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1. I shall here give a True Copy of a Manuscript,
in ye Hands of the Reverend Mr John CLOUGH, ye Present Vicar of Ashford, wrote
by ye Reverend William WARREN, L.L.B. who was Curate of Ashford, in ye year
1712. This Book is by him call’d, Some Account of The Church, College (now
Vicarage House), Free School etc. of Ashford in Kent. By William Warren L.L.B.
Curate of Ashford 1712. Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1758. Illius quidem Loci, (etc).
Index of Names and Places
[PARSONS copied the Warren Ms. before 1794. It was printed, in 1895, by
THOMPSON, of Ashford, and transcribed by me from Thompson’s book. So I omit
all B.F.’s copy of the original Ms. until he resumes his own additions to it.
2. Wm. WARREN. Trinity Hall Cambr. Nov. 29 1722. Thus far Dr. Warren’s
Manuscript To which I have added the Coats of Arms, (i.e. as Many as are now
remaining) which were omitted in his Account. And, have brought down ye
Inscriptions to the present Year 1758 when, on visiting this Church, I was
surprised to see, how many Inscriptions which were in Being in The Doctor’s
Time, are now totally defaced and gone; and wch. without his Care, wd. have been
forgotten. Br. FAUSSETT. Some Additions to Ashford; being a
Continuation of The Inscriptions of ye Year 1758. And an Acct. of ye Coats of
Arms, omitted by Dr. Warren.
3. On a Flat Stone near ye S. Door, with this Coat. [Arg.
a bend cotised invected sa. imp. On a saltire invected a trefoil slipped].
William WHITFELD Gent died Nov. ye 30th 1739. Aged 66 Years, leaving Issue
William, John, Elizabeth, Francis and Thomas. Reodus. Gulielmus Whitfeld, A.M.
Praedicti Filius Natu Maximus, Coll: Jesu Cantab. Soc. obijt Prid. Idus Xbris,
Anno Salutis 1742. Anno Aetatis 45. John Whitfeld died January ye first, in ye
Year of Our Lord 1745/6. In ye 46th Year of his Age. Elizabeth, ye
Abovementioned Daughter of William Whitfeld died April ye 28th in ye Year of Our
Lord 1749, and of her Age ye 47th. Also Francis, Son of ye abovesaid William
died June 19 1751 in ye 46 Year of his Age. Jane Relict of ye abovesaid William,
died Nov. 27 1756 Aged 78 Years.
4. On ye Flat Stone for Mrs Anne IRBY [ob.
Jan 23, 1680-1, aged abt. 16 months] (see
Page 96) this Coat. [Arg.
fretty sa. on a canton gu. a garland or].
5. On Another Flat Stone with this Coat. [A
chevn. betw. 3 fleurs-de-lis imp. Arg. a spreadeagle sa. debruised by a bend
gobony gu & or]. In this Vault lieth
interrd the Body of Captain Wilfrid HART who departed this Life March the 28th
1720, in ye 46 Year of his Age. Here also lieth interr’d the Body of Gilbert
ROSE, who departed this Life June ye 23d. 1722, in ye 70th Year of his Age. Also
here lieth the Body of Elisabeth, Wife of the said Captain Wilfrid Hart, &
Daughter of the said Gilbert Rose, who departed this Life August the 5th 1724 in
the 44th Year of her Age.
6. On Mr WARREN’s Stone (see Page 102) is this Coat.
[Gu. a lion rampt. arg. a chief checky or & az. imp. Arg. a chevn. purp].
(Samuel, ob. 16 Mar 1720-1, aet. 84).
In The South Chancell & Vest’rey.
7. On a very handsome Mural Monument, adorned with Military Ensigns etc. in ye
South East Corner of ye Vestrey wth. this Coat. [Gu.
3 bars arg. imp. Az. a griffin statant & a chief or].
Beneath This Monument lies interrd the small Remainder of Arthur APSLEY of this
Towne Esq. who near 20 Years with Loyalty, Courage & Good Conduct discharg’d
the especiall Trust reposed in him by their Majesties KING WILLIAM & QUEEN
ANNE, As Cornet, Lieutenant, and Exempt of their First Troop of Horse Guards. He
married Mary, Youngest Daughter of George EVELYN of Godstone in Surry Esq. by
whome he left no Issue. He died Dec. 29th 1719 in ye 50th Year of his Age. Near
him also is interrd the Body of Arthur APSLEY, Father of the aforesaid Arthur,
who died Dec. 4 1723 in the80th Year of his Age. Here also lieth interr’d the
Body of Thomas Apsley of this Towne, who out of Filial Duty and Brotherly
Affection erected this Monument to their Memory. He died June ye 7th 1736 in ye
58th Year of his Age. Near him also is interred the Body of Anne, Relict of
Thomas Apsley, who died Feb. 12 1741/2. Aged 63 Years.
8. On a Flat Stone with this Coat. [3
crescents in a border erm. imp. Gu. 3 bars arg. & a canton erm]. (no
tinctures). Here lieth interr’d the Body of
James READER, late of this Towne who departed this Life Aug. 24 1727. Aged 52
Years. Near him also is interrd the Body of Elizabeth, Relict of ye aforesaid
James READER, and Daughter of Arthur APSLEY. She died Oct. 17 1741. Aged 64
9. On Another – with this Coat. [Erm.
2 chevns. imp. 3 bends, a chief erm. (BULL)]. (no tinctures).
Sub hoc Marmore conduntur Cineres Johannis FENNER, Generosi, hujus Oppidi non
ita pridem Incolae et Ornamenti. qui obiit 15 Die Julij, Anno Dni. 1702. Aetatis
suae 36. Vir erat multis certè Nominibus Memorandus utpote qui Fidelis
Ecclesiae Anglicanae Filius, Orthodoxae Fidei Pietatem adjunxerit, Vitaeq
Integritatem. Quinetiam (quod illi omnino dandum est Laudi) Feliciter monstravit
benignam ingenij Venam. Sermonem festivum, Moresq Faciles, non tantum cum
Religionis Gravitate convenire, sed Virtutem ipsam gratiorem redderet, et Magis
amabilem. Uxorem duxit Saram, Thomae BULL de Mersham, Generosi, Filiam natû
Maximam; Faeminam sane tali Viro dignam; quae obijt 5 Die Aprilis 1715 et hic
juxtà jacet sepulta. Ex Hâc septem suscepit Liberos, quorum tres praematuro
Fato abreptos, Pater maestus ploravit. Quatuor Superstites, Mariam Franciscam,
Saram, Eizabetham, et Priscillam, moriturus Testamento reliquit Haeredes.
Elizabetha, Anno Aetatis undecimo vix dum expleto Variolis occubuit. Tres
reliquae Marmor hoc, Pietatis et Gratitudinis ergo posuere, An. Dom. 1724.
10. On Another Flat Stone with this Coat. [Or,
a saltire sa. in chief a cresct. gu. for diffce. (DERING) imp. Az. a chevn. arg.
bearing 3 crosses gu. betw. 3 pheons or (WIGHTWICK)].
Here lieth interrd the Body of Henry Dering, Gent, late of Shelve, who departed
this Life January ye 15th 1752, Aged 37 Years. Here also lies interr’d the
Body of Hester, Wife of the said Henry, who departed this Life Oct. ye 6th 1751.
Aged 38 Years. They left Issue 4 Sons & 4 Daughters.
11. On Another. Beneath this Stone lie the Remains of a good Christian Elisabeth
the Wife of Josias PATTENSON ye Younger, Gent. She died the 18th of May 1755 in
ye 27th Year of her Age, leaving Issue 1 Son.
12. On Another. Here lieth Grace, Wife of Thomas WHITFELD, who died May 18 1752
aged 36 Years, leaving Issue Thomas, John, Francis, Lewis, Grace & Jane.
Jane WHITFELD died May ye 3d. 1753 aged 3 Years. Here also lieth the abovesaid
Thomas Whitfeld, who died Nov. ye 12th 1755. Aged 46 Years.
13. On Another. Here lieth Mary the Wife of John LAMB of this Towne who died
June the 20th 1744. Aged 58 Years. Here also lieth Mary Daughter of John Lamb
and Mary his Wife who died April the 4th 1748 aged 31 Years.
Lord STRANGFORD’s Chancell. See Page 93.
14. The 3 Tombs in this Chancell are all of them of very elegant & Costly
Workmanship, and the Statues and Figures on them extreamly well cut. The Coat of
Arms of this Family are as follows. I have omitted the ………. their being by
Time greatly worn out & defaced. [Az.
a chevn. engrailed betw. 3 leopards or].
15. On the Flat Stone for Mr. Elisha BRETT [ob.
11 Mar 1718-9) aged 43] (see Page 102) is
added the following Inscription. The Stone bears this Coat. [Or,
crusilly fitchy & a lion rampt. gu. imp. Gu. a leopard’s head
jesst.-de-lis arg.]. Here also lieth ye Body
of Sarah the Wife of Elisha Brett, who died June the ……. Aged 49 Years.
16. On Another with this. [A
lion passt. betw. 3 cinquefoils (no tinctures)].
Here lies interrd the Body of Catherine WELLER who departed this Life Dec. 25
1719 Aged 55 Years. She was Daughter of Mr Daniel PRITCHARD, Minister of South
Harting in the County of Sussex.
17. On Another with this Coat. [Tierced:
1). BULL as Before P.147.
2). Arg. 3 battle-axes in chevn. sa. (GIBBS).
3). Arg. a chevn. sa. betw. 3 bulls’ heads caboshed gu. (CURTEIS)].
Thomas Bull Gent died Jan. ye 19th 1709/10. Aged 50 Years & is here interr’d,
he had 2 Wives. The First was Sarah, Daughter of Robert GIBBS, Gent, by whom he
had Issue 3 Sons and &1 Daughter, of wch. their Son Thomas only is
surviving. He* (*seems error
for "she") died Jan. 6 1701/2 Aged
39 Years, & is here interr’d. His Second Wife was Sarah the Dr. of Thomas
CURTEIS Gent. Thomas Son of Thomas Bull abovesaid Gent died Feb. 11 1716/7 aged
25 Years & is here interr’d.
18. On The Stone for Mary ye Wife of Matthew WAGE [ob. 21 Apr 1716 aged 35] (see
Page ye 101) are since added the following Inscriptions.
Here also lieth the Body of Matthew WAGE who died May 21 1737 Aged 75 Years.
Here likewise lieth Chapman, Son of the said Matthew & Mary, who died Oct.
ye 2d. 1740. Aged 26 Years. Under this Stone also lieth ye Body of John FRENCH
who died Dec. 16 1750. Aged 54 Years. Who left Issue 1 Son & 1 Daughter by
Mary his Wife. Also Mary, Second Wife of the above said Matthew, died Apr. ye 28th
1754 aged 60 Years, who left Issue 1 Son & 1 Daughter, viz. Matthew &
19. On The Stone for Martha LAKE [ob. June 26 1680, aged 59] (P.96) are since
cut the following Inscriptions. Here also lieth the Body of Mary Lake, late of
Ashford Widow, who died Apr. 16 1720. Aged 63 Years. She left Issue 5 Sons &
3 Daughters. Likewise here lies the Body of Mary, Wife of Thomas BARRET, &
Daughter of Thomas Lake, Gent & Mary his Wife, who died Aug. the 1st
1739. Aged 57 Years.
20. At The South East End, or rather Side, of this Transept, has formerly been a
Rood Gallery, The Stone Stair Case, wch. led to it, is now remaining.
21. On The Stone for Mrs Mary TOURNAY [ob. 27 May, 1716, no age given] (see Page
101) is this Coat, and additional Inscription. [Arg.
a chevn. betw. 3 oxen passt. sa. imp. Erm. on chief gu. 3 pears or].
Here also lieth the Body of The said John Tournay, who departed this Life
February the .. 1735/6 in the 56th Year of his Age. He left Issue 2 Sons and 2
Daughters, by Anne his Second Wife. Daughter of C. WORGER of Smeeth.
22. On The Stone for Frances, Wife of Edw. WADE ([F.W. ob. 30 May 1700, no age
given] (see Page 100) this Coat. [Az.
a saltire betw. 4 escallops or imp. A bend vair].
On the Stone for Edw. Wade, Gen. [E.W. ob. 15 May 1711, aged 37] (see page 101)
is this Coat. [Tierced. 1).
Wade. 2). A griffin Segrt. 3). A chev. betw. 3 escallops].
23. On a Flat Stone. Beneath this Stone are deposited The Small Remains of
Judith the Wife of Isaac RUTTON. She died on ye 9th Day of January 1753 leaving
Issue 3 Sons, and 3 Daughters after having experience’d the Uncertainty of
Human Happyness 33 Years.
24. On The Stone for William CLERKE, who died 14 Dec. 1706 is also this
following Inscription. Deborah Clerke, Wife of the said William Clerke, died
April the 28th 1728 in ye 63d. Year of her Age, & lies here interred.
25. The Date on the Beam over this Chancell (see Page 91) seems to Me to be
1595. Tho the Former 5, has some Appearance of a 3, owing, perhaps to the
Unskillfullness of ye Person who cut it – it being something like a 5
backwards, thus ٦ – But, what Figure.
26. On The Stone inlaid with 2 Figures etc. for Thomas FOGGE, Esq. (see Pages 93
& 107) is the following Coat. [Fogge,
1.116, Ashford imp. ¼ly 1&4). A bend. 2&3). ¼ly 1&4). a lion rampt.
2&3). a fret (no tinctures)]. (T.G.F. note: FITZALAN quartering MALTRAVERS).
27. On ye Stone for Daniel NOWER [bur. 20 Aug. 1647, aged 29] (page 99) this
Coat. [(no tincture for
field) 2 bars gu. on a chief 3 crescents gu].
28. On a Neat Monument on ye N.Wall wth. ye Coat. [Erm.
a cross engrailed gu]. In The Vault beneath
lie interrd the Bodies of John NORWOOD late of this Towne and Mary his Wife, by
whom he had Seven Children, Six thereof are in the said Vault with them. In
Memory of whom their Surviving Son Edward has erected this Monument this 20 Day
of Sept. 1743.
29. On a flat Stone underneath. 1732. In this Vault lie ye Reliques of
Elisabeth, John & Mary NORWOOD. Here also lieth John Norwood, Father of the
30. On Another Flat Stone. Elisabeth WOODWARD buried here.
31. On a Flat Stone. Under This Stone lieth interred The Body of Jane, Wife of
Thomas BIGG, who died Dec. 6 1731. Aged 61 Years.
32. On a Flat Stone – with this Coat. [CURTEIS,
1.149, Ashford imp. CARTER, 1.77, Godmersham].
Here lieth the Body of Thomas Curteis, Gent, who died Sept. 23 1718. Aged 76
Years. Here also lieth the Body of Elisabeth The Wife of Thomas Curteis. She
died July 13 1717. Aged 71 Years.
33. Over The Great West Door is This Inscription in Golden Letters. This Church
was new Pwe’d and Paved In the Year of Our Lord 1745. The Revd. John CLOUGH,
Vicar. George ELWICK, Richard GREENHILL, Church Wardens.
34. There are now 8 Bells – 2 Smaller having been added to the former Six,
A.D. 1762. They were founded by LESTER & PACKE of London. In The Tower hang
6 Heavy Bells, thus Inscribed.
1. Josephus HATCH Me Fecit. 1620.
2. William HATCH made Me. 1651.
3. Josephus HATCH Me Fecit. 1633.
4. Joseph HATCH Me Fecit. 1620.
5. Petrus PARRIS, Josephus HATCH Me fecit. 1620.
6. John ASHERST, C.W., Josephus HATCH Me Fecit. 1620.
35. On An Altar Tomb, at The East End of The Church, nearly under ye defaced
Image of the Virgin Mary (see Page 81) (with the Arms of WARREN, as at Page 147)
is the Following Inscription for the Learned Dr. William Warren, Author of the
Account of Ashford, of which I have here given a true Copy. H.S.E. Gulielmus
Warren, LLD, Aulae Trin. Cantabr. Socinq Reverendi Viri Samuelis Warren Hujus
Ecclesiae olim Vicarij Filius Obijt iii Jan 1744/5. Aetatis suae 63.
36. Altar Tombs also for COLT, CORNISH 1657. DAVIS, *FITCH 1634. FLINT,
GREENHILL, HORTON, MARSH and SHEPPARD, several others whose Inscriptions are
gone. *This Tomb stands on ye rising Ground facing ye Church Gate: a Custom
prevaild, for many Years, of paying Money for Bargains etc. on this Tomb.
37. Headstones & Rails for Persons of ye follg. Names. ACRES, ADCOCK, APSLEY,
ATKINS, ATKINSON, BACK, BARRETT, BOTTING, BOURNE, BROOKES, BURBIDGE, BUSHELL,
BICKLEY, BIRD, CAISTER, CARDON, CHAPMAN, CLARE, COVELL, COSTEKER, DUNK, EDWARDS,
FILMER, FRENCH, FOWLE (a mur. Mont. on ye E. Wall of ye S.Cross), FARLEY (on a
mur. Mont. on ye W. Side of ye Porch (N.Pch.
now gone), GRANT, GREENHILL, GODFREY, GORHAM,
GILES, GIPPS, HUGHES, HANDFORD, HILL, HAWTRELL (on a mural Mont. on ye E. Wall
of ye S. Cross), HAMMOND, HUNT, HOPE, HUBBARD, IRELAND, JACOB, JOHNSON, LILLY,
LAMBIN, MASCALL, MORION, NEWTON, NORRINGTON, PEIRCE, PEMBLE, POWELL, RABSON,
RICHIE, SHARP, STACE, SANDERS (Sc. Alexander by ye Ashford Ringers 1757 [sc =
scilicet?/sculpsit?]), SNOAD, SERGEANT, SHERWIN, STANLEY, SPRATT, STONEHOUSE,
SMITH, SHRUBSOLE, TURNER, TIPPIN, TATTLOR, UPPERTON, WEST, WOOLLET, WAGE.
38. On The Stone Basis of the North East Pillar of The Corn Market, is this
Inscription in Large raised Figures & Letters. 1602 GOD SEETH. On The Wood
Work, over the next Pillr, Southward, are the Arms of ye SMITHs (as at Page 149)
who were Lords of the Manor of Ashford. And, On The Wood Work, over the S.E.
pillar is their Crest; viz. A Bears Head (as it seems) collar’d & chain’d.
39. On The North Side of the Bridge (on the Out Side) Are to be seen the
following Coats and Inscriptions, on a Square Stone.
[3 shs. set in line:
I. TOKE, 1.54, Boughton Aluph.
II. Arg. on a bend engrailed & cotised sa. 3 molets or (ANDREWS).
III. Gu. on a + arg. 5 molets sa. (RANDOLPH)]. This
Bridge was erected at the Charge of the whole County, An. Dom. 1688. Sr.
Nicholas TOKE, Knt. and William ANDREWES, and William RANDOLPH Esqrs.
Commissioners; and Thomas BODDS, Thomas BIGG, and Thomas JOHNSON, Workmen.
40. The present Vicar, viz. A.D. 1757 is the Revd. Mr John CLOUGH; who is, also,
Rector of Monk’s Horton. He was succeeded, A.D. 1765 by the Revd. Mr Charles
COLDCOLL, Prebend of Rochester.
APSLEY 7, 8, 37
BIGG 31, 39
CLOUGH 1, 33, 40
CURTEIS 17, 32
FRENCH 18, 37
GREENHILL 33, 36, 37
JOHNSON 37, 39
NORWOOD 28, 29
SMITH 37, 38
WAGE 18, 37
WARREN 1, 2, 6
WHITFELD 3, 12
Boughton Aluph 39
Godstone, Surrey 7
Monk’s Horton 40
South Harting, Sussex 16
Horse Guards 7
Corn Market 38
LESTER & PACKE 34
Rood Gallery 20
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