A Catalogue of Misericords in Great Britain

A Catalogue of Misericords in Great Britain

A Catalogue of Misericords in Great Britain

A Catalogue of Misericords in Great Britain


This is a long-awaited reissue of Remnant's classic study of misericords (medieval church carvings) in the United Kingdom. First published in 1969, A Catalogue of Misericords in Great Britain provides a complete listing of misericords from parish churches throughout the UK. The book alsofeatures an informative chapter on the iconography of misericords from M. D. Anderson (Lady Trenchard Cox), well known for a number of authoritative books on medieval carving and mythology. The 48 illustrations cover both some of the better known misericords throughout the country, and a number ofcarvings of outstanding interest from smaller churches.


The inspiration of this work came from the acceptance by the late Bertram Plummer of the challenge implied in a sentence of Francis Bond's Misericords (O.U.P., 1910). in Chapter xxx, p. 224, it is stated: 'A vast number of misericords remains, especially in collegiate and monastic churches . . . But it is impossible to catalogue all the misericords in the parish churches . . .' Plummer determined to attempt this huge task, and had made much progress, by both postal and library research and by personal visits to churches, when I met him at Etchingham, Sussex, through the introduction of the vicar. Thenceforward I gladly collaborated in the work by supplying Plummer with data and photographs collected in visits to churches in the southern counties. After his death in 1961 I set myself to finish the task.

It would be rash to state categorically that we have recorded every misericord in England, Scotland, and Wales. Every effort has been made to do so, and every avenue of research explored, but even after I had thought my work complete more unrecorded examples came to light, sometimes on a chance visit to a remote church. If there are misericords not mentioned in this volume I shall be glad to have details of them.

It would be quite impossible to acknowledge individually here all the help given by the many librarians, curators, parish clergy, historical and archaeological societies, and other helpers who responded so willingly and enthusiastically to our requests for information, and I ask them all to accept this expression of my gratitude. I have had also the ready cooperation of members of various photographic societies, who have sent me prints for identification of subjects in churches I have been unable to visit in person.

I wish to express sincere thanks to the Revd. J. C. Dickinson, M.A., F.S.A. and Miss Hilary L. Turner both of whom read the manuscript and made many valuable suggestions, and to Miss M. D. Anderson for her co-operation and for her constant help and encouragement.

G. L. remnant

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