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The Monumental Inscriptions in the church of Wye Church
noted by Leland L. Duncan
Typed up by Dawn Weeks
Also Some Monumental Inscriptions
Noted by Rev
Bryan Faussett noted 1757, added 24th July 2007
1. On the north side a brass plate
with this inscription:- In memory of Charles JENYNS Esquire Son of the Reverend
George Leonard Jenyns of Bottesham Hall Cambridgeshire Born August 15th
1798 Died at Spring Grove House in this parish May 5th 1887 Having
resided there as tenant for 43 years. His body lies buried in the churchyard
together with his second wife Louisa daughter of Walter YOUNG Esquire.
2. In the north aisle:- In a vault near this place are deposited the remains of
John NEAME of this parish who departed this life May 9th 1814 in the
74th year of his age. Sarah Neame wife of the above. Died March 16th
1820 aged 74 years. They left an only son John Rigden Neame residing at Rushelt
in this country whose affectionate regard For the best of parents Hath induced
him to erect this tablet To record their mortality and his irreparable loss.
3. In the north cross aisle:- Under this stone are interred the remains of Mr
John BEALE Surgeon. He died the – March 1770 æt 62. His constant affectionate
Behaviour during the space of 34 years to his wife: his peculiar tenderness and
Humanity to his patients his frankness and generosity, to his friends, make him
an example worthy of imitation by us who survive Also of Mrs Ann Beale widow of
the said ……….. Beale …………………..J…………………………..4
aged …. years.
4. A brass in the nave of a lady and her two husbands and this inscription John
ANDREWS instus, Thomas PALMER qz ?????????, exempli ??? claudut marmoro duro
Consors at ????? mutatur Alicia cladem, ut viviant defio non ???? te ???? esto.
5. In the centre of the nave a large stone:-In hope of a joyful resurrection
within this vault are deposited the remains of Gregory BRETT buried March 6 1541
Gregory his son churchwarden 1582, 83, 84 He rebuilt the old steeple (burnt by
lightening) on July 15, 1572) to which he was a great contributor by forgiving
the parish a debt of £92.12.6 besides his sess of £30 for which benefaction
they granted this burial place to him and his heirs, on paying 6s.8d at every
interment. Buried February 18 1586. Thomas Brett son of Edward, son of the first
Gregory. Baptised November 25 1543 Buried January 20 1631. Gregory Brett son of
Thomas. Baptised June 29 1581. Buried September 20 1658. Thomas Brett son of
Gregory. Baptised July 13 1606. buried April 5 1645. Thomas Brett son of Thomas.
Baptised November 11 1640. buried February 28 1695 and Lætitia his wife
daughter and heir of John BOYS of Betteshanger Esquire. Born March 4 1644
Married June 29 1665. Died August 25 1731. Thomas Brett of Springrove son of
Thomas. Born September 3 1667. Doctor of Law 1697 became Rector of Betteshanger
1703 and of Rucking 1705, resigned both 1714 because he could not comply with
the terms then imposed with a safe conscience, died March 5 1743 and Bridgett
his wife, daughter of Sir Nicholas TOKE of Godinton Knight. Born September 25
1677. Married September 22 1696. Died May 7 1765. Of twelve children which she
bore him seven are interred in this vault. Three only survive. Nicholas,
Margaret, Sarah. The same Nicholas Brett, clerk, born April …… 3 died August
20 1776 ….versally esteemed for his great ….ning general knowledge and
6. On the chancel floor (sketch in pencil of coat of arms) Sub hoc
marmor iacet Mrs Katherine MACHAM Daughter of George FINCH Gentleman of this
parish eminent for virtue piety and good works: religion was her care and heaven
her aim. Reader go, imitate her and be happy. She dyed January 27th
1713. [See no. 13 for picture]
7. In the street leading from Wye station is a timber built house apparently of
the 17th century. The overhanging upper stories have brackets
consisting of figures bearing shields of arms – a chevron between three swans
– the chevron is either ermine, or has 7 arrows thereon, points upwards.
August 1890 Leland L Duncan
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Also Some Monumental Inscriptions Noted
by Rev Bryan Faussett noted 1759,
added 8th June 2007
8. This Church was formerly a very Large Building, consisting of 3
Isles, and 3 Chancells, with a Tower Steeple in the Center, supported by
4 Pillars; which (on ye 21st of March 1685/6 giving Way, The
Steeple fell down, and, by its Fall, destroy’d all The Chancells. The
Parish has since built a small, but very neat, Chancell; and a very
strong, ‘tho low, Tower, on ye South side of the Chancell, with 8 very
Musical Bells in it. Several Tombs and Monuments which were formerly in
ye Old Chancells are now in ye Church Yard; whose Inscriptions You will,
hereafter, meet with.[BARRY
of 10 gu. & arg. on a chief arg. a castle gu. imp. Gu 3 embattd.
ships’ poops or].
In The Chancell.
9. On ye South Wall is a very Fine White Marble Monument, with ye
following Coat, and Inscription.
10. Near This Marble lyes interred ye Body of The Right Honourable ye
Lady Joanna THORNHILL, Daughter of Sr. Bevile GRANDVILL, who, at the
Battle of Lansdown, gloriously dyed, in Defence of his Sovereign, KING
CHARLES, The Martyr. And, Sister to John, EARL of BATH, who, with his
near Kinsman, General MONKE, afterwards DUKE of ALBEMARLE, was The Noble
Instrument of the happy Restoration of The Church and Monarchy, in ye
Year 1660. She was Second Wife of Richard Thornhill, of Ollantigh, in
This Parish Esq., Commander of a Regiment of Horse, which he had raised
at his own Charges, for The Service of KING CHARLES YE FIRST. A
Gentleman, whose Loyalty and Sufferings, steady Adherence, and large
contributions to The Royal Cause, were not Inferiour To the greatest
Examples. She liv’d with Him, in ye most entire Affection, near Three
Years; being in ye 22d. Year of her Age, at the Time of his Death. She
survived him Fifty Two Years, which She Spent, in ye Most Devout and
Religious Widowhood. She was Lady of The Bed Chamber to QUEEN CATHARINE,
Consort to KING CHARLES THE SECOND, to ye Time of her Death. And, being
adorned with the most amiable Virtues, a rare Piety, Singular Chastity,
and most abundant Charity, Might here challenge ye Greatest Character,
as her just Due, in ye several Stations of her Life, had not her
peculiar Humility expressly forbid it, upon her Death Bed. She was born
ye 30th of September 1635, and Dyed January the 7th
1708/9. She chose to be Buried in this Place, out of a due Regard to The
Memory of her excellent Husband, and Manifested her Love to This Parish
in a large & lasting Benefaction, toward ye Support of Poor House
Keepers, and ye Teaching their Children to Read and write.
11. On an Acheivement, with this Coat, on the South Side of The Altar,
is ye Following Inscription.
[Az. a lion rampt. or imp. Gu 2 bars arg. & a chief erm].
Here, in This Isle, lies Buried The Body of Anne (Youngest Daughter of
Robert THOMSON, of Royton, in ye County of Kent, Esq, by Dorothy his
Wife). The entirely Loving & Beloved Wife of Henry DARRELL, Youngest
Son of Sr. Sampson DARRELL of Fulmer in The County of Bucks, Knight. She
changed her Earthly, for an Heavenly Tabernacle. Sept. 6 A.D. 1662.
12. In The Chancell hang ye 3 Following Atcheivgfements. [In
line: I. Gu. a mule passant & a border arg. (MOYLE). II. Az. on a
Λ arg. 3 pheons gu. betw. 3 suns or (JOHNSON) imp. Arg. a \ checky
erm. & az. betw. 2 lions’ heads erased gu. on a chief az. 3
billets or. III. Gu. a saltire arg. voided or betw. 4 millrinds arg.
(FARR) imp. or a – checky arg. & gu. betw. 3 closed helmets arg].
13. On a Large Black Stone on ye Floor with this Coat.
Medallion with coat of arms
chevn. betw. 3 greyhounds courant imp. Arg. a chevn. betw. 3 griffins
passt. sa]. Mrs Katherine MACHAM,
Daughter of George FINCH, Gentleman, of This Parish; eminent for Virtue,
Piety, and good Works. Religion was her Care, and Heaven her Aim.
Reader, so imitate her, and be happy. She died Jany. 27 1713/4.
In The Body or Middle Isle.
14. On a Flt Stone. The Brass now lost. Here lieth ye Body of Thomas
BRETT of Kennington, Gent, The Youngest Son of Thomas Brett, whose Grave
Stone is near adjacent. He died without Issue ye 16th Day of
January 1672/3 aged 84 Years, and 5 Months (baptised 16-01-1588 Jim
Miles 07-01-2015). To whose gratefull Memory
his Executor, William Brett, Gent, hath laid this Monument. Sum, ut eris.
Here also lieth the Body of William Brett, late of Kennington, Gent, who
departed this Life 7 Septr. 1705 Aged 60 Years.
15. On Another, at the Head of the Former. Here lieth the Body of
Gregorie BRETT, late of Wye, deceased 17 Feby. 1585/6. And Thomas Brett
of Wye aforesaid, his Brother’s Sonne his Executer deceased ye 17th
Day of January 1631. His jacet Corpus Tho. Brett, Nepotis egusd. Thos.
Gen qui obijt 5 Apr. 1645.
16. Close to ye last mention’d, is a large White Stone, on which are
enlaid, in Brass, ye Figures of Two Men and a Woman, who is between
them. And, between the Woman, and The Man on her Right Hand, are ye
Figures of Eleven Children. Under Them, on a Brass Plate, is the
following Inscription. John ANDREW Justus. Thomas PALMERQ venustus.
Exempli Sec’lo, claudut Marmore duro. Consors et similem imitatur
Alicia CLADEM. Ut vivant Xto, non immemor, Te precor, esto.
17. Under this Stone is a Vault, in which, as the Sexton inform’d Me,
The Remains of The Learned Dr Thomas BRETT, are deposited.
18. On Another Flat Stone. Here lieth The Body of Charles HARVEY who
departed this Life 27 March 1741. Aged 21 Years 6 Months.
19. On Another. Joshua DAN died Feby. 7 1750/1. Aged 43 Years.
20. The Following Atchievements hang over Mr SAWBRIDGE’s Pew, which is
about The Middle of The Great, or Middle Isle. [In
line. I. Or, 2 bars az. voided indented arg a chief indented az. In
pretence: Or, crusilly fitchy & 3 Crescts. gu. II. ¼ly 1&4). as
I. without pretence supra. 2&3). as pretence ditto imp. Arg. a
millrind sa. III. As I without pretence imp. pretence supra. IV. as I.
In pretence: Sa. a + or. imp. Sa. a + or].
21. On a Black Flat Stone, at ye W. End of The S. Isle. Hic reponuntus
Cineres Dignissimi Viri Johannis POWNOLL, nati ex antiqua et generosa
Stirpe Pownollorum, de Pownoll, in Comitatu Cestiensi. Qui Patrias et
Avitas Virtutes suis adornavit, quae nullo Vitioru Confinio laederentur,
eluxit incorrupta Fides, Nudaq, Veritas; absque Adulatione Comitas; sine
Scurrilitate Lepos: Nihil Severitati ejus Hilaritas, nilil Gravitati
Humanaitas, detraxit: Sed Omnes Mansuetudine devinctae aequumsibi Animum,
Amicis Delicias pepererunt, hen, quantum desideratus! Hic Loci, post
Nultum Sanguinis in Praelio juxta fusum, Commilitonibus Caroli (sic)
Martyne fidissimis, et Bello plusquam civili longe Supstes, placide
Vitam duxit, et animose finijt; Fortitudinem in moriendo, ac in pugnando
parem, satis testatus, de Perduellibus (quantum per Infantiam licet)
extinctis, de Morbo et Morte Triumphum agens vere gloriosum. Illum
imitari, sequi discas, Viator et Summo fruere Bono. Obijt Die XIX Mensis
Martij Anno Salutis MDCCV/VI.
In The Church Yard.
22. *On a Black Marble, raised on Brick work, at ye East End of ye
Church, & about 6 Feet from ye Steeple – is this Inscription &
Coat. [MOYLE as
before P&g.II imp. THOMSON as before P&g 10].
Salve Hospes! Sub hoc Saxo Reliquias faliciter deponunt Johannes MOYLE
de Wye, Roberti Moyle de Buckwell, in Agro Cantiano Armigeri, Secundus
Frater et Dorothea, ejus Uxor, Roberti THOMSON de Royton Chappel Armig.
Filia, Natu minima, et Edvardi MERIWETHER de Eythorn Generosi, quondam
Vidua; hunc, Bina Prole; illum, Sex Filijs, et una Filia, faelicem
reddidit. Din Conjuges floruerunt amantissimi; et in ipsa Morte, ne
illos dissociaret quae caeteros dissolvit, Conjunctissimi, Mors, quasi
Pronuba, illum iterum maritat illamq dedit in vetus Matrimonium. Illam
Anno Domini 1669. AnnoAetatis 51. Illum Anno Domini 1677. Anno Aetatis
76. Mors Illacrymabilis occupavit. Sub hoc Saxo Sepultus etiam jacet
Thomas MOYLE, Militum Tribunus Filius Johannis et Dorotheae Moyle, qui
hoc Monumentum, qualecunq optimis illis Parentibus olim consecravit.
Obijt 11 Die Novembris 1711. Anno Aetatis 59. Patrimonium suum Filijs
Sororis Unicae STEELE nominatae, Moriens legavit.
*This Tomb was in ye South Chancell, before it fell, and laid on ye
23. A little Northward is another Black Marble, raised on Brickwork,
with This Inscription. Here lieth The Body of Margaret, late wife of
William CHAPMAN, Gent. of The Parish of Moldash, & Daughter of Tho.
BELKE Gent. of This Parish. She departed this Life the 30th
of November 1711 in the 70th Year of her Age; leaving behind
her Two daughters, Mary and Frances, who dedicated this Stone to ye
Memory of their Mother.
24. On an Old White Stone, close to ye last, Northward, on ye Ground.
*This Stone, also, was in ye South Chancell, on ye Floor. *Near this
Place lieth buried the Body of Valentine BELKE of Wye, Eldest Son of
Gabriel Belke of Sheldwich Gent, who departed this Life February ye 14th
Aged 44 Years. Here also lieth ye Body of Ann Belke, only Daughter of
Valentine Belke and Elisabeth his Wife.
25. At The Head of The last, nearer to ye Church, is a large white
Stone, raised on Brickwork, thus inscribed: Here lieth interr’d ye
Body of Ann, Wife of Henry WADE, Gent. and eldest Daughter of Doctor
STAPLEY of Maidstone, who died April the 3d. 1720. She left Issue One
Daughter. Here also lies The Body of Ann Wade the Daughter, who died 15
26. Here is also Another raised Tomb, In Memory of James STREDWICKE,
late of Wye, Gent, who died The 13th of April 1732. Aged 67.
27. *More Eastward, and further from The Church, is a very Handsome
Black Marble, raised on Brickwork, with The following Coat and
Inscriptions. *Before The Fall of The Steeple, this Stone was in ye High
Chancell, which did belong to the EARLS of WINCHELSEA. It then lay even
with ye Floor, but, upon the Death of the last Mention’d John GODFREY (ob.
1719-20) it was rais’d on
Brickwork. [SA. a
Λ betw. 3 pilicans’ heads erased or].
Requiescunt sub hoc Marmore Reliquiae Richardi GODFREY Gen. ex antiqua
Godfredorum Familia in Agro Cantiano, oriundi. Auspicatas contraxit
Nuptias cum Maria, Filia Johannis MOYLE de Buckwell, Armig. quibus nati
perhaps for cum .. frilsent) Octo
Filij, totidemq Filiae, et, tandem, plus viginti Septem. Annis cum Illa
faeliciter transactis Moriturus, sanctis hisce Penetralibus, legavit
Corpus suum, Jesum admorandum 15 Die Mart. Annis Salutis 1641/2. Aetatis
His etiam jacet Johannes GODFREY, Generosus, unus ex Filijs praefati
Richardi, qui, cum quadraginta quinque Anni a Partu et quin decim a
Nuptijs cum Maria, Filia Thomae GOLD de Cantuaria, Generosi, contractis,
praeterissent, ut superstitis Pietatis relinqueret Pignus, voluit,
Cineres suos in Paterua Urna Sepultos fore, quos deposuit Londini 25
Februarij, An. 1673/4.
His etiam jacet Johannes GODFREY, Armr. unicus superstes Filius Johannis
GODFREY, pdict. Qui, ex sec Filijs, et unica Filia, de Catherina nuper
Uxore sua, susceptis, duos tantum Filios, Johannem & Chambrelan,
superstites reliquit. Obijt Primo Die Februarij Anno Salutis 1719(20).
Aetatis Suae 52.
28. On the Base of an Obelisk of Free Stone surrounded by an Iron Rail
on the S. Side of ye Stone for Mr Richd. GODFREY etc. Arms of Godfrey
with the Motto "Post Spinas, Palia".
Here lies interred Chambrelan GODFREY, Esq. youngest Son of John
Godfrey, Esq. of Wye in the County of Kent. He resided many Years at
Leghorn, in Italy. There, while he improved his Fortune by Commerce, he
deservedly bore the Character of an honest, worthy Man. A.D. 1748, he
returned to England and here, ‘tho retired from Business was sill
assiduous in the constant Practice of benevolent Friendship &
Charity. He died 25 Nov. 1766 Aetatis 67. To perpetutate the Memory of
so good a Man, so kind of Relation Joseph PINFOLD Esq., his first Cousin
and Executor, hath erected this Monument.
[Attached as a flap
to F.15 is a drawing of this obelisk, with this title over it: The
Monument for Chambrelan GODFREY, Esq. in the Ch.Yard of Wye in Kent].
29. On The North Side of The Chancell, are 2 Black Marbles, lying on The
Ground, with the Following Coats and Inscriptions. *These Two Stones
(for Mr COLE and his Wife) were in The North Chancell, while it was
standing, which belong’d to The THORNHILLS, of Ollantigh; a Seat in
This Parish, now in ye Possession of John SAWBRIDGE Esq. who has rebuilt
On the First. [Arg. a
bull passt. gardt. sa. horned & hoofed or, a border sa. bezanty
(COLE)]. Januarij ix An. MDCLXIII.
Maestissimus Maritus Robertus Cole, exuit Mortalitatem, et, cum
dulcisciana sua Elizabethula placide condormescit, donec resonante Tuba
expergefacti, indueruut ambo Immortalitatem. Composuit Maritus ipse R.
Cole. On The Second, wch. lies close by ye First. [Cole
imp. BARRY of 10 gu. & arg. on a chief arg. a castle gu. (THORNHILL)].
Hic dormit Elizabetha, Uxor Roberti Cole, Armig: Timothei THORNHILL Mil:
Filia umica; quae Animam Puerpera Creatori suo religiose reddidit Novemb.
14 An.Dni 1651. Aetatis 31. Conjugij 10 reliquit Filiam Janam (Annor.
Octo) Filium Richardum, qui mox ab Ubere raptus, in Sinu Matris
conquiescit. Cujus dulci Memoriae sed nec minus acerbae (eomagis acerbae,
quia maxime dulci). Trississimus Maritus sociale marmoranit Muemosynum.
30. On The South Side, near the Path, on an Old Altar Tomb, and at The
East End of it, is this Inscription, scarce Legible. Here lyeth The Body
of Robert COVENEY, who departed this Life, the xxx Day of November in
Anno Domini 1615.
31. On a Mural Monument, in The North Chanclel, before it fell was an
Inscription for Mrs Elisabeth THORNHILL of Ollantigh, as follows: Omer
Elizabetha! O Maritella mea, Elizabethula! O Desiderium oculorum meorum!
Hen, quam gravi afflixit Manu, Te Me eripiens Deus! Te, quam Nemo non
amavit, qui noverit, quam amabilem Te fecerunt Pietas, Charitas! Quam
conjugalis Amor! quam Gratiarum Cohors! quam Formae Décor! Virtutes,
certe, omnes, tum Animi, tum Corporis concertarunt Te reddere omnibus
plus quam commendatissimam! Sane, qui ademptam non deplorat, nec
Suavitatem, nec Virtutem ipsam extinctam, deplorabit! Vale, Mea
Elizabethula, mae stissimus ingemuit Maritus; vale! usque ad
32. In The North Chancell were buried several of The KEMPES, who were
Possessed of Ollantigh, before it belong’d to The THORNHILLS. There
are Two very ancient Stones, still in ye Church Yard (in the Place where
ye North Chancell stood), which belong’d to them. One of them, was for
Sr. Thomas Kempe and his Lady. They formerly had Brass Plates, and
Portraits upon Them, which have been stolen away since ye Chancells
fell. Close by These, was a Stone for *Sr. Thomas Kempe, and Beatrice
his Wife; This was used at The Rebuilding The Steeple, to make Steps up
to it. Several other Stones were sold by The Church Wardens, when the
Chancell & Steeple were rebuilt, which was in ye Years 1705 and
*Weever says it had ye following Inscription. Hic sistunt Ossa Thomae
Kempe, Marmore fossa, Cujus opus Pronum Se probat esse bonum. Dum vixit
letus, fuit, et Bonitate repletus, Munificus viguit, Pauperibus tribuit.
Jungitur huic Satrix Virtutum Spousa Beatrix, Que partitur Opes, sponte
juvans inopes. Ex his processit, ut Ramus ab Arbore crescit, Cleri
Presidium, Dux Sapiens Ovium. Christo Lectoris Mens cunctis supplicet
Horis, Ut Patris Deitas luminet has Animas.
33. The Collegte, built by Arch. Bishop KEMPE, is a stone Building on ye
East Side of The Church Yard, and is now Used for a Free School, where
poor Children are taught to read & write, pursuant to The Will of
The Lady Joanna THORNHILL, buried in the Chancell.
34. Here is also a very Florishing Grammar School, under the Care of The
Revd. Mr TOWERS, who is the present Incumbent, viz 1757.
35. The Church was dedicated to St.GREGOGY and St. MARTIN – it was
accounted as a Chappel, and so not rated in the King’s Books.
36. It is in ye Gift of The EARL of WINCHELSEA.
37. The Bells are thus inscribed.
1. The Gift of John SAWBRIDGE of Ollantigh. R. PHELPS Londini fecit Me.
2. The Gift of The Town of Wye. R. Phelps, Londini, fecit Me. 1734.
3. Robertus MOT Me fecit. 1594.
4. Robertus Mot Me fecit. 1594.
5. Robertus Mot Me fecit. 1593.
6. Robertus Mot Me fecit. 1593.
7. R. Phelps Made Me 1709 (N.B. This Bell was new Cast, having been
broke by ye Fall).
8. Robertus Mot Me fecit. 1593.
The First Bell has the Arms & Crest of Sawbridge upon it. The 3d, 4th,
5th, 6th & 8th have all of them the
Arms of KEMPE with many Quarterings.
38. On The Bridge are The Following Inscriptions. On a Square Stone, on
the s. Side, inward. This Bridge was built with Stone at The Charge of
the whole County, An.Dom. 1638. Sir John HONEYWOOD, and Robert MOYLE
Esq. being Treasurers. Percival BRETT, Reynold COPELEY, and John KNIGHT,
On a Square Stone, on The N. Side. Inward. This Bridge was built att the
only Charge of this County of Kent in the Yeare 1638, and repaired at
the Charge of the said County, in the Yeare 1684. John MARSH, Gent,
Richard SIMMONS, Gent, Henry COULTER, and John KENNET, being Surveyors,
and Expenditors. John BIGGE, and John TAYLOR, John Bigge, Junr.,
Alexander BUTCHER, Caleb Bigge and James TASTER, Workmen.
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