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  • ID: I11876
  • Name: John Strelley
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1448 in Strelley, Nottinghamshire
  • Death: 22 JAN 1501
  • MEM: Strelley, Northants: effigy on large canopied tomb
  • Note: 1 2

    The large canopied tomb in the north chancel wall of Strelley church is that of John Strelley, eldest son of Sir R. Strelley. He married Sanchia, daughter of Sir R. Willoughby, The canopy of the tomb is very similar to one in Wollaton church, and is probably executed by the same mason. In the centre of the canopy, above the Strelley crest, is a representation of the Deity; in his lap are six heads, said by some to represent John?s six children, by others, the souls of All Saints, to whom this church is dedicated. On the proper right is S. John Baptist, pointing to the Holy Lamb on his left arm; on the left, S. John Evangelist, with chalice and serpent issuing, making the sacred sign over them. On the arch are four shields:?
    1. John?s father: Strelley impaling Kemp.
    2. John?s own: Strelley impaling Willoughby.
    3. John?s great-grandfather: Strelley impaling Pierpont
    4. John?s grandfather: Strelley impaling Stanhope.
    Sir Robert Strelley (d. 1487) and Lady Isabel Strelley (d. 1458).

    On the  right side in the moulding, there is an S formed by a serpent and stars; on the left, roses and stars (stella, as before mentioned). The figure of John rests on his crest; he has long flowing hair, his feet rest on a lion, each supported by a ?weeper? sitting on the lion?s back, holding rosaries in their left hands. Parts of the figures still show traces of painting on the armour and the lady?s girdle. The inscription is in beautiful character; the place of the lady?s death is blank. She died in 1500, her husband in 1501.
    At the west end of this tomb is a small incised slab with the figures of two children surrounded by the following inscription:?? Hic jacent corpora Sanciae et Jacobi gemini e fil Job?s Strelley Armig et Sanciae uxoris ejus qui quidem gemini ob. decimo septimo die Febr Anno Dni - - ? These are the twin children of John Strelley, James, his only son, and Sancia. His younger brother, Sir Nicholas, succeeded to the manor of Strelley; all the rest of his vast estates passed to his four daughters.
    In the south clerestory windows are three shields: the arms of John Strelley?s wife and her two daughters: Isobel, wife of Clement Low, and Margaret, wife of John Powtrell.

    The Strelleys of Strelley lost their importance when the two sons of John and Sancia Strelley died young and the vast estates devolved upon the four remaining daughters, Isabel, wife of Clement Lowe; Margaret, wife of John Powtrell, of Hallam; Elizabeth, wife of William Ayscough; and Ann, wife of Sir Richard Stanhope, of Rampton; and Strelley, with Bilborough, alone went to Sir Nicholas Strelley (who died in 1560), the younger brother of John Strelley.
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  • Change Date: 26 MAR 2010

    Father: Robert Strelley b: ABT 1423 in Strelley, Nottinghamshire
    Mother: Isabell Kemp b: ABT 1427

    Marriage 1 Sanchia Willoughby b: ABT 1452 in Wollaton, Northants
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Isabella Strelley b: ABT 1473 in Strelley, Nottinghamshire
    2. Has Children Margaret Strelley
    3. Has Children Anne Strelley b: 1495

    1. Text: Rev. A. D. Hill
      Strelley Church
      Mr Edge
      Monuments in Strelley Church
      Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 10 (1906)
    2. Text: Woodborough's Heritage
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