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Surname Penrice (Penres)
First name John
Dating 1410
Location Oxwich
Life dates +1410
Close relatives father - Robert Penrice
wife - Margaret Fleming
Type of the object tomb effigy
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Place of exposition St Illtyd Church, Oxwich, south Wales, UK
Date of manufacturing 1400-1410

Tomb of the Delamares drawing, Oxwich Church
Photographer: Sir Thomas Mansel Franklen
Date: 1890
Location: Oxwich

Oxwich is a village on the Gower Peninsula, in the city and county of Swansea in south Wales

Oxwich, St Illtyd Church
St. Illtyd's
The interior of the church contains monuments from the 13th and 14th centuries, most notably the De La Mere family effigies, made from local sand and plaster, in a recess locally know as 'Doolamur's Hole'. It is said that the depicted armed Knight and his Lady represent two members of the De La Mere family who owned Oxwich Castle and tragically drowned in Oxwich Bay in the early 14th century. However, some historians have argued that the style of the Knight's armour is distinctly 15th century, suggesting that the effigies are of Sir John Penres and his wife Margaret Fleming, who held the manor of Oxwich at the time

another probably C14 feature is a tomb inserted in the chancel, thought to be of a member of the de la Mare or Penrice families, with his lady, an heiress

Set under a niche in the north wall is the effigy of a medieval knight and his lady, thought to be members of the De la Mere family, though their exact identities are unknown. The De la Mere's owned Oxwich Castle, and the couple may be a lord and lady who tragically drowned in Oxwich Bay in the early 14th century

if they are De la Mares this gives who they are -
" Oxwich Castle appears to have been built by John de Braose, of
Llandinas, brother of William, Lord of Gower. His granddaughter and heiress, Agnes, married Robert de la Mare. They are said to have been drowned in Oxwich Bay, and a handsome monument was erected to their memoiy in Oxwich Church. It is in an arched recess on the north side of the chancel, surmounted by a highly enriched canopy of freestone. The figures are recumbent, and represent a knight and his lady, the former clad in armour of mixed mail and plate., and the latter in the flowing robes and loose falling sleeves, with cuff's and collar of the period. There is no name nor date, but from time immemorial the niche has been known as "Doolamuir's Hole." The lady being placed on the right of her husband, it is supposed, by good authorities, that this unusual position indicates that she was an heiress. Their daughter and heiress married Sir Robert Penrice, of Penrice Castle, whose son Sir John de Penrice, had an only child and heiress, Isabel, who married Sir Hugh Maunsell.


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