Location and general
Details pending identification of those that are of
In the church at Islip is a memorial to Henry NORREYS and his
wife Susanna (nee HATTON), who appears to have been linked with the
HATTON family of Noke, Oxon. The Visitation of
Oxford describes their monument, against the north wall
of the Chancel, as follows:
In Islip Church, against the north wall of the Chancel, is a plate of brass fixed whereon are the pictures of a man and woman engraven kneeling before a table before them, on the table are two books, and their arms, viz. Quarterly
1. A falcon sergreant upon a mount.
2. Three lions passant in pale.
3. On a bend 12 lozenges 4. 4. 4.
Behind the man are 9 boys, and behind the woman 10 girls, under them the following inscription :-
To the memory of Henry Norrys, Esquire
who deceased the 19 of Janu. 1637. And
Robert Bancks, gent. Who deceased th 18. of
Novenb. an. Dom. 1605. Together with Mrs
Susanna, first wife of the said Robert
Bancks, and had by him eight sons and ten
daughters, and afterwards wife to the said
Henry Norreys, and had by him one son, who
deceased the 28th. Of Aug. Am. Dom. 1634.
which said Hen. No. and Susanna doe all ly
burried within this channcell.
Under all, these arms, As. a cross moline quarter pierced or, Quartering
1. Sab. Fretty arg., a pile of three points or,
2. Sab, a lyon ramp, arg., charged on the shoulder with a chess rooke gules.
3. Gules, on a barr or 3 lyons pass. sab.
Over all, NORRIS as before, with the former guarterings, impaling, this latter coat with the same quarterings, with mantle, crest, &c.
Dunkin (1823, 281) recounts a description of these arms,
attributed simply to "a visitor
1660," and clearly based upon the same source, but with some
significant differences, viz:
a cross moline q'arter
- Sa. Fretty Ar., a file of
three points Or.
- Gu. on a bend Or. 7 lions
The arms, as described above, are difficult to determine, but
having visited Islip and photographed the arms in question, some
corrections and suggestions are offered below.
- On the table:
- NORREYS of Speke (top left as
viewed), quartered with
- The suggestion that this is a falcon segreant upon a mount is clearly
wrong as segreant is a posture used only for winged
quadrupeds, although Anne BOLYNE is
cited as using a device which has been similarly described. The bird is clearly
not a heraldic falcon, but appears to be a raven rising. In the time of Henry V,
Alice, daughter and heir of Roger ERNEIS, by his wife
daughter and co-heir of Sir John MOLYNEUX of Crosby,
married Sir Henry NORRIS, whereupon sir Henry took the ERNEIS charge,
an eagle sa. rising from a mount vert., as his crest. In some
the descendants of NORREYS of Speke the eagle is replaced by
raven, either rising or with wings raised [Burke & Burke 1851,
NORREYS; NORREYS-JEPHSON]. ERNEIS, of Esfeake, co. Lancaster, bore arg.
a raven rising sa. on a mount vert., and is found associated with MOLYNEUX
of Sefton and Crosby [ Burke & Burke 1846, Plate
CXIX]. A son of this NORREYS/ERNEIS union might quarter his
mother's paternal arms into his
lyons passant in pale: CANVILE=Azure 3 Lyons passant in pale arg;
CAREW, of Mouns Otery=Or, 3 lyons passant [in pale] Sable;
GIFFORD=Gules 3 lyons passant in pale argent; AMUNDEVILLE=Arg. 3 lyons
passant in pale barways, G.; Combe=ermine, 3 lions passant in pale
gules; ERDINGTON=Or, 3 lions passant in pale azure; ENGLISH=Sable 3
lions passant in pale Argent.
a bend 12 lozenges, 4, 4, 4. is also misleading. A more normal description of this arrangement would be as follows: on a bend
three lozenges, each charged with a saltire. URSWICK bore "Argent on a
bend sable three lozenges of the field, each charged with a saltire
gules" [Farrer & Brownbill 1914, n.p.]. URSWICK seem about the only
family with this pattern on their arms. They also appear to have moved
in the same circles as some of the other names here. However, this
could just possibly also be a differenced coat from say CARRINGTON of
of Speke seem close to them through various marriages).
- Below the epitaph, the arms as above, quartered with:
- MOLINEUX, Hawkley, Lanc.=Azure,
a cross moline or, quartered with
Fretty Ar., a pile [actual inscription has a label] of three points Or. : HARRINGTON (of Lancs
or Cheshire)=Sabel fretty Argent, a label of three points Or.
a lion rampt. Ar. charged on the shoulder with a chessrook Gu.: VERDON
(of Lancs or Cheshire)=Sable a lion rampant Argent charged on the
shoulder with a chess-rook Gules.
- Gules, on a barr or 3 lyons pass. sab. :
WYNNESBURY=gules, on a bend or three lions passant sable
Visitation of Northamptonshire (pg 181) identifies that Sir Richard
HARRINGTON married the daughter and heir of . . . . VERDUN, citing the
arms she brought as Sable, a lion rampant Argent vulned on the shoulder
Gules. It goes on to show that his grandaughter, Clemence, daughter of
Sir James HARRINGTON and . . . . RADCLIFF, married Henry NORRIS of
Speake in 1500. Earlier, about 1416, Sir Henry NORREYS made provision
for his son William on his marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Sir
James de Harrington. The HARRINGTON and NORREYS families were therefore
the NORREYS family took over full manorial responsibility for Speke,
for centuries prior to that they had shared this with the family of
MOLYNEUX, who continued to act as nominal overlords
(http://spekearchiveonline.co.uk/, accessed 8 Aug 2011).
WYNNESBURY family was connected by marriage with the MIDDLETONs of
and gules, on a bend, or, 3 lions passant, sable, is one of the coats
found on the arms of Sir Thomas MIDDLETON, one of the Colonels of the
city of London. William NORREYS of Speke, son of Henry and Clemece (nee
HARRINGTON) married firstly Ellen BULKELEY and secondly Anne MIDDLETON,
co-heir of David MIDDLETON. By his first marriage this William NORREYS
had a daughter Clemence, who married Adam HULTON of the Park (license
granted in 1534)
Robart BANCKES married Susan HATTON on
24th December 1587 in
the adjoining village of Noke, Oxon. BANCKES died on 18 Nov 1605 and
then Susan BANCKES of Islip married Henry NORREYS of Tidbury [sic
Idbury?], Gloucs, on 3 Aug 1607, at All Saints, Oxford.
Some other monuments in the church
Here lieth buried the body of
James Harrackes late parson of
this parish and one of the bro-
thers of the hospital of the
Davoy who lived resident upon
this parsonage allmost twelve
yeares and departed this life
February. 15. 1625.
Here is sowne in Corruption to be raised
in incorruption, the bodye of
Edward Dewe Gent:
Who having lived Eleven yeares in wed-
lock, left three Sonnes, & two Daughters
living, and dyed Jany the 21th
Whose death was a gaine to himselfe,
a great loss to his friends, Greater to ye poore,
but Greatest to his wife.
my life to mee I feare a loss might bee,
my death to mee I hope a gasine shall bee.
Marye Dewe his sadde widdowe caused
this to bee dine, in memorye of her
deare husband deceased.
Above is a shield bearing, impaled:
- Sa. on a fess between three dragon's heads erased
or., langued, as many cinquefoils of the field;
- azure, a cross engrailed sable between four fleur-de-lis
on a fess between three dragon's heads erased or., langued gu., as many
cinquefoils of the field is attributed by an old parchment to DEWE of
Bucks, but in Burke's
Heraldry we find "Sa. on a fess argent, between three dragon's heads
erased or., as many cinquefoils of the field." attributed to DEWY
[Dewey 1898, 39]. Edward DEWE married Mary BANKES at Oxford,
Peter's, 1 Jan 1645. Both were "of Islip"
In the family of BANCKS of Manchester, Lancashire
(descendants of BANCKS of Bank Newton, Gargrave, WestRiding,
occurs the somewhat similar sable, a
cross engrailed or. between four
fleur-de-lis argent, so this may be a differenced
set of BANCKS arms.
In memorie of
Luke Clapham Esq. who died the
12th day of April in the yeare of
our Lord 1676: in the 39th yeare
of his age and of
Susanna late wife of Luke Clapham of
Gais Inn in the County of Midsex Esq. &
Eldest Daughter of John Herne of Amring
hall in the County of Norfolk Esq: who in
the 24th yeare of her age on her Journey
with her husband from London into his
owne Countrey departed this life the 15th
day of Novenber in the yeare 1669:
And here lieth expecting the Second coming
of their redeemer Jesus Christ
Above are arms worked without colours, impaled:
- on a bend six fleurs-de-lis, two, two,
and two. (CLAPHAM of Warwickshire and Yorkshire, or CLAPHAM of
Barnstable, Devon [Burke & Burke 1851, CLA]);
- a chev. erm. betw. three herons (HERNE of
Godmanchester, co. Huntingdon bears "Gu. a chev. erm. betw. three
herons ar" [Burke & Burke 1851, HER].
John Aglionbie [aka Aglionby]
Unfortunately the age is difficult to read from my photograph due to a
focusing error, alas nor can the arms be clearly made out
Here Under Resteth The Body
Of John Aglionbie D'of Divinity
Sometimes Parson Of This Towne
Ans Fellowe Of The Queene's Coll
And Principal Of Edmund Hall In Oxon
And Chaplaine In Ordinary To Queene
Elizabeth And King James Who Departed
This Life The VI Day of February Ano Dni
1609 And In The XLIII Year of His Age
Here Also Was Buried John His Sone Aug XXII 1610 Ano
In his Athanae,
Anthony Wood, states ”What he hath published I find not;
however, the reason why I set him down here is, that he had a most
considerable hand in the Translation of the New Testament, appointed by
King James I., in 1604.” [McClure 1848, 2:509].
Jacob Peake and his wife Ann
A stone set in the floor, between pews:
Aug 1610 Aged 65
Died June 1795
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
- Burke, John & John Bernard Burke. 1846, Heraldic
illustrations. London: E. Churton.
- Burke, John & Bernard Burke. 1851. Encyclopaedia of
General armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland, comprising a registry
of all armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time,
including the late grants by the College of arms. London: Henry G. Bohn
- Dewey, Adelbert M. 1898. Life of Rear Admiral George Dewey,
Westfield, Mass.:Dewey Publishing.
- Dunkin, John. 1823. Oxfordshire. The history and
antiquities of the hundreds of Bullington and Ploughley. Vol 1. London:
Harding, Mavor, and Lepard.
- Farrer, William and J. Brownbill editors. 1914. 'The parish of
Urswick', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8, pp. 328-338.
URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53323 Date
accessed: 22 September 2011.
- McClure, Alexander Wilson. 1848. The Christian observatory: A
Religeous and Literary Magazine. Boston:Woodbridge, Moore & Co.
- Wood, Anthony and Richard
Rawlinson. 1922. Parochial
(Part 2). Davis F. N. Ed. Vol IV in Oxfordshire Records Series. The
Oxfordshire Records Society.