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Friday, 04 April 2008
At Chertsey Bridge


I found this intriging statue on Chertsey Bridge Road next to the (historic) bridge.  The plaque on the base of the statue advises us that:

In the 15th Century, during the War of the Roses, Neville Audley, a Lancastrian, was captured and held prisoner at Chertsey Abbey. He sent for a pardon from King Edward IV but he was due to be executed at sunset when the curfew bell rang. Blanche Heriot saved her lover’s life by clasping the bell clapper until the messenger brought the pardon.

The original bell now hangs in St Peter’s Church [in Chertsey]

Sculptor Sheila Mitchell F.R.B.S.

St Peter’s Church has some information about the subject of this statue and according to them various versions of the legend place it during different historical times.

Posted by bigblue on 04/04/2008 at 10:56 PM
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