Soft spots – 2: Monument to ‘a lady’


Effigy of a lady, St Giles, Hartington.

Bored by brasses,  Pevsner was never able to resist the appeal of  a good tomb in a church. One that intrigued him is to be found in the church of St Giles, Hartington, some ten miles south of Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District.

‘Effigy of a lady under trefoiled arch,’ he wrote. ‘She is only visible to the height of her folded hands; the rest is hidden by the slab as if she were tucked in under a blanket. C13.’
Others – including jmc4 at flickr, who took this photograph – suggest that the anonymous lady might be Margaret Ferrers, lady of the manor, and that she is holding her heart.
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