Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Tomb Recess Definition

History and Architecture

Tomb Recess

A niche, usually in the church wall, made to hold a monument or tomb. Recesses are most commonly topped with an arch, or canopy, which may be highly decorated. Some are made so the tomb or effigy lies at ground level while others hold a table tomb at waist level. The number of variations are almost limitless. Recesses may not hold a tomb at all if the monument has been removed.

Related: Effigy   Arch   Canopy  

Attraction search
in



National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



This battle outside York saw the triumph of Harold Hardrada of Norway over Edwin and Morcar, Earls of Mercia and Northumbria respectively



10 July, 1296

John Balliol abdicates crown of Scotland

Balliol forced to bow under pressure from Edward I of England, who had named him king just 4 years before

This queen's second husband, Lord Darnley, was murdered, possibly with her knowledge



Passionate about British Heritage!