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Surname Westcote (de la Bere of Westcote)
First name Richard
Dating 1332
Location Binsted
Life dates + 1Nov. 11, 1332 (1333?)
Close relatives son - Richard?
daughter - Joan
Type of the object tomb effigy
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Place of exposition Church of the Holy Cross, Binsted, Hampshire, England
Date of manufacturing  

Richard de la Bere of Westcote 1332

Binsted is a village and civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England

Richard de la Bere of Westcote
Binsted Cross

According to Pevsner this effigy is of Richard de la Bere from some time after 1332 when he founded the chantry chapel where the monument lies. His monument, cross-legged, with two angels by his pillow, originally apparently very good ...
The recess of the de la Bere tomb is low and has fine mouldings. However, the church leaflet states "The tomb of a Crusader ... (who) may have been the father or grandfather of Richard de la Bere, and possibly fought in the 7th crusade under Edward I. ... The Norman French inscription on the tomb reads:- Richard de Westcote gist ici de sa salme eit merci amen. This means 'Richard of Westcote lies dead here. May God have mercy on his soul. Amen.' "

There is a post mortem of Thomas de Westcote, lord of the manor of Westcote, in the 37th of Edward the Third, from which it appears that Richard de Westcote was his son and heir, and then aged 25. This was doubtless the same whose effigy still exists, and, by a subsequent deed relating to an action for debt, he appears to have been living in the 47th of Edward the Third
(47 год правления Эдварда III (1327-1377) - это 1374 год и никак не соответствует изображенному на памятнике костюму)

His grandfather, Richard, may well be the man who retired to the manor of Westcote, near Binstead, in North Hampshire. He died there in 1333, and his striking effigy, recording his alias of Richard De Westcote, can still be seen in the parish church. References to his will, dated 11th November 1332, in the Records of London's Husting Court show that he owned land in the Capital. To his daughter, Joan, he left some "houses lately built by me in Phelipes Lane for life". It is not even clear from where this branch of the De la Bere family stem. It is possible Andrew De la Bere was uncle to Simon De la Bere of Thornham.

Sir Richard de la Bere of Westcote founded a chantry here in 1332 and is now buried within the walls of this 14th century church

1332-1333 - Richard de la Bere of Westcote, Hants, Bedfordshire - Inquisitions post mortem.

The "three covered cups" Westcott arms used by Whitman as a coloured frontispiece belonged to the family of Sir Richard de Westcote, whose monumental effigy can still be seen in the church at Binsted, near Alton in Hampshire. This family would warrant an essay of its own, being well documented in the 14th century, but it appears to have no connection with other families of the name Westcott.

Westcott Coat of Arms - registered 1450

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