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J Sacheverell - Tablet
Setting Tablet Inscription
Last known location:
St Matthew's Church
Church La
Nearest postcode:

SK 39662 40935
From listing description.
Location details:
On the south wall of the south aisle.
Overall type: Tablet.

Overall condition: Good.


A wall-mounted stone tablet with inlaid brass panels. At the head is an image of two saints flanked by depictions of family shields and below them are two short scrolls bearing inscriptions. At the centre is another family shield flanked by two effigies facing each other. On the left is John Sacheverell kneeling in prayer and wearing plate armour, with three sons behind him. On the right is his wife Joan Sacheverell (née Stathum) standing with three daughters behind her. At the foot is an ablong panel bearing the inscription.

On an adjacent wooden panel is a framed caption bearing a transcription and translation of the main inscription.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Stone c1000 c750 - Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Left scroll: Sancte Cristofere
Right scroll: [Qre Jn o nohis]
Main inscription: Hic Jacet Johnis Sacheu'ell Armig fili'
et heres Radi Sacheu'ell Armigi' dni de
Snetterton et hopwell et Joana ux' eiu
filia et unica heres herici Stathum Armi'
geri dni' de Morley qui quidem Johnes
obiit Jn bello Ricardi tercij iuxta boswo
rth anno dni M cccc lxxxv to Quorum
aiabus propicietur deus A M E N
Caption: (f) John Sacheverell

"Hic jacet Johnes Sachevrell Armig fili et heres Radi Sachevrell Armigi dni de Snetterton et
hopwell Et Joana ux eju' filia et unica heres heres herici Stathum Armigeri dni de Morley qui
quidem Johnes obiit in bello Ricardi tercij juxta bosworth anno dni M ccc lxxv Quorum
aiabus propicietur deus Amen."

Here lies John Sacheverell esquire, son and heir
of Ralph Sacheverell esquire, Lord of Snitterton
and Hopwell and Joan his wife, daughter and
sole heiress of Henry Stathum esquire, Lord of
Morley, the which John died in the war of
Richard III near Bosworth AD 1485 on whose
souls may God have mercy. Amen.
[The original inscriptions are extremely difficult to read and contain several contractions which require interpretation, but they have been transcribed as accurately as possible. The caption has been transcribed verbatim. Several different interpretations are evident.]

Conflicts and people commemorated

Conflict Wars of the Roses (1455-1487)
(Battle of Bosworth Field (21st or 22nd August, 1485) )
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Custodians: Presumed to be the Parochial Church Council.

Local Authorities:
From WW1: Morley Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Morley Parish Council; Erewash Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
c1525: The tablet was installed.

The church lies within the Morley Conservation Area.
10th November, 1967: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England reference 1205838.
13th May, 2009: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and it was in good condition.
4th April, 2015: The memorial was photographed by Roy Branson and it was in good condition.
Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol IV; J Charles Cox; Chesterfield; 1879.

Derbyshire, in the King's England series; Arthur Mee; p197 in the 1947 Edition: A brief mention of the memorial.

Derbyshire, in the Buildings of England series; Nicolaus Pevsner, revised by Elizabeth Williamson; p284 in the 1998 Edition; Penguin Books; ISBN 0 14 071008 6: A brief mention of the memorial.

A History of St Matthew's Church Morley; Gwen Compton-Bracebridge; Morley's Print and Publishing; 2007; p9: A description of the memorial.

The Picture the Past website has a drawing of the memorial.
This memorial does not fully comply with the definition of a war memorial accepted by most heritage organisations. The inscription implies that the memorial marks a grave but this is not apparant on site: presumably John is buried somewhere in the church. Cox suggests that the clothing depicted on the brasses is 16th century rather than 15th century in style, hence his estimate of its provision about 1525, or 40 years after John's death. It is included here with the benefit of doubt.
Page © Roy Branson