The whole of the church has been
recently restored under the immediate superintendence and greatly to the
credit of the Rev. H. P. Edridge, the Vicar, who personally assisted in
the work, carefully restoring each part according to the original
The earliest register is that of burials; it is complete
from 1567 to the present time; that of baptisms begins in 1573. No
marriage took place during the years 1714 to 1717.
I will mention a few of the entries made in the Registers,
or facts derived therefrom:
1625 George Harnett, householder, excommunicate.
1628 Mary, wife of Thos. Fowler, excommunicate.
1630 Margery Harper, excommunicate.
1635 John Tomas, excommunicate.
1638 An Irish travelling man, whose name we cannot
1658 Buried Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Swift, with her
unchristened child in the same coffin.
1659 May 11 Henry Wood, young man.
May 21 Henry Wood, old man.
North-east of the south door there is a stone, popularly
supposed to be that on which persons stood to do penance, but I differ
from the general opinion. Walcott, in his Sacred Archaeology,
says, "The penitents, in haircloth and ashes, stood before the
ambon, and from it the Bishop laid hands upon them, after being
entreated by his clergy in set forms of address." Now the ambon was
an elevated desk or pulpit used for reading the Holy Scriptures, placed
in the centre of the nave, either in the middle or on one side; the
ambon was in fact the original from which the lectern eagle was derived.
I think that this stone was the pedestal of the poor-box (ordered by
Edward VI); or, earlier, of a holy water stoup.
A list of those who did penance here is given in the
George Holden did penance 20 July
Dorothy Venell did penance 18 Sep.
Margery Harper did penance 1627.