Following a specialist report into the condition of our 350 year old Monument, it’s essential that it needs to be restored as part of our church renovation.
This job is a massive undertaking and needs a specialist team to dismantle, catalogue, remove, restore and re-erect the monument for future generations to come.
Is the monument important?
Yes! Nikolaus Pevsner, the established art and architectural historian, suggested that the sculptor was Jaspar Latham, who worked closely with Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London. It has also been argued that it could be the work of William Stanton, based on the similarities with other contemporary monuments in Buckinghamshire. If the attribution can be proven to either of these masons, the Tyrrill monument would be of national significance.
He also notes it’s one of only 11 in Buckinghamshire dated between 1660-80 ; the only one on this scale (it is 4.45m tall, 2.82m wide and projects 7.5cm from the wall) and the only one with an effigy.
Who was Sir Thomas Tyrrill?
Born 23rd June 1594, he was Lord of the Manor in Castlethorpe and fought for the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War at the Battle of Lostwithiel. He was also MP for Aylesbury, and one of the judges appointed to resolve property disputes arising from the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire in 1666.
He was thus a person of modest national significance during a period of great turmoil in British history.
What does the monument depict?
This impressive monument next to the altar was erected by Dame Bridget Tyrrill, Sir Thomas’ third wife, after his death. It’s said to depict how Sir Thomas died, sitting with his wife in the window seat of their home, slumping gentle sideways on cushions.