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Sandys Mausoleum

A buttressed gothic mausoleum built of sandstone with a pitched roof. The side walls retain their medieval lancet windows, but the east and west walls were rebuilt when the structure was converted to a mausoleum in the early 19th century. The crenellated parapet, arched entrance and all the other embellishments date from the later period.

Architect

Probably Thomas Rickman

Listing

Grade II* (England and Wales)

Year Built

1830

Style

Gothic Revival

History

When Thomas Rickman built the new church was built at Ombersley for the Sandys family, who were lords of the manor, between 1825 and 1829, he probably also converted the chancel of the old one for use as their mausoleum. The family had been established in the area since at least the 17th century and old church contains some fine monuments that pre-date its conversion to a mausoleum. These include a cartouche in memory of Samuel Sandys (d.1685) carved by William Bird, and a monument to Edwin Lord Sandys (d.1797) with a bust by Nollekens. The mausoleum still belongs to the family, the last interment being that of the 6th Lord Sandys, the father of the present peer.

Condition

Good. The exterior was restored in 1997 when the roof was re-slated and much stonework replaced. The interior was in the course of restoration (1998).

Sources

BoE: Worcestershire (1968), 229-30.

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Location

Churchyard of St Andrew,
Ombersley,
Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

WR9 OEW

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