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Surname Stawell
First name Matthew
Dating 1379
Location Cothelstone
Life dates 1340 - +1379
Close relatives father - Sir Jefferie Stowell (II) (1318-1361)
mother - Juliana Gastelin
wife - (1355) Eleanor (Elizabeth?) Merton
Margery Lyffe, of Carypole
Edith Frampton
Sir Thomas Stawell, Kt., MP
Type of the object tomb effigy
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Place of exposition Church of St.Thomas of Canterbury, Cothelstone, Somerset, UK
Date of manufacturing  

Sir Mathew de Stawell, died 1379, and his wife Elizabeth, Cothelstone

Tomb of Sir John Stawell and wife 1379
A well preserved tomb of a member of the de Stawell family dated 1379. found within the Church of St.Thomas of Canterbury, Cothelstone.

Cothelstone, Somerset
Sir Matthew de Stawell, d1379, and wife Eleanor Merton

Sir Matthew and Lady Eleanor Stawell effigies, late 14th century

Sir Mathew de Stawell, died 1379, and his wife Elizabeth

The real highlight of Cothelstone Church is a pair of monuments to the Stawell family. The first stands beneath the eastern arch of the nave arcade and commemorates Sir Matthew de Stawell (d. 1379) and his wife Eleanor Merton. Sir Matthew is shown in full armour, his feet on a lion and his head resting on his helmet. Lady Eleanor is depicted with her feet resting on two squirrels. Around the base of the tomb are shields of the Merton and Stawell families along with arms showing the marriages of the couple's 14 sons.


Arms of Stawell of Cothelstone, Somerset: Gules, a cross lozengy argent. Also arms of Stawell of Sutcombe, Devon: Gules, a cross lozengy argent (Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.503). These arms are visible in Bovey Tracey Church, Devon. Stowell of Wike Stowell, same arms, within a bordure engrailed argent (Pole, p.503).

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