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Monumental Inscriptions of St Peter & St Paul Church, Aylesford  - recorded by D. E. Williams

Section D   All that area West of the Church, North of Section B, as far as
                           the Brassey Tomb

162.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE BATTEN
WHO FELL ASLEEP 30th MARCH 1905
AGED 39 YEARS

George Batten, died 1905, Tin Plate Worker?, at Hanworth, Middlesex, in 1891 (Census)

163.   Small Plaque on Large Base, Once Railed, Sculpture of an Angel and Woman, beneath a Cross


HENRY BRASSEY MONUMENT, 1891

"The Lord Watch Between Me and Thee,
When We are Absent One from Another"

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY ARTHUR BRASSEY
OF PRESTON HALL
1840 1891
AND OF HIS WIFE ANNA HARRIET
1844 1898

Henry Brassey, died 1891. "The Good Squire of Aylesford." Lived at Preston Hall, the 2nd son of Thomas Brassey, a leading Railway Contractor. Educated at Harrow and University College, Oxford. J.P. for Kent. Liberal Unionist M. P. for Sandwich 1868 1885. High Sheriff of Kent 1890 91. Captain of West Kent (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Cavalry.
   Prize winning Cattle Breeder. He died of pneumonia, following the influenza epidemic of 1891. His Pall Bearers were some of his oldest workmen; Guard of Honour from the R. W. K. Y. C. Very large number of mourners attended funeral, a special train was laid on from Charing Cross. 
   The monument is rather disappointing and commonplace, it is a pity that the Brassys' taste did not match their wealth!

The Times published his will:
   "MR. H. A. BRASSEY'S WILL. Probate duty has been paid on 1,042,611 0s 8d as the net value (thegross being 1, 075,913 15s 7d) of the personal estate of Mr HENRY ARTHUR BRASSEY, of Preston Hall, Ashford (sic), Kent, and Bath-house, Piccadilly, who died on the 13th of May last, aged 51 years, and of whose will, dated the 10th of August, 1883, with a codicil made the 20th of July 1887, the executors are his brothers, Thomas first Lord Brassey, of Bulkely, Chester, Mr Albert Brassey, of Heythrop, Oxford, and Mr Robert Mitchell Campbell, of Glaisnock, Old Cumnock. The testator bequeaths to his wife during her widow-hood an annuity (including the income provided for by her marriage settlement) of 8,000 and the use and enjoyment of the testator's town house and its furniture and of plate to the value of 1,000. In the event of Mrs Brassey's remarriage her annuity is to be reduced to 2,000 for the remainder of her life.
   Mr. Brassey leaves in trust for each of his daughters 50,000. He bequeaths to the Bishop's of London's Fund and the Fever Hospital, Liverpool road, Islington, 1,000 each; to the Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children, St. George's Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Incurables, the British Lying-in Hospital, Endell street, the Lock Hospital, the Royal National Hospital for Consumption, Ventnor, the Hospital for Consumption, Brompton, and the Infant Orphan Asylum at Wanstead, 500 each.
   To the West Kent General Hospital the testator bequeaths 1,000 and to the Kent County Ophthalmic Hospital, the Royal Albert Orphan Asylum, Bagshot, the Academy for the Blind, the Central London Hospital for Diseases of the Throat and Ear. The Metropolitan Convalescent Institution , Walton on Thames, and the Orphan Working School, Haverstock hill, 500 each.
   Mr Brassey bequeaths also 500 to the National Refuges for Homeless and Destitute Children, Great Queen Street to be primarily applied in aid of maintaining the boys in and upon and in keeping up the training ships Chichester and Arethusa. He devises the Preston hall estate to the use of his first son in priority, and all the contents of the hall to the use of the tenant for life of that estate."

164.   Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ALBERT HERBERT BROOK
WHO WAS DROWNED AT WISBECH, CAMS. AUGST. 8Th 1909 AGED 18 YEARS

Albert Brook, died 1909. The Kent Messenger reported his death.
"AN ECCLES LAD DROWNED
A sad bathing fatality, by which an Eccles lad named Albert Brooks, aged 18, lost his life, occurred on Sunday last, in the River Nen, (sic) at Wisbech (Cambs.), where the deceased had recently gone to fill a situation. His companions lost sight of him near some timber, and instituted a search, but the body was not found till some hours later.
   At the inquest a verdict of "Accidental Death" was brought in. The body was brought to Eccles, and will be interred in Aylesford Churchyard this (Saturday) afternoon. Much sympathy has been expressed with the family, who are well known in the village"

DADSON see GRANT

165.   Headstone

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY
SON OF
THOMAS AND ELLEN DANES
WHO DIED APRIL 2nd 1887
AGED 2 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE NAMED
ELLEN DANES
WHO DIED AUGUST 13th 1888
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO OF ROBERT SON OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS AND ELLEN DANES
WHO DIED MARCH 16th 1894 AGED 7 YEARS
ALSO OF THOMAS DANES
WHO DIED OCTOBER 6th 1921 AGED 81 YEARS
AND OF THOMAS DANES 2nd LIEUT.A.S.C.
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 13th 1918 AGED 40 YEARS
INTERRED AT BRISTOL

Thomas Danes, died 1921, Brewer and Farmer (1901 Census); Brewer (1882 Kelly's Directory)

166.   Curbs

South Side
HENRY WILLIAM EVERNDEN BORN 27th JULY 1862 DIED 1st MARCH 1907

North Side
ANNIE EVERNDEN BORN DEC. 15th 1862 DIED MAY 31st 1939

Henry Evernden, died 1907, Mechanical Engineer, Lime Tree Cottage (1901 Census)

167.   Curbs, Next to Above

South Side
HORACE EVERNDEN DIED MAR. 28th 1891 AGED 14 MONTHS

North Side
DOROTHY DIED NOV. 29th 1897 AGED 5 YEARS

168.   Headstone, Two Body Stones and Foot Stone

IN MEMORY OF
[WI]LLIAM FIELD
[DIED OCTOBER 1850]
[AGED 43 YEARS]

William Field, died 1850, Victualler of the "Anchor Inn" (1850 Maidstone & Environs Directory)

169.   Headstone and Body Stone, Under Yew

IN MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF EDWARD FINCH
[OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH THE 10th 181[5] [AGED 66 YEARS]
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO THE ABOVE EDWARD FINCH
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER THE 1[ ] 1819 AGED 7[3] YEARS
[Eroded Verses]
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND 2 ? DAUGHTERS

170.   Headstone with Relief Cross

THE LADY
ELIZABETH
BORN
1766
OCTOBER 20th
MARIA
  FINCH
  OCTOBER
  DIED
  1848

Lady Maria Elizabeth Finch, of Boxley Abbey, died 1848. P.C.C. Will dated 24th July 1846
   Her sister late Countess Dowager of Suffolk, left her 1,000 to which she was entitled by their mother's will; she leaves to nephew Colonel the Hon. John Finch, other to nephew Rev. William Smith.
   She leaves bequest of her brother General the Hon. Edward Smith, as follows, 1,000 bank stock to nephew Colonel the Hon. John Smith. 200 long annuities to nephew Rev. Heneage Finch.
   To Miss Charlotte Cotes daughter of late John Cotes, Esq., of Woodcote, Salop., and "of my cousin german, his first wife, the Hon. Miss Lucy Courtenay, a pair of pearl bracelets, and a little locket with enamel border, the hair in which was her mother's, the hair in the bracelet clasps, her aunt's.
   To the Hon. Miss Mary Courtenay, a pair of gold bracelets with diamond clasps.
   To Miss Frances Atkins niece of late John Atkins Wright, Esq., of Crowsley ? Park, Oxford, an antique ------ ? ring.
   To the Hon. Daniel Smith an old copy of Spencer's Fairy Queen, that belonged to Mrs Baidwyn, in the library at Partington.
   To Hon. Mrs Greville Howard, an enamel pencil and pen case, the gift of her brother in law, the Earl of Suffolk.
   To niece, Lady Frances Finch, sister of Charles ------ ? Esq., of Cop--- ? a little amethyst ring.
   To niece Lady Elizabeth Smith, a yellow stone set around with green stones.
   Residue to Rev. Heneage Finch, who is executor.
   Witnesses: John Hyde Hills, Maidstone and George Wickham, Maidstone

Affidavit dated 4th November 1848
Rev. Heneage Finch of Oakham, Rutland and George Wickham of Maidstone, Book Seller, sworn.
   Wickham states deceased came to his house on 6th August 1846, with her will for him to witness. She asked for Mr Hills as well. He saw Mr Hills son , John Hyde Hills standing in his door on the other side of the High Street, and called him over to be a witness.
   Lady Finch then drew a pen over her signature, which was already on the will. He did not see rest of will, only the part where he signed. The section in question concerns the amethyst ring and yellow stone, which seem to have been inserted into the will after the original draft ?
   Rev. Heneage Finch states that he remembers Lady Maria telling him that she intended to leave these jewels to the nieces, and that he believes that these bequests were in the will prior to 6th of August 1846.
   Proved 8th November 1848

171.   Shallow Angled Coped, Close to above

THE HONOURABLE JOHN FINCH COMPANION OF THE BATH
LIEUTENANT GENERAL AND COLONEL OF THE 24th REGIMENT
BORN 23rd MARCH 1793 DIED 25th NOVEMBER 1861

172.   Medieval Stone Coffin Type, with Full Length Relief Cross, Sword and Spur, Close to Above


COLONEL DANIEL GREVILLE FINCH, DIED 1882

North Side
COLONEL DANIEL GREVILLE FINCH 3rd SON OF THE 5th EARL OF AYLESFORD

West Side
BORN APRIL 6th 1829

South Side
SERVED IN THE 68th AND 24th REGIMENTS FROM 1845 TO 1873 DIED

East Side

FEB. 22nd 188[2]Colonel the Hon. Daniel Greville Finch, died 1882. The Times Obituary:
   "We regret to announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel the Hon. Daniel Greville Finch, which occurred on Wednesday last. Colonel Finch had been unwell for some time, but it was not until a few days ago that his complaint took a fatal turn. The immediate cause of death was blood poisoning.
   Colonel Finch was the second son of the fifth Earl of Aylesford and uncle to the present peer.
   He was born in 1827 and entered the army in 1845, He served all through the Crimean war with the 68th Regiment, where he distinguished himself on many occasions, being present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, and the siege and fall of Sebastopol.
   He received for his services a brevet majority, the medal with three clasps, the fifth class of the Medjidie, and the Turkish medal. After the war he left the 68th and joined the 24th Regiment, with which he served until he retired in 1862"

 

173.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOSHUA
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
EMMA FRANCIS
WHO DIED JUNE 27th 1904
AGED 57 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO EMMA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 24th 1925
AGED 72 YEARS
"The Master is Come and Calleth for Thee"
ALSO FREDERICK
BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE
KILLED IN ACTION ON THE SOMME
OCTOBER 3rd 1916 AGED 22 YEARS
"Greater Love hath no Man,
That a Man Lay Down his Life for his Friends"

174.   Medieval Stone Coffin Type, Cross, Bible and Chalice

West Side
ANTONIUS GRANT

South Side
SANCTI ALBANI ARCHIDIACONVUS ABDORMIVIT IN DOMINO AS 1883

North Side
IULIAM VXOREM EVIS CONIVCI ITERUM CONIVNXIT DEUS AS 1898

East Side
IN PACE

175.   Similar to and Next to Above, Three Floriate Roundel Crosses

South Side
HIS REQUIESCIT IN SPE ISABELLA MARIA GRANT DONECASPIRET DIES AS MCMVI

North Side
NECON IN IDEPSUM CYRIL FLETCHER GRANT QUI OB MCMXVI LISSIE UXEVIS OVAE OB

176.   Small Version of and Close to Above

IAN DUNCAN GRANT

177.   Red Granite Pedestals and Cross, and Curbs

East Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ERNEST CAREY GRANT
BORN JULY 30th 1838
DIED MARCH 8th 1898
ALSO OF KATE HIS WIFE WHO HAVING FOR
UPWARDS OF 35 YEARS DEVOTEDLY SERVED
THEIR CHILDREN, FOLLOWED HIM ON
JULY 16th 1933 AGED 79 YEARS
[Verses Obscured by Roots]

178.   Pedestals and Cross, and "Shield" Type Tablet, (Which may be Unrelated ?)

DOROTHY ISABELL
THE BELOVED CHILD OF
ERNEST AND KATE GRANT
BORN JUNE 3rd 1877
DIED JAN. 18th 1879
"Is it Well with the Child, and She answered, "It Is Well""

Tablet
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE W. DADSON
DIED APRIL 5th 1909
AGED 22
JOHN C. DADSON
DIED JAN. 17th 1919
AGED 24
"At Rest"

179.   Leaning Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
RACHEL
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
THOMAS GROOMBRIDGE
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPT. 23rd 1876 AGED 56 YEARS
"Blessed are the Pure in Heart for
they shall See God" Matt.5c 8v
ALSO OF
THOMAS GROOMBRIDGE
WHO DIED APRIL 11th 1889
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO RACHEL
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 12th AUG. 190[5] [AGED] 46 [YEARS]

Thomas Groombridge, died 1889, a Baker (1881 Census)

180.   Small Headstone

HERE LYETH
THE BODY OF
EDWARD HAINES
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE SEP. 15th
1695 AGED ABOUT
77 ?YEARS
HERE ALSO LIETH THE
BODY OF PHILLIPA HAINS
THE BELOVED WIFE
OF EDWARD HAINES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 20th OF AUGUST 1706

181.   Headstone

[IN L]OVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HAWKES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JAN. 27th 1886
AGED 87 YEARS
"His End was Peace"
ALSO ELIZA HAWKES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGST. 17Th 1890
AGED 77 YEARS

182.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
DANIEL HERD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 26th JANUARY 1862
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH HERD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 11th JULY 1855
AGED 52 YEARS

Daniel Herd, died 1862, the Stationer, lodging in Bermondsey in 1861? Born in Hollingbourne (Census)

183.   Headstone

IHS
IN MEMORY OF
HENRY HOCKLEY
WHO DIED 24th APRIL 1904
AGED 82 YEARS
AND MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 23rd [    ] [1916]
[AGED 90 YEARS]

Henry Hockley, died 1904, a Shepherd at Preston Hall (1871 Census); living own means, at Ditton in 1901(Census)

184.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FREDERICK
KEDDELL
M.R.C.S.L.
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH
DIED 13th FEB. 1875
AETAT 48 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM FITZROY
KEDDELL
SON OF THE ABOVE
AETAT 2 YEARS
WHO WAS DROWNED IN THE
MEDWAY 14th JUNE 1866

William Fitzroy Keddell, died 1866, see Newspaper Report, Turner, Section B.

185.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE KEMP
WHO DIED AUGUST 19th 1868
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN KEMP
WHO DIED MAY 28th 1887
AGED 82 YEARS
"And They shall be Mine saith
The Lord of Hosts, in that Day,
When I Make up my Jewels"

John Kemp, died 1887, Stone Quarry Man (1861 Census)

PANTONY see RANDALL

186.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HARRIETT
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JESSE PEARSON
DIED 28th DECR. 1901 AGED 60
"Lord Jesus, Receive my Spirit"
ALSO JESSE
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED 6th JAN. 1925 AGED 86
"The Master is Come and Calleth for Thee"

Jesse Pearson, died 1925, Stone Quarry Labourer, Mill Hall (1871 and 1881 Census)

PERRIN see SIMONS

187.   Small Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CLARA ELIZABETH RANDALL
WHO DIED 5th FEBRUARY 1905
AGED 22 YEARS ALSO
FANNY SISTER OF THE ABOVE
BELOVED WIFE OF JOHN PANTONY
WHO DIED 16th FEBRUARY 1924
AGED 36 YEARS
"The Lord Gave and the Lord Taketh Away,
The Will of the Lord Must be Done"

Clara Randall, died 1905, in 1901 Servant to Mrs Wilkinson in Wandsworth, born Aylesford (Census)

188.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN RUSSELL
DIED 6th JUNE 1909
AGED 76 YEARS
"Forever with the Lord"
ALSO THEODOSIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 21st JUNE 1913
AGED 81 YEARS

189.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES SALES
WHO PASSED INTO REST 24th FEB. 1910 AGED 63
AND MARY HIS WIFE 8th FEB. 1926 AGED 78
ALSO CHARLES EDWARD
THEIR BELOVED SON 17th NOV. 1925
AT CAPE TOWN AGED 42
"Forever with the Lord"

Charles Sales, died 1910, Labourer of Pratling Street, Boxley (1901 Census)

190.   Tall Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SUSANNA WIFE OF WM. SEAGER
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS NOV. 6th 1833
AGED 61 YEARS
LEFT SURVUVING TWO DAUGHTERS
VIZ. SUSANNAH AND MARY ANN
"Not with the Dead her Spirit Rests,
[ ] not for Pain Ascended High,
A[ ] of Righteousness Invests,
The Spirit[ ]which can Never Die"
ALSO THE ABOVE WILLIAM SEAGER
WHO DIED MAY 21st 1843
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO SARAH ELIZABETH SEAGER
WHO DIED JUNE 4th ? 1810
AGED 13 YEARS

William Seager, died 1843, Baker (1840 Pigot's Directory, 1841 Census)

191.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARTHA SIMONS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBY. 13Th 1874
AGED 71 YEARS
"It is Appointed unto All
Men to Die Once"
Hebrews ix 27
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH MARIA PERRIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCT. 7th 1911 AGED 88 YEARS

192.   Headstone, with Anchor

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR SON
FRIEND E. THORPE
WHO DIED 24th APRIL 1907
AGED 26 YEARS
"God Calls our Loved Ones"

Friend Thorpe, died 1907, Cement Labourer (1901 Census)

193.   Headstone, with Anchor

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES WAKEFIELD
AGED 29 YEARS
WHO FELL FROM ALOFT ON BOARD
THE SS AORANGI
AND DIED ON JUNE 13th 1885
"And is Waiting,
Till the Sea shall Give up her Dead,
To enter the Land where there shall be
No More Sea"

Charles Wakefield, died 1885, Mate of vessel Hamlett in 1881 (Census)

194.   Large Ledger under Fir Tree, Close to Western Boundary

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN WAGON BORN JANUARY 18th 1816
DIED OCTOBER 6th 1882
FRANCES WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN JAN. 6th 1804 DIED SEPTR. 24Th 1886
EDWIN WAGON BORN SEPTR. 15Th 1841
DIED FEBY. 16Th 1861
ADAM WAGON BORN NOVR. 27Th 1846
DIED MAY 1st 1861
ALFRED WAGON BORN APRIL 22nd 1838
DIED JUNE 8th 1863
AARON WAGON BORN OCTOBER 1st 1848
DIED JUNE 10th 1867
FRANCES WAGON BORN NOVR. 6Th 1837
DIED SEPTEMBER 21st 1914

John Wagon, died 1882, Boys School Master, National School; House Agent, Collector and Assessor of Taxes, High Constable for Aylesford and other parishes, of Sedley Cottage (same man ?) (1850 Maidstone & Environs Directory, 1882 Kelly's Directory)
Frances Wagon, died 1886, Girls School Mistress, National School
Mrs and Miss Wagon, Academy at Forstal (1882 Kelly's Directory)
Alfred Wagon, died 1863, Grocer ? (1861 Census)

195.   Eroded Headstone, Under Yew

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF THOMAS WOOD
OF ALLINGTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. 17th 1818
AGED 60 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND 1 DAUGHTER
VIZ. THOMAS, WILLIAM AND JENNY
[Eroded Verses]

END OF SECTION D

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