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

Interior of Church Several of the monuments recorded in John Thorpe's Registrum Roffenses, 1769, are no longer visible. I have included them here and have indicated them as Thorpe's transcripts. I have re-arranged the layout to what I hope is close to the original.

253.   Ledger, East End of South Aisle (Thorpe, 1769)

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
DORITI BAYNARD
LATE WIFE OF
JOHN BAYNARD
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1667
ALSO HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
RICHARD BAYNARD
SONNE OF JOHN AND DORRYTI BAYNARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 17th 1671
AGED 8 YEARS
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
JOHN BAYNARD
HUSBAND TO DORRYTI BAYNARD
AND FATHER OF RICHARD BAYNARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY THE 7th 1676
AGED 56 YEARS

JOHN BAYNARD of Cliffe, Yeoman. Will dated 19th April 1676
   To the Churchwardens of Shorne, 40 shillings for the poor of Shorne. To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of Cliffe, 5, the interest to provide "good and wholesome bread" for the poor of Cliffe, every Whit Sunday for ever.
   To his sister Martha, wife of Richard Manley of St. Margaret's, Rochester, Esquire, and to her two daughters, Mary Faunce and Martha Faunce, 10 shillings each. To his nephew and niece, Charles Manley and Frances Manley, son and daughter of Richard Manley, by his sister Martha, 10 shillings each. To his sister Elizabeth, wife of Robert Parker of Shinglewell, Gentleman, 10 shillings. To his mother in law, Jane, now wife of Thomas Berry of Cliffe, Yeoman, 5.
   To his brother, George, of Town Malling, Tanner, 40. To George and Mary Baynard, son and daughter of brother George, 20 each at 18 years of age. To cousin John Baynard of Shorne, Yeoman, 20. To cousin William Baynard* of Chatham, Shipwright, 20. To cousin George Baynard, brother of John and William Baynard, 20. To his servants, Richard Robinson, Thomas Alexander and John Wheatley, 5 shillings each. To his maid servant, Susan Romney, 20 shillings. To his only son, John Baynard, property in Shorne, occupied by his sister in law Alice Baynard, widow; another property in Shorne, occupied by Thomas Davis; a property in High Halstow occupied by James Lane; another property in High Halstow, and one in Hoo, occupied by [ ] Dann, widow; a little property in Frindsbury occupied by William Grandey, and all his other property to son John. Also to John 2,000,which his executors are to use to purchase in the name of his son John, property and land in Kent. His executors to oversee the bringing up and education of son John, until he is 21. To son John all his plate, gold rings, beds, linen, pewter, brass etc. at 21years of age. Residue of household goods, money, securities, corn, cattle, goods and chattles to "loving brother" Richard Baynard, who is sole executor.
Witnesses: Robert Cleverly, John Wilson and James Thurston

*William Baynard
is probably the Shipwright of Chatham, who was buried in Frindsbury Churchyard in 1720. (See Frindsbury Transcripts)

254.   Ledger, Close to Above, (Thorpe, 1769)

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
RICHARD BAYNARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 7th DAY OF MAY 1679
AGED 46 YEARS

255.   Classical Tablet, West End of North Wall of Chancel

CHARLES BURNEY D.D, F.R.S., F.A.S
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
AND OF ST. PAUL'S DEPTFORD IN THIS COUNTY
PREBENDARY OF LINCOLN
AND CHAPLAIN IN ORDINARY TO HIS MAJESTY
BORN 3rd OF DECR. 1757 DIED 28th OF DECR. 1817
THE INHABITANTS
IMPRESSED WITH FEELINGS OF RESPECT
FOR THEIR LATE REVEREND PASTOR
AND OF UNFEIGNED SORROW FOR THEIR LOSS
HAVE ERECTED THIS TABLET
TO HIS MEMORY

REV. CHARLES BURNEY was the son of Dr. Charles Burney, Doctor of Music, and author of A General History of Music. His sister, Fanny Burney, later Madam D'Arblay was the celebrated Novelist and Diarist. He was an outstanding classical scholar. The British Library has his library of 385 manuscripts and 14,000 books. The manuscripts contain the oldest known copy of Homer's Illiad, early Greek Gospels and 700 volumes of newspapers dating from 1603

256.   Brass Plaque on Pillar East End of Nave, South Side, (See Tomb in Section B)

JOHN BROWN LATE OF THIS PARISH YEOMAN DID BY HIS LAST
WILL OF THE 7th OF JUNE 1679 GIVE ONE TENEMENT LYING IN CHURCH
STREET IN YE TENURE OF JOHN BROWN ALSO ONE OTHER TENEMENT OR
MESSUAGE WITH THE APPURTENANCES LYING IN SOUTHWOOD BOROUGH
IN THE TENURE OF THOMAS PLAISTOW TO AND FOR THE EDUCATION AND
 TEACHING OF 12 POORE CHILDREN BEING OF THE INHABITANTS OF THIS PARISH
FOR EVER AND THAT HIS EXECUTORS AND THE CHURCHWARDENS OF THIS
PARISH FOR THE TIME BEING SHOULD ELECT AND CHOOSE A POOR MAN
OR WOMAN BEING CAPABLE TO TEACH AS ALSO THE CHILDREN TO BE
TAUGHT ETC. AND THAT THE SAID PREMISES SHOULD BE BY THE SAID
MASTER OR DAME KEPT IN GOOD REPAIR ETC.

257.   Ledger, (Thorpe 1769)

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
THOMAS CHILD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
24th JANUARY 1657
AND LEFT JANE HIS LATE WIFE
THE DAUGHTER OF JAMES STAYNES
OF THIS COUNTY

THOMAS CHILD of Cliffe, Yeoman. Will dated 1st March 1657/8
   To brother William Child of Horton Kirby, 50. To sister Ann Sowne, wife of Richard Sowne, 50. To son in law, James Gissome, 10. To daughter in law Dorothy Gissome, 10 at 21 years of age. To son in law William Piggeon, 20 at 21 years of age. To daughter in law Susanna Piggeon, 50 at 18 years of age. To Judith Child alias Judith Edmeades, now the wife of John Child, money in a bond "on condition made by me to Frances Edmeades, mother to the said Judith before I was married". This is to pay John and Judith Child when they are old enough to give "sufficient discharge" for sums bequeathed to Judith and William Edmeades in the will of William Edmeades, late of Shorne. To John Child and his wife, Judith 20 shillings each to buy a ring. To kinsmen, the sons of brother William Child, Nicholas and John 5 each. To Elizabeth Sowne and Ann Sowne, daughters of his sister Ann Sowne, 5 each..To all children of his brother William, William, Nicholas, John, Thomas, Robert, Mary and Elizabeth one young ewe sheep each. To children of sister Sowne, Thomas, Elizabeth and Anne one young ewe sheep each. To Elizabeth Cannon of Horton Kirby, widow, 40 shillings. To his servants, Thomas James, 20 shillings, George Baynard, 20 shillings,Richard Sherman, 10 shillings, Richard Beaveridge, 10 shillings, John Francis, 10 shillings and Rose Bourne 10 shillings. To the poor of Cliffe, 3 to be distributed on the first Easter Day after his death. To the poor of Higham, 20 shillings, as above. To the poor of Horton Kirby, 20 shillings, likewise. To the poor of Debenham? 20 shillings, the same sum to the poor of Sutton at Hone and Boxley, as before. To Henry Child? Of Cliffe, 20 shillings. To George Pratt of Higham, 20 shillings. Jane Child "my loving wife" to be sole Executor. "Loving friends", Thomas Berry of Cliffe, Yeoman and George Parker of Strood, Gentleman to be Overseers of the will, to assist his Executor; to each of them, 5.
Witnesses: Thomas Berry, George Parker and William Child

(I suspect the Child and Childs families of Cliffe, one and the same ?)

258.   Medieval Coffin Lid, Incised Half Length Woman, Hands in Prayer, Inscribed Around Margins
              West End, North Aisle

ELIENORE DE CLIVE CIST ICI DEU DE SA ALME EIT MERCI AMEN PAR CHARITIE

ELIENORE DE CLIVE In 1272 Guncelin de Clyve held,along with Robert le Ram, Mortimers in Cliffe

259.   Wall Tablet, East Wall of North Transept

IN MEMORY OF
NOEL EDWARD
EVENDEN
BOMBADIER N. BATTERY R.H.A.
WHO WAS KILLED
BY A RAILWAY ACCIDENT IN SOUTH AFRICA
18th JULY 1906 AGED 24 YEARS
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED
BY HIS COMRADES

260.   Ledger with Brasses,including Man, Two Wives,(One Indent Only), and 6 Children 
               East End of Nave, North Side

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF THOMAS FAUNCE YEOMAN WHO HAD 2 WIVES
ALYCE & ELIZABETH & HAD ISSUE BY ALYCE 2 SONNES & ONE DAUGHTER & BY
ELIZABETH ONE SONNE AND 2 DAUGHTERS THE SAID THOMAS DECEASED YE
FIRST DAY OF JULY 1609 BEING OF THE AGED OF LXXXIIII YERES AND ALYCE DYED
YE FIRST DAYE OF MARCHE 1592 BEING AGED LXIII YERES THOMAS HIS
ELDEST SONE BY ALYCE BEING MAYOR OF YE CITTE OF ROCHESTER AT HIS
FATHER'S DECEASE

261.   Ledger with Brasses, including Man and Two Wives and Two Children 
    East End of Nave, South Side

HERE UNDER LIETH INTERRED THE
BODY OF BONHAM FAUNCE LATE OF
THIS PARISH GENT. AGED 55 HEE HAD ISSUE
BY HIS TWO WIVES ELIZABETH &
MARY EICH OF THEM ONE CHILDE
HE DYED THE 15th DAY OF FEBRUARY
1652

BONHAM FAUNCE, the Elder of Cliffe,Gentleman  Will dated 15th February 1652/3
   To the Churchwardens of Cliffe, 5 for repairs of the church. His Executors to distribute 5 to the poor of Cliffe on the day of his funeral. To kinsman, Alborne Sparrow, 100. To kinsman, Bonham Spencer, 100. 100 to be paid to Bonham Spencer and Joane his wife for the use of his kinswoman, Mary Faunce, daughter of William Faunce late of Rochester.
   100 to be paid to Mr John Mabb of Rochester for the use of kinswoman, Mary Mabb daughter of Mr John Mabb. If Mary Mabb dies before 21 years then the 100 to John Mabb. To kinsmen, Thomas Langham and Joseph Langham, sons of Samuel Langham, 100 each. To kinswoman Ann Harrys daughter of Robert Harrys, 100. To godson Bonham Hayes son of William Hayes of Cobham, 40. To kinswomen, Elizabeth Sandwell, Susan Sandwell and Ellen Sandwell, 100 each. To kinswoman Joane Swan, widow of William Swan, 30. To kinsman, Thomas Browne, 100, and to his sister Ann Browne, 100. To Richard Browne and William Browne, brothers of Thomas Browne, 100 each at the age of 18. To servants, Richard Samuel, 20 shillings, Thomas Jemett, 40 shillings and Ellen ---- 20 shillings. To kinswoman, Elizabeth Playstow, 50. Residue to kinsman Bonham Faunce,son of the late Thomas Faunce of Rochester; Bonham Faunce appointed Executor.
   To Bonham Faunce his Manor House where he now lives in West Street; 80 acres of arable land and 180 acres of marsh land, fresh and salt called Langley Marsh. Also to Bonham Faunce 1 acre of woodland called Froald Wood, 4 acres of ----- ? land lately purchased from Ralph and William Boyden. All his marshland called Ham in Cliffe Marsh, and 4 acres of arable near Mantlemas (or Martlemas?) Bushell , in Cliffe. Rents of 40 shillings per annum from Mantlemas Bush to Churchwardens for the use of the poor of Cliffe. To kinsman Robert Faunce brother of Bonham Faunce, marshland known as Pickle Woodes? Marsh in Cliffe Marshes, and another called Boteler's Marsh of 140 acres, purchased from James Mayhew, of London, Gentleman. To kinsman John Browne, son of John Browne, late of Cliffe, fresh and salt marsh called Ricllages? Marsh of 187 acres in Cliffe Marsh, recently purchased from William Jamy? Esq. To kinsman Thomas Faunce, son of Richard Faunce, property at St. Warburgh, (Hoo) occupied by Ralph Wood. Also to Thomas Faunce, other property in Hoo occupied by John Kent. To kinsman Edward Faunce brother of Thomas, marshland in Romney Marsh of 35 acres. To kinsman William Faunce, son of Richard Faunce, property in Staplehurst. To Nicholas Duffield? , for life, fresh and salt marsh called Outward? Marsh of 40 acres in High Halstow, occupied by Nicholas Duffield. After Nicholas Duffield dies, to kinsman Bonham Faunce. To kinsman Thomas Sandwell, property in Newenden in Essex occupied by Thomas Austen. To kinsman Richard Sandwell, properties in Newenden and Baseldon in Essex occupied by John Burgess, lately purchased from Isaac Bennett
   Bonham Faunce signs the will and following Codicil with his mark only.
   Witnesses: George Perritt, John Boghurst (mark of) and Robert Heath

CODICIL
Reedham Mead to kinsman Bonham Faunce
Witnesses: George Perritt and Robert Heath

262.   Ledger with Brass Plate, East End of South Aisle, (Thorpe 1769)

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
ELIZABETH GISSOME
LATE WIFE OF JAMES GISSOME
OF THE PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 14th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1668
BEING AGED 19 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS

263.   Brass plaque on West End of South Wall of Chancel

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE REVD. W. H. GROVE M.A.
BORN JANY. 25Th 1842 DIED JANY. 6Th 1915
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH 1889 TO 1899

264.   Brass Plaque, below above

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ARTHUR LOUGTH GROVE
2nd LIEUT. 2nd NORFOLK REGT.
SON OF THE REV. W. H. GROVE RECTOR OF THIS PARISH 1889 -1899
WHO DIED AT BUFFELSVLEI, S. AFRICA
MARCH 12th 1902 AGED 25

265.   Brass Plaque, below above

IN PROUD MEMORY OF
MAJOR JOHN A. GROVE R.A.S.C.
KILLED IN FRANCE IN THE
WORLD WAR AUGUST 10th 1918
AGED 43

266.   Brass Plaque, below above

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
AUGUSTA SOPHIA GROVE
WIFE OF THE REVD. W. H. GROVE
AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE TWO
SONS DIED 12th OCTOBER 1919

PLAISTOW see BROWN

267.   Medieval Coffin Lid, West End, North Aisle

JONE LA FEMME JOHAN RAM GYST VCI DEU DE SA ALME EIT MERCI

JOAN RAM  In the Middle Ages John Ram held the Manor of Cardons in Cooling Street. Robert le Ram held Mortimers in Cliffe in 1272

268.   Classical Wall Tablet, West End of South Wall of Chancel, (Identical to Burney's)

IN MEMORY OF
THE REVD. JOHN SIMKINSON M. A.
VICAR OF COBHAM IN SURRY
AND THIRTY SIX YEARS RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
DIED 17th OF MARCH 1815
AGED 80 YEARS
THE PARISHIONERS DESIROUS OF PERPETUATING
THEIR ESTEEM FOR DEPARTED WORTH
HAVE ERECTED THIS TABLET

STAYNES see CHILD

END OF CHURCH INTERIOR

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