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Some Monumental Inscriptions of
Kingsnorth Church, Noted by Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1758
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1. On an Ancient Altar Tomb, on ye N. Side of The Communion Table, are inlaid ye
Brass Figures of an Armed Man & his Wife; under them the Figures of 11
Children, viz, 6 Men & 5 Women with the Following Inscription & Coats. [I.
Erm. 2 pales wavy sa. (CLARKE). II. Per pale arg. & sa. 3 chevns.
counter-charged (MANEY)]. Humfrey Clarke
Esquyer & Margaret his Wyffe were maryed to gyther fforty Nyne Yeres VI
Moneths & the sayd Humfrey dyed in hys LXXIX Yeres of hys Age, & had
Issue John, John, & Humfrey, Edward, John, & Walter. Johne Margaret,
Elizabeth, Jhane & Letyce.
2. In a little Arch over this Tomb, with this Coat, in Brass.
[¼ly of 6:
I. Erm. 2 pales wavy (CLARKE).
II. Per fesse gu. & arg. 3 swords erect in fesse countercharged hilts or (quillons,
wrongly, gu.) (CLARKE (sic).
III. Or, on a bend vert a cinquefoil or, for diffce.
IV. Arg. on a fesse gu. 3 martlets or, between 6 martlets gu.
V. Arg. a fesse gutté-de-sang betw. 3 water-buckets sa. (arg. sic) (? faded).
VI. Sa. a chevn. betwn. 3 pelicans’ heads erased or (GODFREY).
Epitaphium Martyni COLIPEPER Doctoris de
Humfredo CLARKE, Armigero, Socro suo qui obijt xiiii Die Januarij A.D. 1579/80.
Est, Domini, vixisse din, Domini est, bene, vivere, donum;/Corpore, Mente, bene
vixerat ille diu./Est Domini Gazas, Terras, Natos dare, Famam;/Hec dedit huic,
et eum, cui dedit eum rapiut,/Ut beat in Celis, et nos nostrosq moneret,/Suae
cuncta suum Fata subire Diem.
3. On a Brass Plate, on a very Ancient Flat Stone, on ye Floor. Hic Jacet
Dominus Thomas UMFREY, quondam Rector istius Ecclesiae. Cujus Aie ppicietur
4. On Another Flat Stone. Underneath this Stone lieth The Remains of Thomas
READER, A.M. Rector of this Parish; One of the Sons of James Reader of The Bower
in Maidstone, in this County. Gent & Hannah his Wife, Daughter of Stephen
STRINGER of Goudherst in this County, Gent. He was a strict Observer of his Duty
towards God & Man; and, during the Course of 34 Years Minister, by Acts of
Charity & Benevolence, gained the General Love & Esteem of all his
Neighbours; & the Money he expended on the Rectorial Premises will ever
endear this Memory to his Successors. He died much lamented in the 60th
Year of his Age. Jan. 15 1739/40.
5. *North Chancell. *This Chancell, being much out of Repair,
and, the Family who shd. have repaired it being extinct, or incapable, was pull’d
down to the Ground. A.D. 1763.
6. On an Ancient Altar Tomb close to the N. Wall, is portraied in a Plate of
Brass, the Figure of an Armed Man, with the following Inscription & Coat, in
Brass also. [On a fesse 3
roundels]. Hic jacet Willmus PARKER Armiger,
Filius Willi Parker quondam Civis et Mceri London. qui obijt XVIII Die Mensis
Junij Anno Dni. M.CCCC.XXI – cujus Aie ppicietur Deus. Amen.
7. On An Ancient Board, fix’d to the N. Wall, are following Coats &
Inscription. [I. Gu. on a
saltire az. (sic) 5 molets or (TAYLOR) imp. Gu. 3 swords in pale arg., hilted
or, 1&3 with hilts to dexter, 2 to sinister, in an orle of 10 molets or
II. (TAYLOR as above) imp. Sa. a cross gu. (sic)].
Underneath this Place lieth buried the Body of John TAYLOR, Gentleman, whose
First Wife, was Elisabeth, ye Daughter of Philipe CHUTE Esq. by whom he had
Issue 4 Sons & 4 Daughters, yt. is to say, John, Humphrey, Ros…./ &
George, Sonnes; Susan Philip…./, E……./ & Mary, Daughters. his Second
Wife was Bridget, ye Daughter of Richard /…./ BUCK, Gentleman, by whom he had
Issue 2 Sonnes, & 1 Daughter, that is to say, Thomas & John Sonnes,
& Elizabeth his Daughter; he always liv’d in the Fear of God peaceably,
& faithfully died therin the VIIth Daye of Maye 1616, about the 90th of his
Age. for whose Vertuous Remembrance, John, his youngest Sonne whom he had made
sole Executor of his Will erected this Monument.
8. On Another Painted Board, on ye N. Wall. Just beneath this Place, about the
Distance of 2 Feet from ye Wall lieth buried the Body of Christian ye Wife of
Wm. MOORE, by whome he had Issue 1 Sonne & 2 Daughters. She was the Daughter
of Edward & Alice WIGHTWICKE; &, whilst She lived, for her singular Love
to her Husband & all other virtuous Disposition Shee might well have been a
Pattern to all of her Sexe. She dyed, March the 12th 1653/4
to whose Remembrance her said Husband in
Token of the Love he bare to her, erected this Monument.
9. On Another. Right before this Place lyeth buried the Body of Richard WELLS
who while he lived walked before God & Man, in ye Person of a true honest
Man; full of Zeale to all Christian Duties & in Religion a sincere
Professor, in the same, most faithfully died unto God the XI Day of Feb. 1618/9
leaving behind him Richard his only Sonne by Sara his wellbeloved Wife wch.
Sara, in her faithfull Remembrance, to the said Richard at her own proper Cost
has erected this Monument.
10. On a Flat Stone, on ye Floor. Here lieth the Body of Alice Daughter of
Nicholas SAWKINS who died April 15 1652. Aetatis suae 13. And the Body of
Nicholas, the Sonne of Nicholas Sawkins who died 13 May 1652. Aetatis suae 3. /….s
Travail is to an Iun-/These Children came ……./And finding nothing worth
their Stay/They brake their Fast & went their Way.
11. On Another. Here lieth the Body of Humphry the Son of Edward WIGHTWICKE who
died October the 16th 1627. Aetatis suae 30. As carefull Mothers unto Sleepe
will lay/Their Babes, that would too long with Wonton play/ So, to prevent My
Youth’s approaching Crimes/Nature, My Nurse, put Me to Bed by Times.
12. On Another. Here lieth buried the Body of Martha the Wife of George
WIGHTWICKE, late of this Parish Gent. who departed this Life Dec. 22 1722. Aged
13. On Another. Here lieth the Body of Marye WIGHTWICKE, ye Wife of Humphrey
Wightwick Gent. Daughter of Freegift STACE of Tenterden, Gent; who left Seaven
Sonnes, George, Humphrey, Freegift, Thomas, Robert, Samuel & John. Hee was
buried 1 Nov. …. in ye 42 Year of his Age. Here also lieth Humphrie Wightwicke
Gent, Son of the said Marie, who was buried ye 1 of May 16.2, in the 21st Year
of his Age. Here also lieth the Body of George Wightwick Gent, Son of the said
Marie who left Issue 3 Sonnes, and 5 Daughters. He died Aug. 7 1710 in ye 59
Year of his Age.
14. On Another. Here lieth the Body of Alice late Wife of Edward WIGHTWICKE Gent
….. he had 3 Children, Humphrey ………/.
15. On Another. Here lieth interred the Body of Mary Wife of Humphry WIGHTWICKE,
one of the Jurats of the Town and Port of New Romney. Daughter of Edmund MARTON
late of the said Place Gent. She left Issue, Mary, Martha, Hester, Humphry,
Elizabeth & Richard. She departed this Life, ye 21st of Aprill Anno Domini
1731. Aged 44 Years.
16. On Another. Here lieth Edward the Son of William & Christian MOORE, who
died the Fourth of Feb. 1652/3. Aetatis suae ../.
17. On Another. Here lieth the Body of Edward the Son of Nicholas and Martha
SAWKINS; who died the 12th Day of August 1653. Aetatis suae 1.
18. On Another. Here lieth the Body of Humphry WIGHTWICKE, Gent. who died March
ye 2 1685/6. Aged 63 Years & left 5 Sonnes: George, Thomas, Robert, Samuel
19. This Church consists of the Great, & North Chancell & the Body; in
which last there is nothing worth Notice; except, that, in the Middle Window on
ye North Side, is still to be seen, a pretty well painted Figure of St. Michael
vanquishing ye Dragon.
20. In The Tower, which is at ye West End, hang 5 Musicall Bells, with the
1. Praise The Lord Your King. 1728.
2. Anthony JARVIS, C.W. S.K. fecit 1727.
3. John TAYLOR, C.W. S.K. fecit. 1727.
4. Samuel KNIGHT fecit. 1727.
5. Thomas READER, Rector. S.K. made Me, 1728.
21. This Church was dedicated to St. Michael.
22. It is a Rectory, in the Gift of …../
The present Rector is the Revd. Philip HAWKINS, A.M. late of Pembroke College in
CLARKE 1, 2
MOORE 8, 16
READER 4, 21
SAWKINS 10, 17
TAYLOR 7, 20
WIGHTWICKE 8, 11-15, 18
Maidstone The Bower 4
New Romney 15
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