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Project 22

Large A4 book
Price: 10.00
Weight: heavy!
Order Code: MP022

The Memorial Inscriptions in the Church of the Holy Cross and St. Lawrence at Waltham Abbey

This Millennium Project records all the inscriptions to be found inside the Abbey Church. It is the result of a great deal of painstaking research and close scrutiny of every memorial still extant (over 200 of them), begun by Dr. Kenneth Bascombe in 1984 and completed by Grenville Weltch in 2009. There are over 800 entries in the personal name index. Layout and presentation was by Lawrence Greenall.

A detailed floor plan of the church shows the location of every inscription so that visitors can quickly locate any memorial with ease, and each entry is clearly laid out in a logical progression around the church, so that the work can also act as a portable guide for the casual browser.

There are numerous line drawings and photos, especially of the more difficult to access memorials, and every coloured coat of arms and hatchment has been reproduced in full colour to aid heraldic research.

Transcriptions of Latin and Middle English texts are faithfully reproduced and have also been translated into modern English.

As well as the memorials in the main body of the church, this work also details all the inscriptions to be found in various windows, the Lady Chapel, the West Porch, the Ringing Chamber and Bell Chamber, and the Vestries.

Some now missing memorials are also discussed, and background notes support interpretation where needed, although this work concentrates on the transcriptions as far as possible. A companion volume looking at the families and individuals commemorated in these inscriptions is in early stages of preparation.

Grenville Weltch will also be delivering the second of his lectures on the people recorded in the church on 18th March 2010 - see our Lectures page for more information.

This project breaks away from our usual format of loose-leaf sheets in a folder. It is presented as a bound A4 book.


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