The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
Monument of John of Eltham.
The alabaster monument of John, earl of Cornwall, on the eastern side of the door, is shamefully injured; but what remains of the decorations and statues are beautifully spirited. The effigy is cross-legged. It had originally a canopy of arches, and must then have ranked among the richest in the church. On his left arm is a neater shield charged with his arms, viz. lions of England within a bordure of fleurs-de-lis. The effigy is less injured than almost any other in this chapel. The statues are some of them gone; only remain perfect on the north side: but on the east side are perfect. At the west end are statues; the middle has the head broken off. of the shields remain in a perfect state. He was son to Edward III. and died at the age of , in the year , at Town, now Perth, Scotland.
Near it is a little altar-tomb of Petworth marble, with diminutive effigies of William of Windsor and Blanche de la Tour, children of Edward III.; the latter died in . The feet of William are sawn away. In the corner is a slab of stained marble, more
| curious from that circumstance than worthy notice from any elegance in the ornaments or richness in the colours. It is inscribed:
It is nearly perfect, only soiled by age. The figures round the inscription are the ancient badges of honour belonging to the Stafford family, who descended by different marriages from the royal blood of England and France.
Another monument of a pyramidal form of white and grey marble, surmounted by a mitre, to the memory of Nicholas Monk, bishop of Hereford, brother to the duke of Albemarle. He died .
At the east end of the ancient arches of the wall remain tolerably perfect. The angles over them contain scrolls and branches of oak, and a figure holding a crown in each hand: the intercolumniation over the altar of St. Edmond appears to have had a painting on it, which has been covered by a dark wash: where that is broken red paint is visible.
Above is a handsome mural monument, consisting of a large tablet of white marble between Corinthian pillars supporting an arched pediment with the family arms, to the memory of Mary, countess of Stafford, who died in the year , aged . Near it is a circular pedestal, on which is seated a statue in Roman armour, intended for Francis Holles, son to the earl of Clare. He died in , aged . Adjoining is the tomb of Frances, duchess of Suffolk. The effigy of the duchess is represented as lying on a mat in her robes with a ducal coronet; the latter, with her face, has been most wantonly mutilated. Here lieth the ladie Frances dvchess of Sovthfolke davghter to Charles Brandon, duke of Sovthfolke, and-Marie the French quene, wife to Henrie dyke of Sovthfolke, and after to Adrian Stock, esqvier.
Lady Jane Seymour, , aged , and lady Katherine Knollys, , have mural monuments of the Corinthian order under the south-east window. The pleasing thought of representing lady Elizabeth Russel asleep in a chair, on a pedestal, pointing to a skulll under her right foot,
, for a motto, has given rise to an idle fancy
| propagated from cicerone to another, that she |
Her left hand is broken off. At her ladyship's right hand, John lord Russel reclines in a posture as unnatural as his dress is badly executed, on a sarcophagus. Behind him is a Corinthian arch. He died in , as did the infant, Francis, whose effigy lies at his feet.
The tomb of sir Bernard Brocas, chamberlain to queen Anne, Richard the 's queen, who was beheaded in , is in a grand Gothic recess in the wall on the south side, the canopy of which is as nearly like that of William de Dudley, already described, as possible; the effigy is in complete armour.
On the ledge of the tomb is the following inscription:--
At the back of the recess is the following inscription :--
Before the last tomb is a small altar-tomb of grey marble on which has been the brass figure of Humphrey Bourchier, who was killed at the battle of Barnet in . The shields, helmet, and a few ornaments are all that remains.
At the west end is a very superb marble tomb, with a sarcophagus at the base, and ( of the middle ones being away) Ionic pillars on a slab, on which lie the effigies of Edward Talbot, the earl of Shrewsbury, and Jane his countess; over them is
|a grand arch of the Corinthian order, adorned with roses in pannels; and at the sides, composite pillars with an architrave, frieze, and cornice, several of the roses gone.|
Within the arch are the effigies of the deceased earl and his lady habited in the costume of the times in which they lived. He died , aged . At the feet of the countess is a female child kneeling.
Near the last is a handsome monument to the memory of sir Richard Pecksall, knt. and his wives, viz. Eleanor, daughter of William Poulett, marquis of Winchester, and Eleanor, daughter of J. Cotgrave, esq. It is of the Corinthian order, and contains small alabaster figures of the knight and his ladies.
The brass effigies of Eleanor de Bohun, duchess of Gloucester, (who died in ) is inlaid on a tomb, a little elevated from the pavement, and in good preservation. of the shields at the feet is gone.
On a tomb of the same description a slab, with a rich brass, forms the monument of Robert Waldby, archbishop of York, who died in ; he is clothed in the episcopal habit, which is exceedingly rich and fringed. Round the ledge this inscription:--
The words in italics are now gone; they are supplied from Dart and Weaver.
At the feet of the above is an inscription with a mitre in brass, for Henry Ferne, bishop of Chester, who died , aged . Near it, on the left, a marble slab, to Thomas de Woodstock, and Eleanor de Bohun.
A monument to the children of Henry III. is in the intercolumniation, between the chapel of St. Edmond and that of St. Benedict; it now serves as a writing-desk to the person who attends at the gates of the south aisle; its top is covered with boards, and on them are the paper, pens, and ink. This cover serves to hide the rich Mosaic work, which either doth, or more probably did adorn it; that on the front is reduced to the marks in the stucco of the sparkling materials that once adhered to it, now gone to an unit: it is broken as with the end of a stick.
The back of the niche, over the table, has a red painted ground much decayed, on which are very imperfect traces of children, whose draperies are a dirty yellow; the mouldings of the arch still show fragments of gildings and spots of red, as do the capitals of the pillars. Above this, are the remains of a painting evidently defaced on purpose; what it has been cannot be discovered on the closest inspection; there are, besides, marks where a statue has stood, which Strype gives us reason to suppose was of silver.
By the side of Richard the 's tomb below in the aisle is an ancient slab, which had formerly a brass figure and inscription, commemorating sir John Golofre,, who died in .
Near this is another brassless figure, which had formerly an inscription to the memory of Ralph Selby, LL.D. a monk of : died .
 This statue was executed by Nicholas Stone for 50l.