Grave Slab in Walpole St Peter’s Church

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When I first saw this floor grave slab, I thought it was a head.  It was only when I bent down to take a closer look I realised it was a shield with hares or rabbits.  I couldn’t read who it belongs to, as there was rather a large alter covering the rest of it,  I will have to research further, but its the best one I have seen so far.

Found in St Peter’s Church in Walpole St Peter, Norfolk.

6 Replies to “Grave Slab in Walpole St Peter’s Church”

  1. Interesting Lynn – do you know what the bar with three down strokes – like an E on its side -represents. I’ve seen this symbol lots of times and never found out what it is.

  2. Three rabbits on a shield was the coat of arms of the Allen family of Rossall Hall in Lancashire, allegedly because they discovered their fortune after having dreamt about buried treasure in the nearby sand dunes where three rabbits were playing. Not sure if that’s anything to with it. Just something I remember from my local history.

  3. The slab is for Robert Cony, who died at the age of 21 in 1681 (the altar isn’t solid, so the rest of the slab can be seen from behind it). The bar with the three downwards stroke is a mark of difference, indicating that he was an eldest son. It shows that he died in his father’s lifetime, as otherwise the mark would have been removed from his arms when he succeeded his father.

    1. Thank you Jon, that has cleared up the bar question, and of course it makes sense that it would be on the slab if he died before his father. I will have a look the next time I visit St Peters to see the rest of the slab.

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