Bredon Church and John Prideaux

I called in at Bredon Church to see the grave site of Bishop John Prideaux.
He spent his last years living with his daughter and son in law and was buried at the church following a large and well attended funeral. Details of his life, death, will  can be found on my other blogs on this site.

I was disappointed to see that his gravestone was placed underneath a rug in front of the altar. I hope that this was because the congregation are worried that it will be damaged by constant footfall. There is a plaque on the wall acknowledging him, but stating that he died a pauper. This is a common and repeated misconception which has been passed down. He certainly lost his Bishopric and church livings and position at Exeter College, Oxford following the Civil War, but he left a good deal of money and possessions in his will. It was his sons in law who sold off his possessions quite swiftly, following John’s death. I don’t know how much his two remaining daughters were happy with that.

Part of his biography on the plaque states’

‘stofordiae pago obscuro sed ingenius parentibus natus’ – born in an obscure village, Stowford, to land holding parents –

 

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In addition to the blogs on the site, I have already written and published one book about John Prideaux and more are in the pipeline.

  • July 22, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. Southampton to New York to Portland
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  • July 22, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. Cornwall to London.
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  • July 21, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. Cornwall Summer.
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  • July 20, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. Liverpool to Cornwall
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  • July 20, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. New York to Liverpool aboard S S Lucania.
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  • July 20, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux in 1900. Portland to New York.
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  • July 20, 2017
    The Travels of John Prideaux through the U.S. and the U.K. in 1900
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  • May 15, 2017
    An Baner Kernewek May 2017
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  • March 4, 2017
    An Baner Kernewek February 2017
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  • January 8, 2017
    Daphne du Maurier and her Cornish properties
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  • November 17, 2016
    An Baner Kernewek - The Cornish Banner
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  • October 1, 2016
    Bredon Church and John Prideaux
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  • September 30, 2016
    Tywardreath Priory
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    September 5, 2016
    The Great Fire of London 1666
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  • August 4, 2016
    Mulfra Vean New Mill Cornwall
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