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[In this presentation some editing has been carried out to make inscriptions a little more readable. The original Record has a true transcription.]
STANDING WALL MONUMENT - CHANCEL - S Wall - Mid 18thC
John Bromfield d. 1735
Elizabeth Bromfield d. 1734
Elizabeth Bromfield d. 1790
John Bromfield d. 1792
Sacred To the Memory of JOHN BROMFIELD Esqr of Lewes in Sussex who died Jany. 30th l735 Aged 52 And of ELIZABETH his Wife, Daughter of John Weekes Esqr of Westfield in Sussex who died Novr. 6th, 1734 Aged 42. They left one Son and one Daughter by whom this Monument is erected as a Token of their Duty and Gratitude to the best of parents.
ELIZABETH the DAUGHTER DIED in JANy. 1790 AGED 62 and was buried in the Parish Church of St ANNS, otherwise St PETER, St.MARY WESTOUT, LEWES
And John the Son DIED JANy. 30th. 1792 AGED 65 and was buried in this Chancel.
STANDING WALL MONUMENT - S AISLE - S Wall
The Jefferay Monument 1612 but fully restored 1996 with the aid of an anonymous donation and grants by the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and the Historic Churches Preservation Trust.
Sir John Jefferay d 1578
Dame Alice Jefferay d 1576
Sir Edward Montagu 1562 - 1644
Dame Elizabeth Montagu d 1611
Elizabeth Bertie (nee Montagu) d 1654
Large, pink veined off-white monument occupying the width of the wall in a bay extended out from the South aisle, S.E. corner. The centre piece is of two reclining figures, the male above the female, and two standing figures, the male to the left and the female to the right, with a kneeling child at the front, all life size. They are contained within a large classical edifice.
a) Sir John is lying on his side, head on right elbow, clad in a long legal robe and cape, a knotted sash and the collar of an unidentified order. His cloak is pushed back over his left shoulder. There are fur cuffs and collar to the robe and his shirt has a neck ruff and small cuff ruffs. The hat is a square academic style and he has square toed shoes. His elbow is resting on an embroidered pillow with a tassel at the comer and he holds the broken remains of a scroll in his left hand. There are vestigial remains of red paint in the folds of the robe.
b) Below him lies Dame Alice (nee Apsley), his wife, on her back. She wears a simple Elizabethan style dress, with patterned top, ruff and bonnet cap, hands clasped in prayer, her head on an embroidered pillow, the comer tassel of which is missing.
c) To the left is the standing figure of Sir Edward Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu of Boughton, their son-in-law, fully robed with a glimpse of the breeched right leg. The cape has a wide protruding collar and his left hand is on the pommel of his sword, both the hand and pommel are missing, only part of the quillon remains.
d) To the right is the standing figure of their daughter Dame Elizabeth, in an elaborate dress with a tightly buttoned square necked bodice with lace edging, an exaggerated decollete and tight sleeves. The skirt has a large platform hooped skirt with ruff edge hanging in vertical folds, her right foot with a square toed shoe protrudes and is resting on the top of a skull. Both her wrists and hands are missing. Behind her head is a large starched upstanding collar of lace, she has a fan shaped coiffure with a horizontal dividing line of interlaced ribbons, from her neck at the back hangs the broken off remains of a cloak or cape.
e) In front of the reclining figures is a plinth upon which is the badly mutilated kneeling life sized figure of a child, Elizabeth, the daughter of Dame Elizabeth and Sir Edward, the future wife of Robert Bertie (12th Lord Willoughby, 1st Earl of Lindsay killed at Edgehill 1634). She kneels on a cushion (comers broken) and wears a dress with a lace necked bodice and a platform ruffed skirt. Her hands (missing) are clasped in front in prayer. Her fan shaped coiffure is badly damaged and the right side of the face and shoulder is missing.
The figures stand within a large classical architectural monumental structure with a plinth and moulded bases, the two standing figures within semi-circular niches with diminishing fluted semi-circular heads and each on a drum of stone said to represent the cheeses that were placed before them as stepping stones as they walked to Church from their house at Chiddingly Place, as they were too proud to put their feet to the ground. At the top centre is a semi-circular coffered arch containing a black tablet with the bearded figure of Death to the left in medieval costume holding a spade. On the right, a naked bearded old man with a cloak covering his loins, holding an hourglass in his left hand and a scythe in his right, signifying Time. Black marble tablet with incised roman style lettering. Above the tablet is a shield containing a coat of arms, quarterly of four.
The main body of the monument is white marble, veined in red, the figures are white alabaster. The base of the monument beneath the statues is a mixture of white/red marble with two central black slate panels and two square shellstone blocks beneath the standing statues.
This memorial is one of only two specimens of funerary statuary in England of the early 17th century with erect figures. Sir John Jefferay was Chief Baron of the Exchequer to Elizabeth I and MP at various times for Arundel and East Grinstead. It is mainly attributed to a Dutch sculptor, William Cure II, from Amsterdam but it is believed other sculptors also worked on the monument.
HERE LYE BVRIED THE BODIES: OF SR IOHN IEFFERAY, KNT, LATE LORD CHEEFE BARON OF THE ESCHEQVR: AND OF ALICE HIS FIRST WIFE SOLE DAVGHTER AND HEIRE OF IOHN APSLEY OF LONDON GENT: AND OF DAME ELIZABETH, THERE SOLE DAVGHTER AND HEIRE: MARIED TO SR EDWARD MOVNTAGV, OF BOVGHTON, IN THE COVNTY OF NORTHAMPTON, KNIGHT OF THE BATHE: BY WHOME SHEE LEFT ISSVE LIVINGE ONE ONELY DAVGHTER, ELIZABETH, MARIED TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE SR ROBERT BERTIE, KNIGHT OF THE BATHE, LORD WILLVGBY, OF WILLVGBY BEACKE AND ERSBY WHO HAVE ISSVE NOW LIVINGE THREE SONNES: MOVNTAGV: ROGER: AND PEREGRINE: AND ONE DAVGHTER, KATHERINE. THE SAYD SR IOHN IEFFERAY DYED THE XXIIITH OF MAY:1578: ALICE, HIS FIRST WIFE, DIED - MAY -: AND DAME ELIZABETH MOVNTAGV THERE DAVGHTER DIED THE: 6: OF DECEMBER: 1611: AT WHOSE REQVEST TO HER SAID HVSBAND SR EDWARD MOVNTAGV IN MEMORY BOTH OF HER DISCENT AND OFSPRINGE,: THIS MONVMENT WAS ERECTED AND FINISHED: 1612.
Dates of death of Dame Alice are obliterated but recorded in 1862 as 28th May 1570
WALL MONUMENT - William Jefferay d. 1611 - S AISLE - S Wall - 1612
a) White stone double semi-circular arch, supported by moulded corbel, no central column, flanked with pilaster strips (left hand one missing and replaced with flat painted plaster to resemble). Right hand one capped with square moulding indented and with flat central panel, semi-circular head and base.
b) Moulded flat lintel supported by two seraphs' heads on top of pilasters.
c) Above lintel is a circular moulded medallion containing heavily moulded coat of arms on flat strapwork base and a flaming urn above.
d) Within central arched panel on the left side is a kneeling bearded male figure in profile facing centre in full relief, hands clasped in prayer, with a starched ruff, short cloak and long robes, kneeling on a tasselled cushion.
e) Behind him on the left are two kneeling male figures, both bearded, with hands clasped in prayer, smaller than the main figure, with ruffs, short cloaks, doublets and puffed short trousers and gartered hose.
f) Between the central corbel between the two central figures is a table covered with a cloth and with two open books, one each side, set at an angle of (circa) 30°.
g) Within the right hand arch is a kneeling female figure, facing left in profile, hands clasped in prayer, wearing a cap and headdress, ruffed collar, capped long sleeved bodice with buttons, long gathered skirt and a long cloak down her back.
h) Behind her to the right are seven smaller female figures in profile in two vertical rows of three and four, all similarly attired.
i) Beneath a pink and white veined reverse ogee base to the above is a black stone memorial tablet flanked with indented pilasters (left hand one missing and replaced with plaster as a. above) all supported on a pink and white ogee base.
j) Inscription is engraved with roman style lettering with the following items picked out with gilding: coat of arms and strapwork; leading edge of lintel; seraphs' wings; top edge of moulded panel between seraphs; spandrel moulding of each arch; edges of corbel moulding and scroll beneath; patterned edge of principal male's cloak and all male trouser pleats; cushion tassels; edges, hem, and embellishments of table cloth; principal female headdress and bodice buttons; hair ornaments of seven daughters.
HEER LYETH BVRIED THE BODY OF WILLIAM JEFFERAY GENT. HE DIED ON THE 29 DAY OF OCTOBER ANO : SALVT: 1611 AETAT:SVA 68. HE MARIED AWDRAY SOLE DAVGHTER & HEIRE OF THO: HARVEY CITIZEN & GROCER OF LONDON, BY WHOME HE HAD ISSVE 2 SONNES & 7 DAVGHTERS WHO ARE YET ALL LIVING: HE WENT TO THE GRAVE IN A FVLL AGE AFTER HE HAD LIVED IN GOOD REPORT & KEPT HOWSE WTH HIS SAID WIFE THE SPACE OF 42 YEARES TOGETHER IN THIS PARISH- & HAD SEENE MANY OF HIS CHILDRENS. CHILDREN. THO:IEFFERAY FILIVS EI PRIMOG PATRI DILECTO. MEMORIAE & OBSERVANTIAE ERGO POSVIT AN 1612
WALL TABLET - Amy Richardson d. 1873 - S AISLE - S Wall - Late 19thC
Plain black backing panel with pediment shaped head, white memorial panel with triangular pediment head and central coat of arms with motto on strapwork beneath, cyma recta moulded support shelf along base of pediment. Battered sides to main memorial and two square corbel feet. Roman lettering inscription in capitals and lower case incised and filled in black, with some italics.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF AMY RICHARDSON DAUGHTER OF THOMAS SHEPHERD AND MARY
RICHARDSON, OF HILDERS COURT IN THIS PARISH: BORN APRIL 24TH 1850, DIED NOVEMBER
"WEEP NOT- SHE IS NOT DEAD BUT SLEEPETH." LUKE 8C - 52V
WALL TABLET - NORTH AISLE - Late 19thC
Thomas Shepherd Richardson d. 1909
Mary Richardson d. 1906
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOMAS SHEPHERD RICHARDSON OF HILDERS COURT BORN AUGUST 17TH 1823 DIED FEBRUARY 26TH 1909 ALSO OF MARY, HIS WIFE. BORN NOVEMBER 22ND 1826, DIED MARCH 30TH 1906 "WHEN ALL THY MERCIES O MY GOD, MY RISING SOUL SURVEYS, TRANSPORTED WITH THE VIEW, I'M LOST IN WONDER LOVE AND PRAISE."
WALL TABLET - Revd. John Herring d.1776 - NORTH PORCH - West
Wall - Last quarter 18thC
White rectangular stone slab with plain moulded top and two rounded corbels at base. Incised lettering in capitals and lower case, Roman style. (This tablet relates to the ancient re-used grave slab in the porch, see later)
The Rev. Herring is believed to be the first person to introduce potatoes to the district from Devonshire. The Parish accounts refer to "half a bushel of potatoes" bought for the workhouse.
IN MEMORY OF the Revd. JOHN HERRING who was Vicar of this Parish 28 Years, departed this life Decem : 28th 1776 AGED 67 YEARS.
WALL MEMORIAL - Richard Jefferay d. 1600 - CHANCEL ARCH - North Side
- Early 17thC
Rectangular pink and white veined stone with black inset memorial tablet with semi-circular arched top. Flat lintel with circular medallion above carved with Jefferay arms, vestiges of red colouring. Central seraph at crown of the arch, below lintel. A skull at each side at level of springing of the arch (left skull missing), sides and spandrels carved in relief ribbon work and crossed spade and scythe, badly damaged spaces where four carved items broken off. All supported on carved and moulded base, extended as corbels at each end. Each corbel has circular diminishing acanthus leaves in three levels beneath the centre.
IN THE CHANCELL OF THIS CHURCH LYETH BVRIED THE BODY OF RICHARD JEFFERAY OF SOVTH MALLING ESQ: SOLE BROTHER TO Sr JOHN JEFFERAY LO: CHIEFE BARON. HE MARIED MARGERITE DAVGHTER OF JO: HVMPHRY OF WARWICK ESQ. & WIDOWE OF RICHARD KEYME BY WHOM HE HAD ISSVE FRA: HIS ONLY SONNE MARIED TO ELIZ: MAYNEY ONE OF THE DAVGHT & COHEIRES OF WALTER MAYNEY OF KENT ESQ: & 2 DAVGHT. MARGARET MARIED TO EDWARD MASCALL OF PLOMPTON GENT: AND ALICE MARIED TO JOHN GARDNER OF RATCLIFFE NEERE LONDON GENT: HE DYED THE 13 DAY OF DECEMBER IN YE YEARE 1600 & THE 72 OF HIS AGE EXPECTO DONEC VENIAT IMMVTATIO MEA IOB 14:14 FRANCISC IEFFERAY FILIVS EIVS VNIC PATRI SVO HOC MNVMENTVM POSVIT - AN - 1612.
WALL MONUMENT - Margarite Jefferay d. 1618 - CHANCEL - N Wall
- Early 17thC
White memorial engaged directly to the wall consisting of urn with tall rectangular stopper supporting laurel wreath and narrow swept base. Strap decoration on body of the urn and surrounding 15 cm (est.) hole pierced through centre, now empty but formerly the receptacle for a skull (stolen). Lettering on strapwork around hole, reading clockwise from left upper quadrant: (rose) MAR (rose) GA (rose) RITA (rose) FVI, roses coloured red. (Trans.) I was Margarita.
b) Level with shoulder of urn each side is a novi headed shouldered arch, each with a central scroll at crown. Supporting the base of the urn is a winged cherub's head, within each arch is an angel seated on a scroll emanating from the entablature beneath.
c) The lower slab is divided into two inscribed slate panels with a semi-circular strap at each end containing a scroll and a shell. Two oval beads and one round one between them vertically at each end. Blue background to scroll/shell, shell coloured pink, oval beads blue and round beads pink. Ribbon knot (damaged) between memorial tablets and missing item below stolen and stone damaged. Moulded corbel supports full length of the memorial with scroll at each end and carved double tassel in central block, all damaged and right hand scroll missing. Left hand panel lightly incised with eight lines of roman style lettering in capitals and two lower lines in cursive lower case.
IN MEMORY OF MARGARITE ELDEST DAVGHR: OF RICHD: MOSELEY OF OVSDE: HAIL IN YE COVY: OF SVFFOLKE ESQ: & WIFE VNTO THO: IEFFERAY SONE & HEIRE OF WILLJA. IEFFERAY OF THIS PRISH GENT: TO WHOM (BEING 3 YEAS: MARRIED) SHE LEFT ISSVE TWO DAVGHRS: LETTICE & MARGARITE .
fflesh is but fflesh; the fairest flowers do fall: The strongest stoope; Death is the end of all.
Right hand panel:
Inclyta Gemajacet: prudens, pia pulchra, pudica. Ante diemq cadens; Inclyta Gemma jacet Corporis Hoec quanqu: cineres habet Vrna repostos Mens super Astra tamen non peritura manet OBYT 8VO: DIE SEPTE 15: ANO: SALVTIS 1618: AETATIS SVAE 25 Charissimae Coniugis memoriae, pijq Amoris ergo posuit mastissimus Maritvs: Anno 1620
(Trans.) "Falling too soon, a priceless gem lies here. Prudent as pious - beauteous as sincere; What though this urn her much-loved ashes boast, Her soul, beyond the stars, shall ne'er be lost!"
WALL TABLET - CHANCEL - N Wall - Late 17thC
Stephen French died 1666
White veined with light brown, square tablet with grey oval internal panel, wreathed with laurel. Four skulls, one to each comer. Resting on moulded corbel shelf and surmounted with moulded head with scroll at each end above it. Plinth between scrolls with coat of arms over.
Her lyeth the body of Stephen French Gent Eldest son of John French of Stream in this Parish Esq. By Anne his wife Eldest Daughter of John Sackvile of Selscombe in this County Esq. The saied Stephen French married Susan Foster second daughter of Sr: Robert Foster of Fosteres in Egham in the County of Surrey Kt: Lord chief Justice of the Kings Bench: by whom shee had issu one son and six daughters Anne Elizabeth John Mary Susan Charltte and Katherine John French departed this life in Wadham Coll. In Oxon where hee was then student and was interred there in that Chapell under a small monument, Katherine French Dyed before her Father and lyeth by him in this Chancell hee Departed this Life
FLOOR SLAB - Elizabeth French d 1718 - CHANCEL - First quarter of 18thC
Rectangular slate slab.
Born 1646, unmarried second daughter of Stephen (1623-66) ironmaster, and Susanna French, d 1695, daughter of Sir Robert Foster (1589-1663), Chief Justice in the trial of the regicides. Stephen and Susanna are buried in the chancel though their slabs are now concealed by boarding. A transcription of Stephen French's will is in the Church records.
Here Lyeth the Body of ELIZABETH FRENCH 2d Daughter of STEPHEN FRENCH of Stream Esq and Susannah his WIFE Who Dyed the 10th Day of Sepbr 1718 Aged 72
FLOOR SLAB - CHANCEL - Late 17thC
Thomas Bromfield d 1710
Anne Bromfield d 1697
Anne Bromfield, d 1697, eldest daughter of Stephen and Susannah French. Thomas Bromfield d 1710, iron-master. Sons, French Bromfield, d 1719, and John Bromfield, d 1735, both buried in chancel, under altar boarding.
Here Lyeth the Body of Anne Wife of Thomas Bromfield of Lewes in this Covnty Esqr Eldest Davghter of Stephen French late of this Parish Esqr and Svsana his Wife left Issve two Sons Dyed the 19th day of January 1697
Here Lieth ye Body of THO: BROMFIELD of Liwis in this COVNTY Esqr who Married ANNE ye Daughter of Stephen and Svsana FRENCH of this Parish Esqr who Departed this Life ye 27th Day of IANY 1710 Aetat 73
FLOOR SLAB - Mary French d 1695 - CHANCEL - Late 17thC
Mary French, died 1695-6, unmarried third daughter of Stephen and Susannah French
Here Lyeth the Body of Mary 3 d Daughter of Stephen French of Stream Esqr And Sufanna his Wife Who Dyed ye 10th Day of March 1695-6
FLOOR SLAB - NAVE - Date not known
Thomas Jefferay, son of William Jefferary, married Margerite, eldest daughter of Richard Moseley (1593-1618) and leaving two daughters, Lettice and Margarite
SVB HOC MARMORE JACET CORP GVLIELMI JEFFERAY GENEROSI VT AMPLI' PATET IN QUODA PARVO MONUMENTO' AVSTRALI PARTE HVJ ECCLESIAE AFFIXO [shield of arms nearly effaced] JVXTA HOC EX BOREALI PARTE JACET CORP' MARGARITE UXOR THO. JEFFERAY, FILI ET HEREDIS IPSI GVLIEL, CUJ' MONVME'T EXTAT IN SACELLO HUJ' ECCLESIAE
[Under this marble lies the body of William Jefferay, as generous as he was wealthy. In the small monument on the south side of this church fixed next to this on the north side lies the body of Margaret the wife of Thomas Jefferay, the son and heir of the said William whose monument lies in the chapel of this church]
FLOOR SLAB - Margaret Smith d 1731 - NAVE - Second quarter 18thC
Margaret Smith, born 1656, died 1731, daughter of - Thunder, Sister of Thomas and William Thunder, married - Smith
Here lies Interred the Body of Margarett Smith, Widdow Late of Thunder's Hill, in this parish, sister to the said Thomas and William Thunder who Departed this life the 31st day a March 1731, in the 76 year of her Age
FLOOR SLAB - NAVE - First quarter 16thC
John Jefferav d 1513
John Jefferay, died 1513, married Agnes Milward. Three sons, Richard, Thomas, William. Grandfather of Sir John Jefferay. M.A Lower in his history of Chiddingly notes; At the foot of this slab there probably lay another to the memory of William, one of the sons of John and Agnes Jefferay, and beyond that one for Thomas, another son, but no trace of them now exists. He owned Chiddingly Place.
Of yor charite pray for the soules of John Jefferay and Agnes his wife the which John decessed the xxviii day of Juyn the yer of Or lord M V xiii on whose soules Jhu haue mcy
FLOOR SLAB - NAVE - First quarter 18thC
Thomas Thunder born 1650, d 1710
William Thunder d 1703
Here lies Interr'd the Body of THOMAS THUNDER, late of Thunder's Hill; who departed this life, March ye 3d, 1710 . Aged 60 years Near this place lies allso the Body of William Thunder Brother to the abovesaid Thomas Thunder, who departed this life Dec., 1703, aged
FLOOR SLAB - Rev Thomas Baker d 1795 - NAVE - Last quarter of 18thC
Thomas Baker, born 1733, died 1795, rector 1777-95, much regarded locally as a poet.
Sacred To the Memory of the Revd THOMAS BAKER, Vicar of this Parish 29 Years: and of Alciston 45 Years. He died 9th December 1795 Aetat 62 years READER, for thy eternal state prepare, By FAITH, REPENTANCE, PIETY, and PRAY'R. With this Request the solemn Silence breaks, And to the Eye this cold, dumb Marble speaks. Tho' dead, I preach... If e'er, with ill Success, Living I strove th' important Truths to press, Your precious, your immortal Souls to save, Hear me, at least, O hear me from the Grave.
FLOOR SLAB - Thomas Eades d 1717 - NAVE - First quarter 18thC
Thomas Eades bom about 1637, died 1717. He was rector 1671/2 - 92. He was a recusant supporting the Jacobite cause and refusing to pay allegiance to William III. His will states that 'the clarkes of the parish receiving this legacy shall take care that the stone that is laid upon my grave be no way abused, nor the superscription be defaced...'
M.A. Lower noted in 1862 that the legacy has been the subject of several squabbles between the parish clerks and the owners of Eades' farm.
The body of Mr Thomas Eades lies here, A faithful shepherd that did not pow'rs fear; But kept old Truth, and would not let her go, He was suspended in the Dutchman's days, Because he would not walk in their strange ways. Daemona non armis des morte subegit Jesus, [Jesus did not subdue demons with arms but by death] As Xt. by death his rampant foes trod down, So must all those who doe expect a Crown. He died 1717, aged about 80 Years.
FLOOR SLAB - CROSSING - Late 18thC
James Pilbeam d 1728
Elizabeth Pilbeam d 1757
James Pilbeam, son of Richard and Elizabeth Pilbeam (nee Plumer), baptized 23 September 1696. Mercer of the shop near the Church c 1720 until his death. From 1728 to 1757 the shop was in the possession of his mother, Elizabeth Pilbeam born 1674, died 1757, and married to Richard Pilbeam, d 1713.
Here Lieth Interred ye Body of James Pilbeam, of this parish. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Pilbeam, of Wivelsfield, in this County, who Departed this life April ye 9, 1728, aged 31 years. Also ye body of ye abovesaid Elizabeth, who died May 3, 1757 Aged 83 years
FLOOR SLAB - CROSSING - Late 17thC
Sara Pilbeam. d 1692
Sara Pilbeam, daughter of Richard and Celicia (nee Rochester) of Selmeston, Aunt of James (above)
Here lyeth Sara Pilbeam, who dyed Jvne the 2, 1692 aged - years, and har sister Wicks
FLOOR SLAB - John Herring d 1776 - PORCH - Medieval style, believed to be
Coffin lid shaped stone slab. No lettering
Born 1709, died 1776, rector 1748-76. M.A-Lower reminds us that John Herring is traditionally remembered as the first person who introduced potatoes into this district from Devonshire
FLOOR SLABS - CHANCEL
Several other memorials of the Frenches and others, concealed by the boarding of the chancel [and therefore not seen by the recorder. May 2000].
Recorded by Sir William Burrell in June 1783
Here lyeth Stephen French, of Stream, Esq. Who dyed the 23 of June 1666. And Sosanna his Wif, aged 76 years, who dyed the 16 of March, 1695
Here lieth the Body of French Bromfeild, Esq. first son of Thos. Bromfeild, Esq. late of Lewes in this County. He died the 11th of November, 1719, aet 52
Here Lyeth the Body of Susannah. 4th daughter of Stephen French of Stream Esq. And Susannah his Wife, who died ye 21st day of June, 1709, aet 56