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William and Joan Bardolph

St Mary, Dennington, Suffolk

 

DIDO

Death is now a welcome guest.

When I am laid in earth, May my wrongs create

No trouble in thy breast;

Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

 

CHORUS

With drooping wings you Cupids come,

To scatter roses on her tomb.

Soft and Gentle as her Heart

Keep here your watch, and never part.

 

Henry Purcell, from Dido and Aeneas

 

William Bardolph †1441 and his wife Joan †1447. The Bardolphs were an important family. William was chamberlain to Henry VI, a hero of Agincourt and Harfleur, a knight of the garter. He died in 1441, and lies with his collar of Ss. At his feet is a heraldic eagle, and in his helmet he looks a bit like Yuri Gagarin. His wife has a gorgeous wyvern at her feet, the best representation of this beast that I know. Her pillow is supported by angels that look as if they are whispering to her and singing her to her rest - a strain of Purcell comes to mind - and she too wears the collar of Ss.

 

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I was out in east Suffolk test-driving the new Buildings of England: Suffolk , a real pleasure. At nearly every church I found something I hadn't noticed before.

 

The new edition is in two volumes, Suffolk:East and Suffolk:West. Pevsner had only needed a single volume of about 500 pages for the first edition, but the fabulous new expanded edition runs to more than 1300 pages. The new Buildings of England volumes for Suffolk are published on April 23rd. People will just have to buy both.

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Taken on April 2, 2015