George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, Sheffield Cathedral

These splendid early sixteenth century alabaster effigies can be found in the south east corner of Sheffield Cathedral, in what is known as the Shrewsbury Chapel, owing to the burials there of two earls of Shrewsbury, the 4th,George Talbot, (died 1538) seen here with wives Anne Hastings and Elizabeth Walden (who is buried elsewhere), and the 6th, also George Talbot (died 1590) who has a large Renaissance-style monument opposite this one.


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  • Martin Beek 7y

    Warwickshire? Not sure.
  • Aidan McRae Thomson 7y

    Sadly not Martin, outside St Mary's Warwick there can't be many Warwickshire monuments that measure up to this one.

    This one's much further north......
  • Richard Oliver 7y

    How's about .. Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, King James the Fifth and his first wife, Madeleine de Valois?
  • Aidan McRae Thomson 7y

    Not Holyrood I'm afraid. The figure is an aristocrat rather than a royal. The main surprise for me is that such a fine piece of medieval art is in a slightly unlikely city!

    This time I'll have to say much further between Scotland and Warwickshire! :-)
  • Dru 7y

    a bit of a menage a trois going on here, I see... Newcastle-ish?
  • Budby 7y

    This is the monument to George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury (1468-1538), together with his two wives (but not a menage a trois!!), in Sheffield Cathedral.

    His successive wives were Anne Hastings (d 1520) and Elizabeth Walden (d 1567). Anne is buried with the Earl, here. Elizabeth who outlived him by 29 years is buried at Erith, Kent.

    It is not at all unlikely that the Shrewsburys lie here. Their presence and that of the Dukes of Norfolk (connected through marriage), dominated Sheffield for over 500 years.

    The 6th Earl lies close by.
  • Aidan McRae Thomson 7y

    Excellent work budby, spot on and a well earned bonus point for identifying George Talbot as the 'occupant' (and his wives!)

    Yes historically very apt, my use of the word 'unlikely' referred more to the contemporary urban setting, post industrial Sheffield isn't an obvious place to find good medieval work, and the 'cathedral' is otherwise so much restored and altered. Apologies if this threw anyone off the scent.
  • Eva 7y

    Please tag your photo “middle ages”

    Please, add your beautiful sculpture to

    sculpture awards on flickr - add 1 award 3
  • jmc4 - Church Explorer 6y

    Sussex Easebourne
    Madelen Dacre at Easebourne is their grand-daughter. Could I use your picture to illustrate this on my site please
  • Aidan McRae Thomson 6y

    Yes that's ok, I'm intrigued by the link, interesting to see different generations of the same family in other locations (and styles!)
  • jmc4 - Church Explorer 6y

    Thanks - Yes I have just opened a set of "relative connections" where I am finding family monuments in different churches - interesting to see how they intermarried and are related to one another. .
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