Ludlow Palmers
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Edmund and Mary Walter

This large tomb enclosed by railings is on the south side of the chancel, next to the tomb of Ambrosia Sidney.

Walter, 1518-1594, came from Staffordshire, trained as a lawyer and was recommended to Sir Henry Sidney for the Council of the Marches. He became Chief Justice for South Wales, settled in Ludlow, was twice Recorder for the town, and built himself a house at Maryvale, in Mill Street.

The effigies on the tomb are of Walter and his first wife, Mary Hakluit, who came from a prominent Herefordshire family and died in 1583. Their three sons and two daughters are shown kneeling, around the sides of the tomb chest.

The figure in red judge's robes is the second son, John, who became a Chief Baron of the Exchequer in 1625, the same year that his older brother James died.

The tomb was erected after 1625 as James's will mentions his intention ‘…to have erected over my father some fitting remembrance or monument within the church where they lie buried … if the same be not performed in my lifetime the charge whereof I Ieave to my brother John’. So this tomb was erected thirty years after Walter's death.

The form of the monument resembles that of Mary Eure, with an arch framing the inscription, but is more lavishly decorated with fashionable ribbon work and strapwork. Corinthian columns at the sides support obelisks, which flank the display of heraldry above.

More unusual features are the railings, which are original, and include corner standards with the initials EW and MW on the iron pennants.

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