Christofer de Lancastre

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Christofer de Lancastre

No brasses remain in the chancel floor, but gravestones found at a lower level during the 1903 restoration were relaid in the new floor. On the north side, is a 14th century coffin lid, with an ornamental cross in high relief, sword and a shield of Lancaster inscribed Christofer de La[ncastre] and with the word ‘MERCY’ visible in Lombardic capitals. On the shield only the mullet (or spur) is at all decipherable. In the late 17th century this gravestone was located in the nave, which accounts for the extreme wear on the coat of arms. Christofer de Lancastre is believed by some to have married Joan, daughter of Sir Hugh de Lowther (Attorney General to Edward I), in about 1290 and to have died in about 1330.

Picture by Steven Barber