Arkesden - St Mary  Boreham - St Andrew  Borley - Dedication Unkown  Castle Hedingham - St Nicholas  Chelmsford Cathedral  Clavering - St Mary & St Clement  Cressing - All Saints  Danbury -St John the Baptist
Earls Cone - St Andrew  Felstead - Holy Cross  Finchingfield - St John  Great Maplestead - St Giles  Great Saling - St James the Great  Gosfield - St Katharine  Great Coggeshall - St Peter ad Vincula 
 Halstead - St Andrew Hatfield Broad Oak - St Mary the Virgin  Layer Marney - St Mary the Virgin  Little Baddow - St Mary Little Dunmow - St Mary  Little Horkesley  - St Peter & St Paul  Little Easton - St Mary
 Little Samford - St Mary the VirginMaldon - All Saints  Pebmarsh - St John the Baptist  Pleshey - Holy Trinity  Romford - St Edward the Confessor  Sible Heddingham - St Peter   Stansted Mountfitchet St Mary the Virgin    Thorpe -Le-Soken  -  St MichaelTheydon Mount - St Michael  Wicken Bonhunt - St Margaret

Arkesden - St Mary
Above and right: John Croxby (1456) Vicar
 John Withers (1692) & Wife Attributed to Edward Pearce
 Above and right: Richard (1592) & Mary Cutte Close up of effigies and kneeling children and whole six poster ; notice the boys have been beheaded by not the girls!
A modern paint job!
Boreham - St Andrew

 Radcliffes, Earls of Sussex (1542, 1567 & 1583)
Alabaster. By Richard Stevens of Southwark. It was completed in 1589 and cost £266-13s-4d

Borley - Dedication Unknown

Sir Edward (1561) & Frances (née Neville) (1589) Waldegrave. Six poster. He was Master of the Wardrobe and, as an officer in Mary Tudor's household, was imprisoned in the Tower in Edward VI's reign for refusing to prevent Mary from celebrating mass, but was released on health grounds. He served Mary Tudor on her becoming Queen but objected to her marriage to Philip of Spain and was pensioned off. He was again imprisoned in the Tower  in Elizabeth's reign for allowing  mass to be said in his house. He died in the Tower and was buried in St Peter ad Vincula there. His wife outlived him by 38 years and later married Lord Chidiok Paulet, son of the Marquis of Winchester. Their children are shown and named:
Charles, Nicholas, Magdalen, Marie, Kathrine, Mary, Frances, Christopher. Frances had one son - Thomas - from her second marriage.

 Magdela Southcote (1598) daughter of Magdalen  Waldegrave (above) and John Sothcote.

Castle Hedingham - St Nicholas

John de Vere, 15th Earl of  Oxford (1539) & Wife.
Black marble. Four daughters and four sons kneel on opposite sides; the latter are not now visible as the monument is now against the wall instead of in the middle of the choir as it was originally placed. The Earl and his Wife are represented kneeling on the lip below the coat of arms.  Perhaps by Cornelius Harman

Chelmsford - Cathedral Church of St Mary
Left and right: Thomas Mildmay (1571) Note the curious shape and kneeling children on the lower part but no other figures, although they probably existed.

Other Monuments - Not Shown

Mathew Ridd (1615)
mural incised slab; attrib to Epiphanius Evesham

Robert Bownd (1696)
with flower garlands

Earl Fitzwalter -(Benjamin Mildmay) (1756)
Large standing wall monument with large urn in centre flanked by Corinthian columns and large cherubs. Signed: James Lovell

Mary Marsh (1757)
various marbles with urn. 

Clavering - St Mary & St Clement

Left and above: Knight early 13th century. Purbeck marble. Said to be John de Clavering (1300)

Right: Rev John Smith Formerly a preacher at St Pauls, he installed a new hourglass pulpit when he came ot Clavering; a book of his sermons was published after his death.

Below: The Barlee Monuments

Left: Haynes Barlee
Above: The children of Margaret Barlee: 13 in all as noted above. Note the child coffins with skulls on top.
Right: The two wives of Haynes Barlee.

Mary Barlee (née Turner)  With this marriage Haynes gained a 'plentiful fortune but noe issue being married 2 years and 4 months.'
Haynes married a third time and had more children; he died aged 9
Haynes Barlee (1696)
Erected 1747
Margaret Barlee Haynes's first wife whom he 'happily enjoyed' for 16 years; she died in childbirth giving birth to her 13th child who was stillborn.

Cressing - All Saints

Henry & Ann Smith (née Nevill) 1590
Note daughter kneeling below and the baby
Earls Colne - St Andrew

Richard Harlakenden (1602) & Four Wives

 Danbury - St John the Baptist

Left: Oak knights late 13th C   Right: Oak knight very early 14th C.  Said to be of the St Clere family

 Felstead - Holy Cross

Richard, 1st Lord Rich (1568) & Son (1581)
Lord Rich became Lord Chancellor; he reclines and looks back at his son who kneels at a prayer desk. Behind are reliefs of Lord Rich with allegorical figures: Fortitude & Justice, Hope & Charity and Truth & Wisdom. Probably erected about 1620 and by Epiphanius Evesham. shown

Other monuments:
Christine Bray (1410) brass; Knight (1400) brass

 Finchingfield - St John

John Berners & Wife (1523) These brasses are set into the Purback marble top of a tomb chest.   Thomas Marriott (1766) by W Tyler (signed

Gosfield - St Katharine

Sir Hugh Rich (1554) Tomb Chest Above top
Thomas Rolfe (1440) in robes of Serjeant-at-Law brass on tomb chest. Above bottom
Sir John Wentworth (1567)
tomb chestwith blank arcading
John Knight (1733) & Wife (1756) By Rysbrack . Two white marble figures seated with urn between.
Great Coggeshall - St Peter-Ad-Vincula

In the Paycock Chapel
John Paycocke (1533) & Wife brasses with indent of Virgin above

Thomas Paycocke (1580)
Two Females (c 1480)

In the S Chapel
May Honywood (1620) The inscription says that she left 367 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

From Markshall Church, now demolished as indicated in drawing

Great Maplestead  - St Giles

Above: Sir John Dean (1625) Note the children kneeling behind and above the main figure.
Left: Lady Ann Dean (1633) The monument was erected by her son in 1634 and he lies at her feet, facing us with arms folded. Lady Dean stands behind in her shroud. Note the angels, crown and Trinity. By William Wright of Charing Cross. There was a fashion for standing shrouded figures in the1630's

Both of the male figures lie on rolled up mats.
Great Saling
St James the Great
John & Elizabeth Yeldham (1786)
 Halstead - St Andrew

John Bouchier (1329)  & Helen  Granite The tomb chest dates from mid 14th C John, Lord Bouchier (1400) & Wife  

Other Monuments - Not Shown
Bartholomew, Lord Bouchier (1409) & Wives brass

 Hatfield Broad Oak - St Mary the Virgin

Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford (c 1300) Attributed. 

Other Monuments
Sir John Barrington (1788) Standing wall monument with two putti flanking an urn.
Sarah Chamberlayne (1742) profile in oval medallion infront of an obelisk
Richard Chamberlayne (1758) Identical to the above
Stanes Chamberlayne (1782) portrait medallion is at the foot with a putti standing above
Sir Charles Barrington (1788) oval relief of  mourning female, urn and weeping willow. By J F Moore of London
Lady Ibbertson (1816) with two angels above the inscription plate. By Flaxman 

Layer Marney - St Mary the Virgin

Sir William Marney (1414) Alabaster
 John Lord Marney (1525) Terracotta Henry Lord Marney (1523)
Terracotta. Probably by the same hand and that to John Lord Marney.

Little Baddow - St Mary


Henry Mildmay (1639)

Little Dunmow - St Mary

Walter Fitzwalter (1432) & Wife (1464) Alabaster effigies Lady (early 15 C) alabaster. The tomb chest is later 15th C

Other Monuments - Not Shown
Sir James Halley (1753) Obelisk with seated female holding a medallion. By Thomas Adye

Little Horkesley -St Peter & St Paul

Brygete, wife of Thomas Fynedorne & John, Lord Marney (1549) , & her two husbands Lady (late 13th C)
Oak Knight (c 1250)
Oak Knight (c 1270)
Oak. Fragmentary

Sir Robert Swynborne (1391) & Son (1412)
Tomb chest with brasses
Tomb chest (late 15th C) Purbeck marble fragment
Kathryn Leventhorp (1502) shroud brass
The church was completely destroyed by a bomb in 1940 and rebuilt in 1958

Little Easton - St Mary

Viscount Bourchier, Earl of Essex (1484) & Wife Tomb chest with canopy and brasses. Architectural detail and detail of brasses

Sir Henry Maynard (1610) and Wife Alabaster. Very good. He was MP for St Albans. A photograph of the lower part of the monument is shown below left column, bottom row
William, 1st Baron Maynard (1746) & 2nd wife Daisy Marble.  Roman costume. Style is that of Grinling Gibbons but probably by Edward Pearce. A photograph of this monument is shown below left column, top row Lady Frances Maynard (1613)

Above, right column:  William, 2nd Baron Maynard  (1796) & Wife He stands leaning on an urn, with the portrait of his wife. Around are other members of his family as busts or relief medallions. The panels shows Justice, Charity, Fortitute and other allegorical figures. Marble. Below is shown the detail of that panel. By Charles Stanley, 1746

Plan of Bouchier Chapel, showing Robert Fyn priest c. 1420. Brass
Lady Bourchier c. 1400
Tomb chest with panels with shields; ogee arch with shields in spandrels.

On the above knight 13th C minature effigy

Little Samford -  St Mary the Virgin


Above:  William Twedy & Wife

'Here lies the body of William Twedy, Esquire, who distinguised himself as a military commander first under Queen Elizabeth of glorious memory in surpressing the tumult in the north of England, next under the invincible hero the Lord Baron of Willoughby in France, and lastly under the auspices of the illustrious Earl of Leicester, in the Netherlands, and was Warden of the military works at Bergen-op-Zoom. He married firstly Mabell, the daughter of Sir Henry Curwen, Knight of the County of Cumberland, by whom he had one daughter, and afterwards married Margaret, the daughter of Rooke Green, Esquire, of Sampford Parva, in the County of Essex, by whom he had 3 sons and twice as many daughters. He died on the 7th July, 1605, whose soul rest in peace'. from the Latin

Bridget Peck (1712)
Maldon - All Saints

Various wall monuments, starting top right & proceeding clock wise:

Sarah Jeffrey (1638)
? Thomas D'Arcy (1485)
incription lost but preserved from Weever.
John Steevens (1677) age 5
Mary Vernon (1647)

Thomas Cummocke (1602) with two wives and two children, kneeling he frontal, she profile.
Pebmarsh - St John the Baptist

Probably Sir William Fitzralph (1323)
Pleshey - Holy Trinity

Above and eight: Samuel Turnell (1758) He was the nephew of the above. By Cheere

Sir Henry Joliffe (1749) Big urn. By Cheere Not shown

Romford - Edward the Confessor

Sible Hedingham - St Peter

Left: Ann Carew (1605)   Right: Sir George Hervey (1605) & Wife

Sir Anthony Cooke (1576) & Family Triptych with kneelers. pediment with Corninthian columns over 
Sir John Hawkwood (1394)
A cenotaph: he was buried at Florence Cathedral

Stanstead Mountfitchet - St Mary the Virgin

Above left: Sir Thomas Middleton (1631)  Sarcophagus with skulls.  Two standing angels hold inscription plate; two further angels outside the columns which bear the arch. He began as an apprentice to a grocer and rose to be Lord Mayor of London. He was a founder member of the East India Company and financed the expeditions of Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins.
Above right: Hester Salusbury (1614) Coloured effigy on alabaster sarcophagus with two big shields surrounded by grisly ornaments.

Thorpe - Le - Soken - St Michael

 Knight c 1300

Theydon Mount - St Michael

Sir William Smith (1577)

Sir William Smith (1626) & Wife

Sir William Smith (1631) & Two Wives

Sir Edward Smith (1713) Tab by Edward Stanton
Rev Sir Edward Smith (1850) Tab by Osmond, Sarum
Sir Thomas Smith (1688)

Tolleshunt D'Arcy - St Nicholas

 Monument to unkown person with brass indents

Thomas D'Arcy (1593) & Wife.  Right of this are a series of brasses; starting top right and proceeding clockwise: Unknown male c 1425;  Anthony D'Arcy (1540) either a copy of a 14th C figure or one reused; Unknown Lady c 1425; Unknown Lady c 1540; Phillipa D'Arcy (1559). The 1540 brasses are palimpsests


Wicken Bonhunt - St Margaret

J S Bradbury (1731)
by H Scheemakers
 With thanks to Dr & Mrs D Kelsall of St Albans and Ms Jean McCreanor for all the Essex photographs.
The etching is from C A Stothard's
Monumental Effigies of Great Britain and the lithographs from Chancellor's The Ancient Sepulchral Monuments of Essex
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