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Monumental Inscriptions of St Nicholas Church, Strood - recorded by D. E. Williams 2014

Introduction

Taken at the start of the 20th century, this photograph will include some of the headstones now in the south west corner and some of the ledger stones which still remain in this general area, and also, some, now destroyed, will be found in the "Typed Manuscript". But many others have also been destroyed, probably about 1960, when the, then, local authority, (which took over maintenance of churchyards), gave grass cutting priority ahead of heritage, not to mention this appropriate and attractive setting of the church, surrounded by 
memorials to it's former parishioners.


ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH FROM THE SOUTH
THE TOWER IS 15th CENTURY, EXCEPT THE TOP STAGE,
WHICH IS LATE 19th CENTURY, (REBUILT FOLLOWING A FIRE).

SECTION A  Interior of Church
Part one: Monuments in the present church. These are all mural monuments, some from the old church which was demolished in 1812.
Part two: Monuments in the old church which were recorded by John Thorpe in the first half of the 18th century. These are probably under the present floor in what was said to be a "crypt", buried under rubble from the old church. I am inclined to think that the "crypt" is simply the space between the medieval floor and the raised floor of the 1814 church. It is significant the Thorpe does not mention a "crypt". Part two includes incomplete inscriptions recorded by Henry Smetham in his History of Strood, (1899), under the present floor. Rubble had been cleared at the entrance so Smetham could get partly into the space.
My thanks to the Vicar, Reverend David Green, Churchwarden, Elaine Ford and Len Feist for their co-operation and friendly welcome.
Appendix - Inscriptions found by Henry Smetham under the floor and published in his "History of Strood",

SECTION B  "TYPED MANUSCRIPT"
This typed manuscript, date unknown, consists, with three exceptions, of monuments which can no longer be found. The three still extant are, the May headstone, which I am including under South West Corner; the Stevens chest tomb, see Churchyard Existing Monuments, and the Fry monument, the latter inside the church, see Interior.
This record seems to be accurate, although not all the ages can be guaranteed to be accurate.
It is also not clear whether some of the monuments are headstones or ledgers.

SECTION C  CHURCHYARD  All Extant Monuments - (South West Corner Group in Separate Section)

SECTION D  CHURCHYARD SOUTH WEST CORNER - 18th Century headstones
These headstones, decorated with carved motifs,e.g. Putti, Urns, St. Michael, etc., have been saved from the destruction which took place, at some unknown date, in the last century, and re-sited in their present position. They were originally probably in the south part of the churchyard. They are mostly quite worn, one is completely eroded.

Index of Names - from gravestones only

Section  A  1-45     Section  B  46-59     Section  C 60-121    Section  D  122-139

Names Index
ACWORTH 160
ALEXANDER 61
ANDERSON 62
ATTERSOLL 63

BAKER 122
BARNES 46
BARROW 1, 41
BARTHOLOMEW 47, 48
BATCHELLER 123
BENNETT 113
BENTHAM 61
BERESFORD 2
BIGGAR 42
BLADEN 64, 65
BLAKE94
BOGHURST 3, 42
BOOTH 34
BOUCHER 66
BOWMER 67, 68
BRADLEY 136
BRIDGE 123
BROMLEY 49, 50
BROWN 69
BRYANT 70, 71
BUCK 72
BULL 63
BULLARD 73
BULMER 74
BURR 124
BUTTLER 75

CAESAR 23, 38
CASTLE 76
CHAPLIN 78, 79
CHARLTON 77
CLARK 80
CLIVE 24
COBB 81
COLE 92
COLES 82
COLLINGS 51
COWELL 83
CRESSWELL 84
CREYE 25
CURLING 4
CURTIS 26

DAVISON 125
DAWES 85
DAY 5, 6
DAY 52
DEACON 86
DIBLEY 87

EATON 53
EDWARDS 54
EVANS 27

FALSHAW 7
FAUNCE 8
FORD 101
FRY 88
FRY 9
FURNER 28

GANDEE 89
GIBBS 10, 90
GIBSON 11
GLOVER 29
GOLDSTON 55, 113
GOODCHILD 65
GOTHER 30
GOUGE 91
GOWER 90
GREGORY 124
GUNSTON 4
GURR 78

HARCOURT 92
HAWKINS 93
HAYES 31
HENMARSH 126
HERMITAGE 5
HILL 94
HIND 32
HODGES 127
HOLLINGDALE 95
HOLWILL 33
HOOD 128, 129
HOOPER 70, 130
HOWES 96
HULKES 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 97
HURLEY 98


JEFFERY 16
JELFE 34

KILLICK 99
KING 91
KNIGHT 100

LAWRENCE 101
LEWIS 35
LINK 102
LOFT 52, 56, 131
MACAULAY 103
MACNAUGHT 78
MARTIN 57
MAY 131
MILLER 104
MILLS 132
MINTER 104
MUNRO 81

NASH 105

PHILLIPS 45
PICNOT 106
PLAY 36
POCOCK 17
PORTER 133
PUCKLE 58
PUNNETT 37

RAYSON 107
RING 108
ROBERTS 20
ROBINSON 18, 59
ROFFWAY 109
ROOK 110
ROOTS 134
RYNOLDS 134

SAKER 46
SHEAFE 19
SHREWBURY 112
SIMCOE 103
SIMMONDS 38, 111
SIMSON 73
SINCLAIR 71
SKILLER? 135
SLAUGHTER 20
STACE 21, 112
STEVENS 22, 96, 105, 113
STROUGHILL 88
STRUTFIELD 136
STURLA 18
SUKEY 99
SUTTON 132

TAPLEY 8
TAYLOR 19, 58
TELFER 61
THOMPSON 101
TURNER 114, 137

VENMAN 39, 44, 45

WALKER 61
WANSTALL 121
WARD 115
WATERMAN 78
WATKIN 123
WATSON 116
WELCH 138
WELLARD 139
WEST 117, 118
WICKHAM 119
WILLIAMS 101
WINCH 120
WOOD 40, 41, 121
WRIGHT 95

Section  A  1-45     Section  B  46-59     Section  C 60-121    Section  D  122-139

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