Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent
After 02 Mar 1484 Ralph Fitzherbert was buried at Church of St Barlok. Monument to Ralph and wife Elizabeth Marshall. Finely made in Chellaston alabaster of the Fluted Period. His effigy notable for being the only remaining with the boar of Richard III on his Yorkist Suns and Roses Collar. Bobbed hair with finely detailed ringlets. No facial hair. The chest finely made with weepers on the three extant sides. On one side five single men (a knight, a monk, two merchants and one unknown), and one couple. On the other side women, four single, two duos. Ralph and Elizabeth had twelve children, six male, six female so probable the weepers represent their children, possibly with spouses, possibly with offspring since in the two females duos there is a noticeable difference in height. Tudor Livery Collar. Fine sabbatons, the armoured feet, with spurs. Note the beadsman under the right foot. Unlikely the sculptor had ever seen a lion. Feet resting on a Lion. The Fitzherbert Clenched Fist Crest. A finely carved Butterfly Headress. A finely carved collar with Mary and baby Jesus pendant. A Bedesman looking somewhat bored. Excellent weepers on all sides, probably their issue, possibly with grandchildren, on the longer sides since they had six boys and six girls. Possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.
After 10 May 1490 Alice Southill was buried at Church of St Peter and St Paul. After 05 Nov 1524 John Harrington was buried with his wife. Their monument Tudor Period. Dogs Head Crest. Bedesman and Lion at his feet. Tudor Livery Collar. Dog(s) chewing at her dress. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.
In 1501 John Strelley was buried at All Saints' Church. Monument to John Strelley and Sanchia Willoughby. Tudor Period. Described as the finest alabaster monument in the country. Chellaston alabaster. Bare headed, 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 and his mother Isabel Kempe
Strelley impaled Willoughby - John and his wife
Strelley impaled Pierrepoint - John's paternal great-grandfather Nicholas Strelley and great-grandmother Elizabeth Pierrepoint.
After 12 Oct 1516 Isabel Neville was buried at St Peter's Church. Monument to William Smythe, Anne Staunton and Isabel Neville. Tudor Period. Lancastrian Esses Collar. Dog(s) chewing at her dress. Gabled Headress with Lappets. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.
After 13 Mar 1518 Thomas Babington was buried at All Saints Church. Monument to Thomas Babington and Editha Fitzherbert. Excellent painted alabaster monument of the Tudor Period with the colours much refreshed. He in civilian clothes with a purse (aka scrip aka gypciere) hanging from his belt. Dog(s) chewing at her dress. Gabled Headress. The chest tomb of exceptional quality with the fifteen weepers under crocketed canopies broadly undamaged. The weepers are believed to represent Thomas and Editha's children and their respective spouses. The chest tomb bow abuts the south wall of the chancel meaning only three sides visible. Carved by Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.
After 1530. St Oswald's Church. Monument to Randle Brereton and Eleanor Dutton. Alabaster. Tudor Period. Lancastrian Esses Collar. Dogs Head Crest. Dog(s) chewing at her dress. Possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent. Probably Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.
After 1554. St Mary the Virgin Church. Believed to be a Monument to John Anne but the armour would suggest it is around a hundred years or so earlier than his death in 1554. Finely carved in alabaster. Early Plate Period (Bascinet and Gorget). Lancastrian Esses Collar. Lion Pendant. Fine Bedesmen on the chest. Dog(s) chewing at her dress. Possibly Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.
Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent were carvers of the early 16th Century of exceptional quality. Their work is usually identifiable by details such as Bedesmen at the feet, and swirlings tails covering the feet, and dogs chewing the ladie's dresses.