The Middleton effigy in the parish church at Ilkley, West Yorkshire. It is thought to mark the passing of Sir Peter de Middleton (c.1290 -1336), a local landowner, sheriff of Yorkshire in 1335 and one of the royal justices. Like may of the old knightly effigies and tombs, Sir Peter is damaged and carved with graffiti. Many of these ancient monuments were damaged during the iconoclasm of the Reformation and probably by bored youths forced to endure lengthy sermons.
Today they are treated with a little more respect..usually… as a historical record and a document of the dress and accoutrements of times past .