A 400-year-old tomb of a Norfolk lawyer is set to be displayed later this month.

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A celebration of the life of Myles Branthwaite, a lawyer from Hethel who died four centuries ago in August 1612, will be held along with an exhibition about his family.

His carved alabaster tomb in All Saints’ Church in the parish depicts him on his side wearing his legal robes, his wife, Mary, by his side and their three children kneeling at the foot of the tomb.

Over the weekend of September 15 and 16, the swagger tomb will be on show with displays about the monument and a timeline from 1550 to 1820 showing connections with the long line of Branthwaites who lived in the village.

At 7pm on Saturday, September 15 an evening of words and music to commemorate the family will be held in the church.

Retired University of East Anglia history professor Richard Wilson will talk and answer questions about the life and times of Myles Branthwaite. Traditional drinks of the time such as ale and sack – a sweet wine fortified with brandy – will be served during the interval and music from the era will be played by organist Michael Frith.

Peter Nicholls, a member of the parochial church council, said: “He lived through a turbulent time in history including four monarchs and the gunpowder plot. Considering the tomb has been there for 400 years it’s in extremely good condition.”

He said that about 12 members of the Branthwaite family were buried in and around the church.




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