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Michelmersh - St Mary
Church open normal hours. Church open
O/S Ref: SU 347 266

This effigy now rests on a modern chest on the north side of the chancel. It is in fairly good condition and shows some remains of painting. The heraldry on the shield is carved in relief. There are no signs of the mail being carved. Note the quilted garment just showing underneath the mail shirt. It is though to be of Sir Roger Woodlock (c.1320), nephew of the Bishop of Winchester. Until 2020 it was thought to be of Sir Geoffrey de Conterton.

There are two unusual features of this effigy: the feet rest on a stag (best seen column 2, row 1) .There are aitlettes, a short lived possibly heraldic device, on the shoulders, now fractured. Best seen column 2, row 2 and column 3, row 1) These are slightly broken but lie between the angel and shoulder

Rev Philip Baker MA (1796) Rector. Below: Both of the tablets are to the son of the above: Rec Charles Baker AM (1766) Fellow of King's College. 'He long drooped and languiſhed under a ſevere and lingering illneſs'
Charles Cranley AM (1737)
Rector 25 years
                           Trustram Funeleroy (1538) Barrington Gore Brownen (1914)
Rector, Hon Canon, and Rural Dean.

 Sir William Ogle,
Viscovnt Caterlovgh (Ireland) (1682)
Other Monuments
Joanna Woodcock (1813) Age 3. Daughter of Rev Henry Woodcock Oval tablet, white with black border, long axis horizontal
Rev John Pierce Maurice (1874)  33 years rector. Also Atherton Powys Maurice (1865) Lt 91st Highlanders. He died on board on passage home from India; buried at Suez. Rectangular black tablet. Long axis vertical
William Elderfield (1831) All oval with long axis horizontal; white tablets with black border. Some are worn and partly illegible.
Mary Elderfield (1839) Wife of the above
Elisabeth Goffe (1838)
Ruth Goffe (Wade) (1800)
William Goffe  
Henry Wheable and his wife Jane (1839) Also thier son, John (1837) White tablet on black backing, pediment
Sarah Wheable (1845) Wife of Thomas White tablet on black backing
Caleb Smith (1805) and his wife, Sarah (1801) White tablet with draped urn atop. Obbelisk.

Netley - St Edward the Confessor
Follow the signs not to Old Netley but rather to Netley Abbey, the town of Netley having tagged Abbey onto its name, in the manner of the Burgundian wine growing villages. There is a ruined abbey on the edge of town. If you follow the coast road north-west (Victoria Road) then turn right, going north-ea.st, along (Grange Road) the church is on the latter road on the left. If you reach the actual abbey on right along Victoria Road, you have gone too far: turn before you reach the abbey. The church is locked so you will need prior permission to visit. Past the church there is a gate leading to the church car park.
 O/S Ref: SU 454 098

A minature knight, now cemented into the wall

Pamber Priory
Also known as: West Sherborne Priory
The church is locked; to visit contact the parish administrator whose address is given on the church website. A very friendly reception. Park outside.
To find: Best to get a 1:50,000 O/S map. On a Sat Nav aim for Pamber End, which is on the A340, but Pamber Priory is not in this village nor in any village; there is a yellow road which leaves and returns to the A340 on either side of Pamber End. Take this road and then leave it to the east on a white road marked to the church and to Priory Farm. O/S Ref: SU 609 582.

In the early 1100's one Henry de Port applied to King Henry I for permission to build a Benedictine Priory as a daughter house of the Abbey of St Vigors at Cerisy la Forest (near Bayeux in Normandy), in other words an 'alien priory'. An alien priory is a daughter house of a foreign abbey.  This practice dated back at least to 912, although it  increased considerably after the Norman Conquest of 1066 when the Duke of Normandy became also King of England and landholders held possessions on both sides of the English Channel. This practice allowed a few monks to administer the distant estates of a  mother house and to send the profits from the estates of the daughter house to mother house
In 1294 when King Edward I was at war with France about 100 alien priories were seized by the crown so that  their revenue could be used by the King for the war as well as to prevent foreign monks in coastal areas  giving help to a foreign invader. His grandson Edward III restored many or these alien priories to their original owners but confiscated them again when was broke out with France. By the time of the reign of his grandson Richard II most were in royal hands and during his reign in 1378 all foreign monks were expelled from England. In 1414 under King Henry V all the alien priories were finally suppressed.
Pamber Prior seemed to have escaped this suppression and was given in 1451, with other properties, to Eton College by the latter's founder King Henry VI. A year  later Eton College expelled the prior and the remaining five monks, sold off any valuables and began to demolish the buildings. Ten years later the local population appealed to the new king, Edward IV, who took the Priory from Eton College and gave it to St Julian's Hospital Southampton, a possession of Queen's College, Oxford, who restored the buildings which were reconsecrated in 1474. Eton college went to law to recovery the Priory losing the final appeal in 1499.
After 1558 the Priory again fell into disuse and was used as an agricultural store. Again the local populace appealed, this time to Chancery who ordered Queen's College to maintain the church in a fit condition.
Queen's College still own Pamber Priory. The building we see today is just the chancel of the original church (with some stonework): the filled in chancel arch can be seen in the photograph above.

Wooden (probably oak) effigy of a knight. Again there is no sign of mail carving. Although there is what looks like a belt to hold the shield, I could not detect any sign of the latter. It is seven feet in length. I do not know the original position of this effigy although it is somewhat more decayed on the right side than the left, possibly indicating it was once placed in a niche against a wall. When I visited the church in the 1970's the effigy was locked in the vestry following a number of thefts in the region, especially that of a wooden effigy in Burghfield. With the Rector I lifted the effigy into the body of the church and we were able to examine the underneath: this had been considerably  hollowed out, probably to contain charcoal to dry out the wood. It certainly made the effigy easy to lift. Although I photographed the effigy at that these photographs are lost but I did do some sketches which I have reproduced here.
The effigy is now placed in a niche protected by an iron cage secured by two padlocks. The church warden holds one of the keys but it seems like the other key is now lost. There is in iron bar above the effigy so it cannot be lifted out but neither can it be photographed from the top.

Above: Lord Major General Sir Wyndham Charles Knight HCI CB CSI DSO JP (1942) He commanded the 4th Bengal Cavalry


Elizabeth Hungerford (2005)
Gray tablet

Peter Bromhead (1989) Church Warden. Brass 
A series of grave covers from late 12th to the first half of the 13th centuries; probably of members of the founders family or early priors. One has an often met inscription, written in rhyming Latin verse, which when translated reads: ' Whoever you may be who who passes by, stop, read carefully, lament. I am what thou wilt be and I was what thou art. For me I pray you pray.'  There is no name of whom to pray for!

Oakley - St Leonard

'Pray for the soul of Robert Warham who died 1st October 1487 and Elizabeth his wife who died the same year on the fifteenth day of September. May God receive their souls. Amen.'
Parents of William, Wareham, Archbishop of Canterbury 1450-1532
Hugh Wareham, 3rd son of the above, and Maryon (Colles) c 1520 Alabaster

St Mary

From Left to Right: James Lind MD (1794) and his 'relict' Isabel Dickie (1797); the latter section has been added by T. King of Bath and obscures the sculptor's name of the upper part.
Sir Thomas Cornwallis (1618)
By Nicholas Stone
John Marshman (1805);
his widow Elizabeth (1815); their children Arthur Bainbridge (1792), Alexander Livingstone (1798) and Lt Charles Bedford (1805). Added below: 'In the same vault...' Thos. Gill Marshman (1836); his widow Anna Maria (1857); also 'in memory of ' John Gill Marshman 'buried at St Giles, Camberwell', his wife Catherine (1814) ; also sisters of J.G Marshman: Harriet Transit (1867) & Sophia Russle (1869). Both buried at Plymouth.
Rev Thomas Longland MA (1856)

Daniel Moore (1830); his wife Elizabeth (1849) and her sister Mary Gilles (1839) White tablet Frances Mary Tinling (1819) White tablet
Agnes Stares Wilkinson (1847) and husband John Walter Wilkinson (1855) White tablet, black backing, scolly pediment

  Romsey Abbey
Park in nearby car parks, long and short stay; short stay is £1 per hour. The Abbey is open, entry is free and well staffed. Photography is allowed and a donation is politely requested.
Romsey Abbey was a Benedictine Nunnery founded in the 10th Century. O/S Ref: SU 351 212

Unknown lady, 13th century
Purbeck Marble

Alice Taylor (1843) She died of scarlet fever aged two years and five months.

Top row: Sir William Petty FRS (1687)
He was born in Romsey and became an economist, physician, scientist and philosopher, rising to eminence for his survey of Ireland during the Commonwealth.
The monument - marble by R.Westmacott, 1868 - was commissioned by his family 200 years after his death. 
Bottom row:
Amelia Mary Maud Ashley (Cassel)(1911) She married Wilfred Ashley, Lord Mount Temple in 1910 and died aged 30 in 1911. The monument is by Fuchs (1911) and shows her holding her two daughters, wrapping them in her cloak. The elder daughter - Edwina - was to become Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Major Richard Boo__ (Booth?) (1795) Benjamin Godfrey (1797), his wife, Henrietta (1800) and their son, Walter (1804) Top: Thomas Theobald (1776)
'ſome time a Merchant, at Liſbon'
Records the window above was erected in memory of Susan Noel (1890)
William Good  (1762)
and his wife Jane (1772)
Henrietta Beare (King) (1798)
Wife of Savage Beare

Left:  John St John Barbe & Wife (1658). Above left: Mr John Knowlton (1883) 'late of Fleet Street, London'. Above centre: Mrs Jane May (1826). Above right:  Mary May (1782), the wife of John May; their children: Mary (died in infancy), Ann (1787) aged 17, Mary (1787) aged 11, Elizabeth (1791) aged 18. Also Frances May (1806) aged 3. And the above mentioned John May [18]08.    Right: John Kent (1692)

Below: Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979)
Assassinated with his grandson and two others

Left: Mr Thomas Mackrell (1804) (late an eminent Builder in the Town). Also Sophia who died in her infancy.
Far left:  Abbess Ӕthelflæda was the 4th abbess appointed in 1003
Right: John Storke (1711), 'twice Mayor of this Corporation'; his wife Marcy (1711); their eldest son, John (1723), and his wife, Mary (1724); Sarah (1737), wife of Thomas, their second son; Samuel Storke (1746), 'Merchant of London', their youngest son, 'was buried here at his own desire.'
Far right: John Pole (1657)

Far left:   Rev William May__ Polshot (1727). For 30 years vicar of this parish; and his wife, Elizabeth Polshot (Gollop) (1722). Below this:  Godwin Withers (1829); his infant son, Seward and his daughter, Margaret (1829) aged 3; also his fourth son, Gustavus Keet (1839) aged 19; also Josiah 'supposed to have been drowned at sea about 1830; also his eldest son Godwin (1883); also Mary Elizabeth Withers (1886), who lived to 96.    Left: 'In this Vault are the Remains of...' George Bridges Eſq (1778) 'He was a collateral Branch in the male line the CHANDOS Family.' Also his sister Delitia Barton (Bridges) (1789); and the latter's husband Robert Barton (1798). Below this is a brass: Mary Fifield (1839); her husband, Job Fifield (1846); their younger son, also, Job Fifield (1858).  Above: Upper part of broken slab with a hand holding a crosier carved in relief.
Honest Gaspar (1785). Below this is the somewhat complicated: William Charles Daman (1844); also Ann Warrick (1818), widow of Rev Thomas Warwick, Clerk; also, Caroline (1826), aged 17, daughter of William Charles & Anne Julia Daman; also Warrick Daman (1852); also Anne Julia Daman (1856) 'wife, daughter and mother of the above'; also Julia Daman (1875), daughter of William Charles & Anne Julia Daman. Far left: John White (1776), his wife Elizabeth (Storke) (1777).They had four sons and four daughters of whom John, Elizabeth & Henry 'died as Infants and are Interred near this place.' Below on an extension is added: their third daughter, Mary Knight (1834)

Left: Samuel Elliot (1796), his wife Dennat Elliot (1799)   Above left: William Trodd (1803) 'chief magistrate of this town'; his wife Elizabeth (1802) and their infant son Richard Edward (1803).  Above centre: Henry Viscount Palmerstone Baron Temple (1802) and his second wife, Mary, Viscountess Palmerstone (1805)  Above right: The Hon Sir William Temple KCB (1853), Second son of Viscount and Viscountess Temple.

Frances Bowles (1838) Rev Daniel Williams
Curate and Vicar of this parish for 59 years.
He died 1835 aged 85
Alexander King (1824)
His wife Emma (1879)
Alexander King (1800)
'Merchant of Southampton late of this Town'
His wife Rachel (1806)
Frances Viscountess Pamerstone (Poole) (1796)

More Monuments

Isabella Dutton (Mansfield) (1895)
White oval (long axis vertical) tablet.
John Hedges (1807) & his wife Josina (1810) White oval tablet on light brown oval base
Richard Webb (1836) White rectangular tablet with gable.
Thomas Nodes (1790) Aged 18. White oval tablet with long axis vertical
Rev Charles Hickson BA White tablet
Ann Brusby (1818) White oval tablet
John Bartlett (1817) The white tablet records that 'By the Union of great Medical ſkill and unwearied Induſtry he acquired a conſiderable fortune' which he left 'chiefly for charitable purposes.
'This chapel was fitted up for Divine Service Susan widow of the Hon. and Rev. Gerard T Noel MA, formerly Vicar of the Parish.' Brass
Capt Anthony Hebry Evelyn Ashley, Coldstream Guards. He died  in 1921, aged 27, from wounds received at Ypres 1916. Gray tablet with military badge and floral cornice.
George Bright Footner (1912) and his wife, Emily Footner (1911) White tablet with raised border.
2nd Lt Arthur Henry Footner, 1st Batt, Essex Reg. Grandson of the above. 'untimely killed while leading his men on an assault on a Turkish Trench near Capes Helles on 6th April 1915. Aged 27. White marble tablet on black marble base, with military badge.
Henry Footner (1911), Katharine Footner (1918), Mary Charlton Footner (1927) Black tablet with white border.
Mariana Longcroft (1760) 'After a life of 26 Years' Oval tablet, long axis vertical, white with black border.
John Latham MD (1838) White tablet with gable on black base.
Lost oval monument; above is an urn and below a pedestal
Arthur (Bob) Ward Lost at sea in the Sinking of S S Titanic 1912. He was an engineer officer aged 24

Charles Spooner Shaw (1776) White oval tablet
Charles Isdell (1795) & his wife Mary (1812) White oval tablet (long axis vertical)
Elizabeth Lynde (Gee) (1806) White oval tablet
Mrs Deborah Wansbrough (1808) White oval tablet with black border.
Mrs Ann Moody (1790) Aged 19. And her infant son of 9 weeks

'Look on this Monument,
ye Gay and Careleſs,
think of its date,
and boast no more

Vertical rectangle with upper and lower shaped gables.
John Page Wounded at Kemmel Hill 1933 and died two days later aged 33. 'Interred at Arneke British Military Cemetery in Northern France. White tablet with black border and military badge.
James Lynde Esq. The rest of the lettering is very worn and illegible. White oval tablet.
Robert Godfrey (1809) and his widow Ann Godfrey (1828). White tablet on black base.
Alice Godfrey (1849) and, clearly added later, Charles Godfrey (1866) Note that the 1849 is in Roman, while the 1866 is in Arabic numerals.

St Mary Bourne - St Peter's
Park outside in the village; may be tight. Church open: dark interior, good toilets
O/S Ref: SU 423 503
Called 'The Crusader Tomb' locally. Said to be Sir Roger des Andelys of Wyke Manor, who was killed in the Albegensian Crusade between 1209 - 1217. Effigy installed c. 1330.
The church was originally dedicated to St Mary but probably has a second dedication - to St Peter - from the 14th century.

Thruxton - St Peter & St Paul
Park ourside the church in the lane. The church may well be lock and the chancel is certainly locked and alarmed so it may well be advisable to contact the church before visiting. O/S Ref: SU 289 456

Above: Grave slab with foliated cross. This monument, as well as the medieval knight, are tucked away at the back of the church, one on either side, and easy to miss. They are partly covered in furniture and other items, some of which I was unable to move

Above: Knight early 13th century. His shield lies on his breast and he seems to be wearing a pot helmet. Very worn and difficult to decipher..
Above Left & Right: Effigy of an Elizabethan lady in oak; very late for the use of wood for effigies.
This effigy is hidden behind the choir stall in the locked and alarmed chancel so is easy to miss.

Far Right: Brass to Sir John Lisle (1407) Very fine canopy and near complete.

Above: Tomb chest, late 15th century

Left: Opposite the above tomb chest in the chancel is the monument to a member of the Lisle family and wife; c. 1520. The tomb chest is of Purbeck Marble while to effigies are of limestone.
Below are details of the effigies.

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