Name: Andrew Herle
Suffix: Kt, MP
Birth: ABT 1354
MEM: Allensmore, Herefordshire: effigy on incised slab, with wife Juliana
FILE: ~/Pictures/Reunion Pictures/GED PICS master/Herle, Andrew d 1392#1F1FFF.jpg
Title: Herle, Andrew d 1392#1F1FFF.jpg
_SIZE: 0.000000 0.000000
_CROP: 132.000000 -579.000000 145.000000 499.000000
Change Date: 25 SEP 2006
Ancestral File says he died without issue (sp).
The Allensmore slab shows a knight in plate armour with a tight fitting jupon, with a lion at his feet. Beside him, the figure of Juliana wears a low necked gown with an edging of fur. In the folds of her gown at her feet is a delightful terrier with a bell suspended from a collar round his neck. The couple are shown under a canopy flanked by shields and, at their feet, an inscription, in textura quadrata lettering, which reads ?Sir andrew herl gist ycy et Julian sa femme dieu de lour almes eyt mercy?(Sir Andrew Herl[ey] lies here and Juliana his wife, God have mercy on their souls).
It currently lies on the floor to the north of the altar, but the antiquary, Richard Gough, recorded that it was previously on an altar tomb in the north chapel, perhaps originally a Herley family chapel, but in the 18th century used as a charnel house, which was later converted into a vestry.
The most colourful features of this slab are the shields of arms, several of which retain red colouring. The 'tile' shape was cut back and cross-hatched, then these areas were filled with what appears to be the original tile-mix with additions of red particles added. The 1st and 3rd shields below also appear to have originally had inlays of other colours (for the head of the drakes and the star in the 1st shield and for the bend in the 3rd shield) but sadly none of this inlay remains.
In its current state the slab is impressive, but when first laid down over 600 years ago it must have been truly breathtaking!
I did have him of Avensbury, Hertfordshire, but was this some wierd mistake for Allensmore, Herefordshire?
Juliana Le Rous b: 12 JUN 1358
- Alice Or Margaret Herle