Saracen's Head Crest
In 1390 Sampson Strelley -1390 was buried at All Saints' Church, Strelley. Monument to Sampson and Elizabeth Hercy -1405. Early Plate Bascinet and Gorget Period. Finely made in Chellaston alabaster. The detail of the mail incomplete. Bascinet, no orle, moustache. Great helm with Saracen's Head Crest, strangled as denoted by the tongue out. Extended mantling. She wearing an early form of Crespine Headress. Holding Hands.
In 1501 John Strelley 1456-1501 (45) was buried at All Saints' Church, Strelley. Monument to John Strelley 1456-1501 (45) and Sanchia Willoughby 1452-1533 (49). Fluted Period. Described as the finest alabaster. Monument in the country. Chellaston alabaster. Bobbed hair to the shoulder. Feet resting on a Lion, two fine Bedesmen, one male, one female;possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Great helm with Saracen's Head Crest, strangled as denoted by the tongue out. Extended mantling. Four arms above the effigies represent, from left to right:
Strelley impaled Kempe - his father Robert Strelley 1423-1488 and his mother Isabel Kempe -1459
Strelley impaled Willoughby - John and his wife
Strelley impaled Pierrepoint - John's paternal great-grandfather Nicholas Strelley -1430 and great-grandmother Elizabeth Pierrepoint.
After 1503. Monument to John Pole 2nd Duke Suffolk 1442-1492 and Elizabeth York Duchess Suffolk 1444-1503 in St Andrew's Church, Wingfield. Finely made Fluted Period alabaster. Monument. Both wearing their ducal coronets. He wearing a Leg Garter. His head resting on a great helm with Saracen's Head Crest, feet resting on a Lion.
On 27 Sep 1931 Robert Walpole 5th Earl Orford 1854-1931 (77) died. Monument in Church of St Andrew, Wickmere sculpted by Esmond Burton Sculptor 1886-1964 (45). The stone brought from St Paul's Island in the Pacific where HMS Magaera in which the Eal of Orford served as a midshipman was wrecked in 1871. Armorials include impaled . Motto fari quae sentiat. Saracen's Head Crest.