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A Short History of the Knolles and Frowick Families

Researched and compiled by Rosie Bevan

The Knolles Family Monumental Brasses 15C
St Mary's Church North Mymms
Hertfordshire, England

Click on the thumbnail to reveal full size downloadable images - these are large files and will be slow to download. This information came to light following research carried out by Rosie Bevan.

A guide to the church has the following note about the monumental brass west of the Priest's Door in the Chancel dedicated to the Knolles family.

Robert Knolles, Esq., and his wife Elizabeth 1458.

The effigy in armour is lost and the two daughters (or sons?) are headless. The lady is in the period dress and at her feet has a lap dog with a collar and bells. It will be noticed that the date of death of Robert, on the inscription, is left blank, inferring that he survived his wife. The memorial was completed in 1818 when R. Clutterbuck wrote the history of the county. The prayer for the deceased at the end of the inscription has been partly defaced but can easily be made out at 'Quorum animabus propricietus Deus Amen'. Robert was the granson of Thomas Knolles who acquired the Manor from the Swanlands in 1428, and he was the last male of the family. He in all probability added the tower of the church known as the West Tower. His two daughters inherited from him and one, Anne, married Henry Frowick of South Mimms. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, who became the wife of John Coningsby about 1530, and it was their grandson, Sir Ralph, to whom is attributed the erection of the present house in North Mymms Park at the colse of the 16th century. He was knighted by James I.

The monumental brasses of Elizabeth Knolles and two headless children - brass1s.jpg (9615 bytes) The view from the chancel looking towards the Priest's Door - brass3s.jpg (7310 bytes) Close up of the brass showing the inscription described above - brass2s.jpg (9785 bytes)
The monumental brasses of Elizabeth Knolles and two headless children The view from the chancel looking towards the Priest's Door Close up of the brass showing the inscription described above
The name of Robert Knolles can be clearly seen - brass5s.jpg (9583 bytes) But the date he dies has been left blank suggesting his family died first - brass6s.jpg (4870 bytes) The lap dog with its bell collar at the feet of Elizabeth Knolles - brass7s.jpg (6443 bytes)
The name of Robert Knolles can be clearly seen But the date he dies has been left blank suggesting his family died first The lap dog with its bell collar at the feet of Elizabeth Knolles

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