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Surname Delamare (de la Mare, de la Mere)
First Name John
Dating 1383
Location Nunney
Life dates 1320-1383
Title High Sheriff of Wiltshire (1374)
High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset (1377)
Knight of the Shire for the same two counties, Wiltshire in 1376 and Somerset in 1373, 1377, 1382.
He was also lord of the manor of Fisherton Delamare and Bishopstrow in Wiltshire
Close relatives father - John de la Mare
wife - Maud de Norton
son - Philip
Type of the object effigy
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Place of exposition All Saints Anglican Church, Nunney, Somerset, England
Date of manufacturing  

the effigy of Sir John de la Mere who built Nunney castle and who died in 1383

John de la Mare was sheriff of Wilts" (where he has left his name to Fisherton-de-la-Mare) "in 1377, and then bore on his shield two lions passant


Piers de la Mare
Gules two lions passant gardant argent
Siege of Calais, 1348


The effigy of a knight on the window sill is traditionally ascribed to Sir John de la Mare, builder of the castle. He died in 1383. It is more likely to be his son, Philip, who founded achantry here in 1394. Another great feature of the church are the tomb effigies which are now rearranged in the St Katherine's chapel. These are of the Lords of the Manor across several centuries and include those of Sir John De La Mare, builder of Nunney Castle and Sir John Paulett and his wife Constance. This later effigy is of note because she wears her hair long as an unmarried woman would.

the ancestor of mine who "built" Nunney castle in the 14th c. (that is, he took a former manor house and reconstructed it in the contemporary French castle style)

is probably an effigy of Sir John Delamere (c.1390).

This effigy in Nunney Church is attributed to Sir John De la Mere. However, based on the style it is more likely to be that of his grandson.

He is best known as the man who built Nunney Castle, although it is unlikely that he saw it finished before his death in 1383. John De la Mere was sufficiently in the royal favour to receive a licence to crenellate from Edward III in 1373.

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