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Monumental Inscriptions of St Helen's Church, Cliffe - recorded by D. E. Williams 2011

Section D  is north of the main body of the church, from the north east corner of the north
                            transept to the north west corner of the north aisle.

30.   Headstone


GEORGE BENNITT, DIED 1689

HERE LYETH YE BODY
OF GEORGE BENNITT
OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY YE 30th 1689
AGED 34 YEARS AND
HIS TWO DAUGHTERS
BOTH ELIZABETH

Of a long established Cliffe family, George Bennitt was a Yeoman Farmer, Administration Bond

BRETT see BRIGHT

31.   Headstone and "Book" Tablet

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
SARAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JAMES BRIGHT
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 5th 1892
AGED 50 YEARS
"Physician of my sin sick soul,
To thee I bring my case,
My raging malady control,
And heal me by thy Grace"
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 2nd 1866 AGED 10 DAYS
ALSO MARY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 17th 1872 AGED 7 DAYS
ALSO FREDERICK EDWARD
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVR. 19Th 1882 AGED 2 YEARS
"Though lost to sight to memory
ever dear"
ALSO ERNEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 19th ? 1897 AGED 16 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

James Bright lived in Reed Street and was a Shepherd?, 1891 Census; Farmer?, 1903 Directory

32.   Tablet

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EDWARD
MARY AND
FREDERICK
BRIGHT
ALICE
 AND
 JASPER
 BRETT
"Suffer little children to
come unto me"

33.   Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF LILY EDITH CARPENTER
DIED NOVEMBER 29th 1913 AGED 15

In 1901 living in Higham, the daughter of a Waggoner

34.   Double Headstone


WILLIAM & MARY CHILDS, BOTH DIED 1720

HERE LYETH THE BODY
OF MARY CHILDS
THE WIFE OF WILLIAM
CHILDS, YEOMAN
OF THIS PARISH SHE 
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST YE 13th 1720
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO THE BODY OF
  WILLIAM CHILDS
  YEOMAN, HE DEPARTD.
  THIS LIFE OCTOBER
THE 5th 1720
  AGED 51 YEARS

William Childs will is dated 10th June 1720, he was a Yeoman.
   The Reversion and Inheritance of his Right Title estate and interests in property, including barns, stables, orchards and 7 pieces of land in High Halstow, in the occupation of his mother Alice Pilcher, which was due to come to him at his mother's death, to his son William Childs. Property, including barn, stable, orchard and 1 piece of land of about 4 acres, at Parry Hill in Cliffe, now in the occupation of John Paul, Carpenter. Also his Right Title and interest in a "certain common called Cooling Street Common", to the last mentioned property, and about 3 acres of woodland in his occupation, also property including garden, orchard and about one and a quarter acres of arable in Cliffe, occupied by Stephen Petas?, and commoning in Rye Street, to son John Childs. Property and garden in Cliffe in occupation of William Darsley? To wife Mary. Also to wife Mary 100 by a marriage bond in case he died, also further sum 300.
   To son Willam Childs 50. To mother Alice Pilcher 25. Residue to two sons William and John, who are Executors.
   Witnesses: B. Nodes, James Hareson and Robert Baldwin.

 35.   Headstone and Body Stone

"Time how Short, Eternity how Long"
IN
MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN CLARK
(OF THIS PARISH) WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE MAY 10th 1802
AGED 76 YEARS
"Farewell vain world, I've known enough of thee,
And now I am careless of what thou say'st of me,
Thy smiles I court not, nor thy frowns I fear,
My soul's at rest, my head lies quiet here"
"Here the wicked cease from troubling,
Here the weary are at rest,
They hear not the noise of the oppressor"

John Clark's will is dated 3rd May 1802, he is a Shopkeeper.
   To Sarah Boutell of Little Branly, Essex, Widow, and her two sons, John and Mark, 100 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities, part of his stock. To Charity School at Chelmsford, Essex, 200 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities. To Elizabeth Bellamy of Cliffe, Spinster at 21 years, in trust to his executors and trustees. Also to her, property in Cliffe in occupation of Thomas Elsford, (the southern end). The northern end of the same property in the occupation of Thomas Baker to the said Thomas Elsford. Property where he now lives, and all real and personal estate to his good friend, Richard Edmonds of Cliffe, Yeoman, who is also Executor.
   Witnesses: Edward Wickham, clerk to Messrs. Twopenny, Attorneys of Rochester, James Shead of Cliffe, Yeoman and Jno. Smith of Cliffe, Victualler

36.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM COTTLE
WHO DIED JUNE 1st 18[8]5
AGED 49 YEARS
"The Lord is generous and full of
Compassion, slow to anger and of
[ Infinite Mercy ? ]"
"Let everything that hath breath
Praise his Holy Name"

William Cottle was a Cooper, 1881 Census

37.   Pedestals, Cross gone

IN
LOVING
MEMORY OF
HERBERT FREDERICK
DAVIS
WHO DIED[    ]
AGED [    ] YEARS
[    ]

38.   Headstone

IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
JOHN ELSEGOOD
DIED JANUARY 2nd 1887
AGED 57 YEARS
"Rest comes at length though life
be long and dreary,
The day must dawn and darksome
night be passed
Faith's journey ends in welcome
To the weary,
And Heaven, the Lord's true home
Will come at last"
ALSO
MARY ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANUARY 29th 1892
AGED 67 YEARS
"Come unto me all ye that labour and
are heavy laden and I will give you rest"

In 1881,John Elsegood was a Licensed Victualler in North Street, Strood, born in Cliffe. Census

39.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
JAMES & WILLIAM [SONS] OF
JAMES & MARIA ELSEGOOD
JAMES DIED APRIL 21st ? 18[58]
AGED 19 [YEARS]
[    ]
WILLIAM DIED MAY [    ] 1859
AGED 16 YEARS

40.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH GLIDEWELL
WHO DIED 16th JULY [1853]
AGED 83

Mother-in-law to John Huggins, 1841 Census

41.   Headstone

[SACRED TO THE MEMORY]
[OF]
[SAMU]EL GLIDEWELL
[WHO DIED [    ] DECEMBER] 1874
AGED 84 YEARS

A Waterman in Milton? 1851 and 1861 Census. In the 1871 Census a patient in Hospital at Maidstone?

42.   Headstone

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
JULIA ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
STEPHEN WALTER HAMMOND
BORN SEPTEMBER 19th 1862
DIED AUGUST 3rd 1926
BOTH OF CLIFFE
ALSO W.E.G. HAMMOND
SON OF THE ABOVE
BORN MARCH 21st 1888
DIED FEBRUARY 28th 1932
"Life's work well done,
Heaven's Crown well won,
Now comes rest"
ALSO THE ABOVE
STEPHEN W. HAMMOND
BORN OCTOBER 3rd 1860
DIED DECEMBER 10th 1940

In a 1913 Kelly's Directory, a Beer Retailer, born in Cliffe

43.   Headstone

ERECTED BY HIS LOVING WIFE
IN MEMORY OF
HENRY CHARLES HAWKINS
WHO WAS KILLED IN AN EXPLOSION
ON JULY 26th 1911
AGED 26 YEARS
"On the Resurrection Morning,
Soul and Body meet again,
No more sorrow no more weeping,
No more pain"
ALSO OF
BERTHA LILLIAN HAWKINS
DIED DECR. 20Th 1909
AGED 6 WEEKS

The Times, July 27th 1911 reported the incident which killed Hawkins :
   "By an explosion which occurred yesterday at the explosives factory of Messrs. Curtis and Harvey at Cliffe, about eight miles (sic) from Chatham, three men were killed and others were injured. The names of the killed are Ernest Law, Charles Hawkins and George Walkingshaw. A workman named Joseph Wordly* was removed to St. Bartholomew's Hospital suffering from extensive burns. The nitro-glycerine mixing-house was completely destroyed.
   Hawkins and Law were working in the house at the time, while Walkingshaw was carrying materials to the hut. All three men were blown to atoms. About a dozen employes who were engaged in different parts of the works were injured, several having limbs broken. They were attended to at the factory surgery.
   Much damage was done to the company's offices and other buildings. The timekeeper's house was well-nigh wrecked. The windows of many houses in the village, situated a mile distant, were smashed. The cause of the explosion is at present unknown. Law and Hawkins were married men and Walkingshaw was single"
*Joseph Wordly was buried in Section E in 1912, he was rescued by Herbert Dobinson, for which action, he was awarded the Edward Medal, 1st Class.

44.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
JOHN HUGGINS
WHO DIED 26th APRIL 1851 AGED 58
ALSO GEORGE HUGGINS
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN AUSTRALIA
1st JUNE 1849 AGED 27
ALSO THOMAS HUGGINS
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 23rd JAN. 1910 AGED 85

John Huggins was a Nurseryman and Grocer in Church Street, 1851 Census. In c. 1822-25, he was a Gardener in Hoo, Hoo Church Baptism Register. He was born in Allhallows.

HUGGINS see READ

45.   Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF GEORGE CHARLES ROBERT LAST
WHO DIED NOV. 28th 1918 AGED 88 YEARS

46.   Headstone

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
JOHN MATTHEW LEWIS
WHO DIED 16th JANUARY [1890]
AGED 8 YEARS
"His End was Peace"

47.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JAMES LEWIS
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF FRANCES LEWIS
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 18th 1893
AGED 43 YEARS
"Blessed is that man that maketh
the Lord his Trust"
ALSO FRANCES LEWIS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 16th 1905
AGED 51 YEARS
"Safely, safely gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
Passed beyond all grief and pain,
For our loss we must not weep,
Nor our loved one long to keep,
From the home of rest and peace,
Where all sin and sorrows cease"

General Labourer, 4 Reed Street. 1891 Census

48.   Headstone

[    ]
HENRY JAMES
[    ] AND ELDEST SON OF
JAMES AND FRANCES LEWIS
[WHO] DEPARTED THIS LIFE [AUGUST] [    ] 1887
AGED 14 YEARS & 8 ? MONTHS
[    ]

49.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN MOORE
WHO DIED JANUARY 19th 1889
AGED 76 YEARS
"Alight is from our household gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled"
ALSO
MARY MOORE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 4th 1898
IN HER 86th YEAR
"Thou art gone but not forgotten"

50.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
THOMAS PANKHURST
WHO DIED JANUARY 21st 1910
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO
OLIVE ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 26th 1913
AGED 74 YEARS
"At Rest in Peace"

51.   Headstone

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
ALICE PELLING
WHO DIED MARCH 28th 1876
AGED 31 YEARS
"Weep not for me my parents dear,
I am not lost but sleeping here,
Short was my stay,
But longer in my rest,
God took me hence because
He thought it best"

In the 1871 Census, the wife of George, Railway Signal Man, in Deptford.

52.   Headstone and Plain Ledger

IN MEMORY OF
JULIA PETTITT
WHO DIED 31st MAY 1929
"Now we see through a glass darkly,
But then face to face"
ALSO MARJORIE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
AND DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
NORMAN SOUTHWOOD
CREMATED AT CHARING
ON 1st AUGUST 1953
"Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for him,
And he shall give thee thy heart's desire"

Julia Pettitt was the wife of James, an Electrical Engineer at Milton,1901 Census. Engineering Manager at Curtis and Harvey's Explosive Factory in 1913, Kelly's Directory, living at "Curbar".

53.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
JOHN READ
LATE OF CHATHAM
WHO DIED 15th OCTOBER 1859
AGED 79

1851 Census, a lodger in Chatham, Superannuated Shipwright, H.M. Dockyard, 1855 Post Office Directory, Shopkeeper in Chatham?

54.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
FRANCES SOPHIA READ
WIDOW OF JOHN READ
AND FORMERLY WIDOW OF
JOHN HUGGINS
WHO DIED 25th APRIL 1874
AGED 85

SOUTHWOOD see PETTITT

55.   Granite Pedestals, Cross Fallen

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
MARY ANN
DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF
GEORGE WELLARD STEVENSON
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 13th DECEMBER 1876
AGED 56 YEARS

George Stevenson was an Harness and Saddle Maker, 1871 Census

56.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
AMY WOOLLEY
DIED SEPT. 2nd 1911
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF
THOMAS WOOLLEY
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED AUG. 18th 1917
AGED 72 YEARS
"At Rest"

57.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
THOMAS WOOLLEY LATE R.N.
WHO WAS DROWNED AT SEA THROUGH THE
SINKING OF THE MOTOR BOAT ROAM
28th OCTOBER 1926 AGED 54 YEARS
"Sadly Missed"

The Kent Messenger, November 6th 1926
CHATHAM MAN DROWNED OFF RAMSGATE
Swanscombe Engineer's Story of Wreck
  
"The final chapter in last Thursday's drama of the sea took place at Lydd Town Hall on Thursday, when Dr. A. MacMillan held an inquest on a body found washed ashore at Dungeness on Monday. It was that of "Thomas Woolley" of Chatham, second engineer on the oil tanker Roam which sank in heavy seas ten or twelve miles off Ramsgate. Four of the crew of five were saved by the Ramsgate steam trawler Harvest Moon.
   The story of the wreck was told to the Coroner by Charles Nelson Roymund Gear, chief engineer, of 30 Broomfield Road, Swanscombe, who said the Roam left Margate on October 27th for Bruges with a cargo of tar, and a crew consisting of the captain, mate, first and second engineers, and cook. They encountered bad weather near the Sandette Lightship and commenced shipping heavy seas. At 11.30 p.m. The captain decided to turn for shelter and headed for the North Foreland. Upon discovering that the tanker was floundering, everything was made secure, distress signals were sent up and flames burnt. The engines were stopped and the ship's lifeboat having been washed away, the crew went on deck and donned their lifebelts, and Woolley was in his company during this time. "About five minutes after we had put on the lifebelts" said the witness, "the ship gave a lurch and the mate, cook and deceased dived overboard, followed by the captain and myself, and that was the last I saw of Woolley. A large cargo steamer about a quarter of a mile away threw a lifebuoy to us. The Harvest Moon picked us up, but Woolley was missing, and we cruised about for half an hour without finding any trace of him. We were then taken ashore at Ramsgate".
   William Coleman, chief officer at Dungeness Admiralty Station, who discovered the body, said the cork lifebelt was securely fastened.
   Dr. J. A. Proctor, The Paddocks, Lydd, stated he was of the opinion that death was caused by drowning.
   The inquest was adjourned.

End of Section D

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