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Some Monumental Inscriptions of Denton Church,
Noted by Bax & Rice Thursday 12th May 1892
Pages 73 to 75 of Epitaphs from Kent Churches
typed up by Margaret Broomfield
Monumental Inscriptions Noted by Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1759, added 8th June 2007
1. Names in churchyard;
Head 1790, Quested 1810, Goldfinch 1763, Willats 1867, Gibbens 1882
1886 1889, Smith 1871 1868, ?Githam 1818, Crux 1884, Hussey 1882, Watt
1881 83, Green 1882 1884, ??Seth 1876 1816 1827 1845 1816 1808/7
(sic), 1838 1803, Pilcher 1750 1778 1759 1774 1740, Baker 17--, Elgar
1792, Friend 1756 1765 1766 17--, Saffaray 1710?, Safffery 1734, Faith
1834(3), 1831 1832 1817 1824 1807 1808 1803 1811 1812 1794, Roberts
1871, Cox 1834, Baker 1783 88 89, Williams 1850, Page 1837 1855 1862
1863, Prebble 1823 1829 1769 1796 1745, ?Tinnis 1836.
2. HS South of church In memory of Elizabeth PILCHER late of the
parish of Barham who died 8th January 1772 aged 59 years.
Also on the right hand lieth the remains of John husband of the above
Elizabeth Pilcher who died December the 11th 1759 aged 49
years. They left surviving 4 daughters Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary,
Frances. O cruel death so soon to end two loving parents and sincere
friends. King angels watch ………….. till Jesus ……….. Then
……………. And …………..
3. HS scull between two hour glasses Here lieth ye body of Mary
PILCHER who departed this life 30 April 1740 aged 5 years and 6
4. HS West of church To the memory of the family of the FRIENDS,
Martha Friend died 26 July 1756 aged 3 years, Mary Friend died 25
October 1765 aged 25 years, Eve Friend died 24 February 1766 aged 92
years, Mary Friend died 11 October 1777 aged 68 years, John Friend
died 14 Aprill 1784 aged 79 years.
Copied by Mr. R.G. Rice
5. HS South of church – scull and foliage at top Here lieth ye body
of INO. PREBEL late of this parish he departed this life ye 20th
of November 1745 in ye 62 year of his age who left issue by Elizabeth
his wife 5 sons and 1 daughter. All you that come my grave to see as I
am now so must you bee, repent therefore without delay my glass was
run and I was call’d away.
6. HS South of last In memory of Ann wife of Stephen PREBBLE (sic) who
died 4th March 1769 aged 43 years. Also of the above
Stephen Prebble who died 7th December 1796 aged 77 years.
[6 lines of poetry not easy to read]
7. HS South of last To the memory of Edward PREBBLE late of the parish
of Barham who died 1 October MDCCCXXVIII aged LXXXVII years. Also of
Elizabeth his wife who died XXII July MDCCCXXIX aged LXXXV years.
8. HS broken and fallen down – SW of church tower – 2 sculls and 2
bones, at top Here lieth buried ye body of Mary SAFFARAY who died
January 17 1710/11 aged 21 years.
9. HS close to and to the S of last – an hourglass between 2 sculls
at top Here lieth the body of Vincent SAFFERY who departed this life
the 8th of April 1734 aged 84 years. And of John his son
who departed this life the 7th of April 1739 aged 44 years.
10. Large HS West of tower – two trumpets and cherub’s head at top
In memory of Francis PILCHER who died ye 23rd May 1778 aged
65. Also of Mary his wife who died July ye 8th 1759 aged 30
years. [3 lines of poetry difficult to read]
11. HS laid flat to N of church and opposite porch To the memory of
William GOLDFINCH who died 22nd September 1763 aged 42
years. Also of Ann Goldfinch who died the 5th of May 1815
aged 88 years. Left issue two daughters viz. Susanna and Mary.
12. HS to the N of church To the memory of Sarah wife of John QUESTED
of this parish who died June 5th 1810 aged 67 years. She
left issue surviving six sons and five daughters to lament the loss of
an affectionate mother.
13. HS East of last To the memory of James HEAD who died May 10 1790
aged 91 years. He left surviving two sons and one daughter Sarah,
James and Richard.
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Some Monumental Inscriptions Noted
by Rev Bryan Faussett noted 1759,
added 8th June 2007
Kindly typed up for the website by Pat
14. On a Flat Stone. Sr.
Anthony PERCIVALL Knt. deceased Jan. 12 1646-47. Aged about 45, and
Dame Gertrude his Lady deceased May 12. 1647. Aged 33. From hence
expect The Speedy Return of their Blessed Saviour.
(These following variations & additions are taken from Mrs
Gardiner’s "Oxinden & Peyton Letters").
Behold The Ashes of a worthy (noble)
Knight, Which make for Thee, O Reader, a Glass Light. He had not been
confined to this (the)
Grave, If Wit, or Prudence Him from hence (thence)
cd. save; But, These his Virtues only were a Shade *(This line is hid
by ye Communion Rails) (Of
Heav’nly Grace that flowers in their fade; And Thou in Christ thy
choicest gifts must raise, To have thy Monument adorn’d with Prayse).
His Noble Lady also lieth here Wh’ attained unto Virtues highest
Spheare. And, where (were)
both Wills and Beauties are abundant, Ev’n there (her),
for Wilt and Beauty was (were)
transcendent. But, This her Graces above all did bear, That they were
sublimated in Gods Fear. Who living Her before the World begun,
Her a Spouse for only Sonne. O Blest beyond the Reach of Human Chance,
Whome neither Order, not yet Ordinance, Can hurte or reach; or Envy
can annoy, Or vote Them from The Pleasures they injoy. And, Death,
Thou shoutest (shot’st)
(and) .ell (Hell
thou gap’st) in vain, For these
Your Master (sign’d)
with Him to raign. Teste Hen: OXINDEN de Barham.
of Names and Places
15. On a Plate of Brass, fixt to the North Wall.
[BOYS – as at p.78 with the Additn. of Acorns and Cross’d
Crosslets in the Bordure; - & a Crescent for Dif].
Here under lyeth buried The Bodye of John BOYS Esquyer, late Patrone
of This Churche, and Attorney Generall to the Kyng ower Sou’rayn
Lord, of his honourable & hight Court of Chancery, of his great
Ducyye of Lancaster. Which John decesyd the xx Day of May, in the Yere
of our Lord God, M.Vo XLIII. On whose Soule Jesu have
16. On a Brass Plate on a Flat Stone with this Coat. [Arg.
on a chevn. gu. 3 bezants betw. 3 lions’ heads erased sa. crowned
or]. (B.F. omits: imp. SPRACKLG).
17. Here lyeth Buried the Body of Henry PETTIT Sonne & Heyr of
Valentine Pettit of Dandelyon in The Isle of Thanet, Gent. Valentine,
eldest Sonne of the say’de Henry & Katherine, Henries Daughter.
The sayde Henry departed this Life The 13th Day of February
18. On Another Ditto, with this Coat. [On
a lozenge: ¼ly 1&4). PETTIT as above (written). 3&3). Sa. 3
lions rampt. in fesse arg. betw. 2 bars dancety arg. (DANDELYON) imp.
(SPRACKLING) Sa. a saltire erm. betw. 4 leopards’ heads or]. Here
lieth The Body of Joanna, one of The Daughters of Sr. Adam Sprackling
Knight, Wife of Henry Pettit of Dandelion, in The Isle of Thanet
gentleman. She departed This Life the First Day of January 1641(2).
19. On An Ancient Flat (stone) this Remains of an Inscription. Hic
jacet Jacobus BROOKER de *Madekin (A place in this Parish so call’d).
20. On a Neat Monument on The N. Wall. [¼ly
of 8. 1). Gu. a saltire or voided arg. 2). Arg. a Λ betw. 3 +
+lets gu. 3). Sa. a fret arg. on a chief or 3 escallops sa. 4). Az a +
engrailed arg. 5). Az. on a chief or a leopd. gu. 6). Sa. a Λ
betw. 3 molets arg. 7). Arg. on a pale gu. 3 stags’ heads caboshed
or. 8). Or, a Λ betw. 3 f-de-lis sa.]. Hic
jacet Corpus Phinea ANDREWES, olim Dentoniae, Armigeri, et hujus
Ecclesiae Patroni; qui oboijt 22 Septembris 1661. Et Tunc Temporis
Membrum Parliamenti fuit; atq Unus Baronum Cinque Portum pro Oppido
Hichae (error for
Hithae) in hoc Conntatu. Etiam
Corpus Johannis Andrewes Armigeri, Filij Senioris ipsius et Haeredis,
olum interioris Templi Causidicus ad Legem fuit; qui obijt qunito Die
Augusti 1667. Mortis Cdausa Patris. Tegmen Regale ferebat Rege
Coronato; Namq in Celebrando Triumpho Islo praeclaro, Vires extenderet
Omnes; Aegrotat subito; sic Nobilis occidit Heros. Causa fuit Mortis
Nato. Quam , (seems
error for quum) Belgica Bella
Saevirent Fluviis Chatamensibus, hoc Comitatu Militiae Xinidpxos erat;
qui, Militis instar, Viribus atq Armis Patriae servaret Honorem,
Morbus eum rapuit; tenerum ceciditq Cadaver. Sic Pater et Natus Auri
servire Cruore, Principis et Patriae Causa, periere volentes.
21. On a Monument on The South Wall. [Arg.
a Λ betw. 3 stags’ heads caboshed sa. (WHORWOOD) imp. (DERING)
Or. a saltire sa]. Here lieth the
Body of Wortley Whorwood Esq. (Son of Sr. William Whorwood, of Sturton
Castle in Staffordshire Bart) who was Lord of this Manor, and Patron
of this Church. He married Anne The Daughter of Sr. Edward Dering of
Surrenden, in Kent Bart; by whom he had Issue Mary, Anne, Jane,
Thomas, and Elis. of which 3 only survive; Jane and Elisabeth lying
interr’d near this Place. ob. Apr. 16 An. Aetatis 53. Dom. 1703.
22. In This Chancell are three Flat Stones not Legible. And,
23. In The Westmost Window, on ye S. Side are these Coats of Arms wch.
follow, painted on very small Panes; on a Pane. [I.
Arg. a Λ gu. betw. 3 oxen statt. sa (OXENDEN & TWITSHAM) imp.
Sa. crusilly & 3 cinquefoils arg. II. Oxenden imp. Erm. 3 bars az.
(Oxenden & BARTON). III. Oxenden imp. Gu. semy with spear heads
& a lion rampt. all or. (Oxenden & RATLING). IV. Oxenden imp.
Per saltire az. & gu. in chief & base a f-de-lis arg. (Oxenden
& YONGE). V. Oxenden imp. Az. a fesse betw. 3 gulls(?) arg. (Oxenden
& WENDERTON). VI. Oxenden imp. Gu on a Λ arg. 3 talbots passt.
sa. (Oxenden & BROOKER). These double titles are each on a ribband
below the coat)].
24. In The Body, On a Flat Stone. Here lies interr’d the Body of
John DICKS, late of Milton next Sittingbourne in Kent, Chirurgeon who
died Oct. 29 1728 Aged 41 Years. He left surviving a disconsolate
Widow (Katherine, Daughter of John WARLEY) B.D. late Fellow of Clare
Hall in Cambridge) who, for the Love she bare her Husband had this
Stone laid, & desires, when she departs this Life, to be interr’d
by Him. He was a Man of a Charitable Disposition; a true Friend; a
Loving Husband; sound in Faith, Principles and Practice. And, what
includes all, a good Xtian. Also here lies the Body of the abovesaid
Katherina DICKS. She died the 22d. of April 1746. Aged 60 Years.
25. On a Monument on the North Wall. Near this Place lies the Body of
Mrs Katherine WARLEY, who died The 23d. day of February 1717-18.
Aged 73 Years. Under this Monument is a Stone Cross fixt into The Wall
which has some very antique Letters upon it; but they are so broken
and defaced (as if done on Purpose) that they are not to be made out.
26. This Church consists only of the Chancell and Body. The Tower is
at ye West End; in it are 3 Old Bells thus inscribed. 1. Johannes est
Nomen ejus. 2. Sancte Leonarde, Ora pro Nobis. 3. Nomen Magdalene
Campana gerit Melodie.
27. It is a Rectory in The Patronage, in The Family of WHORWOOD. The
late Thomas Whorwood left it, by Will, under some Restrictions to a
Fellow of University College, in Oxford, for ever; but whether The Law
will determine in Favour of The College, is not yet determined.
28. The Church was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. The Present Rector
is The Revd. Mr Edward LUNN. 1758.
29. In The Church Yard, adjoining to the Garden of the Mansion House,
is a whimsicall kind of a Place, built by the abovemention’d Thos.
Whorwood Esq. as a Dormitory for Himself, and those of his Family,
ornamented with small Statues and Motto. On The Top stands Fame, with
this Motto: DIGNVM LAVDIS (sic) VIRVM, FAMA, PERIRE, VETAT. Under a
Figure of Time, VIVE MEMOR LETHI. On his Scythe, NVLLI PARCO. Under an
Urn, PVLVIS ET VMBRA SVMVS. Over The Entrance, is The figure of a
Sleeping Cupid some will have it to be Morpheus and, by it, A Lizzard.
Underneath, is this Inscription. "Jutus Jacet Corpus Thomae
WHORWOOD qui obijt 20 Feb. 1745-46. Anno Aetatis 58. Requiescat in
BROOKER 19, 23
FRIEND 1, 4
Githam ? 1
GOLDFINCH 1, 11
HEAD 1, 13
PETTIT 17, 18
PILCHER 1, 2, 3, 10
PREBBLE 1, 6, 7
QUESTED 1, 12
SAFFARAY 1, 8
SAFFERY 1, 9
Seth ?? 1
WARLEY 24, 25
WHORWOOD 21, 27, 29
Barham 2, 7, 14
Dandelion, Thanet 18
Dandelyon, Thanet 17
Denton Madekin 19
Milton next Sittingbourne 24
Surrenden, Kent 21
Chirurgeon, Surgeon? 24
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