles (1877) "Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire Vol II" Chesterfield: Palmer and Edmunds, London: Bemrose and Sons, 10 Paternoster Buildings; and Derby.

[4] Davies, David Peter (1811) "History of Derbyshire" pub. S. Mason, Belper. See Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811 (A) (scroll down to Ashbourne).

[5] Mee, Arthur (ed.) (1937) "Derbyshire: The Peak Country",The King's England Series, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London.

More onsite info about Ashbourne:
Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811 (A) See Ashbourne
The Gentleman's Magazine Library

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