St. Mary's Churchyard

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St. Mary's Churchyard

Location
Church Lane
Burghfield, West Berkshire Unitary Authority, Berkshire, RG30 3TG England
Memorials 123 added (82% photographed)

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The Church of England parish church of St Mary in Church Lane, Burghfield village, was originally built in the 12th century, but early in the Victorian era it was completely demolished and replaced by a Norman revival building designed by J.B. Clacy of Reading and completed in 1843. The original church had a stepped wooden tower, and the building is depicted in one of the stained glass windows. The parish church contains a number of church monuments from the old St. Mary's, including the alabaster effigy of an important historic figure, Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury the father of Warwick the Kingmaker. He fought for the Yorkist cause during the Wars of the Roses, and was executed after the Battle of Wakefield in 1460. He was buried first at Pontefract, but his son transferred his body to the family mausoleum at Bisham Priory and erected this effigy as part of his monument there. It is not clear why it was brought to Burghfield after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

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GPS Coordinates: 51.411, -1.042

  • Added: 6 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2380119