A little over a year ago I put an entry for Robert Willoughby, First Lord Broke on findagrave. Robert is buried at St. Mary's Church in Callington, and has a very elaborate tomb with an effigy. I am wondering if anyone is close to the area and might be able to get me some photos of the tomb, including closeups of the effigy so I could add them to the findagrave memorial. I would of course give the photographer credit. These need to be original photos, not anything from a book or other copyrighted material. Thanks.
I visited East Cornwall recently and passed through Callington with your request in mind - I hope it's not too late!.
I took several photos of the de Broke tomb and low res versions of some of the more successful ones I've put on a page of my web-site so you can review them - the page can be found at www.donne.me.uk/deBroke/deBroke.htm.
If there are any you fancy you can download the low res version or if that is not good enough I can supply the high res original.
The tomb has a small notice on it with the following explanatory text: "THE TOMB OF ROBERT 1st LORD WILLOUGHBY de BROKE
"This is an altar tomb of purest alabaster and one of the most magnificent in the west country. Originally it would have been coloured and gilded, looking quite brilliant.
"Lord Willoughby de Broke,whose effigy clad in armour lies on the tomb, was born at Broke Hall in Wiltshire in 1452. In the early 1470's he married Blanche Champernowne of Bere Ferrers. His wife's family held much property locally including the Manor of Callington, hence the connection.
"He was a strong Lancastrian and friend of Henry VII, whom he supported in his struggle for the throne. After the Battle of Bosworth he was rewarded with the Order of the Garter, shown on the effigy.
"The most important of the many offices bestowed on him was that of Lord High Steward, then chief officer of state. A peerage followed in 1492, and his last official act was to welcome Princess Catherine of Aragon to Exeter in 1501. He escorted her to London to meet Prince Arthur the older brother of Henry VIII, but who died young.
"Sir Robert died in 1502 while on business in the Callington area, and in accordance with the terms of his Will, was buried here."
You are very welcome - I'm glad you found something suitable amongst the photos. Thank you for the credit. I see from your biography of Robert that his loyalties were rather more complicated than the brief note on the tomb implies. The tomb is very fine and well worth a visit to view, but it is sandwiched between altar and organ in the chancel and so you can only see one side.