Tomb chest of Canon Richard North, with recumbent effigy. Designed by Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875), carved by William Farmer (see Egan). c.1860. Marble. Our Ladye Star of the Sea R.C. Church, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, with thanks to Father Kevin Robinson and Michael Egan for their help. [You may use this and the following images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL or cite the Victorian Web in a print document. Click on the images for larger pictures.]

Left: Close-up of Canon Richard North's effigy, with two angels at his head. The craftsmanship here is very fine. Right: The last medallion on the right-hand side of the tomb chest, showing a man, possibly a naval pensioner from the Greenwich Hospital, kneeling. Canon Richard North (1800-1860), the Catholic mission's priest in Greenwich, had been the driving force behind the building of the church, and is described in the brass inscription as its founder. Both he and his brother and successor in the parish, Canon Joseph North (1808-1885), are buried in the church, and there is a memorial brass to them in the chancel (see Evinson 100).

The tomb chest and effigy from the other side. The monument lies beneath the arch between the Lady Chapel and the Chancel. At the Canon's feet lies a little curly-coated dog, looking particularly appealing and alert.

Related Material


Egan, Michael. Church of Our Ladye, Star of the Sea, Crooms Hill Greenwich: Notes for Visitors. Leaflet kindly provided by Michael Egan.

Evinson, Denis. Catholic Churches of London. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Print.

Last modified 15 June 2012