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Gentleman's Magazine 1803 p.305


Sizergh Church

March 28.
I BEG leave to present you with a drawing of Sizergh church, Westmoreland, from the pencil of a friend (fig. 2.)
This antique fabrick is built of a freestone, with the exception of a wing, in which is a porch in imitation of the Saxon, which was added by the good Bp. Wilson, whilst chaplain to William Earl of Derby, in 1692. By-the-by, the worthy and pious man did not shew himself an adept in architecture, because the remainder of the church is built in the rude Gothic style which prevailed in the reign of Richard III. at which time the church at Sizergh was built, at least such is my opinion; but I speak it under correction.
The Youghall family (of which was the Sir Sir John Youghall who was shot by an arrow at the seige of Joppa (Histoire de la Croix par Froisart, at Paris, 1643) caused in memory of that event the family arms to be affixed above the South portico, of which I have sent a copy. Those of the family of Martlemere (a lion couchant, Gules, with three arrows Argent), are also affixed to the North entrance. As there is no singularity about the latter, except their being superbly ornamented and painted on oak, I have not sent them.
Yours, &c.
This has been described as a 'spoof'.
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