Name: Adam De Clifton
Birth: 1306 in Denver, Norfolk 1
MEM: Methwold, Norfolk: brass
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Title: Clifton, Adam d1367
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Change Date: 24 APR 2008
Some sources insert another Adam between this one and the father shown here.
Entering Methwold church and looking across to the north aisle, the impression is that Sir Adam de Clifton's figure, remounted on a wooden board against the wall, is complete. Closer inspection shows that the missing pieces have been reproduced in paint on the board.
Sir Adam was born in 1306 at Denver in Norfolk, the son of Roger de Clifton, who had married Margery, daughter of Adam de Cailly and his wife Emma, daughter and co-heir of Robert de Tateshall, whose estates were very substantial. In 1327 he petitioned Edward III to be allowed to be chief butler at the forthcoming coronation, a role which his inheritance of the castle of Buckenham brought with it, although he was still underage. In 1340 he was serving overseas with the king when armed men stole 15 horses and 20 cows and assaulted his men and servants at Buckenham castle. Sixteen years later his manor of Hilborough suffered a similar attack resulting in the loss of 200 sheep. Sir Adam outlived his eldest son Constantine, and, at his death in 1367, Constantine's 13 year old son John was his heir. His brass must have been laid down shortly after his death as the only portions of the marginal inscription surviving in the seventeenth century included the year, and the style of the brass, a London B, is consistent with the date.
Around 1680, the Sir Adam's brass was sold by the clerk of the parish to a tinker and broken into pieces ready to be melted. Somehow, the pieces were rescued and spent the next 180 years in the church chest. Blomefield, the county historian, described them as 'only insignificant pieces of his armour, part of the head of the lion that was couchant at his feet; most of them are rim pieces that ornamented the stone, and have quarter-foils on them'. However, in 1860 at the instigation of Rev. C R Manning, the pieces were assembled and attached to a board in the church.
I have been unable to find any connection between Sir Adam and Methwold and wonder whether the brass in its stone was brought from elsewhere, perhaps at the Reformation.
(Jon Bayliss, on MBS website)
Father: Roger De Clifton b: ABT 1280
Mother: Margaret Cailly
- Constantine De Clifton b: ABT 1329 in Buckenham Castle, Norfolk
- Eleanor Clifton b: ABT 1357
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Title: Monumental Brass Society