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two miles short of Ludlow, o out departed this life the 13th of Auguste

Mr.URBAN, Shrewsbury, March 23. Y of COU will probably deen the an “ The Righteous shall be had in ever

Jasting remembrance. Bromfield Priory, worth preserving

“ Agatha Barlow, widow, daughter ofamongst your Shropshire Antiquities. Humfrey Welsborne, late wife of Wil(See Plate II.) The pleasant vil liam Barlow, Bishop of Chichester, who is situaled

A. D. 1568, and liethe buried in the Ca

the Shrewsbury road, in the hundred of shee had seven children that came unto

thedrall Churche of Chichester: by wbom. Munslow, adjoining the beautiful do

men and wemen's state, too sunnes and main of Oakeley Park.

five daughters: the. sunnes William and Tbis Priory or Cell of Monks be. John ; the danghters Margarite, wife longed to Gloucester Abbey, which unto William Overton, Bishop of Covenhad Prebendaries; they were of the tri and Lițchefild ; Anne, wife unto HerBenedictine order. The canons of bert Westfayling, Bishop of Hereforde; it, A.D. 1159, by the authority and Elizabeth died anno --

wife unto with the concurrence of Theobald, William Day, now Bishop of Winchester; Archbishop of Canterbury, gave their Frances, wife unto Toby Mathew, Bichurch to the abbey of St. Peter at shop of Durrham ; Antonine, late wife Gloucester. King Henry "II.

unto William Wickham, disceased, Bifirmed all the estates belonging to it, shop of Winchester : Shee being a wo. under the title of the Church of St.

man godly, wise, and discreete, from her Mary, of Bromfield, to the Monks bothe in prosperite and adversite, and a

youthe moste faithfull unto her husband there serving God, to hold of him companione with him in banishemente and his heirs in perpetual alms: the for the Gospell sake, moste kinde and like confirmation was made to it by loving onto all her children, and dearly King Heary 111. It was valued at beloved of them all; for her ability, of a 771. 188. 3d. per annum clear, at the liberall mynde and pitiful unto the poore. Suppression.

Shee baving lived aboute LxxXx years, The situation of this house was died in the Lorde, whom shee dayly most delightful, between the rivers served, the Xill of June, anno Domini Oney and Teme. The Oney flowed 1595, in the bowse of her sunne William, by the back part of the priory, nearly being then Person of this churcle, and touchiog it with its left bank, and a Prebendary of Winchester. little below was the copfluence of the Rogatu et sumptibus Filiæ dilectæ two rivers. It is not therefore sur

Franciscæ Mathew, prising that a place like this should Hic Agathæ tumulus Barloi, Præsulis, have been chosen for retirement and

inde ineditation.

Exulis, inde iterum Præsulis uxor erat. The flat pointed arch of the Gate- Prole beata fuit, plena annis, quinque house is standing, with the Western portion of the Church, patched up

Præsulibus vidit Præsulis ipsa datas.” and made parochial: these are re Yours, &c.

I. presented in the annexed view. Adjoining the South-east part of the MR. URBAN,

Aug, 12. Church are a few fragments of broken walls. Whatever ancient Moner I SEND you an account of Lady

Berkeley, which I'transcribed from ments or Inscriptions may have been, that most curious book “The History not a vestige remains excepting 'a of the Berkeley Family.” If you have Jarge coffio-shaped stune in the chan

never seen the extract, it will amuse cel floor, with a cross fleury; the in

you, and it is entirely at your service. scription round the verge of which is the author of this book was a Mr. nearly, obliterated. D, PARKES

Smythe, then of Kilby Green, co.Glou

cesier, ancestor of Mr. Aven Smythe, Mr. URBAN,

of Condover, Shropshire.
Aug. 7.
Yours, &c.

F. T. HE following inscription is copied verbalin from a múral ino

“ Of stature this lady was somewhat nument, with the Latin verses on

tall, of complexion lovely, both in the brass plates, in the church of Easton, little inclining towards an high colour,

spring and autumn of her life, but a pear Winchester..

her hair somewhat yellowish, of pace the Gent. Mag. September, 1816.




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most stately and upright, all times of to apprehend; and in Hilary Term in
ber age that ever I beheld; of stomach the 37th year of Queen Elizabeth, I
great and haughtie, no way diminishing bought for her a globe, Blagrave's Ma,
the greatness of her birth and marriage, thematical Jewel,' a quadrate, compas
by omission of any ceremony, at diett or ses, rulers, and other mathematical in-
public prayers, whose book I have usually struments, wberein she much delighted
observed presented to ber with the herself till her death.
Jowest curtesies tbat might be, and on “I remember about three years before
the knees of her gentlewoman; of great her death, one of her fingers in the two
expence and bountie beyond the means of foremost joints put her to much pain,
continuance; of speech passing eloquent which caused ber to send for an excel-
and 'ready, whom ia many years I could lent chirurgeon from Coventry, who
never observe to misplace, or seem to told her plainly that it must be cut off
recall one mistaken, misplaced, or mis- by the palm of ber hand, or else be
pronounced word or syllable, and as lanced all along to the bare bone ; which
'ready, and significant under her pen: latter, though far more painful, she
forty of whose letters at least at several made choice of. At the time appointed
times I have received; her invention as her surgeon desired her to sit, and that
quick as her first thoughts, and her some of her strongest servants might
words as ready as her invention; skilful hold her, for the pain would be extreme;
in the French, but perfect in the Italian to whom she replied, Spare not you in
tongue, wherein she most desired ber performing your part, and leave the rest
daughters to be instructed. At the lute to me: she held out her hand, he did
she played admirably, and in her private his office, she never blenched, or so
chamber would often sing thereto, to much as seemed to take notice of the
the ravishment of the hearers, which to pain: at which Roman-like magnani-
ber knowledge were seldome more than mity, and fortitude of mind, the sur,
one or two of her gentlewomen; how geon seemed incredibly to wonder, as
beit I have known divers of her ser often after he told myself and others.
vants 'secretly hearkening under her Being in the 16th of Elizabeth the
windows, and at her chamber door, mother of three daughters, and almost
whom her husband hath sometimes there without hope of more children, especially
found, and privately stayed amongst

of a son, which she for the continuance them, of which number three or four of her house, and husband's name, much times myself hath been one.

desired, extremely grieving that the

male line of this ancient family should « In the first 20 years after her mar end in her default, as she accounted it, riage, she was given to all manner of she acquainted Mr. Francis Aylworth delights beseeming her birth and call. therewith, then of Kington Magna, in ing, as before hath been touched. But Warwickshire, a little old queerish man, after the beheading of the Duke of Nor but an excellent well-read and practisfolk her brother, and the frowns which ed chirurgeon and physician, and for 'state government had cast upon the many years a gentleman living in her rest, and others of her dearest kindred, house: he gave her hope of conception, with the harsh bereavings, or rather yea, of a son, if she and her Lord would wrestings, of her husband's possessions, for a few months be ruled by him. This as bath been declared, then grown to in a private conference betweene them wards thirty-eight or forty years, she three was agreed upon, and promised to retired herself into her chamber, and be observed. Children are given to men. private walks, which each fair day in It's God that giveth them. She congarden, park, and other solitaries, for ceived, and within one year after this her set hours she constantly observed, communication, brought forth a son Bot permitting either her gentleman called Thomas, father of the Lord usher, gentlewomen, or any other of ber George, to her unspeakable comfort; house, to come nearer to her than their but never conceived after. What time appointed distance: when the weather Mr. Aylworth told me this story, about 'permitted not abroad, she observed the 10 years after at Hallowdon, which I same order in the great chamber or have at second hand heard also that this gallery.

Lord hath privately told to some others: “In her elder years she gave herself to be added, that some months, or therethe study of natural philosophy and as abouts, before the time of delivery, she tronomy; and the better to continue her sent for him, and kept him with her; knowledge in the Latin tongue in read and he, out of what observation I know ing over the grammar rules, bath three rot, being confident she went with a or four times called me to explain some son, offered to wage with her ten pound thing therein, that she seemed uot fully to thirty pound that so it was: she ac


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'cepted the offer, most willing, no doubt, husband's chamber and otherwise, of his to lose, had the wager been thirty hun- speeches, dispatches, and purposes : few. dred. As soon as she was delivered, and fines or incomes from his tenants were understood it was a son, the first word raised, and never any land sold, but she she spake was, Carry Aylworth his had a sixth, eighth, or tenth part therethirty pound, which purposely she had out unknown to him: so strictly held laid ready in gold in her chamber, this she obliged to her the servants, and being the 11th of July, 1575. She also officers employed under her husband (I prevailed with her husband to sell him write mine own knowledge for many of the said manor of Kington Magna, in her last years, and received the usage September following, for 5201. which he of former times from my fellow com. then held in lease for years, formerly by missioners, employed in that kind, many me mentioned amongst this Lord's sales years before my observations); by us all of his lands.

disliked, but by none of us to be helped. " For the awing of her family (I say Most just it is, that all toll should come not regulating the expence according to into the right toll-dish. For the most the revenue) and the education of youth, part it falleth out, that where wives will she had no compeer, which I could much rule all, they marall; words I lately heard enlarge by many particulars : I will from wise lords in the Star Chamber, in only mention one instance, that as my the cases of the Lady Lake, the Counself, in the 26th of Elizabeth, then tess of Suffolk, and some others. These about 17, crossed the upper part of the verses are ancient: gallery at the Fryars in Coventry, where Concerning wives take this a certain rule : she then dwelt, having a covered dish That, if at first you let them have the in iny hands, with her son's breakfast,

rule, wherewith I was hastening, and there Yourself with them at last shall bear by presented her, then at the farther end,

no rule, with a running leg or curtesie, as loth Except you let them evermore to rulo. too long to stay upon that duty, she called me back to her, and to make, ere

“ For many of her first years after I departed, one hundred legs, so to call marriage, she was allowed from her them, at the least. And when I had done husband's purse and his receivers, what well, and missed the like in my next,

she spent, and called for; but that essay, I was then to begin again. And proved more burthensome than her such was her great nobleness to me

husband's revenue could beare. After therein, then a boy of no desert, Jately

she undertook to amend much that was come from a country-school, and but

amiss, and became his receiver-general, newly entered into her service, that to

to whom all officers, foreign and domesshew me the better how, she lifted up tic, made their accompts; but that prem all her garments to the calf of her legge, ying more unprofitable, soon blasied; that I might the better observe the lastly she had 3001. by the year for her grace of drawing back the foot, and apparell, and chamber expences, which bowing of the knee. At this time, the

allowance continued till her death. antic and apish gestures, since used in After this lady had seen her son and salutations, nor the French garbs of two daughters married, growing by decringing, were not arrived, nor ex grees into a kind of dropsy, a watry pected in England ; but what is worse, timpany, she departed this life, the 7th in subscriptions of letters, your humble April in the 38th of Elizabeth, anno servant hath since that time almost 1596, at Hallowdon aforesaid, then of driven your loving friend out of Eng. the age of 58 years or thereabouts, and land.

was buried on Ascension day following, “ It cannot be said that any apparent then the 20th of May, in St. Michael's vice was in this lady; but it may be said church in Coventry, with the greatest of a wife, as of money, they are, as they

state and honour chat for many years are used, helpers or hurters : money is before had been seen in that city, or in a good servant, but a bad master. And those parts of the kingdom, the mansure it is that she much coveted to rule ner whereof, by direction of this Lord her husband's affairs at home and abroad, Henry, for his private satisfaction, and to be informed of the parti lar (mourning all that time at Hallowdon passages of each of them; which soine in his private chamber) I put into write times brought forth harshness at home, ing, a labour the more readily under and turning off such servants as she gone, as the last service I could perform observed refractory to her intentions to the memory of her who had to my therein. As far as was possible, she had young years and education, both in her in her middle and elder years a desire house at Oxford, and in the Middle to be informed from the grooms of her 'Temple, continued any benefactor by


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