1) A frame set over a tomb, designed to carry numerous candles or tapers and usually of metal.
1393 I wyte to Richard my brother ... the blak herce with the Ewangele and iiij torchese of grene wyth the Judase, York
1436 sine aliquali serie candelarum, Anglice herce, Riccall
1485 I will that there be byrnyng on herse v serges, ilkoone of a pownde of wax, Ripon
1547 I will haue a serge of waxe sett opon the herse ouer me the spaice of one yere, Saxton.