Staffordshire,Swynnerton - he was definitely in the wars !
Sir John de Swynnerton c1205- pre c1254 of Little Sugden Hall carved from local stone.
He was the son of John de Swynerton of Little Sugden & Petronilla / Pernel daughter of Gamel de Doreslow
He m1 Margery 1257 daughter of Sir Robert de Swynerton & wife Mabel / Matilda Mabel De Meschines)
1. Sir Stephen de Swynerton c 1235-1276 m Joan de Ware
daughter of Roger de Waure of Eccleshill
He m2 Eleanor 1254 daughter of Stephen de Pershale 1191- & ……de Audley
1. Richard de Swynnerton m Alice ……..
2. Stephen Isewall
1. Alice de Swynerton 1246 m Adam de Pershale 1246
son of Walter de Peshale & Margaret Fitz Alan
He measures 6ft. 2in. has crusader armour with a shield hanging from his left arm.
Beneath this effigy is a burial chamber which was accidently opened during restoration work in 1856. In the chamber was found a completely preserved body, which appeared to be that of a young knight with a weather-beaten complexion and auburn hair and beard; two front teeth were missing. After 600 years the accidental exposure caused the body to crumble.
Pity no-one had a camera in those days !!! - Swynnerton church Staffordshire