Alice Paston (née Packington) 1597
  Alice Paston (née Packington) 1597  
Name Alice Paston (née Packington) 1597
Date 1597 - 1597
Gender Female

There is an alabaster tomb-chest to Sir Clement Paston (died 1597) with the kneeling figure of his wife Alice and a recumbent effigy (Good, 2004; Pevsner and Wilson, 1997, 635). Sir Clement is dressed in armour having served five English monarchs in public office from the time of Henry VIII through to that of James I (Knott, 2005). Henry called him his “champion”, the Protector Somerset called him his “soldier”, Mary her “seaman” and Elizabeth her “father”. He built a magnificent mansion, Oxnead Hall, of which only a fragment remains. He had no children. Sir Clement’s wife, Anne/Alice Packington, was the widow of Richard Lambert of London. She died in 1609 (notes in church, 17 January 2008). There are traces of black paint remaining on the effigy's headdress and gown.


Alice's garments:


Wired, heart-shaped hair; headdress with at least four layers - headcloth, bonnet with stiffened circular back and pleated veil; figure-of-eight pleated ruff; black doublet-style bodice with standing collar and buttoned front; loose, long, black English gown with two rows of tabs at shoulders and caped collar; (possibly separate) sleeves with cuffs.

Good, M (2004) The Buildings of England Database, Oxford: Oxford University Press


Knott, S (2005), www.norfolkchurches.co.uk


Llewellyn, N (2000) Funeral monuments in post-reformation England, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Linnell, C (1948) “East Anglian church monuments” in East Anglia Magazine, April, 433-4


National Monuments Record (English Heritage), Images of England, (www.imagesofengland.org.uk), accessed 13 February 2008.


Pevsner, N & Wilson, B (1997) Norfolk I: Norwich and North-East, London: Penguin

Location Church of St Michael & All Angels
Near Buxton