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Monumental Inscriptions of St Mary Magdalene Church, Gillingham
RECORDED IN 1862 BY CAPTAIN CONNOLLY, ROYAL ENGINEERS
Concise Wills and other notes added by D. E. Williams 2015

Introduction
The churchyard inscriptions, 1 612 and the interior inscriptions, 613 671, were transcribed by Captain T. Connolly, Quarter Master, Royal Engineers, in 1862. About a hundred years later, when the local authority took over responsibility for the maintenance of the churchyard, the majority of monuments in the churchyard were destroyed, probably to make grass cutting easier! Many of those destroyed would now be protected by Grade 2 listing by English Heritage. In the Medway Towns, Gillingham and Strood suffered the worst destruction, whereas others, such as All Saints, Frindsbury fortunately retain all their monuments. The large churchyard at Gillingham now resembles parkland, with some fine trees but the church appears rather isolated amongst a large expanse of grass, and with the majority of the monuments gone, the site has a rather desolate air to it, having lost it's former atmosphere and historic interest. The Victorian cemetery, to the east of the churchyard (Grange Road Cemetery), also had the majority of it's monuments destroyed in modern times, I am including the surviving monuments from this cemetery.


Late Captain Connolly

   Connolly recorded the inscriptions exactly as originally laid out, he had excavations made to record every buried line. He also included descriptions of each monument, often at great length, especially the interior ones, (I have simplified Connolly's descriptions). Many of the interior monuments Connolly recorded, and also those recorded by John Thorpe in the early 18th century, are now (2015), covered by carpets or wooden floors. I have included monuments recorded by John Thorpe and by earlier antiquaries, which are now lost, as well as post Connolly monuments.
   C.S. Leeds in "Chats about Gillingham", 1906, quotes Connolly's son, Stephen, on his father's activities, ".... when I was quite a boy, I can recollect that he was always grubbing about among the tomb stones, but I did not know until some time ago, that he had gone to the extent of copying every tomb stone in the churchyard"
Leeds goes on to say, "Mr Connolly remarks that it had been his father's intention to write a History of Gillingham, but his removal to the War Office, on leaving the Corps, interfered with the completion of his project. When he died in 1875, it was his wish to be buried in the vicinity of the old spot he loved so much, so he rests in the cemetery close by."
   One hundred and fifty years have past since Connolly's day, thanks to his efforts we have an accurate record of all the monuments, which even if they survived the dark days of the 1960's, would have endured a century and a half of additional weathering and in some cases, no doubt, have been obliterated.
It seems most of the ledgers were over vaults or brick lined graves; what Connolly calls "Stone Tombs", I call "Chest Tombs", the majority of which are in the classical style of Portland stone construction; some were of brick and some rendered brick.
   I have included a list, where legible, of about two dozen surviving headstones, west of the tower, many of which I have photographed, I have also photographed the larger monuments, which were spared destruction. There are also a number of flat headstones, in varying states of wear, lying near to some bungalows, in the south west corner of the churchyard. I have also included concise versions of 275 related wills, mostly Prerogative Court of Canterbury but also the Deanery of Shoreham, (Gillingham was under this jurisdiction and not of that of the Bishop of Rochester), there are also Rochester Court wills.
   My thanks to Ted Connell, of the Kent Archaeological Society, for his efforts in preparing this large project for the K.A.S. Website; also to the staff of the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre at Strood, where Connolly's manuscript can be seen on microfilm and to the staff at the Kent Archives at Maidstone, where I obtained copies of the Deanery of Shoreham and Rochester Court Wills, last but not least, to my wife, Beverley, for help with the typing.

D. E. Williams
Borstal
Mid - Summer's Day, 2015

Index of Names - from gravestones only

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Names Index
ABBS 92
ACWORTH 621
ADAMS 19, 20, 35, 123
AGGAR 296
AITKIN 528
ALLAN 649
ALLEME 187
ALLEN 121
ALLEYNE 620
AMATUCK 96
ANDERSON 335, 402, 611
ANDREWS 34, 457
ANSELL 350
ARCHER 452
ARLIDGE 441
ARMSTRONG 454
ASHDOWN 326
ASHLY 211
ASSITER 681
AUSTIN 273, 309, 671, 673
AYERST 124, 316

BADNER 452
BAGGE 79
BAIKIE 169,
BAILIE 153
BAIRD 238

BAKER 628, 657
BALDOCK 445
BALDWIN 204, 681
BALE 520
BALL 304
BAMME 682a
BANES 57, 68, 70-72, 193
BANFIELD 228
BARLOW 645
BARNICOAT 88
BARNS 219
BARRON 194
BARTHOLOMEW 308
BASKERVILLE 681
BASSETT 98
BATCHELDER 572
BATTINE 213
BATTY 102, 109
BEALE 93
BEAR 98
BEAUFITZ 683, 684, 685
BEAUMONT 371, 456
BEBLER 26
BECK 681
BEDDEK 318
BEDWELL 596
BELL 276, 277, 557
BENNETT 541
BENSTED 387, 388, 396
BENTINCK 216
BENTLEY 337
BIGG 246
BILLOPP 512
BILLS 681
BISHOP 360
BLACK 46, 148
BLAKMORE 562
BLENKINSOP 188
BOWDER 523, 526
BOWEN 416
BOWER 299, 323, 327, 506
BOWRING 681
BOYS 21
BOYS 654, 655, 656
BRADFORD 333
BRADLEY 334
BRAMSTON 568
BRAY 480
BREAREY 141
BREGGE 622
BRETT 129, 641
BRICE 60
BRIDGE 477
BRIETZEHE 87
BRIGS 525
BRISTOW 438, 681
BROAD 300
BROADBELT 464
BROCKLEBANK 558
BROMLEY 681
BROOKER 161
BROOKING 209
BROOKS 3
BROTHERSON 191
BROWN 175, 192
BROWN 681
BROWNING 368
BROXHOLM 623
BRYANT 536
BUCK 200
BUCKINGHAM 597
BULFILL 376
BULL 225, 261
BULLBROOK 207
BURFORD 224
BURR 548
BURRILL 531
BURROWS 3
BURTON 681
BUSWELL 328
BUTLER 15
BUTTON 493
BYHAM 229
BYNG 335
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CALDWELL 669
CAMPBELL 140
CARDWELL 297
CAREY 226
CARPENTER 346, 643
CARR 142
CARR 681
CARRICK 565
CARTER 24, 110-112, 164
CATT 492
CATTARNS 150
CAZENEUVE 460
CHADDOCK 106
CHALK 162
CHAMBERS 94, 97
CHANTLER 81
CHAPELL 542
CHAPMAN 205, 249
CHARLES 234
CHARLTON 681
CHARNOCK 583
CHEFFINS 675
CHENOWETH 168
CHESHIRE 2
CHESTER 85
CHEWTER 363
CHILD 380
CHILES 294, 302
CLARK 179
CLARK 369
CLATWORTHY 478
CLEMENTS 161, 162
CLIFFORD 105
CLIFTON 265
CLYVE 630
COCKRAN 681
COFFIN 12
COLBY 642
COLLENS 78
COLLETT 681
COLLEY 242
COLLINS 257, 262, 681
COMPTON 76, 77
COOK 528
COOKE 460
COOMBE 681
COOMBER 100
COOPER 312, 382, 453
CORDWELL 123
COUCHMAN 18
COUVES 59
COVINGTO 681
COWARD 275
COWCRAFT 316
COWD 415
COWDRY 163
COX 174, 681
COXWELL 219, 220
CREAG 563
CREED 71
CRESSFELL 118
CRESSFIELD 119
CRITTALL 223
CROCKFORD 92
CROWHURST 9, 28, 29, 297, 513
CRUMPTON 681
CUCKOW 459
CURRY 325
CURTOIS 658, 659, 660, 661
CUTHBERT 666, 668, 669
 J. D. 617
DADD 102, 260, 261, 262
DADLY 106
DALGETY 267
DALRYMPLE 333
DAMES 48
DAMPIER 681
DANN 313, 452, 527
DANTER 410
DARLING 6
DAVIDSON 76
DAVIS 590
DAVRELL 58
DE COURCEY 321
DEAN 405
DEATH 288
DELISLE 348
DENNETT 472
DENTON 139
DERBY 623
DESKFORD 234
DICE 628
DIXON 567
DODGIN 424
DONLEVY 169
DOWNES 169
DRAKE 543
DRAWBRIDGE 13, 651
DRAYSON 183
DRUMMOND 540
DUBBINS 271
DULVEY 322
DUNBAR 390, 391
DUNK 364
DUNSTERVILLE 276, 670
DURHAM 482
DYER 363

EALDEN 420
EALES 507
EASTWOOD 578
EDE 334
EDGCUMBE 504
EDWARDS 390
ELLINGTON 316
ELLIOTT 94
ELLIS 517
ELLIS 99, 160
ELPHICK 144
ELRINGTON 463
ENDEDINE 190
ENGLISH 330
ESDALE 522
ESSEX 492
EVE 547
EVERETT 253

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FAIRFAX 244
FALSHAM 23
FANSHAW 333
FARE 39
FARLEY 3
FENNELL 618
FENNING 375
FENWICK 252
FERGUE 576
FIELD 492
FIELD 62
FISHLEIGH 349
FITZHERBERT 309
FITZPATRICK 203
FLANAGAN 221
FLANDER 248
FLASHMAN 143
FLOOD 222
FORBES 13, 14
FORD 681
FORDHAM 483, 484
FOSTER 324
FOWLE 571
FRAMES 236
FRASER 95
FREARNE 639
FREDERICK 503
FREELAND 135, 136
FRENCH 298, 681
FRICKER 450
FRIDAY 681
FRITH 516
FROUD 600
FRY 303
FRYER 399
FRYER 428
FULLAGAR 74,293,294,376
FULLER 25, 609
FURMANGER 285

GALLIVAN 681
GARDENER 421
GARNHAM 681
GARTH 289
GASCOIGNE 537
GATTON 371
GERRARD 341
GIFFORD 446, 60
GILBERT 250
GILLETT 274
GITTINGS 681
GLASIER 118
GLENIE 257
GLOVER 314, 672
GODFRAY 686
GOOCH 624
GOODES 512
GOODING 514
GORMAN 280, 534
GOULDING 632, 634
GOVLDING 634
GOWER 275
GRACE 395
GRAHAM 373, 665
GRAIN 676
GRANT 198, 437
GRATH 134
GRAY 608
GREEN 256, 270, 332
GREEN 442, 584, 681
GREENSWORD 533
GREGORY 471
GREGORY 52
GRIFFITH 254
GRIFFITHS 591, 681
GROOMBRIDGE 453
GROVE 658
GULLEY 436
GUNTER 391
HADDON 558, 559
HAITE 306, 562
HALFHEAD 403
HALL 301, 386, 681
HALLIFAX 104
HAMBLY 597
HAMILTON 33, 427, 681
HAMMANS 681
HAMMOND 11
HANDLY 189
HANDRYN 173
HARBOUR 681
HARDIN 582
HARDING 99, 197
HARDINGE 489
HARLE 681
HARMAN 619
HARNESS 394
HARPER 612
HARRINGTON 566
HART 86
HARTLEY 150, 380, 479
HARTNELL 176
HARVEY 654
HARWOOD 114
HASSARD 244
HAWARD 630, 636
HAYES 461
HAYWARD 240, 630, 631
HEATLEY 12
HELLYER 30, 31
HERRINGTON 361, 362
HERRIOT 401
HEWARD 631
HEWITT 384
HILDER 400
HILLAS 377
HILLS 529
HILLYER 473

HINBEST 681
HINDES 612
HINDS 290
HINTON 292
HITCHCOCK 17
HOAR 603
HODGEDOTT 172
HODGSKIN 26, 315
HODSHON 336
HOGARTH 154
HOGBEN 131
HOLBRUN 507
HOLLINWORTH 398
HOLMDEN 166, 167
HONEY 206, 208
HOOKEY 435
HOOPER 241
HOPE 347
HOPPER 408
HOSIER 390, 391
HOSKIN 424
HOSKINGS 609
HOULDEN ? 385
HOUSTONNE 624
HOWARD 212
HOWELL 359, 498, 499
HOWES 170, 408
HUGGINS 67
HUGHES 223
HULME 652, 653
HUNT 255, 258
HUNT 382
HURD 539
HURST 172,
HURSY 400
HUTTON 608
HYDER 53

Nos. 1-100    101-200    201-300    301-400    401-500    501-612    613-689 

INWOOD 357
IRYTZKOY 151
IVANOV 152

JACKSON 319
JACKSON 426
JACOB 606
JACOBS 681
JAMESON 51
JEFFERYS 471
JEFFRIES 146, 147
JENKINS 43
JENKINSON 623
JENNINGS 681
JENNIS 508, 509
JOHNSON 681
JOHNSTONE 169
JONES 103, 318, 356, 549
JORDAN 362
JOWLES 632, 633
JOYCE 116

KEARLY 127
KEMSLEY 4, 440
KENNETT 305, 377, 506
KENT 681
KEPPEL 242
KERR 414
KEYS 185
KIBBLE 202
KINCAID 306
KING 8, 217, 279
KINGSTAND 681
KIRBY 681
KNIGHT 216, 287
LADD 56
LAMPREY 12
LANE 4
LAREMAR 494, 496, 498-99
LARGE 351, 599
LARKIN 150, 171, 172, 470, 490, 491
LARMOTH 418
LAVERS 106
LAWRIE 243
LE FEBURE 1
LEADLEY 432
LEE 41, 563
LEESON 42
LEONARD 418
LESSLY 390
LETLEY 515
LEWIS 169, 502
LIARDET 664
LINDRIDGE 307
LLEWHELLIN 681
LOCK 438, 491
LONDON 5, 455, 592
LONG 44
LOVE 37
LOVETT 184
LOWES 681
LOY 681
LUFF 278
LUKE 422
LYON 681
MAC DONNEL 610
MACDONNELL 269
MACFARLANE 47
MACKAY 573
MADDOCKS 502
MADGSHON 647
MAIN 575
MAIR 465
MAITLAND 611
MALLETT 681
MANSER 615
MANSERTHE 687, 688
MARROTT 120
MARSH 665, 666, 667
MARSHALL 385, 530
MARTIN 69, 75, 265, 266, 284, 285, 295, 460
MASCALL 456
MASON 681
MATHESON 404
MATHIAS 21
MAYNARD 98, 620
MC MILLAN 177
MCKERLIE 412
MCLEAN 530
MEARNES 397
MEARS 223
MEHOYLE 564
MELLIN 125, 474
MENDS 416
MERYETT 85
METCALFE 676
MILES 485
MILLER 117, 323, 581
MILLIONS 321
MILTON 681

MITCHELL 248
MOIR 423
MOORE 149, 398
MORIARTY 534
MORRISS 16
MORSE 307
MORTIMER 358
MORTON 545
MOSELEY 603, 604
MOXON 393
MUDDELL 17
MUDDLE 159, 166, 167, 250
MULENDER 466
MUNDEN 681
MUNN 455
MURCHISON 370
MURPHY 354
MURRAY 462
MYERS 681
MYLES 66

NASH 403, 681
NAYLOR 130
NEAL 637
NELSON 510, 665
NEWBERRY 128
NEWCOMB 22
NEWNHAM 185, 605
NEWTON 511
NOAKES 681
NORRIS, 393
NORTH 593
NOTT 538
NOWELL 335
NURSEY 389

Nos. 1-100    101-200    201-300    301-400    401-500    501-612    613-689 
OAKES 262
OAKLEY 590
OAKSHOTT 546
OBEN 12
ODELL 636
OGLE 339
OLLIS 272
ORPWOOD 453
ORTON 57
OSBORN 80
OSMER 33
OWDEN 173

PACK 588
PAGE 372
PALMAR 38, 305
PALMER 550, 551, 552, 553, 554
PANKHURST 186
PAPILLON 58
PARKER 537
PARKIN 648
PARRY 115
PASLEY 486
PASSBY 519
PATERSON 681
PAUL 64
PAYNE 3, 132, 180, 524
PAYNETER 629, 689
PEAKE 579

PEIRCE 69, 468, 492
PELLEN 242a
PENN 44
Pennington 38
PERCY 247
PERRY 110
PETER 365
PETT 268
PHILIPS 626
PHILLIPS 125, 249
PINCHES 232, 233
PINK 431
PHILPOTT 248
PICKMAN 460, 475
PIERCE 345, 455, 504
PIGOT 625
PIKE 171, 681
PIPER 63, 681
PITCHER 155
PITTOCK 681
PLANE 589
POPE 26, 235
PORTEOUS 444
POTTER 366, 367, 453
PRITTEY 320
PUDDOCK 514
PULLINGER 297
PURCELL 310
PUTTERIL 681

QUARME 390, 391
QUARRINGTON 138
QUARRINTON 453
QUINN 586

RADCLIFFE 624
RADFORD 638
RAIN 589
RAMAGE 82
RANDALL 392, 569
RAWLINSON 309
RAY 433
READER 681
REASON 602
REED 381, 497, 499
REINHARD 84
RHIND 169
RICH 173, 232
RICHARDS 106, 681
RICHARDSON 527
RICKETTS 396
RIORDAN 585
RITCHIE 374
RIXTON 549
ROBERTUS 682b
ROBINSON 10, 133
ROBSON 145
ROBY 23
ROCKCLIFFE 113
RODES 525
RODIGER 282
ROFFWAY 171
ROGERS 120
ROLLS 426
RONALDSON 269
ROOFE 282
ROONEY 354
ROPER 237, 409
ROSE 681
ROUND 594
ROWE 550
RUDYERD 488
RULE 592
RUMNEY 677
RUNDLE 463
RUSSELL 196, 556

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SALMON 580
SAMPSON 304
SAMWELL 40
SANDHAM 49
SANDIERS 443
SANDS 446
SAVAGE 681
SAXTON 56
SAYERS 216
SAYWELL 50, 484
SCOTT 33, 462
SEATON 570
SELLERS 121
SEXTON 165
SHARP 446, 506
SHARPE 65, 345
SHEA 429
SHENNAN 231, 223, 223
SHEPPARD 521
SHINDLER 107, 462
SHRUBB 158
SIGGINS 407
SIMMONS 41, 45, 454, 627
SIMS 199
SISSELL 166
SKEAT 681
SKILLETT 562
SKITCH 678
SLADE 251
SMART 23, 501
SMITH 89, 115, 124, 169, 223, 351, 353, 419, 440, 476, 541, 560, 613
SMYTH 614
SOMMERVILLE 338
SOWTER 574
SPARKS 612
SPENCER 299
SPILSBURY 317
SPRAY 28, 120
SQUIRE 505
ST. JOHN 108
STAFF 137
STAMFORD 587
STANBRIDGE 282
STARKIE 430
STEELE 460
STEPHENS 562
STEVENSON 53
STONE 202
STRETON 594
STRONG 200
STROUD 598
STROVER 650
STUARTSON 324
STUBBING 193
STUMP 679
STURGEON 182
STURGES 331
SUGAR 320
SUGDEN 130, 290, 291, 357
SULLIVAN 449
SUMMERFIELD 204
SUMMERSETT 351, 352
SUMMERTON 407
SUTHERLAND 588
SUTTON 214, 215, 419
SWINDELL 681
SWINEY 231
SYCAMORE 681

TANNER 451
TAPLEY 224, 493, 561, 627, 663
TASSELL 217
TATLOCK 7, 54
TAW 174, 413
TAYLOR 567, 635, 90, 249
TERRY 681
THOMPSON 55, 69, 340,
    425, 595
THOMSON 662
TIDD 253
TILDEN 227
TIMPSON 358
TONKEN 230, 652
TONKIN 98
TOWNLY 263
TOWSEY 646
TRACY 34
TROY 460
TUCKER 680, 681
TUKE 128
TURNER 681
TURPIN 173
TWYDALL 629
TYLER 115
TYSON 286

UNDERDOWN 342, 344
USBORNE 472
VALIANT 329
VENN 310
VINALL 214, 215, 487
VINE 101, 140
VIVION 218

WALKER 380, 434, 681
WALL 408
WALLACE 46
WALLER 156
WARD 311, 640
WARREN 495, 555
WATCHURST 210
WATKINS 181
WATSON 252, 569
WEATHERALL 178
WEBB 353, 681
WEEKES 283

WELLER 681
WELLS 73, 148, 264
WELMAN 383
WEMSS 245
WEST 437
WEST 448
WHATLEY 195
WHEELER 91
WHIBLEY 467, 526
WHITE 27, 36
WHITE 355, 469, 481, 500, 644, 681
WHITTELL 681
WHITTHORNE 518
WHITTLE 61
WIDDRINGTON 659, 660, 661
WILKES 306
WILKINS 126
WILKINSON 239
WILLIAMS 65, 174, 411, 562, 564
WILLINGHAM 681
WILLOUGHBY 417
WILLSON 571
WINNETT 322
WINSTON 171
WISE 535
WOOD 406, 532
WOODING 681
WOODLAND 527
WOODS 200, 201, 308
WOOLLETT 122
WOOLSEY 577
WORSFORD 6816
WRIGHT 281, 424
WYLES 157
YOUNG 273
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WEST OF TOWER, RE-SITED GROUP


UNKNOWN, INSCRIPTION OBLITERATED


UNKNOWN, ONLY SLIGHT TRACE OF INSCRIPTION

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