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Some Monumental Inscriptions of Bekesbourne Church,
Noted by Bax & Rice Friday 6 May 1892
Pages 7-11 of Epitaphs
from Kent Churches typed up by Margaret Broomfield
Also some Monumental Inscriptions
Noted by Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1758, added 29th October 2007
1. HS and body stone. In
memory of John MOYNE late of the parish of St. Alphage in the City of
Canterbury who departed this life November 27th 1792 in the
sixty fourth year of his age. He left surviving a widow and three
daughters viz. Harriet, Caroline and Mary. Also Susanna Moyne widow of
the above who died November 1 1814 aged 78 years.
(On the W side of same HS) Thomas WOODRUFF died October 1st
1817 aged 10 years. Susanna Woodruff (omission in copy here). Father
of the above children late of the City of Canterbury, surgeon, who
departed this life June 24th 1829 aged 67 years. he lived
universally respected and died sincerely regretted.
2. Stone adjoining the …????….In a vault beneath lieth the remains
of Mary MOYNE spinster who died August 12th 1794 in the 23rd
year of her age. Youngest daughter of the last John Moyne. In the same
vault are deposited the remains of 3 of her nephews viz Crayford
Woodruff who died in his infancy, Thomas White who died September 26th
1800 aged 14 months, Crayford Woodruff who died November 20th
1810 aged 11 years.
3. HS on N side of church – 3 sculls carved above. Here lieth ye
body of Martha, wife of Richard GARDNER of this parish, she died
October 8th 1742 in ye 59 year of her age. Also the above
laid Richard Gardner died February 18th 1758 aged 76 years.
[Numerous Gardner stones].
4. HS cherub’s head above Near this place in hopes of a joyful
resurrection resteth the body of Jane RIGDEN wife of John Rigden of
the Archbishops Palace, Canterbury. She departed this life the 16th
of September 1775 aged 64 years.
5. HS close to last. Here lieth the body of George BAKER late of ys
parish he departed this life February 9th 1725/6 in the 5/7
year of his age. Also Jane, his wife who departed this life February
the 20th 1752 in the 75th year of her age.
6. HS Here lieth ye body of Richard BAKER son of George and Jane Baker
who departed ys life August the 8th 1747 in the 31st
year of his age. [5 other Baker months. – 1 altar t.].
7. HS In memory of Elizabeth daughter of Robert and Elizabeth AUSTEN
who died April 27 1777 aged 60 years.
8. HS In memory of Robert AUSTEN late of this parish who died January
5th 1777 aged 88 years.
9. Early "Webb" stones.
6th May 1892 Copied by Mr. R.G. Rice
10. Small HS North of church – a skull and crossbones at top. Here
lyeth ye body of William BEER, sonn of Thomas and Ann Beer who died
May ye 9th 1697 aged 61 years. Heer also lies ye body of
Elisah his daughter aged 12 years 10 mons. In ye same grave lieth
Elizabeth ye wife of William Beer she died August ye 4th
1724 aged 72 years.
11. Very small HS North of church and to N of last – scull and
crossbones at top. Here lieth ye body of Henry MAY who died December
the 17th 1722 aged 72 years. [Other small stones to the May
12. HS West of church – cherub’s head above. Here lieth the body
of Ann wife of Robert FORSTER of this parish. She died November 10
1792 aged 52 years.
13. HS West of church. In memory of Elizabeth daughter of Charles and
Elizabeth STANDISH STREET who died August the 26th 1788
aged 2 years and 7 months.
14. Low coped stone tomb enclosed with twisted iron bars and standards
West of church – MI on S slope of tomb. (R. caps) In loving
remembrance of Richard John PESKHAM Esquire West Kent Militia and son
of Richard Peskham of Bekesbourne died at Maidstone March 17th
1875 in the 56th year of his age. Vidua …..lissima hoc
15. HS South of church – the top terminating in a cross within a
circle, pierced. MI in ornamental R. caps. Mary Agatha ?FRANKS aged 11
died November 8th 1868, Jane Elizabeth wife of the Revd.
John Firth ?Panks MA vicar of Bekesbourne died September 24th
1873. She is not dead but sleepth. St. Luke VIII 32.
16. Small head and body stone North of chancel. In memory of Robert
BADCOCK who died June 19th 1752 aged 2 years.
17. Small head and body stone close to and S of last. Cherub’s head
at top. In memory of Abraham BADCOCK of the parish of Bridge who
departed this life June ye 25th 1765 aged 48 years.
18. Small HS, cherub’s head at top and body stone – close to S of
last. In memory of Mary wife of Abraham BADCOCK who died May 26th
1774 aged 59 years.
19. Headstone, cherub’s head and two sculls at top – close to S of
last. Here lieth the body of Elizabeth wife of Robert AUSTEN, who
departed this life January 29th 1756 in the 68th
year of her life.
20. Several Austen stones.
Interior of church noted by R. G. Rice
21.. Blue marble ledger, middle aisle. Arms as rubbed: a griffin
sejeant crest: a griffins head. Nicholao BATTELY AM Hujus ecclesiae
vicario Rectori de Ivy Church vivo Docto prudent. Pio Marito
Benemerenti Anna Battely conjur maestissima posuit Obiit May XIX AD
MDCCIV Aetatis LV.
22. Blue marble ledger, middle aisle, West of last. Arms in a lozenge
as rubbed viz. a griffin sejcant imp. H.S.C. Anna Filia Olivarij
POCKLINGTON De Brington in Agro Huntingtoniensie Uxor Nicholai Battely
Hujus ecclesiae olim Vicarii Luae affidue singularem in hac Ecclefiae
Pictatem Nec minorem in Vicinia Charitatem Exercebat Filijs
indulgentissimum Bonis omnibus amiciffimam Segrebat. Hic igitur Merito
Charissima Vixit et vere Deploratu obijt Augersti die vicejsimo sexto
Anno Domini MDCCXVI Sureq? Aetatis LX.
23. Blue marble ledger – middle aisle West of last. Arms ………
on a lozenge a griffin sejant. Annae BATTELY Matri Pientissimoe
loannes Battely Archidiaconus Cantuar M.P. Obiit Febr. IV MDCXCIX.
24. Nicholaus Filius Nicholai et Annae BATTELY obijt semestrio Feb 10
25. NB Church "Restored AS 1881 - 1890". Two large monuments
put up in ?Tower and all others removed into S chapel.
26. Interior of church – noted by ARB. Brass in floor of chancel N
Side. Here lyeth buryed the bodye of Margaret, daughter of ID COPPIN
late wife of Marke Cullinge who departed this life November 17 1600
and lefte issve one sonne Marke and one daughter Katherine, deceased.
27 Slips of marble with inscriptions to Cullinge, Coppin and two in
front of the Table inserted in blue marble. Brass epitaphium to Henry
Porredge 1593, inserted in ancient altar stone under the fald stool.
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Also some Monumental Inscriptions
Noted by Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1758, added 29th October 2007
Chancell. No. Altar Piece.
28. On the South Wall, is a very fine Mural Monument (now moved to S.
wall of Tower), with the Statue, almost as large as the Life, of Sr.
Henry PALMER, on his Knees before a Fallstool; behind him (i.e. on ye
Back Ground) are painted Shipping, at a Distance. The Paternall Coat
of this Family is the Following, which, together with many other
Quarterings, almost worn out by Time, is placed on the Top of the
Monument. I could not make them out to my Satisfaction, &
therefore I have omitted them. [Arg.
a chevron betw. 3 purses sa.].
Memoriae Sacrum, Generosissimi et omni Saeculorum Memorià dignissimi
Militis, Henrici Palmer, Mortuae Reginae Elizabethae, et viventis
Regis Jacobi, sine Fidei, aut Famae Violatione Officijs lautè
eminentibus din Servi. Qui, multa post Praelia Mortis etiam
Christianâ suâ Pietate et Patientiâ, Victor evasit. Ne igitur jam
raptum, credas; agit enim Vitam in Caelis Secundam. Obijt A.Do. 1611.
Vicessimo die 9bris. Vivit post Funera Virtus. Thoughe Tymes Decaie,
and Envies Injurye/Joyn to obscure Thee from Posteritie,/Yet canne no
Malice of succeeding Daies,/Rase out the Records of deserved Praise.
29. On a Black Flat Stone, enlaid with White. Underneath lieth Buried
Thomas COPPIN, ye Sonne of John Coppin late of Dealle, who died the 20th
of May 1605. He left behind him then living Tow (sic) Children, viz:
Marye and Thomas.
30. On Another. Here under lieth Buried, the Body of Mary COPPIN ye
Daughter of John Coppin, who died the last Day of November, 1604. And
here lyeth also the Body of Catherine CULLINGE the Daughter of Marcke
Cullinge, who died the last Day of December 1600.
31. On Another. Here underneath lieth Buried the Body of Marcke
CULLINGE the Sonne of Thomas Cullinge, who had Issue by Margaret his
Wife Two Children, viz: Marcke and Katherine. Hee died ye 24th
of November 1610. R.S.
32. On Another. Here lieth buried the Body of Mary, one of ye
Daughters of William DENN of Kingstone in this County of Kent Esq.
deceased. Twise married: First to John COPPIN of Deale Gent, by whom
he had Issue nyne Children. After married to Thomas BOYSE of Barston
Esq. by whom She had noe Issue. She died ye 26th Day of
March, Anno Domini 1616 and in ye Seventie Two Yeare of her Age.
33. On a Brass Plate on Another. Here lieth buried the Bodye of
Margaret, Daughter of Jo. COPPIN, late Wife of Marcke CULLINGE, who
departed this Life No.17 1600. & left Issue Sonne Marcke, and one
Daughter, Katherine deceased.
34. On a Wh. Marble, on ye same Stone. Here lyeth also the Body of
Marcke CULLINGE, Son of the abovesaid Marcke & Margaret. He died
being a Batchelour, on ye last of April 1621, being about the Age of
35. On a Mural Monument on ye South Wall, with ye Arms of FOGGE –
see Vol.1, P.116. (Ashfd.).
Here lieth the Body of Richard Fogge, Esq. descended of the Ancient
Family of the Foggs of this County. He faithfully served KING CHARLES
THE FIRST, as Captaine of several of his Men of Ware, at Sea;
afterwards he retired Himself to a private Life in this Parish and
attained unto the 81st Year of his Age and deceased the 15th
Day of August, In the Year of our Lord, One Thousand, Six Hundred,
36. On a Small wooden Tablet on ye S. Wall, with this Coat. [Az.
a chevron erm. imp. Arg. 2 bars sa. in chief 3 molets of 5 pts. gu.].
37. Edward LADBROOKE, Rector of Ivychurch and Vicar of this Church,
died the 27th Day of August, in the Year of our Lord 1676
in the 39th Year of his Age.
38. On Another, a very Ancient One, is this Coat. [Az.
3 winnowing-fans or, in chief a molet of 5 points or, for difference (HARFLEET
als. SEPTVANS) imp. Az. 3 mascles & a chief or (CHALONER,
39. The former impalement of wch. I find on an Ancient Stone inlaid
with Brass in Chartham Chancell; (see Vol 1, Page 25). And in the West
Window of Mersham Church (see Vol.2, P.7) but I can not as Yet find
out to what *family it belong’d. *I since find it is the Coat of The
Anct. Family of HARFLEET, alias SEPTVANS.
40. On the Wood Work, in a Pew, on the South Side of the Chancel, is
this Coat, being the Arms of Arch Bishop PARKER, who obtained an
Augmentation of £10 An. to ye Vicarage, repaird and beautified the
Chancell, and had a Palace in this Parish, of which only ye
41. Gate House is now remaining, on which ye same Coat is to be seen. [Gu.
a chevn. arg. bearing 3 stars of 5 points gu. betw. 3 keys, wards
42. This Palace was built by Arch Bishop CRANMER. His Name T.C.
together with his Motto, Nosce Teipsum et Deum, are still to be seen
on ye Gate house.
In The Nave, or Body.
43. On a Brass Plate, inlaid on Flat Stone; Epitaphium Henrici
PORREDGE, a se exaratum quum adhuc esset in Vivis. Haec Ego, dum vixi,
Lectores, Carmina pauxi;/Nunc mea defuncti Funebria Busta coronant./Si
quid inest Mendae Ferula perstringite molli;/Vivus eram (fateor) rudis
incultusq Poeta./Impleat Agrestis Mea Musa Hortatibus Aures/Vestras;
ut Vitam, et Finem, Aeternamq Salutem,/Aeternumq Vale, connixe
respiciatis;/Ut nunquam a memori discedat Pectore Christus./Ano
Incarnationis Christi, mundi Salvatoris Millessimo Quingentess:
44. On a Piece of Wh. Marble inlaid on ye same Stone. Here also, lieth
the Body of Edward PORDAGE, Brother of Th’ above said Henry. He died
on the 5th of July 1616. *Here also lieth Katherine Pordage,
Daughter of John COPPIN of Deale. She died ye 11th of April
1624. *This last Inscription is on a Stone by Itself.
45. On a Mural Monumt. on ye S. Wall. Juxta hunc locum depositae sunt
Reliquiae Annae BATTELEY, Sororis dilectissimae Johannis Batteley D.D.
Nuper Archidiaconi Cantuariensis, cujus Res domesticas prudenter
administravit, et cujus illustre sequnta Exemplum ob Pietatem,
Charitatem, Candorem, Notis Omnibus vixit Charissima et
desideratissima obijt A.D. 1714. Aetat suae 50.
46. On a Flat Black Marble, with this Coat. [On
a lozenge: a griffin sergeant imp. Paly of 6 & bendy of 4].
H.S.C. Anna Filia Olivarij POCKLINGTON de Brington in Agro
Huntingdomiensi Uxor Nicolai BATTELY Hujus Ecclesiae olim Vicarij.
Quae assiduè Singularem in hâc Ecclesiâ Pietatem nec minorem in
Viciniâ Charitatem exercebat. Filijs indulgentissimam bonis omnibus
Amicissman se gerebat his igitur Meriro charissima vixit et vere
deplorata obijt. Augusti Die Vicessimo Sexto Anno Domini 1715. Suaeq
47. On Another, with ye Arms of BATTELEY, as above. Anne Battely,
Uxori Pientissimae Johannes Batteley Archidiaconus Cantuar. M.P. Feb.4
48. On Another with the same Coat. Nicholao BATTELY, A.M. Hujus
Ecclesiae Vicario Rectori de Ivy Church, Viro Docto, Prudenti, Pio,
Marito bene Merenti Anna Batteley Conjux maestissima posuit. Obijt
Maij 19 A.D. 1704. Aetatis 55.
49. In The Window, on ye N. Side, near the Font, is this Coat. [Per
pale az. & sa. 3 goats’ heads erased arg. a fesse checky or
& gu.]. *I find this to be the
Arms of SEDLEY, B.F.
50. This Church consists of The Chancel & 1 Isle. The Tower is
coverd. with Tiles & stands at the West End. In it hang 2 Small
Bells, without Inscription. It was dedicated to St. Peter. It is a
Vicarage, in the Gift of the Arch Bishop. The present Vicar is the
Revd. Mr William BEDFORD, who is also Rector of Smarden. 1758.
51. For an Account of ye Tumuli in this Parish see ye 3d. Vol. of my
Index of Names and Places
AUSTEN 7, 8, 19, 20
BADCOCK 16,17, 18
BAKER 5, 6
BATTELEY 45, 46, 47, 48
BATTELY 21, 23, 24
COPPIN 26, 27, 29, 30, 32,
CULLINGE 26, 27, 3
HARFLEET 38, 39
MOYNE 1, 2
POCKLINGTON 22, 46
PORREDGE 27, 43
SEPTVANS 38, 39
STANDISH STREET 13
WOODRUFF 1, 2
Bekesbourne 14, 15
Archbishops Palace, 4
St. Alphage 1
Deal 29, 32
Kingston, Kent 32
West Kent Militia 14
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