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Market Weighton - All Saints

Here are two examples of seemingly the most ordinary of monuments which have intersting tales to tell

Robert Barker (1748/9) and his wife, Catherine (1773)
Also three children: Robert, Rebecca, and Catherine
Mary Evans (1776), and her husband, Bemjamin (1791) Rev Geo. Skelding (1819)
For 45 years vicar of this parish. Signed M Taylor, York
William Bradley (1820) at 33
'He measured 7 foot, 9 inches and weighed 27 stone'
Anne Pulleine (Smith) (1851)
Her son, Robert James Pulleine (n/d)
Her brother, John Smith (1868)
Mary Rivis (1804) and her sons:
William Robert (1834), Iohn (1822), George (1817), & Thomas (1807)
Her husband, Iohn (1844)
Sarah Andrews (no date)
In English and Spanish
see below
Sarah Andrews

   Sarah Andrews was presumable born in Market Weighton in 1774. At some point,  she became the housekeeper to General Francisco de Miranda and they later married. This was likely when he was living in London after his involvement in the French Revolution.  I do not know the date of her death or where she was buried, although this was presumably in Venezuela. What a story she would have been able to tell! Click on the link of the General to find more information. The General himself was arrested and spend the last years of his life in a Spanish prison being buried in a mass grave. An empty tomb awaits him in Venezuela.

Pevsner: Yorkshire: York and the East Riding

  I was pleased to see that all the above monuments - with a little information about them - are included in the above volume. The would never have been the case in the original volume and I note that this particular volume has been revised by David Neave, who is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Hull and takes a more topographical approach. A welcomed change.

North Cave - All Saints
Captain Wilfred R Redfern (1918) The slightly  abridged text is given below if now readable in the photograph.
Note the curious - and somewhat inconsistent use of the long s of the top left tablet
Possibly Sir Thomas Metham (1610). Tomb chest lost
His wife's effigy is shown below a window.
There is a reference to this monument on the stone shown below.
Lt Col E J Stracey Clatheroe (1900)
Late Scots Fuſilier Guards; ſerved in the Crimea War with the 1st Battalion and waſ preſent at the Battleſ of Inkerman and Balaclava
Also Mrs E J Stacey Clitherow (Marjoribanks) (1906)
Col John Bourchier Starcey-Clitheroe OBE DL (1931)
(Nephew of Lt Col E J Stracey Clitheroe left)
Served with the Scots Guards for 27 years, having been present at the Battle of Tel-El-Kebir in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882. During the Great European War of War 1914 - 1918 he commanded with distinction the Reserve Battalion of the Welsh Guards

Colonel Thomas Claud Clitherow DSO (1963)
1st Royal Dragoon Guards and Second Life guards...
...he served his country in three campaigns - The South African War 1900-1902 -
The Great War 1914-1918 - The Second World War 1939-1945

Peter William Carver (2003)
Knight of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem
Mary Christie Burton (1801)
Wife of Mjr Gen Burton
By H. Rouw 'Modeller to His Majesty, New Road London
Rich'd Burton (1784)
Late Cpt in his Majesty's 3th
Reg't of Foot
See below for a transcript of the inscripton
Near this mon't of Sr Tho: Metham lies Geo: Metham Esq and Cath: his wife daughter of Lord Faiffax. they died 1672 [the second date has not been written] Geo: Metham Esq their Son with Mag Harcourt his wife She died 1697. he 1716. Also Phil: Metham Esq their Son he died 2th March 1732

My father a North Barton
My Mother Rutlandſire
From Dublin I their son
Hugh Montgomery Eſsr
When my race is run
Shall reſt me in this Choire
In hope as he begun
God will raiſ me higher

[the date is covered]
Pevsner (revised David Neave) writes 'the ledger stones to Hugh Montgomery (1748) Barbara Montgomery (1747) have a curious rhyming inscriptions.'  The former must refer to the stone above and his wife presumably has a second stone. I have not discovered the relationship of the Methams to the Mongomerys to explain why the stone is shared.

To add: 1. James Pinkerton (1781). An Adamesque frieze with scrolled pediment and urn. He was contractor for the Market Weighton canal.
2. John Foster (1816) Urn. By John Earle, Hull
3. Rev Richard Todd (1830) Also by the above
4 & 5. Nathan Jowett Baron (1841) and Sarah Baron (1844) Both by R Brown, London
6. George Barton (1854) A copy of the last by Simpson & Malone of Hull
Patrington - St Patrick
The church with the well known spire which can be seen for miles. The church is unlocked, warm and welcoming and there is a very large free car park in front of the church, which may be seen in the photograph.
O/S Ref: TA 316 226

Left: Lady (early - mid 14th century) Stone effigy with gablette, mutilated. From Kilnsea church
Above: Grave slabs (13th - 14th centuries)
Robert Patrington, priest. (later14th century) Treasurer of York Minster. Brass indent of half effigy within circular inscription.  Sorry about 'arty' lighting!
Below: 1. Jane Featherstone (1803) 'in the 25th year of her age. 2. Illegible name. (180_) Also Sarah his wife 'who died with her infant Child (1804). 3. Susanah Featherstone (1808) And her eldest daughter, Mary Anne (1804) 'Aged 32 years'. 4. Elizabeth (1813) and Edward (1821) Thorpe.  5. William Rank (1770) Worn and damaged brass
Far below: 1. George Hibbert Marshall (1888).  2. Henry Edward Maddock MA 16 years rector. 3. Walter James Marshall (1899) The groining of this aisle was completed in his memory.  4. George French (1802)

A number of other monuments are described but we were unable to find them; they may be in a locked room with low wall, low enough to see them but too high to photograph them. Oval wall monuments are described  1796-1813, as well as two other brass indents.  Also  John Duncalf (1637) & Emot Shaw (1652) Brass inscriptions. Mary Robinson (1763) Urn with finial. Mary French (1782) Fluted pilasters.  Robert Robinson (1783) Scrolled pediment.  Mary Pearson (1800) Pediment and urn

Pocklington - All Saints
The Hon Gerald Valerian Wilson (1903) Iris Judd (1970) James Silburn (1829) 'Also in the same Vault in this pew the remains of Harriet Silburn...' (1844) 'HEARE VUNDER LIETH INTERED THE CORPS OF...' Robert Southebee (1594). Alabaster

Here Lyeth the Body of Iohn Dobson Parish Clerk 51 Years. who succeeded his Father & Grand Father in that Office & whose Great Grand Father was Vicar of this Church He was a man diligent in his Office faithfull to his Masters and courteous to all Men. He Dyed Feb 25 AD 1730 AGED 80

IN MEMORY OF  THOMAS PELLING, Burton Stather, Lincolnshire, commonly called 'The Flying Man', who was killed against the Battlement of Ye Choir when coming down the rope from the Steeple of the Church 1733. This Fatal Accident happened on the 10th of April, he was buried on the 16th April 1733 exactly under the place where he died.
The monument is outside the church and replaces the original which had become decayed
Thomas Dolman (1589)
Black marbe triptych with incised recumbent effigies of husband and wife in centre and kneeling children on either side
The Altar Rails were erected in memory of Robert Richmond Young - Warden of the Church 1924 Robert St. John Pitts-Tucker CBE
Headmaster of Pocklington School 1945-1966
  Thomas Shield BD
41 years master of Pocklington Grammar School 1848
Other Monuments
Margaret Easingwold, Prioress of Wilberforce Priory. 14th Century incised slab with lead filled foliated cross. Black letter inscription added in 1512 (by pulpit) Mid to late 14th century slab with indents for brass of head and hands of a lady. Also for figures of saints, inscription and Evangelists' symbols
Walter Staveley (1780) Obelisk Seth Stables (1830) Weeping female by sarcophagus
Nathaniel Holmes (1835) Neoclassical by Waudby, York Mary Dewsbury (1846) Sarcophagus and urn. by Waudby, York

Swine - St Mary
Knight/Lady c. 1400 on tomb chest with shields in quatrefoils. Probably the tomb recorded which had Sutton arms in 1584; if so possibly Sir Thomas 'Lord' Sutton (c 1384) and Wife.  
Knight of c 1410 on tomb chest with pairs of kneeling angels holding shields, alabaster. The base is a 13th century grave slab with incised cross. Arms of Hilton of Hilton (differenced) quartering Hilton of Swine but not indentified.
On the left is a Knight/Lady of c 1410-20, on tomb chest with pairs of angels holding shields, alabaster. Arms of Hilton of Swine. Either Robert III of Swine (c 1400) and one of his wives, or Robert IV (c 1431) and his wife Joan.
On the right ( and you could just see the heads on the previous photographs) is Sir  Robert Hilton (1363) & Maud (probably), knight/lady of 1360-70 on tomb chest with shields and one remaining kneeling mourner; alabaster. Arms of Hilton of Swine. Below is a close up photographs of this monument.
This information in this section was adapted from that written and provided  by Philip Lankester 2006 at the Beverely Church Monuments Society symposium that year.

Routh - All Hallows
A de Routh, Knight & Lady (c 1420) under double canopy. (shown)
Knight (1290) Crossed legged. Shows burial face cloth. This latter is rare but is shown by others in Yorkshire

Matilda Smith (1844) Tablet by T Haynes of Beverley

In churchyard is part of a medieval grave slab with incised foliated cross which have been reused as a eighteenth century gravestone.

Sutton-on-Hull - St James (Outer Hull)

Sir John de Sutton (1357) Effigy with straight legs on tomb chest with shields in quatrefoils. Shield with carved arms (shown)
John Byron (1805) Tablet
Mary Ross (1810) & Thomas Frost (1825) Tablet
Mary Bell (1838) Tablet by George Earl
William Liddle (1834) Neoclassical tablet with portrait medallion
John Lee Smith (1863) Gothic tablet by W D Keyworth

Sledmere - St Mary
Dame Virginia Sykes (1970)
Wife of the th Baronet
Edmund Thomas Sandars (1942)
Barrister, Author and Artist
Other Monuments

Henry Rousby (1767)
Wall tablet by Fishers of York.

Two further tablets of sarcophagi, each with two white oil lamps on top, 1795. (no identification is given in Pevsner)
Henrietta Masterman (1813), Seated figure by sarcophagus with urn; by Rouw.
Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1823), Tablet with mourning lady and broken column; by Samuel Manning the Elder & John Bacon the Younger.
Dame Virginia Sykes (1970) in the chancel an inscribed plinth topped by an urn; in the south aisle a wall tablet with inscription; both by George G Pace. Only the latter  is shown above.
  Above right is the Waggoners Monument which stands north of the church, next to the Sledmere 'Eleanor Cross', which is not a genuine article at all but a copy of the true Eleanor Cross at Hardingstone, Northamptonshire. It was constructed in the 1890's as a village cross but converted by Sir Mark Sykes into a war memorial for his friends and men working on his estate who had been killed in the war, by his adding their brass portraits, including one of himself as a crusader.

   Sir Mark Sykes the Sixth Baronet was a local landowner, soldier, politician and diplomat. He served in the Boer War as a Lt. Col. of the 5th Batt The Yorkshire Regiment. In 1912 he was given permission to form the Waggoners Reserve as a Territorial Army unit, signing up local farm labourers and tenant farmers for service as drivers of horse-drawn vehicles.  Many of these men - who had little military training - saw service in Western France carrying out  essential transport work. He designed the Waggoners Monument for this unit and it was constructed 1919-20. After the War he carried out diplomatic work and was instrumental in the reconstruction of the Middle East after the end of the Ottoman Empire; the Sykes-Picot Agreement is names after him.

   He died in France in 1919 from the Spanish Flu pandemic which infected one third of the world's population and led to around fifty million deaths worldwide. It occurred in four waves and was first reported in the USA not , despite its name, in Spain; it is caused by virus H1N1 which jumped from birds to humans. Sir Mark Sykes's name can be seen at the top of the Waggoners Monument. He was buried with his wife in the church yard at Sledmere.
The Exhumation of Sir Mark Sykes

  Sir Mark had been buried in a lead lined coffin in the churchyard at Sledmere. It was believed that such a coffin would help to slow down decomposition of the body and preserve the H1N1 virus intact, so a team of virologists lead by John Oxford applied for permission to the Diocese of York for exhumation of the body. They intended to make the study under laboratory condition and to discover whether Sir Mark's death was caused by the virus itself, by a concurrent virus and bacterial infection, of by a cytokine storm in which the virus triggers an abnormal and excessive immune response with the immune system turning on and destroying the human host itself. It was hoped that all of this would help in prevention and treatment in the event of a further pandemic.

  Permission was generously given for this exhumation by living members of Sir Mark's family and, after a two year process, permission was finally gained form the Diocese of York. The exhumation took place in 2008.

  However the researchers were to be disappointed: the coffin had split owing to the weight of soil on it and the body was badly decomposed. The coffin was allowed to remain in situ and samples of lung and brain tissue were removed through the split. Soon afterwards the grave was refilled.

  I have not found a report on the results of this study.

South Dalton - St Mary

Sir John Hotham (1689) Tentatively attributed  to C G Cibber. In her will of 1697 his widow asked for the tomb to "like unto the Old Cecill Tomb at Hatfield", which it is. Four white marble kneeling figures of the Virtues support a black marble slab with an armoured effigy, reclining and holding head in an impossible position on his right hand; below  is a skeleton. The Hotham family aquired the manor in 1680 and have been resident from the 1730's to the present day.
Thorpe Bassett - All Saints

Priest (c. 1360)
Effigy is in poor condition; on a tomb chest with a rose in each of five quatrefoils. Restored arch over. (above)

Grave slab ( 14th century) with relief cross and incised sword
Headstones (12th century) Three of theses, parts build into north wall of aisle interior
Warter - St James
Left: Thomas Bridlington, Prior of Warter (1498) Found in the excavations in 1899 and reburied so no longer visible.
Several marble wall tablets to the Pennington family, including:
William Pennington & Sir John Pennington (1768), White marble oval tablet on coloured background with two urns.
Lady Isabel Wilson (1905), Daughter of the 7th Duke of Roxburghe, marble recumbent effigy by George Frampton, 1908.
Charles Henry Wilson, 1st Lord Nunburnholme (1907), A large white marble standing monument with double portrait medallions between allegorical figures, by Frampton.
Gerald Valerian Wilson (1908) Coloured marble tablet with gilt-bronze lettering,  allegorical statuettes & flowers, by Frampton.
In the church yard:-
1st Lord Nunbournholme (1907) Bronze life sized standing female figure by Gilbert Bayes, 1909
Gerald V Wilson (1908) Also bronze life sized standing female figure by Gilbert Bayes, 1910
2nd Lord Nunbournholme (1924) Tomb chest with carved arms & incised Union Flag
Enid, Countess of Chesterfield (1957) Raised ledger stone with bronze armorial plate.
Watton - St Mary


William de Malton, Prior of Watton (1279) early incised slab which was discovered in the excavations of Watton Priory (above)
William Dickinson (1702) Tablet with arms
Elizabeth Bethell (1726) Obelisk with arms
Sarah Bethell (1730) Cartouche with angels' heads

Winestead - St German

(early - mid fourteenth century) Effigy under canopy

William Retherby (1418) Brass inscription
Sir Christopher Hildyard (1538) & Wife. Palimpsest of Flemish brass of 1360-70 (shown)
Sir Christopher Hildyard (1602) Knight on rolled up mat on tomb chest with shields
George Dickenson (1680) Cartouche with grotesque, urn and arms
Christopher Hildyard (1884) Cartouche with arms and urn. Attrib James Hardy
Robert Hildyard (1727) Obelisk with Rococo cartouche with arms, urn and lamps
William Hildyard (1842) Tablet with sarcophagus by Clothier of London

On the floor of the south chapel are ten eighteenth and nineteenth century marble tablets  to members of the Hildyard family removed from the demolished mausoleum

Welton - St Helen

Purbeck Marble Knight
Welwick - St Mary
The church does not have a car park and parking outside is not possible as it is on a bend controlled by traffic lights. Rather drive into the village and park there; it is about 250 yards walk back to the church. The church is open. O/S Ref:

William de la Mare, Provost of Beverley (1338-60) or his brother Thomas de la Mare, Vicar of Welwick (1358) or Priest (1340-50) Sunk effigy in mass vestments on curvilinear tracery. Front border of slab has four medallions with signs of the Evangelists. Figures of female saints in niches on flanking buttresses.
Above is stonework outside the church corresponding with the monument inside, presumably supporting structure. Note the the upper east part of the canopy has been cut away to allow for the insertion of a later window.

William (1350-60) Grave slab with incised crosier head and name incised in Lombardic characters.
 Excavated at Plowlands Farm 1/2 mile west.
William & Margaret Sottleler (1498) Floor slab with incised tau cross and black letter marginal inscription William & Ann Wright of Plowland  (1621) Brass. He was stepbrother to two of the gun powder plotters Thomas Fox (1774) snd Susanna (1794)
Left: Could this description refer to the damaged slab on the left: Civilian & Wife (later 14th century) Floor slab, incised except head and hands of figure, marginal inscription and parts of canopy which would have been inlaid with brass? If it does - and we could find nothing else - it is certainly rather optimistic.
Above: Child's coffin
Other Monuments
William Henry Fewson (1915) White tablet on black backing

With many thanks to Sally Badham, of the Church Monuments Society, Jean McCreanor, Richard Collier and others for the photographs on this page.
The drawings are by William I'Anson except for the Percy Tomb, Beverely, which was by the Web Master and used for a symposium poster
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