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

Peter NOWELL  1694  St Mary's Church, Sandwich

The medallion measures 27inch x 20inch and is cut on an altar tomb of brownish Bethersden marble at the west end of the Nave.

Arms: Argent, three covered cups, sable. Crest: An arm, embowed in armour, ppr, garnished or, holding in the hand a fireball of the first.

Here lies Ye bodys of Peter NOWELL, Gent. Aged 68 years, who died ye 25th day of Oct. 1694 being Major of ths Corporation and Judith his wife, Aged 59 years, who died May 20th 1695, and also of Tho. Nowell their sonne Aged 36 year, who died Febr the 14th 1694, and Catherine his wife, Aged 27 years who died ye 16th day of May 1694.

Reader, here lie beneath this single stone/Four yet (as much as love cou’d make ‘em one)/Not souls & Bodys are soe strictly tied/For fate cou’d these but cou’d not these divide/And sooner cou’d pale death’s resistlesse dart/Them from themselves than from each other part/Fate ev’n improv’d their union, since it gave/Death in one year and in one Tomb and Grave.

Note: Boys in his History of Sandwich p325 remarks "This epitaph was written by Mr Stephen HUNT of Canterbury, a relation who died at Paris above 1714. I suspect Mr Hunt had read Crawshaw.

Rubbed Dec 20 1932 by Nicholas Eyare Toke

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