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Some Monumental Inscriptions of
Aldington Church, Noted by Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1759
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Index of Names and Places
1. The Brick Pavement, on whch the Communion Table stands, hides the Inscription
of a Flat Stone, which, as I was told, is in Memory of Mr William CADE some time
Rector of Aldington, whose Wife is buried at Sellindge. See Page 27.
2. At The West End are 6 Stalls, on the Wooden Seats of 2 of them are carved
These Coats. [1. A cross. 2. A cross patonce (no tinctures given, naturally].
3. On The South Side of the Communion Table, is a Gothic Peice of Work, against
The Wall, which I Imagine to have been the Tomb of some Founder, or Benefactor
to the Church. On it are also ye above Coats.
4. Here are several ancient Flat Stones; all without Inscription. And there are
Some Remains of good painted Glass in the Windows.
In The South Chancell.
5. On a Mural Monument on the West Wall. [Arg. a fess wavy betw. 3 lions’ hds.
erd. or BLECHYNDEN imp. Arg. a ln.rt.gu.]. Hic Jacet inclusum solido sub Marmore,
Corpus Joh. Blechyndeni, Symnels pro Sede tenentis, Armigeri; hunc tandem
lethalis, Funere trish; Calculus involvit, Morsq immaturae, secundis Connubijs
junctum, numerosâ et Prole Parentem, Transtulit e Terris; ducelat Stamina
Vitae, Ultima, Monctoniae, quam continet Insula Thanet. Hic jacet, at revirescit
adhuc post Funera Virtus.
6. On a Flat Stone. Humfredus BLECHYNDEN de Colle Rufino, Armiger viii Jun. A.D.
M.D.LXVII Christo publice sacratus ad. vtum. usq Novembris MDCXXXIV Deo, Patriae,
Familiae. Sibi faelicitèr militavit, in novissimum, clangen te Archangelo, et
redeunte e Caelis Exercitium Domino, triumphaturus Inimicum.
7. On Another Flat Stone. Here lieth interred, the Body of Mary, Daughter of Mr.
Edward METCALFE of Woodstock in the County of Oxon. and Widow of Henry GREGORY,
sometime Rector of Middleton Stoney, in the said County. She departed this Life,
May 19 1707 aged 69. She left surviving 2 Daughters, viz. Grace, Wife of Mr.
Thomas BRAMSTON of Waterhouse, in the County of Essex; and Mary, Wife of
8. William DEEDES, Dr. of Physick, of the City of Canterbury who buried her in
this Part of his Chancell, beneath this Stone, placed to her pious Memeory, in
sure and certain Hope of the Resurrection to eternal Life.
9. On Another Flat Stone. [Per fess wavy gu. & arg. 3 martlets counterchd.
DEEDES imp. Or, 2 bars az. in chief a leopd. az. GREGORY]. Here lieth the Body
of Dr. William Deedes, Son of Julius Deedes, Esq. of Hythe. He died 4 Decr. 1738
aged 79 Years. He practised Physick with great Integrity and Humanity, near 50
Years, at Canterbury. He was a charitable Neighbour, a sincere Friend, a good
Christian. He left a Son and a Daughter, by Mary his Wife, who is buried in the
same Grave. She was Daughter of Henry Gregory, Rector of Middleton Stoney, Oxon;
and died 26 Oct. 1737 aged 64 Years. She was beloved and admired by all who knew
her; The best Wife; The most Tender Mother; The most desirable Friend; truly
pious; strictly religious; An Ornament to her Family; a Pattern to her Sex.
10. On a loose brass Plate, now kept in the Parish Chest, but, which was
formerly fix’d to a flat Stone in this Chancell. Here lyeth buried that
religious, and modest Gentlewoman, Margaret BLECHYNDEN, the late Wife of Richard
ASHENDEN, late of Tenderden, Gent; who had by her said Husband, Five Sonnes and
Eight Daughters. She departed this Life, in the Fayth of Christ the 30th
Day of June 1596.
11. Here are 2 Other ancient Flat Stones, not legible. On One of which, I, with
much ado, made out the Arms of GODFREY, at the Feet; and (in a Lozenge) some
other Coat at the Head – but I could not tell whose. It looks like the *HONEYWOODs.
*I have, now, Reason to think it, ye Arms of BLECHYNDEN – as they intermarried
with the GODFREYs, B.F.
12. In The Body. On a Flat Stone. Here lieth the Body of Richarde KNIGHT, Yoman
who departed this Life the 20th of Desember A.D. 1616 aged 78 Yeares.
13. On Another Flat Stone, inlaid with ye Figures of a Man, a Woman, and A Group
of 3 Sons. Another Group is lost. Hic jacent Corpora Johis WEDDEOL Gentilmanni
et Matildae Ux. ejus; qui quidem Johannes obijt xx die Marcij A.Dni. MCCCCLXXV
(1475/6) quorum Animat ppicietur Deus. Amen.
14. Two other Flat Stones without Inscription. One of them has been richly
inlaid with Figures, Coats. etc.
15. This Church consists of The Great and South Chancells,
The Body and an Isle to the South. At the West End stands the Tower, which is
very high, & commands a very extensive Prospect of The Sea, Coast of France
In it hang 5 heavy Bells, all cast by John PEELE. A.D. 1705. The Great Bell
bears ye Name of the aforemention’d William CADE, who was then Rector.
16. The Famous ERASMUS was Rector of this Parish, being presented by Arch. Bip.
WARHAM. As was also Richard MASTERS, who was hangd at Tiburn 25 H.8. for being
an Accomplice with Elisabeth BARTON, who was called the Holy Maid of Kent.
17. Here was formerly a Palace, and a Chace belonging to the Arch Bishop; the
Latter still is call’d Aldington Frith.
18. The Church was dedicated to St. Martin, it is a Rectory in the Gift of The
Arch Bishop. The present Rector is The Revd. Dr. CHAPMAN, who is also Rector of
19. In The Church Yard, are Memorials of FAGG, FORD, HOBBS, COZENS, LOYD,
BRADLEY, LUCKETT, GREY, GODDARD, KILVERT, VIDGEN and WANSTALL.
20. There is a Fair Tumulus in this Parish, not far from the Roman Road which
runs to Lympne.
BLECHYNDEN 5, 6, 10, 11
CADE 1, 15
DEEDES 8, 9
GREGORY 7, 9
Aldington Frith 17
Middleton Stoney, Oxon 7, 9
Waterhouse, Essex 7
Woodstock, Oxon. 7
Dr. of Physick 8
hangd at Tiburn 16
Holy Maid of Kent 16
Physick 8, 9
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