I made the most of the warm sunny weather this week to replace some of the photos that I lost in ‘the great computer crash’.
Two of the places I visited have huge connections with the de Lacy family – Pontefract Castle built by Ilbert de Lacy and Whalley Abbey which was founded by Henry de Lacy.
When Henry de Lacy gave permission for the monks at Stanlaw Abbey to move to Whalley one of the stipulations he made was the remains of his father, grandfather and great grandfather should be brought with them and reburied in the new abbey church. Sadly there is no record of this happening, but I believe that it did as there is the remains of a large gravestone to the left of the altar in what would have been the chancel of the church that bears the de Lacy lion. You can see it on the first photo.
The second photo is one that I took at Pontefract Castle. It is very worn but I think I can make out the outline of the de Lacy lion there as well. What do you think? Can anyone else see it? Click on the pictures to enlarge them.