A carving on the desk standard of the Dean's stall in the choir of Manchester Cathedral, depicting the Lathom legend of the Eagle and Child

Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
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Cathedral Church Of St Mary, Fennel Street, Manchester
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The choir stalls in Manchester Cathedral date from around 1505-1510. The legend of the "Eagle and Child" is that Sir Thomas Lathom was carried away in infancy by an eagle, and was later rescued unhurt from the bird's nest. The carving depicts the eagle depositing the baby in a tree. The baby is dressed in a long robe, the folds of which hang down from the tree. On the ground below are four figures wearing smocks, doublet, and hose, and carrying tools and packages. Two of the figures look up towards the eagle, whilst the fourth figure is knocking at the door of a castle. Sir Thomas Lathom's only surviving child, Isabel, married Sir John Stanley. A descendent, Warden Stanley, was the first occupant of this stall.


This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection


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Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree


Medieval Collegiate Church, Medieval Parish Church, Post Medieval Collegiate Church, Post Medieval Parish Church, Post Medieval Cathedral, Religion