Name: James Radcliffe
Birth: ABT 1432 in Of, Lancaster, Lancashire
Residence: Langley, Middleton, Lancs
MEM: Radclife, Lancs: monumental slab now disappeared
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Change Date: 16 OCT 2008
Purchased Langley 6 Edward IV, 1464.
The monument of James de Radcliffe, of the Tower, and his lady, formerly the attraction of the chancel of Radcliffe church, had for a long time disappeared, but was discovered during the restorations a few years ago. Mr. Thomas Barritt, the self-taught antiquary, of Manchester, in his unpublished manuscripts, has described and sketched, though somewhat incorrectly, this monument, on which he remarks: "In the chancel of Radcliffe Church is an alabaster stone greatly decayed. On it are the traces of a knight in armour and his lady. At the upper part of the stone are two escutcheons - on one the arms of Radcliffe, the other (paly of six) defaced. The Latin legend is in old black character, but almoust mouldered away, not a word to be made out, except the remains of Jacobi Radcliff (the supposed owner of Radcliffe), which words, to all appearance, must shortly perish. No date was to be found." There are some remains of children in praying attitudes at the foot, and Dr. Whitaker gives what he could decipher of the inscription as - "Orate pr aia Jacobi de Radcliff, &c. . . . qu(orum animarum) p'pietur Deus."
Before the monument disappeared, the country people, from a superstitious veneration, were accustomed to break from it small fragments, which they kept in their houses, or wore about their persons as amulets.
In the previous editions of this work this monumental slab is said to be that of James Radcliffe, the founder of the tower, who died in 1409; Dr. Whitaker says the second coat is that of Euby, in which case it must be that of the founder's grandson, James, who was twice married, his first wife being Agnes Euby, but a careful examination of the plate armour in which the male figure is habited points to a still later date, and the probability is that it belonged to James Radcliffe, a younger son of the second James, and the first of the line of Radcliffe, of Langley. The second coat is unquestionably that of Langley, and his wife Joan may have been a daughter of that house.
Father: James Radcliffe
Mother: Agnes Euby
- Margaret Radcliffe
- Type: Book
Periodical: History of Lancashire
Author: Bains & Croston