A history of Halesworth, Suffolk, UK, through the ages.


Volume 2



Memorial brasses were images of the dead which were engraved on brass, inset into stone slabs and then set into the church floor. They often carried latin messages to pray for the souls of the dead which have been removed.

Halesworth has three surviving brasses, with two mounted on the walls of the entrance to the tower, each side of the font. On the left is half an effigy of John Everard, a member of a Linstead family who died in 1476, and on the right is the inscription for William Fyske who died in 1512.

Part of a third brass, to John Browne who died in 1581, was dredged from the River Waveney, near Bungay, in 1825, and commemorates also his wife, 6 sons and 10 daughters. It records that he died at the age of eighty having at that time 54 of his 65 grandchildren still alive. The section of the brass to have survived is hinged to the wall adjacent to the South Chapel, so that the back can be seen. This shows that the John Browne memorial brass was engraved on the back of a Flemish brass which had been re-used. The brass of his son, John Browne, who died in 1591 and the brass figures of his wife and six of his sons are at Spexall Church. His wife Silvester died in 1593 and is shown dressed in cap, ruff and gown.

The memorial slabs from which the brasses have been lost are now in the South Chapel and are almost certainly of Sir William Argentein (d.1419) and his wife Margery. These were originally in the old Lady Chapel, built by the ArgenteIn FamIly, whIch is now the Choir Vestry.


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