The Obituary Roll Of Lucy, First Prioress Of Hedingham tituli 14 to 17
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Lucy de Vere was the founder and first prioress of the Benedictine nunnery of Hedingam in Essex. When she died, probably around 1225 her successor, Agnes, sent this roll -- now over 19 feet long and composed of several strips of parchment sewn end-to-end -- out to other religious houses, announcing Lucy's death and asking them to pray for her soul. As it passed around East Anglia and back and forth across southern England, each of them added an inscription asking for reciprocal prayers.
Among the churches listed on this section (tituli 14-17), the church of St Mary and St Aethelburga at Barking inscribed their promise near the lower edge. The different handwritings indicate the variety of practices and resources at the many churches signing the roll.