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Ash - St Nicholas
2 ¾ Miles West of Sandwich. Excellent collections of medieval monuments

Above and right:
Sir John Laverick (?) (Mid 14th Century). Note the side lacing of his surcoat, which items are now becoming shorter, as well as the general details of the armour. Also note the way he turns his head. There is a canopy which is fragmentary.
1. Sir John de Goshall (?) Knight early 14th century with cross legs. He wears  ailettes, a rare item of equipment. Of stone
2. Lady, early 14th century, wearing a wimple. Of Purbeck marble.
3. John de Septvans (1458) and his wife, Katherine. Knight and lady on tomb chest. Under a canopy. He is bear headed; she a widow's barbe. Of alabaster
4. Maud Clitherow (c. 1455) Brass - 2/3 remains
5. Jane Keriell (1455) Brass. She wears a horned head dress.
6. William Leus (1525) Brass
7. Christopher Septvans (1602) and his wife, Marcy (Hendley) 
8. Sir Thomas Septvans (1617) and his wife Bennet (1612),   Wall monument of alabaster. With kneeling figures at prayer desk and children kneeling below
 9.  Christopher Toldervey (1618) and his wife, Jane (Septvans) Wall monument with kneeling figures at prayer desk.
10. Walter Septvans (1642) and his wife, Jane (Chaloner) (1624) and their children below.   Brass with kneeling figures
11. Richard Houghham (1661) Big tablet
12. Mary Lowman (1743) Tablet of various marbles

Canterbury -St Stephen's
(for the Cathedral click here)
Sir Roger Marwood (1592)
Marble by Maximillian Colt
St Peter & St Paul

Elizabeth Ludwell (1766)
Chartham - St Mary

 Sarah Young
By: J M Rysbrack 1751

   Sir Roger Manwood (1525-1592) was the son of a draper who trained at the Inner Temple and became a serjeant-at-law and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer  He was also MP for Hastings and later for Sandwich. He advised the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. He brought cases against two sides of the Christian spectrum: both Roman Catholics and Puritans. On a lighter note his handwriting was famous for its illegibility.
   In later life many charges were brought against for he was notoriously corrupt although, in contrast, his generosity to charity was greatly praised founding a free school for the poor is just one example of his charitable nature. He died under house arrest while being investigated for corruption

   Maximilian Colt, the sculptor, also made the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I. Although the photograph only shows his bust the tomb also shows his wives and children as well as a famous skeleton.


Cranbrook - St Dunstan
Above: Thomas Wester RA (1886)  By: Sir Horatio Thorycroft
Roberts Family 1740  by: Joseph Pickford

Crayford - St Paulinus
William Draper (1650) & Mary Draper (1652)
By Thomas Stanton (?)
Elizabeth, Lady Shovel (1732)
Eastchurch - All Saints
Gabriel Livesey (1622) Sir Richard King (1834)
By: C Thompson

Eastling - St Mary

Martin & Thomasyne James (1592)

with two sons and two daughters

Eastry - St Mary the Virgin
Thomas Nevinson (1590) & Anne Theobald
(but see below, Faversham)
Sarah Boteler (1777)
By William Tyler
Faversham - St Mary of Charity
There was once a large, fine abbey here which was demolished following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It had been founded by King Stephen and his wife Matilda who were buried in their foundation, together with their son, Eustace. Little remains of Faversham Abbey but it was excavated in the 1960's and the burial vaults of the royal family discovered although these were quite empty; small fragments of what was thought to have been their monuments were, however, discovered.

Edward Fagg (1618), his wife Anne Theobald and their daughters, Marie & Anne; there was also a son, Michael, who died young.  The daughters kneel against the tomb chest: Ann is shown far right and Marie centre right. His wife,  Anne, kneels, curiously as a small figure beside him; she  was first married to Thomas Nevinson and appears on a brass with him in Eastry. (see above)

Thomas Stouthouse
(?) who wrote Monastion Favershamiense. Member of Gray's Inn and Mayor of Faversham. Buried 23-2-1651.

There are several other monuments of interest in the church, including one which is said to contain the bones of King Stephen and his family who, according to local tradition, were reburied here following the destruction of his tomb in nearby Faversham Abbey at the Dissolution. Whether there is any truth in this rather pleasant  tale is unknown, as Thomas Stouthouse records that his bones - with those of his wife, Matilda, and son, Eustace, where thrown into Faversham Creek, after the graves were robbed for the lead of their coffins.

However, Thomas Stouthouse was writing a century  after these events and a similar tale was also told about body of King Richard III, which was said to have been removed from his grave at the site Grey Friars'' church in Leicester and thrown into the local river. There was even a plaque on a wall near the river recording the event. However, what was almost certainly his skeleton was discovered in recent excavations of Grey Friars' church, showing that the Leicester tale was not based on fact, even though, it seems, it was widely believed.  So we can speculate about the Faversham tale.

I have not been able to find the original of the photograph of this particular monument so I am not able to edit it.

Folkestone - St Mary and St Eanswythe
St Eanswythe was an Anglo-Saxon princess from the house of Kent; her grandfather was King Ethelbert, the first Christian Anglo-Saxon king. She founded the first monastic community for women in England; the present church was the church of this priory. A lead casket containing what were believed to be her relics where discovered in 1888, buried in the masonry of the north chancel wall. These were examined in recent time and found to be of a woman of the seventh century who died between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one, which is consistent with what is known of Eanswythe

Above and right: John and Henry Herdson (1629) Acrostic inscription, I understand
Below: Unknown mid 14th century knight

St Mary
Above: Not known
Right:   Robert Edolph (1632)

Hothfield - St Margaret
St Lawrence
Above: William Hannington & Family (1607 age 92) 'Herein their silent urnes (againe wedded after deaths diverce) lie William Hannington Esq and His wife...These happie olives budded friutfullie into 5 sonnes 4 daughters 2 as soon blasted as blowne...'
Right: Peter Nepueu (1659) & Mary; erected after 1735; by Cheere (John Physick) One of 100, 000 protestants driven from France by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
Ickham - St John the Evangelist

John Wood (1789)

Left :  William Heghtresbury (1372). He was rector from 1354 and  known as Professor of the Sacred Page. He was also canon of Sarum and Wimelingwold in Wingham Church. His will directed that he should be buried here and bequeathed a potiphory containing the music to sing the service.
Above and right: Knight mid 14th century. Possibly Thomas de Ba or Bay (1339) Stained glass here - but now lost - contained his arms and name

Ightham - St Peter

Above (etching) and right bottom (photograph): Sir William Cawne
 (c. 1373-4)

Right top row: Sir William Selby (1611) and his nephew Sir William Selby (1638)  Detail and Whole Monument
Dorothy Selby (1641) By: Edward Marshall
She was famous for her needlework

Knowlton - St Clement
'The Lady Elizabeth D'Aeth, only daughter of that famous Admiral Sir John Narbrough Knt, sister and heir to those two unfortunate young gentlemen John Narbrough Bart and James Narbrough Esq. She was the fruitful mother of twelve children by her husband Sir Thomas D'Aeth Bart of whom seven survived her. Two sons Narbrough and Tomas and five daughters Elizabeth, Elhannah, Sophia, Bethia and Harriot. She died in childbed the 24th June in the year of our Lord 1721 in the 39 year of her age and lyes in the vault underneath.'
The brothers referred to were drowned off the coast of Sicily following a shipwreck: their monument is opposite.
Leaveland - St Lawrence

& her son Francis (1606) The latter died at the age of 35 Alabaster
'Here lies a wight, whose virtues merete praise, maide, a wife, a widdowe in her days, faithfull, well reported of all whom God from earth to heaven did sweetly call.....' Visitation notes report: '1589. Edmund Roper, gentleman, and Katherine, his wife, have not received the communion with us in our parish by the space of 3 years or more'

Lullingstone - St Botolph

Sir John died in 1522. The effigy is unusual in being below the slab  where a cadaver effigy would usually be found. The 'living' effigy would normally be lying on the slab.

Other Monuments

1. Sir William Peche (1487)  Brass. Latin inscription but date, curiously, in Arabic numerals
2. Alice Baldwin (1533) Brass
3. Elixabeth Brooke (1544) Brass
4. Sir Percyvall Hart (1581) Standing wall monument with recumbent effigies
5. Sir George Hart (1587) Tomb chest with recumbent effigies. At the corners small, standing allegorical figures.
6. Percyvall Hart (1738) Arcading on whole west wall of the chapel
7. Anne Dyke (1763) Hanging wall monument in coloured marbles; sarcopagus with urns and above obelisk and putti

Milstead - St Mary and Holy Cross

  Dame Elizabeth Tylden (1839) She died in Malta age 44, leaving one daughter Elizabeth Jane. 'Entombed beneath repose the mortal remains of...' Eleanor Constance Chafy age 26. 'a mother yet no mother'
Both daughters of the clergy

Minster - in - Sheppey   -    St Mary and St Sexburga

Sir Robert died c. 1300. Note the two head, man and woman , and two lions built into the canopy. Sir Robert's pose is very singular: he lies on his side with his legs cross but faces upwards. He lies on his shield but, unfortunately part of the arm which held it is broken away.  His feet lie on his page, rather than the usual lion, and a horse's head rises behind him. This refers to a story in which Sir Robert was rescued from drowning by his strong swimming horse
Other Monuments

1. Knight of Northwoode family. Large brass c. 1330
2. Lady. Large brass of c. 1335
Both of foreign workmanship
3. Knight of c. 1440  Purbeck marble
4. Knight of c. 1474 wearing the Yorkist collar. Of alabaster and on tomb chest.
5. Sir Thomas Cheyne (1558) Alabaster effigy on tomb chest.

Nettlestead - St Mary
Left: Lady Elizabeth Scott (1598) daughter of William Stafford, whose first wife had been Mary Boleyn. First wife of Sir John Scott
Above: Lady Catherine Scott (1636), Second wife of Sir John Scott whose first wife was Elizabeth Stafford (above)

St Clement
Frances Rampston (1611)
Sellinge - St Mary
Peter Heyman (1550) Also to his wife Elizabeth and son William
He originally knelt on top of the tomb chest

Smeeth - St Mary
Priscilla (1648) & Mary Scott (1652)
The two wives of Robert Scott; by the first, Priscilla, he had 9 children
Note that they rest on their elbows on the prayer desk rather than the usual attitude of kneeling
Stowting - St Nicholas

Lt Conrad Jenkin RN (1916) He died at Scappa Flow on Christmas Eve 1916 aged 23, having served 10 years on 7 ships.

    Throwley - St Michael and All Angels   

Far left:
George, 1st Lord Haris of Seringapalam, Mysore & Belmont (1829)
Left: Cpt Thomas Sondes (1668). Signed by WS, possibly William Stanton
Above: Father monument,
Sir Thomas Sondes (1592)
& his first wife Cycylle (1584). Alabaster, Nearer monument: his brother Sir Michael Sondes (1617) and his wife Mary  (1603) Painted stone.
Right: Hon Charles Harris (kia 1814) He was killed near New Orleans age 21. He also served under Wellington in Spain. By Flaxman

Tunstall - St John the Baptist

Above: Edward Mores (1740), Rector here for 34 years

Above: Sir Edward Hales (1654 age 78) He married. 1. Deborah Harlakden, with whom 4 sons, and 2. Martha, widow of James Cromer (far right), with whom no issue. Signed: W Sweet & M Miles. Alabaster. The chapel was extended for this monument.

Right:  Sir James Cromer ( 1613) or Crowmer and his second wife Martha. 'Lady Martha his deare & sorrowful wife, for honour and love and not without much grief, hath erected this monument' Fragment only of formerly large monument remain.

Robert Cheke DD (1647)

Upper Hardress
St Peter and St Paul

Above: Sir William Hardress (1764) Bt.  The last Hardress baronet. Marble
Right: Sir Thomas Hamon Knt (1634)

Waldershare - All Saints
Hon Peregrine Bertie (1701), 2nd son of 2nd Earl of Lindsey,  and Susan Monys (1697)
Original iron railings
Wingham - St Mary the Virgin

Above:  Monument to the Oxinden Family (1682).  Black and white marble. Not the rebus of an ox's head. There are actually four putti: two naked ones stand with shields of arms and another naked one holds a helmet. I do not have an idividual photograph of the fourth but he may be seen on the photograph of the obelisk: he is draped and and holds a skull.
See also below left

Wingham contin.....
Above: Sir Thomas Palmer 1st Bt (1624) and his wife, Margaret (Pooley) (1625)
Black and white marble by Nicholats Stone
Yalding - St Peter and St Paul
  Above: Jane Charlotte Akers (1864) She was aged 8 years, 10 months and 3 days and died after 'supporting a painful and tedious illness with exemplary fortitude and patience...'
Ambrose Warde (1637) & his wife Elizabeth (1679). Also their eldest daughter Bennet (1656). 'She lived much desired but died a virgin much lamented by all who knew her' Alabaster and marble. Although the main figures kneel at a prayer desk, they turn outwards looking at the observer.

I have not personally taken any of these photographs so there is no complete church survey but rather a selection pf photographs. Several were sent to me by the late Dr John Physick OBE, sometime Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum and President of the Church Monuments; a good hearted man from Kent with a fine sense of humour. These were slides which I scanned. Others were sent to me by the always reliable Jean McCreanor but this was a while ago now when it was not satisfactory to sent large photographs via the internet so many of these are quite small: they cannot be enlarged and editing is therefore difficult.
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