No, that’s not the name of this gentleman’s wife (it was Mary), but the village where this magnificent marble effigy can be found.
Norwich born Myles Branthwaite Esq, died August 1612, aged 55. Dates are not given for his wife.
1612, I think that qualifies for the #2019picoftheweek title: A Long Time Ago
[For details of #2019picoftheweek challenge see MariaAntonia]
Despite I am impressed by the marble carving and its detail, that’s not why the tiny Norfolk village of Hethel is famous. It lays claim to two unrelated features.
At 0.025 hectares Hethel Old Thorn is possibly one of the smallest nature reserves in England.
Reputed meeting place for the peasants during their revolt against King John, which puts its age in excess of 700 years. In 1841, when Ninhams produced the engraving (seen on Norfolk Naturalists Trust’s signage below) the trunk then measured 12’ 1” in circumference, with a branch-spread of over 31 yards. Since then the thorn has split into several separate portions, all still very much alive.
And Hethel is also HQ for the famous Lotus sports and racing cars, and home of the Formula One Team Lotus. (Sorry, no photos)