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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                                   - recorded by D. E. Williams 2008

Introduction
The parish of St Margaret covered all of Rochester, except for within the old city walls, and an area east of the city, which was the parish of St Nicholas. Later, further parishes were carved out of St Margaret's, such as St Matthew, Borstal, formed in 1902.
   The first mention of the church is in a charter of Bishop Gundulph in 1108-09.
   The area around the church was a focus for Anglo–Saxon burials. Opposite the church, in Watts Avenue, 30 burials were found at the end of the 19th century. Further burials were found in Roebuck Road, and in 1979, three burials, partly excavated by the present writer, were found a short distance south of Watts Avenue, these graves were probably part of the Watts Avenue burial ground. It may well be that a "chapel of ease" existed on the site previously, but no church is mentioned in Domesday Book.
   The medieval church included a chapel belonging to the Lee family, which probably contained monuments to the family, if so, only one has survived, that of Thomas Manley (1690), who had married Jane Lee. John Thorpe records Lee arms from the chapel, in Registrum Roffenses, 1769, but no monuments in the chapel apart from that of Manley, perhaps any Lee monuments in the chapel were not visible in Thorpe's time?


Photograph of watercolour 1807. From the Petrie collection 

   By the 19th century, the medieval church was inadequate for the congregation, so the decision was taken to rebuild.
   The church was taken down and a larger plainer church was built in 1823-4. In 1839-40 the chancel and Lee chapel were demolished and a new chancel built. The church was re-built in rendered brick. The landmark 15th century tower fortunately remains.
   The fine view from the churchyard to the west and south takes in the winding River Medway and the North Downs.
   About 1959, the headstones in the churchyard were moved to the walls when the local authority took over maintenance of churchyards, apparently to make grass cutting easier, resulting in loss of character of the churchyard. It seems no attempt was made to record inscriptions on the rear of some stones, these were recorded by the present writer, at least, in part. It may have been about this time that some stones, which were noted in the past, but are now missing, may have been destroyed?
   The churchyard was closed for burials in 1865, when the new St Margaret's Cemetery (alongside St Nicholas Cemetery), Maidstone Road, Rochester was opened in 1865.

Section A  Interior of Church

Section B   Larger Monuments around the Churchyard

Section C  Western boundary wall (Backfields wall)

Section D  Southern boundary wall (Vange Mews), Eastern Boundary Wall
                             (St Margaret's Street, from the south. North of Lych Gate. Ledgers &
                              headstones forming a retaining wall south of the church. Cut down 
                              ledges forming steps on south side of church. 

Index of Names - from gravestones only

Locate the name you are interested in and note the numbers following. Using the links below, jump to the Section containing the number. Click on Edit at the top left of your screen, and from the drop down menu, click on Find on this page  (if Edit is not showing press CTL + F together) and type in the name. The cursor will jump straight to the name, highlighting it. Be sure to click on Next at the top, in case the name occurs again.
   Be sure to use the same method to search for any other names that you are interested in not listed below, that may perhaps occur amongst the many wills.
   Happy ancestor hunting.

Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

Names Index
ABBOTT 73
ADAMS 112
ALEXANDER 237
ALLAN 82
ALLEN 142
ALLIN 35, 254
AMOS 7
ANDREWS 55
ARMES 203

BAKER 5, 62, 137
BAMFORD 117
BARTHOLOMEW 233
BATTEN 102, 103
BAUCKHAM 83
BAXTER 137
BAYNARD 39
BELSON 57
BENNESS 119, 248
BINGHAM 44, 244
BLACKMORE 124
BLAKE 86
BODENT 189
BOGHURST 9, 10
BOSNELL 269
BOWEN 138
BOWMER 75
BOYS 54
BRADLEY 169, 210
BRAIN 211
BRANDER 86
BRENCHLEY 22



BREWER 259
BRICE 167
BRISLEY 22, 55
BROADFOOT 207
BROMFIELD 129, 130
BROMLEY 179
BROOKE 222,
BROOKS 234
BUCKMASTER 86
BULLARD 3, 123
BUNYAR 220
BURCHAM 52
BURN 60, 61, 87
BURNETT 199, 219
BURRELL 136
BURTON 160

CAMERON 258
CAZENEUVE 16
CHURCH 128
CLARKE 45, 256
CLEMENTS 20
CLUFF 1
COD 46
CODD 50
COLCHESTER 74
COLE 43
COLLEY 199
COLLINS 187
CONEY 94
CONINGSBY 147
COPPER 101

COREY 37
CORNWELL 59
CORRALL 230
COWEE 189
COX 42
CRASWELL 252
CRESY 246
CURLING 170

DADD 114
DADSON 56
DALTON 80
DAVIES 202
DAVIS 214
DAY 156
DE COURCY 17, 19
DEAN 139, 198
DEBOIS 88
DICKESON 193, 194
DIXON 13
DOUGLAS 51
DRAGE 82

EASON 59
EDMUNDS 200
ELLIOTT 4
ELLIS 129
ELY 52
ETHERINGTON 267
EVANS 89
EWER 47

FARQUHAR 261
FENNELL 63
FENNEMORE 201
FENNER 1311
FERGUSON 56, 190
FINCH 90
FISHER 180
FLETCHER 239
FLOWER 138
FORWOOD 161
FREDERICK 108
FRENCH 121
FRESHWATER 178
FULLER 100

GAMON 152
GARRISH 186
GEORGE 52
GERRARD 179
GIBSON 252
GOBBETT 224
GOTTO 52
GOULD 270
GRIFFITHS 213
GUTTERIDGE 245

HALL 227, 238
HALLEY 105, 159
HAMMOND 31
HARDWIDGE 246
HARKER 271
HARLING 75, 253
HARRISON 241
HARVEY 62
HEAD 41
HENDRES 37
HERBERT 138
HETT 204
HICKS 63
HIDER 177
HIGGINS 699
HILLIER 66
HINDE 15
HOBART 195
HODDER 16
HODGSON 134
HOLLIDAY 118
HOMAN 82, 91, 209,240
HORE 181
HORN 71, 242
HORTON 154
HOUNSELL 131
HUGGET 53
HUGHES 116
HUNT 135
HUTCHISON 92

IRWIN 53

JENNINGS 8, 25, 196
JOHNSON 246
JONES 48, 212
JUPP 152
JURY 229

KIDWELL 231
KING 23, 174
KYBETT 153

LAFFON 17, 19
LAMBE 11
LAMPHORN 73
LANE 243
LANGLEY 93, 221
LARKIN 82, 100
LAW 26, 190
LAWS 268
LEAKE 249
LEITH 80
LEWIS 137
LIGHT 150
LINCOLN 115
LIPTON 206
LITTLEWOOD 185
LLOYD 73
LOWRY 247


Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

MANLEY 58
MANLY 29
MANSFIELD 32
MAPLESDEN 176
MARSH 131
MARTIN 206, 216, 271
MASON 2
MATTHEWS 54, 252
MAYOR 164
MERCER 149
MEYRICK 104
MIDDLETON 125
MILES 156
MILLER 250
MILTON 69
MOFFAT 24, 51
MOORE 32
MORPHETT 18
MORSE 33
MOULDEN 13, 163

NARRACOTT 226
NICHOLSON 67
NIGHTINGALE 54
NOAKES 192
NORRIS 236

O’BRIEN 86
OLIVER 164

PAINE 229
PARKINSON 272
PARRETT 121
PATTEN 53
PAYNE 229
PEARSON 155
PERCY 40
PETMAN 197
PHILLIPS 78
POLLARD 133
POPE 173
PORTLOCK 56
POWNEY 56
PULMAN 183


READ 126
REAVELY 198
ROBERTS 49, 260
ROBSON 116
ROBINSON 116
RODNEY 217
ROE 213
ROOTS 228
ROSINGROVE 109
RUSH 36
RYBOT 65
RYE 22, 55

Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

SALMON 184
SAUNDERS 27, 28, 67
SAWYERS 79
SAYER 30
SCOTT 148
SCRIMES 113
SEAGER 136
SEYMOUR 107
SHERWOOD 105
SIBURN 172
SIBURNE 175
SIDDEN 73
SIMMONS 251
SINCLAIR 12
SMALLMAN 94
SMITH 53, 68, 76, 77, 202
SNATT 120
SOUTHERDEN 81
SPARROW 104
SPENCE 150
SPONG 98, 99, 100
STARKE 99
STEDMAN 111
STIGANT 31
STROUD 218
SWAYNE 8, 25
SYMES 17
THACKRAY 210
THOMPSON 140
THURTLE 223
TILLMAN 165
TOMKINSON 205
TOMLIN 139
TOMLYN 38
TORKINGTON 60
TREGO 237
TROWTEN 97
TROY 16
TUFF 191
TUMBRIDGE 171
TWOPENNY 95


USBORNE 193

VAIL 223
VASLER 83
VERRIER 72

WADDUP 54, 102
WALKER 266
WALKINS 233
WALLER 84
WARD 6, 11, 106, 143
WATHERSTONE 96
WAVLER 84
WEBB 1
WELLER 141
WELLS 109
WHEATLEY 21
WHITE 30
WICKHAM 75
WILKINS 34, 224
WILLIAMS 146, 166
WINCH 70
WINTER 222
WINTOUR 66
WOOD 14
WOOLLEY 20
WOOLNOUGH 265
WOOLSEY 189
WRIGHT 188, 208

YEO 64
YOUNGE 217

Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

Locate the name you are interested in and note the numbers following. Using the links above, jump to the Section containing the number. Click on Edit at the top left of your screen, and from the drop down menu, click on Find on this page  (if Edit is not showing press CTL + F together) and type in the name. The cursor will jump straight to the name, highlighting it. Be sure to click on Next at the top, in case the name occurs again.
   Be sure to use the same method to search for any other names that you are interested in not listed below, that may perhaps occur amongst the many wills.
   Happy ancestor hunting.

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