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Hawkridge - St Giles
Coffin C13. from St Nicholas's Priory Exeter
Heathfield - St John the Baptist
Elizabethan 2 kneeling figures
Henstridge - St Nicholas
Wm Carent 1613 & Wife TC
  Hardington - St Mary
Col Warwick Bampfield 1692 Standing wall monument
Hinton Charterhouse
St John the Baptist
John and Margaret Shutt Top Samuel Day (1806)
Sarah [Banicer] (1770)
Top Illegible
George Clarke Stmonds (1836])
Samuel Skurray Day (1816) Top Walter Robinson (1737)
Robert Painter
John Painter (1809) by W Brewer

Hinton St George - St George
Church open during normal hours. Park in the village. Information on the Poulett Family may be initially found here.  O/S Ref: ST 418 127

Sir Anthony Poulett (1600) and Catherine (Norris or Norreys)  (1601) and Children

Above Left: Anne Poulett (1765)
Above Right: Rebecca Poulett (1765)
Far Right Top: Vice-Admiral Hon. George Poulett RN (1854) & his wife Catherine Sophia (1831) & their daughter Augusta Margaret (1836 age 16), & their sons: Captain George A.,  of HM 54th Reg (1850),  Lt Henry Ashton V.  Native Infantry of Bengal (1842) & John Powell (1829 in infancy)
Far Right Bottom:  
Thomas Beagey (1826)


Above Top Left John Thudderle & Wife (late 15th C.)
Above Top Right: John, 4th Earl & Viscount, 8th Baron Poulett (1819)

Above BottomKnight c. 1475 Note the two belts

North Aisle

Above: Illegible
Right Top:
The epitaph is in Latin but gives no name; this was presumably on the damaged top section.
Right Bottom
: William H. 6th Earl Poulett (1899)
Above: Emma Sophia (1876) , wife of William, 6th Earl Poulett
Left Top: Abigail Bicknell (1824) She died aged 18
Left Bottom: Catharine Cole (1822)

Poulet Aisle
This aisle contains a number of wall monuments to the Poulett family but was closed off from the body of the church by a locked, low barrier; however it was possible to take photographs over the barrier, although not always from a satisfactory angle. I understand - but I do not know if this is correct - that this aisle is now accessible.

Above:  Bridgett Poulett (1747)

Right Bottom: Vere Earl Poulett (1819) by Sir R. Westmacott

Above: John, 1st Earl Poulett (1744)  By Rysbrack

Left Top Left: I was unable to read the inscription on this monument

Left Top Right:
George Amias Fitzwarrine, 8th & Last Earl Poulett (1973)

Above:  John Vere M. Amias Poulett (1857)
By E. J. Physick of London

Poulett Chapel
This chapel, which contains a number of the most interesting of the Poulett monuments, is entered by a locked door from the Poulett Aisle, itself originally (and possibly still) closed by a locked barrier, as mentioned above, and thus was neither accessible nor visible. There was also a curtained archway at the north aspect of the double tomb in the chancel, as may be seen in the photograph above. I understand that the chapel is still locked but the curtain has now been replaced by a glass window and the door from the Poulett aisle now also has a viewing window so the monuments, which were restored some time after my visit, can now been seen.

John, 1st Baron Poulett (1558-1649) and his son, John, 2nd Baron Poulett (1615-1665) A scagliola (see below) monument which, on restoration was found to be the earliest in England. Probably by Baldassare Artima and possibly Iancinto Corsi, Italian scagliola makers, and dated 1667 - 1669.
They were both prominent Royalists, the father having his own cavalry regiment although a terrible soldier. The latter was enoubled by Charles I. The son escaped to Europe during the Commonwealth and returned at the Restoration.
Above & Below: Sir Amyas Poulett II (1588)  Alabaster effigy; the inscription on the tomb chest is in French. He was for a time guardian of Mary, Queen of Scots, who described him as 'one of the most zealous and pitiless men I have ever known'.
Brought here from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London in the 18th century. An almosy identical effigy can be found in Westminster Abbey to William Thynne, 1584.
Scagliola: Italian for 'chips'. Made to resemble stone from a mixture of a plaster variety of gypsum or alabaster chips, glue and natural pigments. The Structure is then painted and polished.

A reference to this monuments was made in the Diary of Grand Prince Cosimo Medici II, Grand Duke of Tuscany and last of the Medici Dukes. Cosimo was on his extended Grand Tour and passed through Hinton in 1669, staying  with Lord Poulett. The diary was written by the Duke's secretary, Lorenzo Magalotti, who explicitly describes the tomb.
Furthermore, the arms on the right of the monument dipicts Poulett impaling Herbert for the marriage of 3rd Lord Poulet to Lady Susan Herbert, daughter of Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke. This marriage took place 15th July 1667. So  the monument was erected after the 2nd Lord's death in 1665 between 1667 -9

Left: Sir Amyas Poulett (1537) & Lora (Kellaway) (Second wife) and Right his son Sir Hugh Poulett (1572)  and his wife Phillippa Pollard
An almost identical pair. The tomb chests use old pieces from other monuments. Note the kneeling children along the top stage of the tomb chest.

Above the lower stages of the above monument (upper photograph) may be seen a black sarcophagus situated between twin pilasters below a pediment. This is a monument to Bernard Hutchins (1733) who was a servant of the Pouletts  was clearly held in high regard, being buried in the Poulett vault below the chapel.

Above Left:
The north aspect of the monument of
 Sir Anthony Poulett (1600) & Catherine (1601); a photograph of the south aspect, taken from the chancel, is reproduced above. It will be noticed that the tomb is mainly under the arch between the chancel and the chapel and that originally there was just a curtain separating the two parts of the church, so that the bold and insolent could climb through the arch, over the effigies, through the curtain into the chapel; this can no longer be done as a glass or plastic screen has replaced the curtain although now the chapel can at last be seen.
Above Right: Exposed section of flooring and three inscriptions from the many on the monuments.
 Top Left states that John Lord Poulet married Elizabeth ...'by whom He had Three Sons & VII Daughters'. This refers to the 1st Baron.  Below This the inscription refers to Anne one of the daughters and co-heir of Sir Thomas Brown...'by whom he had two Sons & foure Daughters'. This refers to the 2nd Baron. On the bottom right is an inscription of a message from Elizabeth I, possibly referring to the imprisonment of her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots.
With many thanks to Lynnne Humphries of Humphries and Jones for kindly supplying the photographs of the Poulett chapel and accompanying information, following their restoration of the said chapel.

Huntspill - St Peter and All Hallows
Although the church in normally open and photography is allowed when I wrote for permission I was told that the church was temporally closed owing the major building works. We did go along, just in case however, to find two church officials moving fittings and when asked we were told we may enter and take photographs.
There is a car park very near the chucch.
O/S Ref: ST 305 455

Knight and lady, mid to late fourteeth century. The effigies are under a very loe arch and difficult to photograph
Hutton - St Mary
Thomas Payne, Wife & Children 1523 brasses
John Payne, Wife & Children 1496 brasses

Ilminster - St Mary
Sir Wm Wadham 1452 & Wife TC with brasses
Nicholas Wadham 1618 & Wife TC with brasses Humphrey Walrond 1580 standing wall monument
Ilton - St Peter
L alabaster c.1475
Nicholas Wadham 1508 brass
  Kenn - St Paul
Sir Christopher Kenn 1593 Elizabethan type


St John the Baptist
Sir Henry Bridges (1587) Thomas Bridges
No date visible
Andrew Chocke (1653) Sir Thomas Bridges (1666)
Margarita Simpson (1792) Joan Fowler (n/d) James Whippie (1787) and family to 1819 Edward Lynee (1819) By King of Bath James Bouchier (1751) George Bridges (1677) Incised slabs with inscriptions and crosses

Kingsdon - All Saints
I believe the church is normally open but a key holder lives nearby. Park somewhere is the village which may be slightly difficult  If you visit and use the village shop they may give you permission to park in their car park. The church was difficult to find: it is west of the main (but yellow) road that runs north-south west of the village itself; so do not enter the village to the east to find it.
O/S Ref: ST 516 262

Kinght. Late 13th century. Now on widow sill.

  Kingston Saint Mary - St Mary  
  This is the village Pevsner refers to simply as Kington. The church is indeed dedicated to St Mary and contains a late 14th century tomb chest. Near Taunton  

Kingstone - St John the Evangelist and All Saints
Kingstone is near Ilminster. Park outside the church on rural road, space rather limited. Church open.
Note: Pevsner refers to Kingstone Church as dedicated to St Mary; it is not, but rather as above. These Kings.... churches caused much confusion until we returned to check!
O/S Ref: ST 379 137

Left: Only partly illegible. Norris Jego (1806). His wife, Elizabeth (1816). Also a son (illegible) who died at 19; and a daughter, Jane (1838)

Other Monuments
John Arnold Monden (1916) 2nd Lt, 2nd Batt. Somerset Light Infantry Brass with military badge
Richard James (1815) and his wife, Mary (1880). Their son, Edward (1812) White tablet with urn atop in front of black pointed arch pyramid
Samuel Paul (1840) and his wife, Esther (1875) Unrolled white scroll on black background
James Banks Pittman (1922) Solicitor, Lieutenant of the City of London. -1 Gray teblet
-1 The City of London, uniquely, does not have the office of Lord Lieutenant, principally a ceremonial post but rather a Commission of Lieutenancy.  Every year, curiously on Christmas Day, a new Lieutenant is appointed who then holds the post for life; this means that the number of lieutenants will vary from time to time.

John Francis Cunning
(date not legible)
Langridge - St Mary Magdelen

Ann Cunning (1871)
Lady early 14th century
The brass to Elizabeth Walsche (1441) has been stolen 2009

Langford Budville - St Peter
W Barry Wade 1806 by Th King of Bath

Limington - St Mary
Park outside on the road. The church is normally open  O/S Ref: ST 542 223

Above and below left:  Male and female civilian effigies c. 1300. Note the man's crossed legs although he does not appear to be wearing armour.
Both the effigies and the slab are carved from a single block. Said to be Matilda (sister of Sir Richard Gyvernay) and her husband,  Henry Power
Below right: Fragments of coffin lids with foliated crosses.

Above and below: Knight under arch, unusually facing the observer. Said to be Sir Richard Gyvernay, the founder of the chantry chapel. c. 1330

Above and right bottom: Lady c. 1330
Right top shows knight and lady in present position

Centre left: Edward Gould (1747) who 'died in the 21st Year of His Age..'this Monument is Erected by His Loving Friend Mary Burnard...' Mary Burnard (1751) ... 'the above named Erectreſs of the Monument departed this Life...11 in the 70th Year of her Age.' Centre: Edward Beaton Morris (173/4) Latin text. Centre right:  Edward Beaton ... 'who deceaʃed about ye 73 d Year of his Age...' 1723 His wife, Mary (1731) ...'85th year of HER AGE'

Wall Brass
Douglsd Belcher Binney MA (1911) Rector 1836-1911. 'During the period the organ was erected'

Litten - St Mary
Mary (1732), Cornelius (1746) and Elizabeth (1760) Salvidge
Long Ashton

Limington - St Mary
Coffins lids with foliated crosses
Kn (x-legs) & L c. 1330
Kn (x-legs) c. 1330
L c. 1330
Low Ham
Sir Edward Hext 1623 & Wife 1633 Recumbent effigies
Sir Ralph Stawell 1689 standing wall monuments
Luccombe - St Mary
e 16C
Wm Harris 1615 Brass
Marksbury - St Peter
3 C17 Tabs
Tab by W Brewer 1782-1836
Marson Bigott - St Leonard
Louisa Boyle 1825 by Westmacott

Martock - All Saints 
Church open during normal hours. Park in road in village outside the church - watch for yellow lines
O/S Ref: ST 319 256

Well worn early 14th century lady (S wall recess)
Rev Robert Oakman (1845)
16 years curate and vicar here
Edward Dight (1832), his brother John Dight (1847). Eliza Anne Dight (1867) William Cole (illegible) 'eminent Clothier of this place' His daughter Elizabeth (1769 @ 21) & son William (1770 @ 9) Harriot Leighton (1782) Erected by her son Rev Francis Leighton Top: John Edward Wood (1885 @ 6m)
Bottom: William Richards (1835) & his children: Ella (1817 @ 6m), Thomas Henry (1825 @ 13m) & Rosina Jane (1836 @ 16)
John Wood (1766) clerk, his brothers James (1773) & Thomas (1779), both of whom died unmarried. A 3rd brother George (1788) & his daughter Mary Bicknell Wood (1788) & his widow Sarah Wood (1829)
Rev Henry Bennett (1835) and his wife Mary (1833) Edward Ball (1814) & Hannah (Rice)(1804)
and their children: Hannah (1787), Edward (1771), John (1774), Sarah (1793), Margaret (1780 'in infancy'), William (1826), Susannah Stuckey (1835), Grace (1835), Ann Hamlyn (1840), Mary Drewe (1850) & Betty Slade (1851)

Robert Chaffey (1837) & his son Robert (1845) & his wife Mary (Leach) (1852)
signed: G Lewis, Cheltenham

John Goodden (1718) his relict Mary (1762). Their eldest son John (1722) and second daughter Mary (1722)
Also Joseph (1731) & Mary Culliford (1725)
Joseph (1747) & Hannah (1782) Rice
and their 7 children
Middle Chinnock - St Margaret
Priest C14 upper half, under a porch seat
Midsomer Norton - St John the Baptist
John Smith 1829 by Chapman of Frome
Milborne Port - St John the Evangelist
L c.1290
Sir W Medlycott 1835 Tab by H Hopper
Milton Clevedon - St James
Priest c.1328
Sussanah Strangeways 1718 wall monument
Milverton - St Michael
Catherine Spurway signed P Macdowell
Minehead - St Micheal
Lady c.1440 Brass
Priest E 14C
Monksilver - All Saints
TC no effigy, no further info

Montacute - St Catherine

Church open during normal hours. Park in the village O/S Ref: ST 497 169

All the monuments are in the North Transept
David Phelips (1485) & Wife
Bridget Phelips (1608)

Above & Centre Column: Thomas Phelips (1558) & Elizabeth (1598)

Above: Edward Phelips (1690)

The effigies of David Phelips and his Wife can be seen in the foreground
Moorlynch - St Mary

I did not write to this church but as we were in the area we attempted to anyway. In the village there is an easily missed sign to the church on your right. Take this drive up to the large church/church hall car park. There are some disused toilets in a separate block: you will be glad they are! The gate to the porch and the main entrance was propped up on wooden blocks and there was a do not open sign. The other door was locked. There is reported to be a lady of c. 1375 in the church.

Mudford - St Mary
Wm Whitby (1617) & Wife  Brass

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