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Some Monumental Inscriptions of Ash
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Bryan Faussett noted 1760
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In The Chancell.[Or,
a fesse embattled betw. 3 wheels az.]. In a
Vault in This Chancell lieth interred The Body of Mrs Eliz. CARTWRIGHT, Widow,
who departed this Life Dec. 2 1713. As also of Gervas Cartwright Esq. her only
Son, who died Apr. 6 1721. And Mrs Eleanor and Mrs Anne Cartwright, her
Daughters, who died ye one, Jan. 20, the other Feb. 19 1721/2. At their Desires
this Chancell was beautyfied and adorned; and, by their Order a Charity School
was erected in this Parish, and munificently endowed forever.
1. On a Monument on The E. Wall, on ye N. Side of The Communion Table.
2. On a Flat Stone. with the above Coat. H.S.E. Gervasius CARTWRIGHT, Armiger
Londini natus hujus Parochiae, dum vixit Decus et Tutamen. qui sinceram in Deum
Pietatem in Cognatos Charitatem in egonos Beneficentiam in Omnes deniq Morum
Suavitatem ita exercuit, ut, non magis omnibus peramatus vixerit quam
desideratus occiderit. Vitam tranquillè instituendo, semper felix evasit.
eandem aequa Serenitate Animi deponendo, felicior. Cum enim Mors ipsa, apertis
armata Terroribus, certum intendebat Telum mirâ Constantiâ crudelem
imperteritus excepit Ictum; et Deo Conservatori Animam placidissimè reddidit.
Ingens sane Xtianae Fortitudinis Exemplum nec vanum futurae illius quam animitus
anhelebat Felicitatis Indicium. In Pauperiorum hujus Parochiae Alumnorum
eruditionem ……/ impendendas, in perpetuum, reliquit. Obijt 6 Die Aprilis
Anno Domini 1721. Aetatis suae 44. Juxta hunc Locum conduntur Reliquiae
dilectissimarum Sororum Eleonorae et Annae CARTWRIGHT, Virgimum. Quae, ne nimium
diu tam charo Capite carerent post decem Menses, Morte Fratrem libentèr secutae
sunt. Illa, 20 Die Januarij haec, 19 Februarij Anno Domini 1721/22. Aet. 47, 46.
3. On a Brass Plate, on a Flat Stone, under the Fig. of a Woman. The Coats lost.
Pray for the Sowle of Jane KERRIEL,/Ye Friendis alle that forth by pass;/In
endlesse Life perpetuell,/That God it grant Mercy and Grace./Roger CLETHEROWE
her Fader was./Thowgh Erthe to Erthe of Kynd retorne,/Pray that the Sowle in
4. On a Monumt. on The E. Wall, on the S. Side of the Communion Table. [Arg.
3 pheons sa. on a chief sa. a greyhound courant arg. imp. Arg. a bull statant gu.
on a base (?ppr, for earth: now coloured brown though hatched \\\\ as though for
5. In a Vault in This Chancell lieth interred the Body of Henry ROBERTS Esq.
Grandson of Sr. William Roberts of Wilsden, in ye County of Middlesex, Bart. who
died Feb. 25 1718/9. He had Issue, by Susanna his Wife 3 Sons and 2 Daughters,
viz. Katherine, Henry, Harry, Susanna, and Henry, of which the first and the
last only survived. The rest are with him in the same Vault. As also Mrs Eleanor
Roberts, his Sister who died Feb. 1 1719/20. In the same Vault is also interred
the Body of Mrs Susanna Roberts, late Wife of the above Henry Roberts Esq. obijt
the 11th of Feb. 1730/1. Aet. 44.
6. Two Other Flat Stones, wch. have the Appearance of Antiquity – whose
Inscriptions, and Brasses are lost.
7. Under a Gothick Arch in the North Wall, is the Figure of an armed Man lying
Cross Leg’d, at full Length, on an Altar Tomb – without either Coat or
Inscription. Philpot (Fol.52), says it is in Memory of 1 of The Family of
LAVEROCK; and, that, in his Time, his Arms were painted on his Sheild.
8. On The same Side of this Chancell, but more Westward, and between it and the
North Chancell, on an Altar Tomb also, lies the Figure of Another Man, arm’d
and Cross Leg’d as the former; and, under him the Figure of a Woman, both at
their Full Length – without Inscription. On The Sheild of the Man has been
painted his Coat Armour; on the Feme Side, I, with much ado, made out the Arms
of SEPTVANS – als HARFLEET, as in ye following Page – but the Baron Side was
quite effaced. Philpot says, this Tomb is in Memory of Sr. John GOSHALL, a
worthy Knt. who lived in the Reigns of E.3 & R.2 – and, that his Arms,
viz. Az. a Ly: ramp: within Semee of + Arg. – he thinks ye Fig. underneath,
was design’d for his Skeleton – Fol.50. But I am sure it was done for a
In The North Chancell.
9. Under an Arch in the North Wall, on a large and high Altar Tomb, lie ye Figg.
at full Length, of a Man in compleat Armour, and a Collar of S.S. And of a
Woman, in The Dress of her Time, both large as the Life. All the Brasses are
torn off, except a small One, fixt to ye Top of the Arch, which bears the
following Coat. [Az. 3
winnowing fans or (*SEPTVANS) imp. A fesse erm. betw. 3 fleurs-de-lis in chief
(no tinctures) & 3 fishes naiant in pale in base)].
*The Motto to the Arms of Septvans was, "Dissipabo Inimicos Regis mei ut
Paleam". alluding to the Coat – viz. 3 Thrasher’s Vans, or Fans. (see
App. to Somner’s Cnterbury. Edit. Battely F.32).
10. On The South Wall is a very sumptuous Monument, bearing the Figures of a Man
and a Woman, kneeling at a Faldstool. Under the Woman are the smaller Figures of
7 Daughters, all kneeling. The Marble under the Man (on which, I imagine were ye
Figures of the Sons), is lost. It has the following Coats and Inscription. [3
shs. in line – I & III small, II large.
I. SEPTVANS as Above imp. ¼ly:
1&4). Lozengy gu. & az. 13 martlets (or?) 3,2,3,2,3 [HENDLY – see My
M.S. Book of Heraldry].
2&3). Arg. a saltire engrld. erminois betw. 4 torteaux.
II. ¼ly of 7:
2). Arg. 2 bars or (sic), debruised by a bend sa. bearg. 3 crescents or.
3). Az. a chief indented arg.
4). Arg. on a fesse az. 3 torteaux (sic).
5). Lozengy gu. & or, a chief arg.
6). Gu. 3 boars’ heads couped arg.
7). Sa. a chevn. or betw. 3 hawks’ heads erased arg. imp. Arg. crusilly &
3 fleurs-de-lis in a border invected sa.
III. BERESFORD imp. Gu. 6 bezts., each bearg. a fl-de-lis sa.].
Here lyeth The Bodies of Sr. Thomas SEPTVANS,
alias HARFLEETE, of Moland in this Parishe Knt. who died the *………../ And
the Lady Bennet his Wife, Daughter of Michael BERESFORD of Westram in the County
of Kent Esq. which Lady Bennet died the 2d. Day of July A.D. 1612 being of the
Age of 46 Yeares. *The date never has been cut.
11. On a Flat Stone. Here lyeth the Body of Sr. Thomas SEPTVANS, alias HARFLETE,
of Moland in this Parishe, Knight, who died ……/ And the Lady Bennet his
Wife, who died the 2d. Day of July 1612.
12. On Another Monument on the S. Wall, wch. bears a Man and a Woman, kneeling
at a Faldstool. [Az. a fesse
& in chief 2 + +lets fitchy or]. Here
lyeth The Body of Christopher TOLDERVEY of Chartham, Sone and Heire of
Christopher Toldervey, late of London Esq. deceased. Hee had to Wife, Jane,
Daughter to Sr. Thomas HAREFLEET, Knight, with whome not long livinge he
departed this Life Apr. 25 1618 in the 32d. Yeare of his Age. In Acknowledgement
of whose kind Love, as well ye said Jane his Wife, as Richard CAMBDEN Gent, his
Kinsman, have caused this Remembrance of Him, to bee here erected.
13. Round the Edge of, and on a Brass Plate fixt to a Flat Stone, & under ye
Figures of a Man and a Woman, are the Following Inscriptions – and ye same
Coats as on the Mont. for Sr. Tho. SEPTVANS, P.145 – I have, therefore, drawn
only this. [Impaled sh. with
writing only: Septvans as Before imp. HENLY quartering as at P.145]. Hic
jacent Corpora Christopheri Septvans alias Harefleet de Moland in Ash, Armigeri,
fuit xx Die Julij]
….. HENDLY, de Ottam, Armigeri, quae nata fuit xxix Septembris 1530 et obijt
xxvii Die Maij 1602. Quid gemis (*error
for genus) humanum sine Christo? Pulvis et
Umbra/…../Faex, Fumus, debita Massa Neci./Quid gemis (*error
for genus) humanum in Christo? divina Propago/Christi
solius Morte redempta Deo./Ergo, nosce Deum, Christum cole, sperne Cadaver;/Aeternâ
Vitâ, Morte fruere, piâ.
14. Round The Verge of, and on a Brass Plate fixt to, another Flat Stone, wch.
also bears the Figures, in Brass, of a Man, a Woman, and 6 Children; under wch.
last are these Names "Thomas. William. John. Jane. Mercy. Jone". This
Stone also has on it the same Coats as are On ye Monument for Sr. Thomas
SEPTVANS, P.145 – and the Following, wch. is not on that Monument, viz: [*SEPTVANS
imp. Az. 3 mascles & a chief or (CHALONER)].
*This Coat is also painted on a Board wch. hangs in Beakesbourne Chancell. Hic
jacet Corpus Walteri Septvans, alias HARFLET, de Cheker, in Parochiâ de Ash,
Armigeri, qui natus fuit Die Sti. Michaelis, A.D. 1567, et obijt 4 Die Junij
1642, et Jana Uxor ejus, Filia Johannis CHALONER de Fulham, Armigeri, quae nata
fuit 23 Julij 1576 et obijt 4 Die Dec. 1626. Nominis egregium Decus, et solidata
Propago./Nunc Cinis (amplexus Conjugis Ossa) jacet./Quàm bene disposuit
commissa Charismata Servus,/Si Fas sit, dicas, utilis ille fuit./Impiger et
prudens, Vitae Documenta reliquit,/Et moriente Omnes hinc didicere mori.
15. On a Brass Plate on another Flat Stone. [Per
bend sa. & arg. 2 spreadeagles countercharged (BROOKE)].
*John Brooke of the Parishe of Ashe/Only hee is now gone./His Days are past, his
Corpse is laid/Now under this Marble Stone./Brooke Streete hee was the Honor
of,/Rob’d now it is of Name,/Only because hee had no Seede,/Or Childe to have
the same. Knowing that all must pass away,/Even when God will, none can denay./He
pass’d to God in the Yere of Grace/A Thowsand, Fyve Hundredth, Fourscore and
two it was.(1582-3)/The
Sixteenthe Day of January, I tell you playne/The Fyve and Twentyth Yere of
Elizabeth’s Raigne. *an Acrostick.
16. On Another Flat Stone. [2
chevns. betw. 3 martlets imp. 3 molets] (no
tinctures). Here lies The Body of Mr Thomas
SINGLETON, late of Molland, in this Parish, descended from the Ancient Family of
the Singletons of Broughton Tower, in Lancashire. He was educated in the College
of Peter House in Cambridge, where he took his first Degree in Physick, and
afterwards married Mary, Daughter of Mr Abraham DAWES, Merchant of London who
with one Son (John aged 10 Years) survived him. He died Dec. 7 A.D. 1710 in the
40th Year of his Age.
17. On Another Flat Stone. [Az.
3 talbots passant or (PEKE) imp. Sa. a chevn. betw. 3 leopards’ heads or
(WENTWORTH)]. Here lieth interred the Body of
the virtuous Dame Elisabeth Peke, Relict of Sr. Edward Peke Knt. and Daughter of
Sr. George Wentworth Knt. Brother to the most illustrious Thomas, late EARLE of
STRAFFORD. She departed this Life the 29th Day of Feb. 1691/2.
18. On Another. Here lieth the Body of Thomas PEKE, of Hills Court in this
Parish Esq. eldest Son to Sr. Edward of the same Place, Knt. who departed this
Life the 7th of August 1701 in the 29th Yeare of his Age. He married Elisabeth,
eldest Daughter of Mr Anthony BALL of Bromley, in Kent, by whome he had 6
Children, viz. Thomas, Edward, Ann, Eliz. Margaret, and Sarah.
19. On Another. [PEKE as
Above imp.Brown (hatched |||| for purp.) a cross engrld. erm. in the 1st
¼ a molet, for difference]. Here lieth
interred the Body of Thomas Peke of Hills Court Esq. (Son of Edward Peke Esq. of
the same Place) who had to Wife Katherine, Daughter of Dr. William KINGSLEY,
Arch Deacon and Prebend of Canterbury; by whom he had Issue 6 Sons, and 6
Daughters: whereof are left, Sr. Edward, Peter, Charles Damaris, and Elisabeth.
He died the 8th of October, Anno 1677. aged 74 Yeares.
20. On Another. [¼ly:
1&4). PEKE. 2&3). A
chevron betw. 3 crescents]. Here lyeth buried
the Body of Susanna Peke, Daughter of Edward Peke Esq. who died the 26th Day of
October, in the 17th Yeare of her Age, A.D. 1633.
21. On Another. Here lies interred the Body of Mrs Margaret MASTERS, the Wife of
Mr John Masters, Second Daughter and Coheiress of William WILDE Esq. of
Goldstone in this Parish, who departed this Life the 18th of April 1758, in the
58th Year of her Age.
22. Three Other Flat Stones, without Inscription.
23. In the Westmost Window, are the 2 following Coats. [I.
Gu. a lion rampant arg. II. Arg. a cross gu.].
In The Body.
24. On a Flat Stone. In this Vault lieth the Body of John SAYER, Son of William
and Mary Sayer of this Parish. He departed this Life the 4th of Dec. 1756 aged
25. On Another. Here lieth interred the Body of Mrs Mary BAX, Wife of Mr John
Bax, Gen. who departed this Life 14 June 1743 aged 58 Years.
26. Also the Body of the abovesaid John BAX, Gen. who departed this Life, July11
1759 aged 77 Years. Hark, from the Tombs a dolefull Sound!/My Ears attend the
Cry./Ye Living Men, come view ye Ground,/Where You must shortly lye.
27. Seven other Flat Stones, whose Inscriptions are lost.
In The South Isle. [=S.
28. On a neat Monument on the S. Wall. [¼ly:
1&4). HOUGHAM as at P.128 (St Mary’s Sandwich).
2). Or, on a chevn. gu. 3 molets arg. betw. 3 elephants’ heads erased gu.
3). BROOKE as at P.147.]. Near unto this
Monument lies the Body of Richard Hougham Gent. late of Weddington, of this
Parish, and Elisabeth, his Wife, who was the Daughter of Edward SAUNDERS of
Norbon nere Sandwich, Gent, which said Richard and Elisabeth had Issue 3 Sonnes
and 1 Daughter, viz. Michael, Edward, Solomon, and Ann. The aforesaid Michael
and Ann are also interred here. This Monument was erected according to the last
Will, and Testament of the aforesaid Ann Hougham deceased, who was baptised the
17th of January 1601/2 and departed this Life June 9 1661. If Grace and Vertue
could have deified,/Here lies interr’d a Maid who ne’er had died./Her
Charity on Earth she spent, her Love/On Heav’n; fit only for the Saints
above./Let theise frayle Ashes a Memento be,/Her Life a Pattern, and a Legacy.
Le Neve, Vol.1, P.8, says that the following Inscription was in this S. Isle,
but I cd. not find it. (NB. It is in ye Body on ye S. Wall, near the Pulpit).
"Piae, cordatae, modestae, amabiliq Faeminae, Fidelissimae Conjugi,
dulcissimaeq Dorotheae (Filiae Gulielmi TIGHLMAN Gener. ex Susannâ Filiâ
Thomae WHETENHALL armig). 27. Aetatis Annum agenti, Tres Filios, Thomam,
Johanrem, Vincentium, Filiasq duas, Deboram, et Dorotheam chara Pignora,
superstites, Marito relinquenti, 18 Die Septembris, Anno Dom. 1605 (circiter
tres Horas post Partum Vincentij praedicti) suavitèr in Christo obdormienti.
Thomas ST NICHOLAS maestissime vidnatus, piae Memoriae, gratiq. Animi ergo, hoc
29. Flat Stone without Inscription.
In The North Isle.
30. On a Monument on the E. Wall.
[¼ly: 1&4). Erm. a chief ¼ly or & gu. 2&3). A cross voided (no
tinctures)]. Vincentius ST NICHOLAS, alias
SENNICOLAS alias SENNICLAS, Generosus, obijt certâ Spe resurgendi, 20 Die
Augusti, A.D. 1589, circitèr Aetatis Annum 58. qui Uxorem duxit Mariannam
Filiam Edvardi BROCKHILL, Armigeri, quam superstitem, cum tribus Liberis, viz:
Merciâ, Filiâ, Thomâ et Timotheo Filijs, ex ipsâ procreates, reliquit.
Quibus viventibus Deus sit propitious" Civitatem futuram inquirimus.
31. On A Mont. on ye West Wall; partly hid by a Gallery. ……..d,/Esq……..tious
Branch of …………../Line of his Family, who lived exemplarily in the
Service of God, and of this his Country, under the eminent teachynge of that
Grace. Tit. 2.11.12. etc. havinge Married Elisabeth the sole Daughter of Thomas
ST NICHOLAS of this Parishe Esq. Dec. 25 1655 dyed in much sweet Peace 27 July
1656 in the 42d. Yeare of his Age. Ps.112.6. The righteous shall be had in
32. Two Other Flat Stones, with ye Arms of ST NICHOLAS, whose Inscriptions are
33. This Church consists of The Great, and North, Chancells, The Body, and 2
Side Isles. The Tower, which is cap’t with a Spire, stands between the Great
Chancell and the Body. In it hang 5 Bells, thus inscribed.
1. …………./ 1581.
2. Joseph HATCH made Me. 1615.
3. Joseph HATCH made Me. 1620.
4. Joseph HATCH made Me. 1620.
5. Henry WILNER made Me. 1641.
34. In The Church Yard are Memorials of, ABRAHAMS, ADAMS, BAKER, BAX, BURROWS,
BUSHELL, CARR, CHAMBERS, CLEVELAND, CLARINGBULL, DENNE, FENNEL, FOART, GIBBONS,
GOLDFINCH, GODSON, GOADBAN, GIBBS, HORNE, HENNEKER, LASLET, LUSHINGTON, MARTEN,
MOTT, MINTER, NEAME, PACKER, PETLEY, PORDAGE, REYNOLDS, RICHARDSON, READ,
SHERRY, SOLLY, STODDARD, SANDERS, THOMSON, TOMLIN, THRUM, VALDER, WELLARD, WOOD,
WILMOTH & WELLS.
35. In Philpots Time there were several Altar Tombs here, which belong’d to
the Family of SEPTVANS – Als. HARFLEET "all which (he sayd) had their
Figures & Arms insculpt in Brass, annext to their Sepulchres, wch. by the
Impression of Time, and the Assault of sacrilegious Hands, are quite dismantled,
and torn off" Fol.51. There are at present several anct. Altar Tombs
remaining, whout Inscription, and almost ruinated, which, I suppose, are those
36. Over The Porch (wch. fronts to The North), is a Free School, endowed with a
Sallery of £30 Per Ann. by the ‘forementioned Family of CARTWRIGHT – see
the Epitaph – Pag. 143.
37. On each Side of The Entrance into The Porch, is an ancient Monument; they
both have been adorn’d with Brass, which, together, with their Inscriptions,
are now Lost.
38. This Church was dedicated to St. Nicholas. The Tithes are impropriated to
the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, who appoints a Curate here. The Present Curate,
is The Revd. Mr Benjamin LONGLEY 1760.
39. A Stone Coffin is said to have been dug up, at Goshall in this Parish, about
the Year 1710.
40. Mr Somner, in his Roman Ports and Forts, Page 7, says that, at Overland, in
this Parish, there was formerly a Chapel of Ease to Ash, as Ash itself was to
Wingham; and, also, another Chapel of Ease at Nevil’s Fleet, in this Parish.
Index of Names and Places
BAX 25, 26, 34
BROOKE 15, 28
CARTWRIGHT 1, 2, 36
EARLE of STRAFFORD 17
HARFLEET 8, 35
HARFLEETE 10, 11
PEKE 17, 18, 19, 20
SEPTVANS 8-11, 13, 14
ST NICHOLAS 28, 30-32
Hills Court 18
Nevil’s Fleet 40
London 12, 16
Norbon near, Sandwich 28
St Mary’s Sandwich 28
Wilsden, Middlesex 5
Arch Deacon & Prebend
of Canterbury 19
Charity School 1
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