Tomb effigies

The remains of an effigy of Sir Grimbald Pauncefote (died 1287) lies in a recess in the chancel of St Edmund’s church, Crickhowell.

An adjacent recess contains an early 14th century effigy of Lady Sibyl Pauncefote. She is portrayed with no hands: as the local legend has it, Lady Sybil Pauncefote cut off her hand and sent it as ransom payment for her husband’s release during the crusades.’ And the effigy is cited as proof …

(There’s a fine attempt to unravel this confusing legend at church also contains alabaster effigies of Sir John Herbert of Dan y Castell, Crickhowell and his wife Lady Joan Herbert

As promised, these images are for Lynne at


7 thoughts on “Tomb effigies

  1. Thank you Chris, if only you could have a conversation with them, especially Sir Grimbald Pauncefote, he must have been quite special for his wife to cut of her hand. I’m off to look at the website 🙂

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    1. You’ll see from the link, Lynne, that he wasn’t the only one whose wife was willing to lose appendages for …

      Apologies for the quality of these, it’s the best I could do with Instagram, a dark church and a cheapo camera phone!

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      1. Yes I did read that all three wives provided hands for their husbands 🙂 That was a very good piece of detective work, I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed the photos, its not all about the quality, but just seeing something, can fire the imagine. I love piles of rocks, that can grow into large castles, but then I am slightly odd it that way 🙂

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