Chilton Dorney  Drayton Beauchamp Haversham Hillesden  Lillingstone Dayrell  Middle Claydon Stoke Mandeville  Stowe  Whaddon   Wing
Chilton - St Mary the Virgin
Church open during daylight hours. Park in street outside O/S Ref: SP 686 116

Sir John (1608) & Elizabeth Croke (1611) Alabaster, in the Croke chapel. The two sons in scarlet robes of judges are Sir John, who was speaker of the House of Commons in the reign of Elizabeth I, and Sir George who was one of the two judges who sat in the judgment against Charles I in the Ship Money case brought by John Hampden  

Left Top: Croke Arms and Bottom: Croke Family Brass

Edward Croke (1626) One the sons of the above. Floor slab with inlaid brasses.

Right & Far Right:
Elizabeth Tyreil (1631) & Baby Dorothy. Attributed to William Wright

'Here lyeth Elizabeth Tyreil late wife of Sir John Tyreil of Heron knight and daughter of Sir John Croke (the above) of Chilton knight who had one daughter Dorothy who dyed in her infancie and the said Elizabeth died the 16th of Frebruary Annon Domini 1631 being the 57 yeare of her age. Her parent lie in the fabulous _ on the opposite wall.

Edward Croke's Epitaph
Ave Viator
Stay here thou gentle passanger and view this young mans character. Here lyes the body of a sonne next to his sire that to God is gone.
the next step forward grandsire holdes and great grandsire third place enfoldes their virtues speake their prayses best, and heare their bodyes quiet rest.
Vale lector
reader now passes and thee who liveth well shall go to blisse and so runnes a holy course as these have done whome i rehearse.
When as he views this character will wish hee were inheritor unto such worthyes men that were renowned whilst they lived heere.
Hic iacet Edward Croke qui obit 4 day February 1626.

Dorney - St James

Sir William Gerrard (1606) & Elizabeth (Roe). Alabaster. It was erected by Sir William's widow and completed by her son-in-law, Sir John Kederminster, whose name appears at the bottom.
Drayton Beauchamp - St Mary the Virgin
Open during daylight hours. Located in the middle of a field: to park you have to open the field gate and drive up the church lane, where there is only spaces for two cars .
O/S Ref: SP 901 118
Above: Henry Fazakerley (1531) Priest. Now headless priest; English inscription
Right: Thomas Cheyney (1368) Shieldbearer to King Edward III
Far Right:
William Cheyney (1374)  The brother of Thomas

 William Lord Cheyney, Viscount Newhaven (1728) By William Woodman. The seated figure of Lady Newhaven (1731) was added after her death by William Woodman the Younger
Haversham - St Mary
The church is locked so write to or telephone the Rector - details on church website - who will arrange for it to be opened. A friendly welcome. You may park outside the church. The nearby village pub had closed and for sale when we visited in 2018
O/S Ref: SP 828 428

Lady (1390) Alabaster

Above from Left to Right: 1. Anne Mackerness (1765) , the wife of John Mackerness (1775) Rector of this parish. 2. John Greaves MA (1893) Rector of Great Leghs, Essex; Alban Greaves BA (1903) Rector of Ivy Virginia. 3. Illegible. As can be seen these tablets are placed high above a wooden screen. 3. Maria Small (1829) aged 21; her husband  Rev Harry Alexander Small (1876) aged 64. 4. Alicia Payn (1427) Brass restored in 1884 according to the added inscription. This brass is placed high on the south chancel wall and is very difficult to make out. 5. John Maunsell (1605) Skeleton type; chancel floor, under carpet.

Hillesdon - All Saints
Open during daylight hours. Limited parking on street outside O/S: SP 685 287

Above: 'Sacred to the memory of Thomas Isham (1676) late of Middle Temple London gent only sonne of Thomas Isham of Pinchley in the county of Bucks knight. He deceased July 7th in ye 30th year of his age.
Leaving behind him a great example of kindness to his relations, fidelity to his friends and charity to all ye knew him. in coelo quies.'
Right: Alexander Denton (1576) son of Thomas Denton (q.v.). Signed by Thomas Kirkby. His first wife was Anne Williston who died in childbirth; she has a monument in Hereford Cathedral where she lies with effigies of her baby and  husband. His second wife Mary Martin is recorded on this monument; she died in 1574
Far Right: Sir Alexander (1739) and Lady Agnes Denton (1753) Originally erected for Alexander's first wife Catherine (1733), who is represented by the lion footed black marble sarcophagus in the centre of the monument, on it large obelisk. Signed by Henry Cheere.  On the left is the bust of Alexander & on the right that of his second wife Agnes.
Thomas Denton (1558) and Margery Mordaunt MP and lawyer in Tudor times. By Richard Parker. His wife was first married to Edmund Fettisplace of Besselsleigh, Berkshire, and she in depicted with him and their children on a brass in All Saints, Morcham

Lillingstone Dayrell - The Church in the Field
Open during daylight hours. Limited parking outside the church. O/S Ref:  SP 705 398
 Left & Above: Paul Dayrell (1556) & Dorothy (1571) She was his third wife. Note the small figures of nine sons and six daughters keeling on the side of the tomb chest

Paul and Margaret Dayrell (1491) Brass fixed to black marble top of a recessed tomb

Paul & Dorothy Dayrell's Epitaph

Heare Dorethie dothe lie in grave with many children blessed, who sure to husbands three a faithful will did rest that idleness and careless life did shunne and loved no waiste, whose liberall pursse the poore yet everywhere did taiste. Gode's servante heare she lived of whom the world said well his soule and whence it came with God is gone to dwell. This epitaphe I Haddon wrote upon my mothers grave whose onli help did give by learning as I have.

Middle Claydon - All Saints
The church is in the grounds of Claydon House; see National Trust for opening times. O/S Ref: SP 719 253

Some Brasses

Alexander Anne (1526) priest
Isabella Giffard (1523) Roger (1542) & Mary Giffard  The brass was created in their lifetimes but the dates of death was not added. Their 13 sons and 7 daughters are below. Right

The Verney Monument 1653
'A House Divided'

Sir Edmund (1642) & Dame Margaret (1641) Verney; their son Sir Ralph (___) and his wife Mary (1640)
This monument of dark and white marbles was set up by Sir Ralph in memory of his father, mother and wife. These three busts were modeled from paintings  that hung in Claydon House. When he returned to England in 1653 he signed a contract with the sculptor Edward Marshall to make the monument for £130; it took three and a half years to construct and was finished and unveiled in 1653.
Edmund Verney (1590-1642)  fought for the Royalists in the Civil War, becoming standard bearer, and was killed at the Battle of Edgehill. His body was never recovered, only his gauntlet covered hand, which had been hacked off, being found; this hangs with his helmet in the chancel.
Ralph Verney (1613-1696) He declared for Parliament in the Civil War, but refused to sign the Solemn League and Covenant and was forced into exile. He was imprisoned on his return to England but three years later was fined and released.

Margaret Gifford (1539) 

Above and then from Left to Right: Catherine Verney (1827)
Unnamed but shows Gifford arms. Dated by RCHM c 1540
Emily Fremantle (1877)
She was the wife of Rev W R Fremantle, who was rector here and later Dean of Ripon.

General Sir Harry Calvert (1826), First Baronet; Also his wife Caroline (1806) Mary Verny (1694) Uriah (1608) & Lettice Verney 'I...made this monument for myselfe and my wife Lettice Verney...with whom I had issue of one sonne Edmund Verney ...'
Stoke Mandeville
The church is locked.  O/S Ref: SP 834 104

The Three Children of Edmund Blundendell

'Crvell death by mortall blades/ Hath slain fovre of my tender babes
Wherof Mary Thomas  and Dorathye/ Within this place ther bodies lye.
But God which never man deceaved/ Hath ther soules to Him receaved
This death to them is greatest gayne/ Increasing their joy freeing them from payne
O Dorathye my blessed Childe/ Which lovingly lyved and dyed myld
Thou wert my tenth even God's own choys/ In thee exceedingly I did reioyse
 Upon Good Friday at night my doll depted/ Adew my sweet and most trvehearted
My bodye with thine I desire should lye/ When God hath appointed me to dye
Hoping through Christ he will provide/ For my soul with thyne in heaven to abide
And I your father Edmund Brundenell/ Until the resurection with thee will dwell
And so adew my sweet lambs three/ Until in heaven I shall you see
Such is my hope of Richard my son/ Whose body lieth buried in Kings Sutton
The Three Children of Edmund Blundendell
Brought here from the old church.  C. 1600

I think what we see here is a young girl lying on her side and propping up her head, a frequent pose of this date. Behind are two infant children stacked in cradles behind the head of the older sister.

When Amanda visited the church, she unfortunately found it locked; she did see a monument she liked through a window and photographed it through the window. The photograph is hence grainy but Amanda felt it was worth while showing this lovely monument.

The church website states that they are unable to provide details of opening times which I suppose is euphemistic for stating that the church is kept locked. There is a clear photograph on internet which suggests that someone did gain entry.

Stowe  - Church of the Asumption
In the grounds Stowe Gardens; the church is the only remaining part of the medieval village. See National Trust for opening details. O/S Ref:  SP 676 373

Above:Anna Saunders (1454) Brass
14th Century Civilian Effigy

Martha, Lady Prenystone (1620 age 25) & Hester (1612 <1) White marble effigy in shroud. The infant daughter is shown at her feet. She died of smallpox. She lived with her husband, Thomas, at Bruce Castle, Tottenham, which was leased from the 3rd Earl of Dorset, whose mistress she became in 1619. The monument was erected by her father. Attributed to Nicholas Stone. The baby appears to be resting on a separate (or at least lower) slab below the mother's feet; I can just see the baby's hand in the photograph above.

 Shut in the sepulchre lyes the ashes of faire Penyston, who lov'd by the most worthy of her time remov'd to heav'n, so to fraw up hir lovers eyes to the divine beawtie of that deitie, wherein she may love all that love hir, and not sinne.  

Whaddon - St Mary

Above:  'Here lyeth Thomas Pygott in the countey of Buk late sergeant at lawe & Agnesand Elizabeth one of the daughters & Hyeres of John Iwardeby esquyer hys Wyffes which Thomas dyed the 24 day of February the yere of oure Lorde 1520 and the seyd Elizabeth dyed the ...day of...the yere of oure Lord...on whose souls Jesu have mercy'. The brass is on the back plate of the tomb structure which consists of tomb chest and canopy, a design common in early 16th century. Purbeck marble.

: Margart Myssenden (Hodges) (1612) with her son shown as a skeleton

Wing - All Saints
Open during daylight hours; refreshments served around 10 am on Saturdays. Limited parking in nearby streets.  O/S Ref: SP 880 225

Anna Sophia Dormer (1694/5) Died of smallpox at 22
 Perhaps by James Hardy
Henry Fynes (1758) Merchant.
Louis François Roubiliac
John Neale (1677)
Sir Robert Dormer (1552). This monument may have been made at least 15 years later for his son Sir William (1575) . The brass on the back panel refers to his granddaughter, Jane, who was the wife of the Duke of Feria, a titled not conferred on him until1567. His wife, Jane, chose to live abroad because of the Catholic intolerance during Elizabeth I's reign and is buried in the Charterhouse in Louvain.

Sir William (1575) and Dame Dorothy (1613) Dormer. They had several children who are represented on the lower part of the monument. Sir William's first wife was Mary Sidney but she is not represented on the monument. Although a Catholic family, they outwardly conformed but sheltered priests during the reign of Edward VI. Dame Dorothy married Sir William Pelham. after the death of her husband.
The photographs of the Dormer monuments were taken during their restoration in 2011
With many thanks to Amanda Miller for sending me most of the photographs and information above, except for Dorner and Whadden, which are from Jean McCreanor, to whom also a big thank you; also except for Haversham, which is by the Webmaster.

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