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The parish of

Kings Norton

Part of the Church of England

Humphrey Toye

In the south aisle of St Nicolas', behind the altar of the Lady Chapel, is a time-worn marble slab. Fortunately, Nash, the 18th century Worcestershire historian, recorded the Latin inscription before it became illegible.

Orate pro anima Humfredi Toye clerici capellani istius capellae qui obiit Julii 12 1514 cujus animae propetietur Deus. Amen.

Pray for the soul of Humphrey Toye, clerical chaplain of this chapel, who died on 12th July 1514. May God have mercy on his soul. Amen.

In his will, Toye described himself as chaplain of the chantry of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kings Norton. To the mother church of Worcester he bequeathed six pence and to the high altar or Kings Norton, eight pence. To the other altars of the chapel he bequeathed his organ and his chalice.