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Clement Lichfield (Abbot of Evesham) - All Saints - Evesham, Worcestershire
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N 52° 05.498 W 001° 56.817
30U E 572143 N 5771752
Quick Description: Stained glass window in All Saints' church, Evesham, with the coat of arms of Clement Lichfield, one of the last abbots of Evesham.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/25/2018 1:28:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMZKKN
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
A stained glass window in All Saints' church, Evesham, with the coat of arms of Clement Lichfield, one of the last abbots of Evesham.

"Elected 28 December 1514. Monk of Evesham. Previously Prior of Evesham. Signed the Round Robin with six bishops and twenty one other abbots telling the Pope that Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon had to be granted. Resigned on or before 17 March 1538 [Old Style]. Died 9 October 1546 and buried in his chantry chapel in All Saints’ Church."

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"1513 -

Clement Lichfield (as Prior) builds the St Clement chantry off the south aisle of All Saints, Evesham; having earlier built the western porch of the church (1503-9) with its unusual two facing doors.

1514 -

Clement Lichfield becomes Abbot of Evesham.

c.1520 -

Abbot Clement Lichfield builds the south chantry of St. Lawrence’s Church.

1524 -

John Molder bequeaths 40s. to “a newe Towre for their bells, 40s.”

1529 -

William Roff of Evesham bequeaths 3s. 4d. “to the building of the new Tower.”


Thomas Crompe of Bretforton bequeaths 6s. 8d. “to the buyldyng of the new towre at Evesham.”

c.1531 -

Construction of the Bell Tower.

1532 -

Agnes Joyse of Hampton bequeaths 4d. “unto the new Tower ffor one eele to be ringyng ffor my soll” [to the new Tower for one peal to be rung for my soul]. Thomas Joyse of Hampton gives 6s. 8d. “To the new towre to be rong ffor.”

1539 -

Dissolution of Evesham Abbey. The monks were singing the Magnificat when the King’s men entered the abbey church and stopped the service. The monks were stopped at the verse ‘Deposuit potentes’ [He has put down the mighty]; which suggests a pointed humour by the King’s men. Over the following years the abbey church is totally dismantled. Intriguingly, the newly-built bell tower survives. Perhaps spared because the town had subscribed to its construction; perhaps because markets ran easier with its bells tolling the time, perhaps a gift to the town from the new owner to enlist local support.

1538-1543 -

John Leland journeys throughout England for his Itineraries. On Evesham, he says: “The towne of Eovesham is meetly large and well builded with tymbre. The market-sted is fayre and large. There be divers pray streets in the towne. The market is very celebrate.”

1546 -

Abbot Clement Lichfield dies in Offenham and is buried in All Saints, Evesham. The plaque marking his grave does not mention the abbey or his rank as abbot (he is simply called ‘priest’ [sacerdotis]). Sir Philip Hoby, possessor of the greater portion of the abbey estate and buildings, receives letters patent conveying to him practically the whole town (in exchange for £1,067 2s. 11d.). The abbey estates stay with the Hoby family until 1609. There is tension between the fledgling town authorities and the Hoby family until the incorporation of Evesham."

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Bearer of Coat of Arms: Noble (aristocratic) family

Full name of the bearer: Clement Lichfield, Abbot of Evesham

Where is Coat of Arms installed (short description) ?:
In All Saints' church, Evesham

Material / Design: Glass (painted / stained)

Blazon (heraldic description):
Per chev sa chief three leopards heads or

All Saints Market Pl, Evesham WR11 4RW

Web page about the structure where is Coat of Arms installed (if exists): [Web Link]

Web page about the bearer of Coat of Arms (if exists): Not listed

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