THE following abstracts of the early wills proved in the
Consistory Court at Canterbury are of the parishioners of Reculver and
loath, two parishes on the east side of Herne, of which place the wills
are printed in Archaeologia Cantiana, Vols. XXVIII. and XXX. The various
forms of the names are as they occur in the wills, and the testators are
of Reculver unless otherwise stated. The customary commending the soul to
God and the Saints, etc., and bequests to the high altar for tithes
forgotten are omitted. In Testamenta Cantiana (East Kent), the
extra volume in 1904, will be found particulars as to the altars, lights,
etc., in the church of Hoath, p. 167, and Reculver, p. 253.
Three parishioners desire to be buried in the church: John Rechefield in
1462 and William Richfield in 1491 in the chancel. Also William Aleyn in
1489 in the church against St. Annís altar, leaving the usual 6s. 8d.
for the burial charge or fee.
Joan, widow of Henry Germyn, in 1489 gave 6s. 8d. to the work
of the new crucifix in the church.
Joan, widow of William Richfield, in 1495 left to God and the
church two new images of St. Mary and St. John, to stand on either side of
the crucifix in the roodloft, and to be made in proportion to the crucifix
in wood by a carver, and be set up within a year of her death.