HISTORICAL FACTS 3
Sir Adam Bacon was Rector of St.Michael's 1301 to 1318.
(Copied from a drawing by J.S.Cotman, Norwich School of Artists).
Katherine and John Fastolf had two daughters Joan and Margeret,
who are both recorded as having died at a very young age.
Above: The heraldic arms referred to in the will of Katherine Fastolf. Left to Right: The Arms of the Fastolf family. The Arms of the Sampson family. The Arms of the Welysham family. The Arms of the Bedingfield family. These are inlaid above the brass effigies of John Fastolf Esq.,and his wife Katherine. (drawn by the author)
Above: The brass of John Fastolf Esq., and his wife Katherine (drawn by the author).
' Hic jacet Johes Fastolff, Armiger, qui obijt ultio die Januarii Ao Dm MCCCCXLV et Katerina uxor sua quae obijt IIII die mensis Januarii Ao Dm MCCCCLXXVIII, quar aiabs ppiciet deus, ame '
N.B. Some of the text is written in abbreviated Latin !! - I managed to correctly decipher most of it but the final five words threw me for a bit until help was given by Nicholas Groves, Norwich - an expert in old church inscriptions. The full unabbreviated text of this part is as follows:- 'quar(um) a(n)i(m)ab(u)s p(ro)piciet(ur) deus ,Ame(n)'. AoDm is a shortened version of 'Anno Domini' (AD)
The above therefore translates as:-
'Here lies John Fastolf, Esquire, who died on 31st day of January, in the year of our Lord (A(nn)o) D(o)m(ini) 1445 and Katherine his wife who died on the 4th day of the month of January, Anno Domini 1478, on whose souls may God have mercy. Amen'
Above: Two views of St.Michael's Church. LEFT: The outline of arches on the south facing wall clearly shows where the South Transept and Aisle were once attached, the latter of which led into the pre-Reformation chapel of the Holy Trinity. RIGHT: The north side of the church showing what remains of the North Transept. This is now occupied by the organ chamber and choir vestry. The new attachment at the far end is the recently built (2008) toilet etc., facilities.
Lord of the Manor of Oulton 1503 - 1507. Many historians have stated that Sir James died in 1507, this is incorrect, there are papers that say he was relieved of his duties as Attorney General for fraudulent practices in that year. He lived for another ten years. Documents relating to his will are dated 1516 and he died in 1517.
(Photo acknowledgement - National Trust, Blickling Hall)