Name: Nicholas Jamys
Death: ABT 1433
Burial: St. Botolph?s, Billingsgate, London
Occupation: Ironmonger. Sheriff of London 1423
MEM: Merstham, Surrey: mutilated stone monument
CITG: Ironmonger (Sheriff)
Note: 1 2|
Change Date: 6 SEP 2010
The only Nicholas Jamys I can find as an officer of the City was Sheriff in 1423-4.
In the church of St. Botolph?s was buried Nicholas James, ironmonger, one of the Sheriffs, 1423.
The oldest monument at Merstham is a sadly mutilated stone effigy of a civilian, said to be that of Nicholas Jamys, mayor and alderman of London, and father to the first wife of John Elingbridge. Its date has been placed between 1420 and 1430. When this was discovered, in about 1800, it was lying face downwards, the back of the slab forming part of the chancel pavement. It is described at that time as having the hands raised in prayer, and bright scarlet colouring on the robes, both of which details have disappeared.
There was also a bird with outspread wings at the feet, and the head was supported by two angels, but these have been almost destroyed by the ill-usage that the effigy has received. It would seem that the figure was habited in a scarlet alderman's gown bordered with fur, which can still be seen at the foot, and a very interesting detail remains in the gypcière, attached by straps to the waist girdle and hanging from the right side. This effigy now rests upon a very richly carved frieze or cornice, which itself lies loose upon the pavement of the north chapel. This, although its history is uncertain, may well have formed the cornice to the wall-tomb belonging to this effigy. It is about 18 in. high and 9 ft. in length originally, the upper part moulded, and the lower most beautifully carved with an undercut vine trail, a fine vigorous piece of work. In the middle is a demi-figure of an angel with curly locks, in alb and apparelled amice holding a plain ridged heater-shaped shield; while at the left end is sculptured an heraldic casque bearing the crest of an eagle or falcon, perched upon a cap of maintenance, perhaps with reference to the deceased having filled the high office of mayor of London. Other fragments which may have formed part of this tomb are lying on the floor of the north aisle to the westward, and among them the richly-carved voussoirs of the 12th-century doorway above noticed. The tomb probably stood either in the western part of the north chapel, against its north wall, or else in the sanctuary of the main chancel.
Nicholas James never was mayor; he was sheriff in 1423. In his will (P. C. C, 18 Luffenham), dated 24 April, 1432, and proved in 1433, he is described as citizen and ironmonger of London, and desires to be buried in the church of St. Botolph, adjoining Billingsgate, where the bodies of his sons lie buried, before the pulpit of the said church. Mentions his wife Joan and his daughters Isabel and Anne, then unmarried.
(Surrey Archaeological Collections. 1917. Page 80)
- Isabel Jamys
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Survey of London
Author: John Stow, Citizen of London
Date: 1618 (3rd edn)
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Surrey