Effigy - St Peter & St Paul - Oxton, Nottinghamshire
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N 53° 03.363 W 001° 03.678
30U E 629930 N 5880263
A stone effigy, wearing a lawyer’s coiff and gown, in St Peter & St Paul's church, Oxton.
Waymark Code: WM113AC
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 08/08/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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A stone effigy, wearing a lawyer’s coiff and gown, in St Peter & St Paul's church, Oxton.

"Full length figure of a man with a beard, wearing a lawyer’s coiff and gown. Two small angels support the head, a dog the feet. Attributed to be Robert de Nottingham, Remembrancer of the Exchequer, 1322, Baron of Court, 1327. (Throsby, in the 1790s, read the date as 1126, but admitted he “could not answer for accuracy”.) Inscription on the base is indistinct, possibly reading: ... LE . SOTERA DEV + DESALME MCI ..."

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"a stone effigy in a good state of preservation. Two small angels with their wings form a canopy for the head, while the feet rest on a dog. The face and arms resemble those of a woman. Local tradition says it is the Virgin Mary, who rises up to pray when the clock strikes. The attitude is one of prayer. A closer inspection will disclose a short beard. One noted antiquarian declares it is a civilian, whilst another asserts it to be a lawyer. The latter is most probably correct. The cap with curls (note the knot under the chin) is the legal cap of Serjeants-at-law, called the coif. Evidently it is in memory of such, or of a renegade clergyman, who defied the canon by pleading in court, and put on the coif in order to hide the tonsure. The inscription is in Norman French, but is now completely obliterated. In Thoroton's History of Notting­hamshire, Throsby's Edition of 1790, the date given is 1126, though with much doubt. Other authorities say about 1280 is much more likely to be the date. This effigy was once buried, probably in Cromwell's day. It rose again before 1730(?)."

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