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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 14 -1882  pages 123
                      ICKHAM CHURCH, ITS MONUMENTS AND ITS RECORDS By the Rev  Scott Robinson Continued

   Over the arch by which the north transept opens to the north aisle there is a carving representing the armorial coat * of Thomas Barrett (grandson of Sir Paul Barrett) impaling that of his first wife Anne Boys, who was his first cousin, being a daughter of Sir William Boys, M.D., by his wife Ann Barrett. This transept passed into the possession of that family when Thomas Southland sold Lee, in 1676, to Paul Barrett, Recorder of Canterbury, who was afterwards knighted. Sir Paul was buried in the Church of St. Mary Bredman, at Canterbury, in 1685-6; but his second wife lies here; and so does his third wife, Mrs. Sarah Head, widow, whom he married a few years after he had purchased Lee. She survived him for twenty-six years. Her paternal coat of arms, impaling that of Barrett, appears in a lozenge upon her tombstone.
   She was a remarkable women, who, being left a window at the age of thirty, with six young children, admirably administered the wealth bequeathed by their grandfather, Sir Richard Head, who died in 1689. For them she purchased estates in Woodchurch, Graveney, and 

Stalisfield, which were added to the original estate of the Heads at Hermitage, in Higham, near Rochester. Her second marriage and residence at Lee caused her children to be brought up in the neighbourhood of Canterbury, where her son Sir Francis subsequently lived. He was buried in St. Mildred's Church there in 1716. One of her grandsons, Dr. John Lynch, Rector of Ickham from 1731 to 1760, became Dean of Canterbury; and another of them, Sir John Head, rector here from 1760 to
   * Or, on a chevron, sable, 3 lions passant of the field, between 3 mullets pierced of the second; impaling or, a griffin segreant sable, within a bordure gules.
   Arms, in a lozenge: Barrett, impaling Ent: (az: a chevron between 3 falcon's bells, or).
    Here lieth ye body of Dame Sarah Barret daughtr to Sr George Ent, Knight, wife to Francis Head of Rochester Esq., and to Sr Paul Barret of Canterbury Knt. She had 4 sons and two daugts by the former, and by the latter whom she surviv'd had 1 son & a daughter. She departed this life Oct: ye 6th 1711 aged 63 years.
   In the nave just outside this transept is a portion of a stone commemorating the second wife of Mr. Paul Barrett, who died on the 26th of August 1677 aged 23; thus:
                               in the yeare of { saluac'on 1677 }
                                                         { her age 23         }

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