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Monumental Inscriptions of St James Church, Cooling  - recorded by D. E. Williams August 2011

Section A   interior of church. Inscriptions are arranged alphabetically

1.   Brass Figure, Brass Plaque, on Ledger, Middle Nave Aisle

PRAY FOR YE SOULE OF FFEYTH BROOKE LATE YE DAUGHT. OF SIR JOHN
BROOKE, LORD OF COBHAM WHICH FFEYTH DECESSED THE XXI DAY
OF SEPTEB. YE YER OF OR. LORD MDVIII ON WHOSE SOULE JHU. HAVE MCY.

Feyth Brook, a descendent of Lord Cobham, who built Cooling Castle in 1380-85

2.   Classical Marble Tablet, South Wall of Nave, (See Churchyard)

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr GEORGE COMPORT OF GATTON'S HOUSE, CLIFFE
WHOSE REMAINS ARE DEPOSITED IN THE FAMILY VAULT IN THE
CHURCH-YARD
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 4th DAY OF DECEMBER 1824
AGED 53 YEARS
"As a Friend, a Husband, a Domestic and Good Man the Loss
Of Him is Severely Felt"
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs SARAH COMPORT WIDOW OF THE ABOVE NAMED
Mr GEORGE COMPORT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 12th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1847
AGED 69 YEARS

 

3.   Brass Plaque, East Wall of Chancel, (See Churchyard)

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND TO THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENRY ACOME LEAVER
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH WHO ENTERED INTO REST DEC. 9th 1897
THIS WINDOW IS PLACED BY HIS LOVING AND SORROWING WIFE AND SON

 

4.   Brass Plaque, South Wall of Chancel, (See Churchyard)

THE CHOIR STALLS & ALTAR RAILING
IN THIS CHANCEL HAVE BEEN ERECTED AND
DEDICATED TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
AND THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
MABEL WIFE OF
ASSHETON LEAVER
BORN 29th JUNE 1868 DIED 26th AUGUST 1901
R.I.P.

 

5.   Ledger on Floor of Chancel, 
              No Longer Visible, (Recorded by John Thorpe, Registrum Roffenses, 1769)

HERE LIE THE BODIES OF
THEOPHILIUS LUPO
AGED EIGHTEEN YEARS
INTERRED APRIL 13th 1649
AND ALICE PAINE
AGED EIGHT YEARS
BURIED SEPTEMBER 8th 1648
THE ONLY CHILDREN OF
TWO WIDDOW SISTERS
ELIZABETH AND MARGARET
LATELY THE NO LESS LOVING
THAN BELOVED WIVES OF
JOSEPH LUPO OF THIS PARISH
AND WILLIAM PAINE OF THE PARISH OF CLIFFE

 

LYNCH see WODYEARE

 

6.   Brass Plaque on Organ

THE CHANCEL OF THIS CHURCH
WAS RESTORED A.D. MDCCCLXXXV
BY JOSEPH MONK M.A., RECTOR
AND ELIZABETH MARY HIS WIFE
THE NAVE WAS RENOVATED MDCCCLXXXVIII
BY THEIR UNITED EXERTIONS ASSISTED BY
PARISHONERS AND FRIENDS
GLORY BE TO GOD

 

7.   Brass Plaque, North Wall of Nave

IN MEMORY OF
FANNY MUGGERIDGE J.P.
WHO DIED 6th NOV. 1943
THE PEOPLE OF COOLING
IN DEEP AFFECTION
ERECTED THIS TABLET

(Buried in Churchyard)

 

8.   Marble Tablet, with Anchor and Large Chain, N.W. Wall of Nave


JOHN MURTON
EAST WALL OF CHANCEL ARCH

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN WILLIAM
ELDEST SON OF JOHN MURTON
OF COOLING CASTLE
WHO ON HIS PASSAGE TO CALCUTTA
IN THE SHIP MONARCH
FELL OVERBOARD AND WAS DROWNED
WHEN OFF RIO DE JANEIRO
IN THE EVENING 22nd SEPTEMBER 1852
IN THE 28th YEAR OF HIS AGE
"and so perished
one of the finest and
best hearted seamen
who ever trod a ship's deck -I have lost
a trustworthy officer, and a valued friend -
peace be to his remains"
Extract from Capt. Arrow's Log

 

9.   Brass Plaque, North Wall of Nave

THE ABOVE WINDOW WAS PLACED HERE
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF JOHN MURTON
OF COOLING CASTLE AND ELIZABETH SARAH HIS
WIFE BY THEIR LOVING CHILDREN 1884

 

PAINE see LUPO

 

10.   Classical Marble Tablet, High on South Wall of Chancel

"Prob Dolor ! heu Lacrymae !heu Pietas
heu Prisca Fides !"
NEAR THIS PLACE LYETH THE BODY OF
Mrs RHODA PICKERING
LATE THE DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF
Mr ROBERT PICKERING RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
AND VICAR OF LAMBERHURST IN THE COUNTIES
OF KENT AND SUSSEX
"She Fear'd God,
Was a Loving, Virtuous and Careful Wife,
A Good Mother,
And always True to her Friend,
Esteemed by Persons of Distinction,
And Well Spoken of by all Pious People.
For she was a Follower of Holy & Godly Matrons"
REMEMBER ME R.P. OBIIT MARCH 24th 1722

 

11.   Brass Plaque, South Wall of Chancel, Formerly on Ledger, Chancel Floor

IN REMEMBRANCE OF
SYBELL
THE DAUGHTER OF GILBERT THURSTON OF
LONDON
WHO LIVED THE WIFE OF NATHANIEL SPARKS
RECTOR OF THIS CHURCH 28 YEARS
& DYED THE 3rd DAY OF FEBRUARY 1639
BEING OF THE ADGE OF SIXTIE &
SEAVEN YEARS

 

12.   Brass Plaque, Formerly on above Ledger, now Missing, (Recorded by John Thorpe, 1768)

SYBELL SPARKE
ANAGRAME
SPEAKS BLYS
"Some Dead are Blessed, as al may truly know,
And so is she her name doth speak, etc."

Rev. Nathaniel Sparke, husband of Sybell. His Consistory Court of Rochester Will, which is Non -cupative, (spoken), was proved 17th November 1676.
To his grand daughter, Constance, daughter of his son Nicholas, £20, to her brother Nicholas, £10.
Son Nicholas is to be Executor.
Witnesses: John Robinson and John St. Legger.

THURSTON see SPARKS

 

13.   Brass Plaque, South Wall of Nave

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF
GEORGE WILLOUGHBY
SUDDENLY CALLED TO REST JUNE 10th 1899 AGED 36 YEARS

 

14.   Brass Plaque on Ledger, Middle Nave Aisle

HERE LYETH BURYED THE BODY OF THOMAS
WODYEARE LATE OF COOLING, GENT. WHO
TOOKE TO WIFE MARY WODYEARE YE DAUGHTER
OF WILLIAM LYNCH , GENT. WHO HAD ISSUE BY
HER ONE SONNE & THREE DAUGHTERS HE
DECEASED YE 11th DAY OF JUNE AO. DNI. 1611

Thomas Wodyere, of Cowling, Gent. Rochester Cons. Will dated 20th March 1610 (1611)
   To the Churchwardens of Cooling for the repair of Cooling Church, 40s
   To the poor of Cooling 20s
   To daughter, Abigail Wodyere her legacy left to her by his father, William and his brother Robert, £300 at 21 or day of marriage.
   Also to Abigail a dozen Apostle spoons, inscribed with his and his wife's names, 20 pairs of sheets, with the 5 pairs her grand mother gave her.
   To his son William his best silver salt and double ------- ?, 4 silver bowles, (2 of the best and 2 of the least), best carrett?, 2 chests in the chamber where he lies, 1 of cipresse (sic), 1 of fir, which were his grandfather's.
   To son William 20 pairs of sheets and 5 pairs his grandmother gave him.
   £35 given in will of John Batly of Hoo, to daughter Jane Batly, now deceased, shall be paid by son William according to bond remaining in Registry of the Bishopric of Rochester, of which Thomas Wodyere stands obliged to pay the£35.
   If neither of his children claim legacies to them bequeathed in the testators and last will of his father, William and brother Robert, and bequeathed by him, then his wife shall by his overseers have paid to her out of Abigail's portion. £100 out of the rents and leases bequeathed to son William.
   To brother George his petronel (gun), to brother William 20s, to brother Richard, 2s-, sister Beeston, 20s, to James Tayler, 20s.
   To Robert (Wodyere?) best coat and hanger (sword).
   Residue not already bequeathed, to beloved wife, Mary, she is Executor.
   His late father William stood obliged by bond to William Lynch, Gent. Mary's father, in sum of £200, to be paid within I month of his death.
   Brother in law Symon Lynch and brother George to be Overseers of will, to them 20s each, over and above their charges. They are also Guardians of his children Abigail and William until they are 21.
   Land and property in Cooling, Halstow and Cliffe to son William, if William has no heirs then to Thomas Yonge of Gravesend?, Innholder? Land in Hoo? To daughter Abigail, if she has no heirs then to also? land in Cooling, to brothers William and George, equally. If they have no heirs, Brickenden Mead and property in Dean Gate, Hoo to his brother Richard. If Richard has no heirs then to daughter Abigail.
   Wife Mary to have for life, rents of Brickenden Mead and house in Hoo and 10 acres in Dean Gate, she to keep property in repair and fell no trees.
   To son William rent of Abbotts Court?, at 21, until then to his wife.. If William dies before 21 then to daughter Abigail at 21 or day of marriage.
   £300 to daughter Abigail, overseers to pay her from profits of lands and leases and invest money until she is 21, for best returns they to enter into a bond unto the Registry? of Bishop of Rochester for time being.
   Overseers to allow Abigail for maintenance until 21 or married, £13 6s 8d per annum. Son William to be sent to school.
   If wife challenges will she to have no benefits of his will but her legacy to his son William.
Signed: Woodyere
Witnesses: James Tayor, Robert Limbert and Willyam . . . . ?

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