There is a collection of three, beautifully carved, family members, kneeling at Southwark Cathedral which always catch my eye when wandering around the ancient and historic Southwark Cathedral. It is a monument to Richard Humble (died 1616) and his two wives, Margaret and Isabel and was made by Flemish refugee sculptors living and working on Bankside. The coffered arch is typical of their work which is sometimes referred to as “The Southwark School”. It was given a marbleised finish during an 1876 restoration unfortunately as it gives a very different feel to the original work.
Southwark Cathedral records show that Humble, a city alderman, was a member of the church vestry – the laity helping with the day to day running of the church and its charities. It also notes that despite his involvement with the Church, he was once fined for allowing his sheep to graze in the churchyard without permission! Tsk, tsk.
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