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Toke's and others, Heraldic Ledger Stones in Kent churches

Richard AMHURST  1684  St Peter's Church, Pembury

The arms etc. are incised on a ledger stone of blue marble in the Chancel on the south side of the altar. The whole achievement measures 28inch x 23inch.

Arms: Quarterly 1 and 4. Gu. three tilting spears, two and one erected in pale or. headed ar. for AMHURST. 2 and 3. Chequey, or and gu a canton erm, over all on a bend az, a griffin’s head erased between two martlets of the first for REYNES. Crest: On a wreath, or and gu, three tilting spears, one erect and two saltern wise, or, headed ar, inscribed with a garland, vert.

Amongst ye remains of ye dead lyes Interred heare ye body of Richard AMHURST late of Bayhall of ye County of Kent Esqre who departed this life on ye 29 of August 1684 in ye 64 year of his age, and allso ye body of Dorothy his dear wife who left this world on ye 18 of July 1654 in ye 53 year if her age having been married 27 years having borne 6 sons and 5 daughters whereof William, Richard, Isabela & her youngest son deadborne lye interred on her left hand hoping for a joyful resurrection at ye coming of our blessed Saviour. Prepare for death, that hour will come and after death the day of doome. Dorothy Amhurst.

Rubbed Dec 27 1917 by Nicholas Eyare Toke

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