Name: Philip de la Beche
Occupation: Valet to King Edward II. Sheriff of Berks & Oxon.
MEM: Aldworth, Berks: effigy
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Change Date: 13 MAY 2011
The so-called " Aldworth Giants" are one of the richest collections of 14th century effigial monuments in the country and they are all housed in the tiny parish church of St. Mary, Aldworth, Berks. They are unique in being all of one family. Several of them were erected at one hit by Nicholas, Lord De La Beche of Aldworth, in the 1340s, though others are older. The family lived at the now defunct La Beche Castle in the parish and held many high offices at Court, particularly Lord Nicholas who became Seneschal of Gascony and Constable of the Tower of London. His effigy is supposedly the one in the centre of the nave: note the detailed stitching of his garments. His father, Sir Philip, is the huge man in the north-east corner with a dwarf companion at his feet to show off his height. Hence the monuments' nickname.
Philip de la Beche was the son of John and grandson of Robert who m. Idonea, daughter of William de Frethnei.
Sir Philip de la Beche b. 1250 d. 1329 married Lady Joan (It is inferred from the seal that she was of the family of de la Zouche). He was sheriff of Berkshire and Wiltshire and with Bartholomew Burgherch and Thomas, Earl of Lancaster defeated at Boroughbridge, Yorkshire. In 26 Edw. I, Hungerford, Berks. 1/2 knights fee held by John de Kyngeston, Nicholas de Kyngeston and Philip de la Beche of the same honour.
Their children were:
Sir John de la Beche, b. 1288 m. Isabella de Elmridge
Sir Phillip, Berks. sheriff 1332 [his existence is questioned by some]
Lord Nicholas, m. perhaps 1) Joan Etchingham, 2) Margery Poynyngs, d. 1348; Edmond in 1336, Roll of remnants of the great wardrobe received by Edmund de la Beche from William la Zouche;
Robert by 1377 or after, married a daughter of Robert Holland of Calais.
[Philip?s grandson] John de la Beche died in or before 1336, when his heirs were his three sisters?Joan, the wife of Andrew de Sackville; Isabel, the wife of William Fitz Ellis; and Alice, the wife of Robert Danvers [d 1361]. Within the course of the next five years all three of these heirs sold their shares to their uncle Sir Nicholas de la Beche, who had in the meantime obtained the overlordship
Sir Philip De La Beche son of Sir John. He inherited the family estates from his father and was Sheriff of Berkshire and Oxfordshire in 1313-14. He wears a mantle over embossed armour to signify that he was valet to King Edward II. Gaoled as a rebel, with his sons, in 1332, he was eventually pardoned by King Edward III. He is said to have been seven foot tall! He died in 1336.
Philip de la Beche in 1335 together with his son Nicholas (his two elder sons Philip and John having died in 1327 and 1328 respectively) received a grant of free warren in La Beche and Aldworth.
Father: John de la Beche
- John de la Beche
- Nicholas de la Beche
- Joan de la Beche
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