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Monumental Inscriptions of Benenden Church and Churchyard, from a book, published in 1889 by Rev Francis Haslewood, Rector of St Matthew's Church, Ipswich.

Kindly typed up for the website by Pat Tritton

In the Church
Chancel.
1. (On the glass of east window). In honour of God and in affectionate remembrance of his father and mother, John and Isabel HARDY. G.H. mdccclxii.

2. (On the reredos). To the glory of God, and in thankful remembrance of fifty years of happiness granted to our parents, 1838-1888.

3. (Brass on chancel arch, north side, close to pulpit). In memory of Richard FARLEY, who having been parish clerk and sexton of Benenden for 27 years, died suddenly on the 12th February 1874, aged 57. The Vicar of the parish, William John EDGE, hereby records his grief for the loss of one whom he greatly esteemed, and who for nearly sixteen years was his constant and faithful assistant in all the services of this house of God.

North Chancel.
4. (Marble monument against north window). Sacred to the memory of Thomas Hallett HODGES of Hempstead Place in this parish, Esq. High Sheriff of the county of Kent in the year 1786, who died June 23, 1801 aged 47 years. And of Dorothy Hodges his wife (youngest daughter of William CARTWRIGHT of Marnham in the county of Nottingham, Esq) who died January 21, 1800 aged 48. They left five surviving children, Thomas Law Hodges of Hempstead Place, Esq; Henry Hodges, B.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge; Edmund Hodges; Ann Elizabeth Hodges; and Julia Frances Hodges. Their second son, John Hodges, died on board the Warley East Indiaman, on his passage from Madras to China, October 9, 1793 aged 16 years. And their fourth son, Francis Willoughby Hodges, third Lieutenant of His Majesty’s frigate Diana, died of the yellow fever on board of that ship in the West Indies, July 15, 1800 aged 17 years. Three of their children died in their infancy, and are buried in the same vault with their father and mother, viz: George Hodges, who died March 25, 1784 aged 14 days; Charles Hodges who died April 7, 1786 aged 1 month and 21 days; Caroline Dorothy Hodges who died October 26, 1791 aged 1 month and 6 days.

5. (White marble tablet on black ground). Sacred to the memory of Rebecca, wife of Thomas Law HODGES, Esq. of Hemsted in this parish, only child of Sir Roger TWISDEN, Bart, of Bradbourne Park in East Malling, who died a short time before her birth. She was the last survivor of that ancient family, born at Bradbourne January 5th 1780, married February 16th 1802, died at Hemsted February 2nd, 1843. Her affectionate duty to widowed mother, her love for her husband and children, and her active sympathy with the sufferings of the afflicted and the needy, were sanctified by an unfailing trust in the merits of her Saviour, and the deepest resignation to the divine will. (Arms below: Or, 3 crescents sa. on a canton of the second a ducal crown of the first. Motto: Praevisa mala periunt).

6. (White marble tablet on black ground). Sacred to the memory of Thomas Law HODGES, Esq. of Hemsted, deputy lieutenant of the county of Kent, Justice of the Peace for the counties of Kent & Sussex, chairman of the quarter sessions for many years and major in the West Kent Militia. He represented the county and subsequently to the passing the reform bill the western division in five parliaments. He married in 1802 Rebecca, only child of Sir Roger TWISDEN, Bart, and had issue Thomas Twisden Hodges, Esq. who married first, Mary Ann Floretta CHANDLESS and secondly Rosa WILSON, widow of General Sir W. NOTT, K.C.B. Anne Rebecca, wife of Cook Tylden PATTENSON, Esq; Frances Dorothy, wife of the Honourable Robert FORBES; Caroline Cordelia Hodges; Julia Elizabeth, wife of the Revd. W.M. Smith MARRIOTT; Katharine, wife of William PEARETH, Esq; Charlotte Lydia, wife of Edward Barrett CURTIES, Esq; Francis, Frederick George & Owen, who all three died in infancy. A true patriot, a kind and liberal landlord, an unfailing friend to the poor, faithful in every relation of public and private life, he served his generation according to the will of God, and now rests in sure and certain hope of a blessed resurrection, through the merits of his redeemer, born June 3rd, 1776, died May 14th 1857. "He that believeth in me hath everlasting life". John c.6, v.47.

7. (Same as last tablet). Floretta Mary Ann, only daughter of Thomas CHANDLESS, of York Place, London, Esq., the beloved wife of Thomas Twisden HODGES, Esq., born August 28th 1797, died at Sandgate April 18th 1849, leaving no issue. Her devoted affection for her husband, her extensive and unostentatious charities to the sick and distressed poor, will never be forgotten by those who knew her well. May our blessed redeemer reward her in his heavenly kingdom. Her mortal remains are placed in the family vault in this church, awaiting a joyful resurrection.

8. (On the floor behind the organ). Here lyes the body of Edward GULDEFORD of Hempsted, Esq. who dyed the 4 of September 1678. And Anne Guldeford his wife, daughter of Sir Robert THROCKMORTON of Coughton in the county of Warwick, who died ye 3 of December 1710. Requiescant in Pace. (Parish register: Dame Anna Mariah Guldeford, widow).

9. Here lyes the body of Dame Mary FORTESCUE, widow of Sir Edward Fortescue of Bragnam, who dyed the 30th of June 1693. Requiescant in Pace. (Register has: 1694 July ye 10th. Dame Mary Ffortescue, widow).

South Chancel.
10. (Mural brass). Under this stone doeth lye buried ye body of Edmond GIBBON late of this parish of Benninden, who dyed ye last of January in Anno Dni. 1607. Who was ye principall founder of ye free scole of Benninden and gave the livinge that thereto belongeth.

11. (East window). A memorial of thanksgiving June 12 1867. J.S.H.C.M.W.H. (On the occasion of the marriage of Hon. John Stewart HARDY).

12. (Window). In memory of Jane Isabel HARDY, born March 16th 1843, died June 21st 1862.

13. (On south wall). P. SCHEEMAKERS, Sculptor, Anno Domini 1750. Near this place are deposited the remains of the Right Honourable Sir John NORRIS of Hempstead, who after fifty years faithful service in the Royal Navy, attained the supreme Command, with the rank of Admiral of the Fleet & Vice Admiral of England. It is but bare justice to his memory to say, since so much at least may be said with the strictest truth, that there never breathed a better Seaman, a greater Officer, a braver Man, a more zealous Wellwisher to the present Establishment, nor consequently a truer Englishman than this Sir John Norris.

14. (There is a marble bust above the monument, and beneath the inscription: Arms: Quarterly, argent and gules, a fret or; impaling Arg. a cross sa. between four Cornish choughs ppr. Crest: A Cornish chough rising ppr. Curiously the date of his death is not given, but Hasted III, p.83 says, Sir John Norris, Knt., died May 13, 1749, leaving issue by Elizabeth his wife, daughter of Matthew, Lord AYLMER, 4 sons, of whom John Norris Esq., his eldest, succeeded him here, and resided at Hemsted).

15. (Beneath the foregoing). Sacred to the beloved memory of Mrs Sarah NORRIS, daughter of the Right Honourable Sir John Norris. The delight and constant source of inexpressible happiness to all who knew her. Her soul was delivered from this earthly prison on January 19th 1762 in the 50th year of her age, to receive the reward of the righteous in the paradise of God. Reader, if a life who uniform pursuit was every virtue that could adorn her sex, if an illustrious example of uncommon piety in a dissipated age, if a brightest elegance of manners with the warmest benevolence of soul mark the character of a woman worthy to be recorded to posterity, here let the tear drop and hence receive the accomplished portrait of female excellence. Her afflicted nephew, John AMBROSE, of Mount Ambrose in the county of Dublin, and Kingdom of Ireland, caused this to be inserted, to perpetuate his irreparable loss, and in testimony of his affection for the memory of the best of women. Anno nostrae salutis 1791.

16. (Window). To the memory of Edith Elizabeth GRAHAM, born January 31st 1847, died January 8th 1875.

South aisle
17. Sacred to the memory of John Samuel LAZONBY, Esq. who practised as a surgeon etc. for many years in this parish. He died November 3rd AD 1835, aged 43 years. This tablet is erected by his friends and neighbours, who will long deplore the loss of one so distinguished for his professional skill, zeal and benevolence, so highly respected for his integrity and morals, and so endeared to all by his amiable manners , his unostentatious charity and his unaffected piety.

18. (Brass plate beneath a window). This window is erected in affectionate remembrance of Thomas & Sarah NEVE, AD 1868.

19. Sacred to the memory of Frederick BOYS, the 6th son of the Revd. Daniel Boys, vicar of this parish, and Sarah Rider his wife, who departed this life on the 13th March 1844, aged 24 years.

20. Sacred to the memory of the Revd. Daniel BOYS, M.A. of St Johns College, Cambridge. 51 years vicar of this parish and 47 years vicar of Brookland in this county, who died September 11th 1857 aged 80 years. Also of Sarah Rider, widow of the above named Daniel Boys, she died August 4th 1863 aged 79 years.

21. Sacred to the memory of Daniel BOYS, eldest son of the above named Daniel Boys, and late of this parish and of Finchley Road, Hampstead, who departed this life 23rd October 1873 aged 65 years. His strict integrity, combined with his many virtues, endeared him to all who knew him.

22. (Ornamental brass plate on the wall). The body and chancel of this church, being much dilapidated, were to a great extent rebuilt beautified and with the exception of the font, entirely refurbished in the years of our Lord 1861 and 1862 at the sole expense of The Right Honourable Gathorne HARDY, MP of Hemsted Park in this parish. The church was reopened for Divine service Easter Day A.D. 1862 and the inhabitants of Benenden, desirous to record their gratitude to God and their deep sense of obligation to their benefactor for this good work, have erected this tablet as a memorial to future generations. August A.D. 1866.

23. In memory of Mary, wife of Thomas HUNT and one of the daughters of Anthony PAUL of Halden in this county. She departed this life in the month of January 1759. Thomas Hunt above named who departed this life in the month of May 1783. Philadelphia, wife of Paul Hunt, who departed this life in the month of October 1792. Rebecca MAGDALEN, widow of the above named Thomas Hunt, who departed this life in the month of May 1805, and of Paul Hunt, above named, who departed this life without issue, in the month of May 1826 aged 71 years. He was the only child of Thomas Hunt by Mary his wife and the only surviving descendant of Anthony Paul.

Tower.
24. (Brass in front of ringing floor). The west window of this church was erected in memory of Thomas Law HODGES, Esq. by the tenantry on the Hemsted estate, AD 1866.

25. This church was ruined by a storm of thunder and lightning 30th December 1672 and rebuilt 1677 and finished in the year 1678. Stephen SHARPEIGH, Gent, Richard CRYER, Churchwardens; Richard SHARPE, Gent, Thomas HUNT, Sidemen; James MUNN, John CHITTENDEN, Churchwardens for the year 1713. (On the fly leaf of the Parish Register, which begins 1653, is this entry: July 21 1678 first child baptised in the new church).

North aisle.
26. Sacred to the memory of Richard DAVIS, Esquire, of this parish who departed this life 13th November 1828 aged 72 years, and of Margaret, relict of the above, who departed this life 28th May 1847 aged 84 years.

In the churchyard.
27. East of the church (within enclosed ground). An unspotted life is old age. Harold GATHORNE-HARDY, born 24th March 1850, died 11th June 1881. "He that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live".

28. "He giveth His beloved sleep". Jane Isabel HARDY, born March 16 1843, died June 21, 1862.

29. Sacred to the memory of Thomas MANWARING of this parish who died November 28th 1849, aged 50 years.

30. Sacred to the memory of Edward GOWER, son of Edward and Elizabeth Gower of this parish, who died June 17th 1823 aged 63 years. Also Mary their daughter, who died May 16th 1835 aged 68 years. Also Elizabeth their daughter, who died February 25th 1836 aged 71 years.

31. In memory of Edward GOWER, Senior, late of this parish, who died 4th July 1804 aged 68 years. Also Elizabeth his wife, who died 18th July 1794 aged 65 years. John their son died 15th June 1767 aged 4 years. Their surviving issue: Edward, Elizabeth, Mary and Ann. As also John, his son (by Elizabeth his second wife, whom he left surviving), who died in his infancy. Likewise near this place are buried in one grave the father and mother of the said Edward Gower, who died nearly at the same time. Also their sons George, John, Robert and his wife.

32. Sacred to the memory of Robert SHOOBRIDGE, who died November 26th 1874 aged 79 years.

33. Sarah, wife of Robert Shoobridge of this parish, who died May 9th 1828 aged 39 years. Left issue surviving 5 sons and 1 daughter, viz: Thomas, George, Robert, James, Charles and Silvester.

34. Sacred to the memory of Robert SHOOBRIDGE of this parish who died May 10th 1848 aged 81 years, leaving a widow, four sons and two daughters, viz: Richard, John, Robert, Samuel, Mary and Sarah. Also of Sarah, wife of the above who died February 23rd 1854 aged 84 years.

35. In memory of William SHOOBRIDGE who died 26th June 1819 aged 46 years. Also of Philadelphia his wife who died 7th April 1845 aged 77 years.

36. Sarah SHOOBRIDGE died November 22 1781 aged 1 year and 10 months.

37. In memory of James, son of Joseph and Ann SHOOBRIDGE of this parish who died the 21st of May 1825 aged 10 months and 10 days.

38. (Upright cross). Charles NEVE, late curate of Woolston, eldest son of Richard and Emma Neve, born December 15 1858, entered into rest March 12 1886. "Watch and pray".

39. In memory of Charles MARSHALL, M.A., Vicar of St Bride’s, Fleet Street for 36 years, and Prebendary of St Paul’s, who died 29th of January 1883 in the 80th year of his age. And of Sarah Elizabeth, his wife, who died at her residence, Ripley Court, Surrey on the 4th of August 1883 in her 72nd year. "I know that my redeemer liveth". Job XIX 25.

40a. In memory of Francis BOYS, born 31st May 1821, died 10th October 1878.

40b. In affectionate remembrance of Daniel BOYS, the eldest son of the late Reverend Daniel Boys, for many years vicar of this parish, born 28th August 1808, died 23rd October 1873.

41. Erected to the memory of John DUNGEY, late of Maidstone, who departed this life July 8th 1831 aged 63 years. Also Ann, wife of the above, who departed this life January 28th 1830 aged 60 years. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement". This stone was erected by order of his sole executor, Mr John KIRBY of Maidstone, victualler.

42. "Our days upon earth are a shadow". Job. 8 Chap. 9 Ver. Sacred to the memory of Jane, wife of Owen SOUTHON, who died December 4th 1852 aged 24 years, leaving a husband and one son, viz: James Shoobridge, aged 16 months, to lament the loss of an affectionate wife and a kind mother. Also of the above named James Shoobridge Southon, born August 7th 1851 died April 16th 1855. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord". Job. 1 Chap. xii Ver.

43. In memory of Jane, the kind and affectionate wife of James SHOOBRIDGE of this parish, who died on March the 3rd 1847 aged 71 years. Also the above named James Shoobridge, who died on May the 4th 1853, aged 77 years. "Life is short, death is sure, sin the cause, Christ the cure".

44. In memory of Elizabeth, wife of William BARROW, who died July ye 22nd 1770 aged 20 years. Also William her son, who died an infant. "She like a rose was fresh and gay, but now is cut down and lies like clay".

45. (Double headstone). In memory of James BARROW of this parish, yeoman, who died ye 19th of August 1757 aged 47 years. Also in memory of Elizabeth, wife of James Barrow. She died May ye 15th 1782 aged 71 years. Left issue 5 sons and one daughter: James, William, Thomas, Larence, John and Elizabeth.

46. In memory of John BARNS of this parish who died December 11th 1833 aged 26 years, leaving a widow and one daughter, Mirriam, to lament their loss. Also of Miriam CLARK, daughter of the above who departed this life September 1st 1862 aged 29 years.

47. (On the side of a ledger stone). In memory of Emma EDGE, born 27 November 1817, married 31 January 1839, and died 25 November 1871.
"The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord".

48. Sacred to the memory of George LANSDELL of Eaglesden in this parish, who died August 8th 1881 aged 71 years. "His soul to Him who gave it rose, God led it to its long repose, its glorious rest". Also of Harriet, wife of the above who died April 30th 1887 aged 73 years. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord".

49. In affectionate remembrance of Joseph RELF of Mount Pleasant, who died June 26th 1865 aged 43 years, leaving surviving a widow and 4 children, viz: Eliza Jane, Joseph, Katherine and John.

50. Sacred to the memory of Joseph RELF, yeoman of this parish, who died May 12th 1844 aged 73 years. Left surviving Frances his widow and two children, 1 son and 1 daughter, viz: Joseph and Frances Jane, also Caroline Elizabeth, daughter of the above Joseph and Frances Relf who died September 13th 1843 aged 22 years. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints".

51. In memory of Rohn RELF of this parish, who departed this life 24th February 1823 aged 85 years. Also Elizabeth his first wife, who died 8th September 1772 aged 28 years. And of Jemima his second wife, who died 30th July 1790 aged 43 years. Also of one daughter Elizabeth, aged 25 years, is buried in the adjoining grave. Left surviving by his former wife 2 sons and 2 daughters, and by the latter 2 sons and 3 daughters.

52. In memory of John GUDE of this parish, who died January 20th 1793 aged 59 years. Left issue 1 son and 2 daughters, viz: John, Mary and Elizabeth. Also Mary his wife who died September 20th 1797 aged 67 years.

53. In memory of Mary, eldest daughter of John and Mary GUDE, second wife of John SPARKS of this parish, who departed this life (with a cancer in the breast) February the 24th 1817, aged 54 years.

54. In memory of John GUDE, bachelor, son of John and Mary Gude of this parish, who died March 16th 1832 aged 68 years.

55. In memory of John WENMAN of this parish who died June 21st 1821 aged 46 years, leaving a widow, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Also Elizabeth, wife of the above who died September 14th 1845 aged 79 years.

56. In memory of George, son of John and Elizabeth WENMAN of this parish who died January 19th 1837 aged 31 years. Also Emma, born January 9th 1843 died September 18th 1848. Thomas Smith, born June 19th 1833, died October 4th 1848. Ellen Elizabeth, born July 29th 1847, died March 25th 1849. Frederick George born January 13th 1839, died April 6th 1861, children of John Gude and Sarah Wenman.

57. In affectionate remembrance of Mary GUDE, the beloved wife of Frederick TURTLE, M.D. of London. Born January 11th 1832, died December 10th 1864.

58. (Close to the Vicarage gardens). Sacred to the memory of John SPARKS, late of Stansted in the county of Hertfordshire, who departed this life November 30th 1825 aged 61 years.

59. In memory of Mary, wife of John SPARKS, who departed this life January 18th 1807 aged 42 years.

60. In memory of Amy, wife of Thomas DAY of this parish who died April the 30th 1806 aged 51 years. Left issue one son, James.

61. Sally BROWN died November 13 1778 aged 20.

62. Ann BROWN died June 17 1771 aged 7 months. (Register 1771. June 21, Ann, daughter of Greenland Brown, infant).

63. Sacred to the memory of Ann, widow of Mr W. MASTERS of Rolvenden, formerly the wife of Mr J. SPARKS of this parish, and for twenty years a faithful servant and friend to the family of Thomas Law HODGES, Esq., late of Hemsted. She departed this life in humble hope of a blessed resurrection through the merits of her Redeemer on the 4th of September 1860, aged 77 years. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord".

64. Sacred to the memory of William BUCKLAND of this parish, who died March 11th 1833, aged 71 years. Left surviving Rebecca his wife, two sons and one daughter. Also of Rebecca, wife of the above who died January 10th 1852 aged 89 years.

65. Sacred to the memory of Thomas Elcock BUCKLAND, son of William and Rebecca Buckland of this parish, who died November the 23rd 1814 in the 31st year of his age.

66. Sacred to the memory of William, son of William and Rebecca BUCKLAND of this parish, who died December the 22nd 1809 in the 23rd year of his age. Also James and George their sons, who died in their infancy.

67. In memory of Thomas, son of George and Rebelle ELCOCK of this parish, who died August 6th 1783 aged 10 years and 11 months.

68. Sacred to the memory of Rebelle, wife of George ELCOCK of this parish, who died March the 26th 1815 aged 72 years. Left surviving two daughters, Rebecca and Ann. Also Ann, daughter of the above George and Rebella Elcock, died January the 14th 1817, aged 48 years.

69. (Covered with moss, difficult to read). Sacred to the memory of two children [of] Samuel and Philadelphia BARNS, late of this parish. Caroline died October 30th 1815 aged 5 years and 8 months. Amos died December 7th 1815 aged 2 years and 4 months.

70. In memory of William TYE of this parish. He died June 14 1774 aged 60 years. Also in memory of Elizabeth RABSON, late of this parish, spinster. She died December 15 1802 aged 75 years.

71. Sacred to the memory of Richard MILLS of Pump House in this parish, who departed this life March 5th 1845 in the 82nd year of his age. Also Elizabeth his wife, who died March 21st 1845 in the 66th year of her age. Left surviving 3 sons, Richard, George and Edmund.

72. In memory of Richard MILLS, late of Pump farm in this parish, who died January 25th 1882 aged 83 years.

73. "Thy will be done". In affectionate remembrance of Peter PINYON, Esquire, surgeon of this parish, who died December 31st 1873 aged 42 years. Universally respected, leaving a widow and one son, George Beale. Also of Fanny WITHERDEN, wife of the above Peter Pinyon, who died April 14th 1884 aged 49 years.

74a. In affectionate remembrance of Richard FARLEY of this parish, who died February 12th 1874 aged 57 years, leaving Frances Matilda his widow, to mourn her loss. "Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come".

74b. Here rest the remains of Henrietta Matilda, wife of William WESTON, and dearly loved child of William & Mary CHENNELL. Died May 29th 1872 aged 41 years. "Come unto me all that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest". This stone is erected in fond remembrance by her mother.

75. Sacred to the memory of Charlotte, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth MILLS of this parish, who departed this life at Maidstone in this county, December 5th 1835 aged 25 years. Also Eliza, their daughter died March 27th 1837 aged 21 years.

76. In memory of Alfred, son of Richard and Elizabeth MILLS of this parish, who departed this life October 22nd 1810 aged 7 years.

77. In memory of Thomas DRURY of this parish, yeoman, who died January ye 6th 1768 aged 83 years. Also Rebekah his wife who died March ye 22nd 1765 aged 78 years.

78. Here lieth ye body of Sarah, wife of Joseph ILDEN of ye parish. She died ye 5th of November 1748 in ye 85th year of her age.

79. Here lieth ye body of Robert HAYWARD, yeoman in this parish, who departed ye life November ye 11th 1751, aged 61 years. Left Ann his wife. By her he had 5 sons and one daughter, William, Isaac and Samuell, deceased, now surviving him Robert, James and Elizabeth.
(Register 1751. November 16. Robert Hayward, Churchwarden).

80. Sacred to the memory of Thomas BLACKWELL, late of this parish, who departed this life February 13th 1830 aged 56 years, leaving a widow, 4 sons and 3 daughters, viz: Thomas, William, Edward, John, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Sarah Charity. Also of Mary, wife of the above named, who departed this life December 20th 1855, aged 68 years. Also of Elizabeth, daughter of the above who died March 25th 1851 aged 35 years.

81. James, son of Thomas and Mary BLACKWELL, who died March 31st 1829 aged 4 years.

82. Sacred to the memory of John BUSBRIDGE of Staplehurst, who departed this life May the 2nd 1816 aged 72 years. Also Jane, wife of the said John Busbridge, who departed this life July the 19th 1817 aged 52 years. Left issue: Two sons and two daughters, viz: John, William, Mary and Ann. "Be serious Friend to watch the great affair, t’will be too late when thou art lodged here".

83. Sacred to the memory of Jane, the beloved wife of Thomas WIGHTWICK of Ramsden in this parish, who died 28th September 1870 aged 72 years. Also to the memory of the aforesaid Thomas Wightwick who died 31st January 1875 aged 81 years.

84. This stone is set up in memory of Sophia Summers, who died at Cranbrook February 6th 1876 aged 92 years and 11 months, by W.J. EDGE, vicar of this parish, in token of the high esteem in which she was held by himself and by all his family, for four generations.

85. Sacred to the memory of Sarah, wife of James HATCHER, born December 11th 1833, died October 17th 1872. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord". Job. 1.21.

86. To the memory of William BUSBRIDGE of this parish who departed this life March the 25th 1817 aged 65 years. "Man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble". Also of Elizabeth his wife, who departed this life December the 2nd 1828 aged 64 years. Left issue four sons and three daughters, viz: John, William, Joseph, James, Mary, Sarah and Judith.

87. CLEVELAND.

88. In memory of Henry DRAWBRIDGE who died November 26th 1818 aged 26 years.

89. In memory of John MILLER, late of Cranbrook, farmer, who died October the 7th 1817 aged 68 years. Also of two sons, William, who died an infant, and John a youth. Also Elizabeth, wife of the above said, who died November 21st 1831 aged 74 years.

90. In memory of Mary PANKHURST, spinster, who died August 20th 1841 aged 89 years.

91. Here lye ye body of Richard, son of Alexander and Margaret NARWOOD of this parish, who died ye 13th of September 1749 in the 49th year of his age. The above Alexander and Margaret had 9 children, viz: Mary, Ann, Mary, Francis, Martha, Sarah, Alexander and Richard. The said Alexander and Margaret and 5 children lie near this stone. The 2nd Mary was interred at Fairly in Sussex, Francis at Thurnham in Kent and Sarah at Rolvenden. Now surviving only Alexander. (Register 1749. September 19, Richard Narrwood).

92. "Ever with the Lord". In fond memory of Mary Jane BURT, who fell asleep in Jesus December 26th 1870 aged 30 years. Also William, father of the above, died May 20th 1843 aged 86 years.

93. (Altar tomb within iron railings). Sacred to the memory of the Reverend Daniel BOYS, M.A., late vicar of this parish, and also of Brookland in this county, who died September 11th 1857, aged 80 years. He left surviving Sarah RIDER his wife, who was the youngest daughter of William Barrington RICHARDSON, Esq. of Bermondsey, Surrey, by whom he had issue 12 children, viz: Daniel, Sarah, Thomas, James, Robert Edward, Emily Jane, George, Frederick, Francis, Charles Octavius, Alfred William and Susannah Catherine. Sarah died July 1st 1839 aged 29 years. Frederick died March 13th 1844 aged 24 years. George died May 17th 1858 aged 40 years.

94. Sacred to the memory of Sarah RIDER, widow of the Reverend Daniel BOYS, born 20th March 1784, died 4th August 1863.

95. Sacred to the memory of George GOLDSMITH of this parish, bachelor, who departed this life June 1st 1842 aged 69 years. He was for upwards of forty years a faithful servant to Mr John RICHARDSON of Sarnden in this parish. This stone was erected by James GOLDSMITH as a tribute of esteem and affection.

95a. In memory of Amelia S.R. LAZONBY, who departed this life February 22nd 1829 aged 18 years.

96. Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of John Samuel LAZONBY, Esq. who died a bachelor November 3rd 1835, to whose memory a tablet has been kindly erected in this church by his friends and neighbours.

97. Sara, daughter of Richard and Mary STREETER, born July 31st 1811, died May 4th 1812.

98. In memory of Richard WELLS of this parish. He died November the 30th 1807 aged 72 years. Left issue one son, Richard. Also of Mary his wife who died January the 8th 1813 aged 64 years.

99. In memory of Sarah, wife of Richard WILLIAMS, late of Brighdeham in Sussex. She died ye 3rd of January 1746 in ye 83rd year of her age. Left issue 2 sons and one daughter, Richard, Henry and Elizabeth.

100. In memory of Mary, daughter of John and Mary MEEDE. She died ye 1st of November 1748 aged 12 years. Erected by Henry WILLIAMS of ye parish, her grandfather. (Register 1748, November 7. Mary, daughter of John MEAD of Tenterden).

101. To the memory of Richard Wells STREETER, who died February 3rd 1836 aged 27 years.

102. In memory of Elizabeth, wife of John WELLS of this parish, who died October 21st 1798 aged 71 years. Also near this stone lies Elizabeth, their daughter, who died in her infancy. Also of the aforesaid John Wells, who died April 29th 1810 aged 79 years.

103. Here lieth interred the body of Martha HAYWARD, wife of Rob Hayward of Rolvenden and only child of William GIBSON of Benenden. She departed this life March ye first 1747 aged 22 years. In memory of William GIBSON of this parish, yeoman, who died November the 21st 1757 aged 62 years. Also to the memory of Martha, wife of the said William GIBSON, who departed this life November 28th 1763 aged 72 years.

104. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of James SHOEBRIDGE of this parish, who died November 19th 1823 aged 28 years. Also Polly COLEMAN, mother of the above Elizabeth Shoebridge, who died September 29th 1834 aged 62 years. Left issue 2 daughters, viz: Mary and Elizabeth. Also Elizabeth their daughter who died January 28th 1824 aged 5 months. Likewise 2 children who died in their infancy.

105. In memory of John RICHARDSON of Sarnden Farm in this parish, who died November 5th 1846 in the 82nd year of his age. Also Philadelphia, wife of the above, who died November 6th 1843 in the 70th year of her age, leaving 6 sons and 5 daughters, viz: Philadelphia, Mary, John, Sarah, Hannah, Thomas, Mercy, James, William, George and Francis.

106. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord". Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth MILLS, died November 16th 1846 aged 23 years, eldest daughter of John and Philadelphia Mills of this parish. Also Joseph their youngest son died December 21st 1855 aged 18 years. "In the midst of life we are in death watch therefore".

107. Sacred to the memory of William SOUTHON of this parish who died the 12th of January 1827 aged 91 years. Also of Sarah his wife who died the 8th of July 1819 aged 83 years.

108. In memory of Martha, daughter of Samuel and Martha BARHAM, late of this parish, who died April the 6 1805 aged 18 years.

109. In memory of Martha, wife of Samuel Barham of this parish, who died February the 18th 1801 aged 46 years. Left issue one daughter. Also of the above said Samuel Barham who died June 21st 1807 aged 48 years, leaving his second wife with two daughters, Elizabeth and Jane.

110. Here lie the remains of Sarah, wife of Mr Jenkin HAGUE of Biddenden, who died January 21st 1831 aged 74 years. Daughter of Mr Joseph HINDS of this parish, she left 2 sons, William and Isaac.

111. Sacred to the memory of Mary, wife of Isaac HAGUE of this parish, and daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth DURRANT of Hawkhurst, who died the 27th of October 1829 aged 29 years. Also Sarah Elizabeth, the only child of Isaac and Mary Hague, who died the 20th of June 1828 aged 18 months.

112. This stone is erected in memory of Ann BONNICK, wife of William Bonnick of Cranbrook, who departed this life May 24th 1799 aged 29 years.

113. In memory of two daughters of Joseph and Sarah HINDS, Molly departed this life September the 18th 1786 aged 24 years. Hetty departed this life May the 24th 1777 aged 14 years.

114. Sacred to the memory of Joseph HINDS of this parish, who departed this life October the 28th 1801 aged 75 years. Also Sarah his wife departed this life December the 18th 1801 aged 74 years. Left surviving one daughter, Sarah.

115. Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of Joseph, son of Mr Jenkin HAGUE of Biddenden, Kent, and Sarah his wife. He died at the early aged of 20, November 24th 1813, having conducted himself in all instances as a dutiful son to his parents, and an example of good morals to those of his own age. His afflicted mother erects this stone to commemorate his worth, and her own great and premature loss of an affectionate child.

116. In memory of Thomas PELLETT, who was 44 years Clark of this parish and in the said time he buried 1022. He died March 24th 1810 aged 73 years.

117. In memory of William PELLATT of this parish who died May ye 15 1766 aged 65 years.

118. In memory of Mary, wife of Henry WILLIAMS of this parish. She died June the 29th 1770 aged 89 years. Left issue one daughter Elizabeth. Also in memory of the above said Henry Williams of this parish, yeoman. He died August the 10th 1778 aged 75 years.

119. In memory of Henry WILLIAMS of this parish, yeoman, who died November 2nd 1798 aged 63 years. Left surviving Rebecca his wife, who erected this stone. Also Rebecca his wife who died May 27 1800 aged 70 years. "None but my wife doth know of this, because our children are all dismist".

120. In memory of Elizabeth, wife of James JONES, who died April 26th 1884 aged 78 years. "God is love".

121. In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Robert JONES who died April 4th 1836 aged 69 years. Also of Robert Jones, who died May 26th 1838 aged 72 years, leaving 2 sons and 3 daughters, viz: Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, Isaac and James. Also of 2 sons and 2 daughters who died in their infancy. "Here let them rest in undisturbed dust, until the resurrection of the just".

122. Catherine WYNNE, born the twenty seventh day of August 1741, died the seventh day of February 1788. (Buried in linen, £2.10s. paid).

123. In memory of two sons of Thomas and Philadlephia CARLY of this parish. Harry died August 5th 1772 aged 20 years. John died October 4 1772 aged 22 years.

124. (Double headstone). In memory of Magdalen, wife of Thomas BUCKLAND of this parish, who departed this life April 21 1771 aged 51 years. Also in memory of the said Thomas Buckland of this parish, yeoman, who departed this life April 13 1786 aged 60 years. Left surviving five brothers and two sisters.

125. In memory of Joseph BUCKLAND of this parish, who departed this life August the 26 1804 aged 64 years. Also Mary his wife who departed this life November the 12th 1804 aged 61 years. Left issue 2 sons and 2 daughters, viz: James, Thomas, Mary and Sarah.

126. Here lies interred the body of James BUCKLAND, late of this parish, yeoman, who departed this life September the 1st 1772 in the 82 year of his age. He left surviving his affectionate wife with six sons and two daughters. Also in memory of Mary, wife of the said James Buckland, who departed this life December ye 20th 1782 aged 82 years.

127. In memory of Mr John BUCKLAND, late of Hollington in Sussex, who departed this life on the 11th day of June 1821 aged 48 years.

128. To the memory of Sarah, wife of John BUCKLAND of Hollington in Sussex, yeoman, who departed this life September the 28th 1805 aged 73 years. Likewise near this place lieth James, their son, who died in his infancy. Also the above Mr John Buckland died May the 5th 1813 aged 83 years.

129. Sacred to the memory of Anna Maria, wife of Thomas HOWARD, formerly of Petersfield, Hants, who died December 5th 1849 aged 64 years, leaving a husband, 2 sons and 1 daughter to lament the loss of an affectionate wife and kind mother. Also the above Thomas Howard who died November 13th 1871 in the 91st year of his age.

130. In memory of Martha, wife of Charles HEATH of this parish, who died January 3 1782 aged 59 years. Left issue Henry and Martha. Also in memory of Charles Heath of this parish who died January 4 1796 aged 79 years.

131. In memory of Samuel MUNN, son of James and Deborah Munn of this parish, who died December 29 1780 aged 51 years. Also Elizabeth Munn, daughter of the said James and Deborah Munn, who died September 8 1780 aged 48 years.

132. In memory of James, the son of James MUNN and Deborah of this parish, butcher, who died ye 8th of June 1766 aged 48 years. Also in memory of William CHUBB, late of Lewisham, butcher, who died August 20 1786 aged 61 years.

133. Here lyeth ye body of James MUNN of this parish, butcher. He died June ye 8th 1733 in ye 60th year of his age. Also ye bodies of one son and 2 daughters, Thomas, Sarah and Cordelia. Left surviving by Deborah his wife 2 sons and six daughters, James, Samuel, Deborah, Mary, Ann, Martha, Cordelia & Elizabeth. Also here lyeth ye body of Deborah, wife of James Munn. She died the 20th of March 1748 aged 63 years.

134. Sacred to the memory of Joseph HALL of this parish, yeoman, who departed this life November the 3rd 1813 aged 82 years and eleven months. Also of Ann, his wife, who departed this life November the 21st 1836 aged 88 years.

135. In memory of Thomas TRESS of this parish who died January 11 1767 aged 57 years. Also Mary, his wife died June 18 1762 aged 50 years.

136. Sacred to the memory of Samuel Munn HEATH, yeoman of this parish, who departed this life April 1st 1862 aged 78 years. Left surviving a widow and 2 daughters.

137. In memory of Ann, wife of Thomas HUNT of Pullington in this parish, who died March 28th 1777 aged 25 years. Left issue John, Mary, Ann and Susanna.

138. Here lieth the body of Ann, daughter of John FIELD of this parish by Jane his wife, who lies interred at Ticehurst in Sussex. Ye said Ann died ye 9th of April 1747 in ye 15th year of her age.

139. (Four medallion heads engraved on stone). To the memory of four daughters of Edward and Mary FIELD of this parish. Jane died October 12th 1760 aged 2 years 9 months and 22 days. Mary died October 15th 1760 aged 4 years 4 months and 20 days. Elizabeth died October 17th 1760 aged 9 years 1 month and 30 days. Martha died October 18th 1760 aged 1 year 9 months and 24 days. Erected by John Field, their grandfather.

140. In memory of Margaret, daughter of Edward and Mary FIELD of this parish, who died July 28 1769 in the 16th year of her age. (Register. August 1. Mary, daughter of Edward FEILD).

141. In memory of John, son of Edward and Mary FIELD of this parish. He died March 21 1778 aged 18 years.

142. In memory of Sarah TOMKIN, late of Hawkhurst, who died January 15 1779 aged 47 years. This stone is erected by her brother, Edward FIELD of this parish.

143. (Very large upright stone, in head of which are engraved two figures, also an angel blowing a trumpet). In memory of Mary, wife of Samuel SANTER of this parish, daughter of Edward and Judith HAINS. She died December 19th 1794 aged 18 years. Left issue one son, Edward. Also of Judith Hains aforesaid, who died December 17th 1813 aged 66 years.

144. To the memory of Samuel SANTER of this parish who died April 19th 1838 aged 65 years. He left issue by Mary his wife, who survives him, 1 son and 5 daughters, viz: Maria, Eliza, Harriet, Jane, Sam and Mary. Also to the memory of Mary, daughter of Samuel and Mary Santer, who died November 18th 1841 aged 24 years. Also Jane, daughter of the above, who died April 5 1873 aged 62 years.

145. (On side of altar tomb). Here lyeth ye body of Mary SHARP, daughter of Richard Sharp, gent, and Martha his wife of Benenden. Married first to Stephen SHARPEIGH of ye same parish, and late wife of Sander HAFFENDEN of Biddenden, gent, who dyed on ye 23 of November 1704 in ye 47 year of her age. Here lyeth ye body of Stephen SHARPEIGH, gent, who dyed on ye 28 of May 1697 in ye 84 year of his age. (Register 1704. December 4. Mary, wife of Sander Haffenden of Biddenden. 1697. June ye 4th. Stephen Sharpeigh, gent. Anno aetatis 84).

145a. Sacred to the memory of Sarah, wife of James BUCKLAND of Little Ninevah in this parish, who departed this life January 20th 1830 aged 65 years. Also the above named James Buckland, who died January 13th 1841 aged 76 years. Likewise Thomas, their son, who departed this life March 6th 1789 aged 11 months.

146. In memory of Elizabeth, widow of Samuel HUNT, gent. She died June ye 12th 1769 aged 82 years. Left issue two sons and four daughters.

147. In memory of Thomas CARLY of this parish. He died August the 17 1768 aged 47 years. Left issue two sons and one daughter, John, Harry and Philadelphia. Also in memory of Philadelphia, wife of the said Thomas CARLY, who died November 21 1773 aged 52 years. Also Philadelphia TAYLOR, daughter of the above Thomas and Philadelphia Carly, who died September 17 1781 aged 26 years. Left issue Will, Philadelphia and Sarah.

148. In memory of Richard MILLS, late of this parish, who departed this life October the 29th 1811 aged 79 years. Also Mary his wife, who departed this life September the 29th 1815 aged 75 years. Left surviving one son, Richard.

149. Sacred to the memory of Richard MILLS, gent, of Mountlehoe Farm in this parish, who departed this life September 5th 1841 aged 70 years, leaving surviving Susannah his wife and issue two children, viz: Montague and Susannah. Also Susannah, (?wife) of the above, who died December 26th 1863 aged 57 years. Also to the memory of Richard, son of the above named Richard and Susannah Mills, who died July 27th 1832 in the third year of his age.

149. (Inserted in east wall of south aisle a Coat of Arms). Near this place lieth the body of Edmund GIBBON, who died January 1727 aged 53 and Sarah, his wife, who died June 1751 aged 75. They had three sons and two daughters. The surviving are Sarah who married Samuel PLUMER of Sedlescomb in Sussex, gent, who also lies in a vault near. Francis, who married the daughter of Samuel STILEMAN of Otford in Kent, gent. Here lieth the body of Francis Gibbon of Cranbrook who departed this life February the 20th 1756 aged 53 years. His said wife is also buried here. She died 29th September 1785 aged 77 years. Their only son Walter was buried in Clerkenwell churchyard. The same vault contains Sarah, wife of the said Samuel Plummer, their daughter Martha, wife of William WARD of this parish, and their daughters Martha, Elizabeth and Sarah. The last married William CLEVELAND of London, who died September 1820 and lies in the same vault with Sarah his wife, who died July 19th 1842 aged 79 years. In the said vault lies also Sarah Cleveland, the youngest daughter of the said William and Sarah Cleveland, who died April 3rd 1869 aged 77 years. (Register, 1727. January 15. Mr Edmund Gibbon, sen. House holder). At top of stone a shield, lion rampant bet. 3 escallops. Arms being: Sa. a lion ramp.guardant or, between three escallops ar. Crest a demi lion ramp. guard. ar. ducally crowned or. holding between paws an escallop of the last.

150. Sacred to the memory of Thomas JOHNSON of this parish, who died December 7th 1836 aged 67 years. Also of Martha his wife who died October 24th 1854 aged 73 years. Left issue one daughter, Sarah.

151. Here lyeth the body of Christopher DIVE of this parish, yeoman, who died August ye 27th 1729 aged 52 years. Left issue Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary and Ann. Also the body of Mary, wife of the said Christopher Dive died May 19th 1754 aged 63.

152. Sacred to the memory of John, second son of the late James and Sarah JUDGE of this parish, who died September 14th 1847 aged 44 years, leaving a widow and one daughter. Also of Matilda his wife who died April 23rd 1852 aged 42 years.

153. Sacred to the memory of James JUDGE, yeoman, late of Goddards Green in this parish, who died June 4th 1823 aged 58 years, leaving a widow, three sons and two daughters to lament their loss. "For nature will feel, even when faith triumphs". Also of Sarah, wife of the above named James Judge who died January 22nd 1848 aged 76 years.

154. Sacred to the memory of Thomas, son of James and Sarah JUDGE of Godderds Green in this parish, who was born May the 12th 1805 and died October the 5th 1807.

155. Sacred to the memory of Sarah TOOTH, eldest daughter of James and Sarah Judge, late of this parish, who departed this life January 17th 1847 aged 40 years.

156. Erected to the memory of Ann, second wife of James BUCKLAND of this parish, who died April 18th 1838 aged 60 years. Also near this stone lies two of her children, by her first husband William BLACKWELL.

157. (On side of old altar tomb). Here lieth the body of William SPENSER of Benenden, late desesed wich depted this life the 20 day of October in the yeare 1652 & in the 27th yeare of his age.

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158. In memory of Richard GRANT, gent, son of Richard and Mary Grant, who lies interred in the tomb adjoining to this stone. He died May 17th 1725 aged 64 years. Also Mary his wife who died November 28 1742 aged 79 years. (In head of stone are 3 cocks upon a shield).

159. In memory of Mary, wife of Richard GRANT, Senior of this parish, gent, who died August 18 1773 aged 65 years. Left issue Richard, Mary and Sally. Also in memory of Richard Grant, gent, who died February 11 1788 aged 87 years. (Same shield in head).

160. In memory of Richard GRANT, Junior, late of this parish, gent. He died October 11 1778 aged 35 years. This stone erected by Elizabeth his wife. (Same shield repeated).

161. Sacred to the memory of Samuel HINKLEY of this parish, who died February 15th 1848 aged 58 years, leaving a widow, five sons and three daughters. Also Fanny, wife of the above Samuel Hinkley, who died March 24th 1867 aged 66 years.

162. Sacred to the memory of Sarah, the beloved wife of George Hinkley of this parish, who died May 8th 1876 aged 48 years, leaving a husband, 3 sons and 1 daughter to lament the loss of an affectionate wife and kind mother.

163. Sacred to the memory of Jane AYEARST, who departed this life March 2nd 1829 aged 54 years. Also of Martha Ayearst, sister of the above, who departed this life May 1st 1856 aged 78 years.

164. In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Thomas WINTON of this parish, who died June 1st 1801 aged 51 years. Left issue two sons and one daughter, viz: Thomas, John and Charlotte.

165. Here lyeth ye body of Thomas BASDEN of this parish who dyed March ye 10th 1694 aged 50 years. Also Rebeckah his wife who dyed September ye 2nd 1723 aged 75 years.

166. Sacred to the memory of Stephen CROFT of this parish who died April 1st 1835 aged 54 years, leaving surviving Judith his wife and issue two sons and two daughters, viz: Charles, Alfred, Susan and Martha. Also of Judith his wife who died August 24th 1838 aged 65 years.

167. Sacred to the memory of Stephen CROFT of this parish who died May 14th 1834 aged 50 years. Leaving surviving Wenney his wife and issue one daughter, viz: Susan.

168. In memory of Mary, wife of William AYEARST, who departed this life May the 7th 1787 aged 57 years. "Affliction sore long time I bore, physicians were in vain, Till God did please, death should me seize, and ease me of my pain". Also in memory of the above William Ayearst of Sandhurst who died February 15th 1700 aged 71 years. (Register, May 10. Mary, wife of William Ayerst).

169. In memory of Peter IGGELSDEN who died July the 6th 1758 aged 69 years. Also Susannah his wife died May the 6th 1763 aged 63 years. Left issue one son and two daughters, John, Hannah and Mary. (Lines as in last stone).

170. Sacred to the memory of four children, sons and daughters of Joseph and Eleanor COVENEY of this parish, viz: Thomas who died February 11th 1828 aged 6 years and 8 months. Elizabeth Ann, died February 15th 1828 aged 4 years and 5 months. Joseph died February 18th 1828 aged 8 years and 10 months. Anne Maria died March 5th 1828 aged 9 months. "They were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided".

171. Sacred to the memory of Eleanor, wife of Joseph COVENEY of this parish, who departed this life April 2nd 1866 aged 69 years. Left surviving 1 son and 2 daughters.

172. Sacred to the memory of Charles, son of Thomas and Sarah COVENEY of this parish, who died June 2nd 1830 aged 2 years. Also Elizabeth their daughter, who died May 28th 1830 aged 1 year.

173. Sacred to the memory of Thomas COVENEY of Standing House in this parish, who died March 8th 1829 aged 77 years. Also Elizabeth, wife of the above who died May 4th 1835 aged 82 years. Left issue one son, Thomas.

174. In memory of Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth COVENEY of this parish who departed this life July the 4th 1806 aged 12 years and 10 months.

175. In memory of Thomas COVENEY of this parish, yeoman, who died April 4 1770 aged 51 years. Also Hannah his wife died January 8 1780 aged 54 years. Left issue Thomas and Joseph. (The Good Samaritan is carved in head of stone like that at Smarden. See Memorials of Smarden by same author, page 144).

176. (Very thick stone). Here lyeth ye body of Ann, daughter of Thomas and Hannah COVENEY of this parish, who died March ye 16th 1749 aged 7 months.

177. Here lieth ye body of John, son of John and Elizabeth IGGELSDEN. He died September ye 9th 1731 aged 3 weeks and 3 days.

178. In memory of John IGGELSDEN of Cranbrook, gent, who died December the 12th 1760 aged 64 years. Also Elizabeth his wife, who died December the 24th 1761 aged 68 years.

179. Here lieth ye body of Ann IGGELSDEN, sister two John Iggelsden, who died October ye 20th 1725 aged 24 years and 10 months.

180. Here lyeth ye body of Richard HODGKIN of this parish, yeoman, who died ye 29th of March 1740 aged 82 years. Also here lyeth the body of Hannah his wife. She died July the 15th 1737 aged 73 years. Left issue one daughter, Hannah.

181. (On side of altar tomb). Here lyeth interred William MOYSE, gent. He marryed Frances, daughter of Richard TILDEN of Milsted in ye county of Kent, gent, who departed this life ye 11 day of September 1697 in ye 28 year of his age and left his wife and by her one daughter, Mary, who was aged 12 months and seven days.

182 In memory of John Rich SHARP, son of John and Judith Sharp, who died May 18th 1760 aged 18 years.

183. In memory of Frances LACE. Died 25th October 1839 aged 29 years.

184. Sacred to the memory of Margaret DAVIES. Died January 15th 1853 aged 91 years. Also Benjamin THOMAS died October 13th 1832 aged 58 years. Also Eleanor Thomas, wife of the above died May 26th 1851 aged 78 years. Also Elizabeth NICKS died May 9th 1838 aged 72 years.

185. To the memory of Mr Philip JEAN, artist (a native of the Island of Jersey) who died at Hemstead September 12 1802 aged 47 years.

186. Sacred to the memory of Sarah, wife of William CHAINEY of this parish, who departed this life May 24th 1828 aged 71 years. This stone was erected in affectionate remembrance of her long and faithful services by the family of Thomas Law HODGES Esquire, M.P. of Hempsted.

187. Sacred to the memory of John DEAN, who died at Hemsted in this parish April 12th A.D. 1809 aged 57 years. He lived in the service of Thomas Hallett HODGES, Esquire and of his son nearly thirty four years, and by his integrity and fidelity justified the confidence reposed in him. This stone was erected by Thomas Law Hodges, Esquire to record his esteem for an old and faithful servant.

188. Here lyeth the body of Thomas SHARP, yeoman, sonne of Edmund Sharp, borne 1629, buried June the 25th 1684, who left issue two sonnes, John and Thomas. (Register 1684. June ye 25. Thomas Sharpe of Lelisden, householder).

189. Sacred to the memory of Thomas SHARP, bachelor, who departed this life 2nd June 1829 aged 73 years.

190. In memory of Mary, wife of William CROFT of this parish, who died July 24th 1785 aged 38 years. Left issue 4 sons and 6 daughters. Also of the above said William Croft, who died August 21st 1824 aged 85 years.

191. To the memory of Martha BURDEN of Stone in the Isle of Oxney, daughter of William CROFT of this parish, who died July the 26th 1812 in the 30th year of her age, leaving three young children and husband to lament their loss of a good wife, and a good mother. Surviving children Martha, Harriot and Robert.

192. Sacred to the memory of Matilda, daughter of Samuel & Fanny GOBLE who died 17th November 1810 aged 4 years and 7 months. Also a daughter who died in her infancy.

193. Sacred to the memory of George COLEBROOK who departed this life May 16th 1853 aged 60 years. He left surviving a widow and four children, viz: George, Mary, Sarah and Harriet. Also of Mary Colebrook wife of the above departed this life March 8th 1865 aged 71 years. Also Robert, their son who died at Utica, Oneida, State of New York, America July 26th 1849 aged 32 years.

194. In loving memory of Ellen WIMHURST, born April 30th 1869, died October 20th 1884. "She is not dead, but sleepeth".

195. Erected to the memory of Robert COLEBROOK of this parish, who departed this life April 18th 1841 aged 54 years. Also of Sarah, wife of the above named who departed this life February 9th 1856 aged 69 years.

196. Sacred to the memory of William SANTER of this parish, yeoman, who died April the 17th 1807 aged 88 years. Left issue five sons and two daughters, viz: William, Samuel, Charles, James, Stephen, Ann and Sophia. Also six children deceased. Also of Catharine his wife, who died the 22 November 1817 aged 69 years.

197. Sacred to the memory of James SANTER, only son of Charles and Sarah Santer, late of this parish, who died December 21st 1823 aged 21 years.

198. (Thick stone, worn). Here lieth the body of /…an EVERDEN, yeaman, …/ of Robert Everden, late of Benenden who died August …/ 1679 being …/ years. (Register 1679. August 21st. Susan Everden, widow poore).

199. (On top of an altar tomb). Near this stone lieth buried Thomas …./ of this parish, malster, died August ye 20th 1710 aged 77 years. Also Deborah his wife died May ye 9 1720 (broken stone) aged 75. The said Thomas and Deborah ……/ (Register 1720. May 12. Deborah Hunt, widow).

200. In memory of Samuel CHASMER of this parish who died March 14 1778 aged 67 years. Left issue four sons and five daughters. Also Mary his wife died December ../ 1794 aged 83 years. (Register 1794. December 31. Chasmer widow).

201. In memory of James ATWOOD, who was Master of the free school in this parish 34 years, and of Lydia his wife. He died January the 27th 1761 aged 62 years. She died November the 26th 1756 aged 63 years. They left behind them six children, namely William, Thomas, John, Lydia, Mary and Jane, of whom Thomas is since deceased and lies interred close by this stone. He died September the 29th 1761 aged 38 years.

202. In memory of Harriet Amelia, daughter of John and Harriett BUCKLAND, born April 6th 1838, died February 10th 1853.

203. In memory of John BUCKLAND of this parish, born September 16th 1797, died October 18th 1860. Left surviving a widow, 1 daughter and 2 sons, viz: Sarah, William and John Avery. "We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men". Also of Harriett, wife of the above named John Buckland, who died November 16th 1876 aged 76 years.

204. Sacred to the memory of George WENHAM, who died March 16th 1881 aged 45 years. "In the midst of life we are in death".

205. In memory of Sarah, the wife of Robert LEVETT, and afterwards the wife of John AVERY, who died March 20th 1882 aged 49 years. "She hath done what she could".

206. Sacred to the memory of Sarah PAINE, widow of Thomas Paine, and eldest daughter of Thomas and Ann ROUST, who died May 27th 1855 aged 82 years. "Perfect love casteth out fear". Also of Eliza, eldest daughter of the above named Sarah Paine, and wife of Thomas CATT of London, who died December 7th 1856 in the 50 year or her age and who lies buried here. "Through much tribulation we enter the Kingdom".

207. Sacred to the memory of Thomas ROUST of this parish, who died September 3rd 1824 aged 58 years.

208. Sacred to the memory of Thomas ROUST of this place, who died 31st May 1814 aged 73. And of Ann his wife, who died 14th February 1800 aged 60. Left surviving Thomas, John, Richard, Sarah, David, Ann, James and Elizabeth. Near this place lieth William Roust MOLTON, son of James and Ann Molton, who died April 15th 1817 aged 16 months.

209. Sacred to the memory of Richard ROUST of this parish, who died January 31st 1831 aged 59 years.

210. In memory of John, son of Thomas and Sarah ROUST of this parish, who died September 23rd 1783 aged 47 years. Near this place lyeth the body of William, son of Thomas and Ann Roust. He died February 2nd 1791 aged 15 years. "All you that come my grave to see, prepare yourselves to follow me. Prepare for death, make no delay, I in decline was snatcht away".

211. In memory of Thomas ROUST of this parish, who died January 31 1780 aged 77 years. Left issue John, Thomas and Sarah. Also in memory of Sarah, wife of the above said Thomas Roust, who died June 19 1785 aged 79 years.

212. Here lyeth the body of Mary, wife of Vallentine MARLOW and daughter of George SPRINGETT of Hawkherst. She died ye 18th of June 1741 aged 32 years. Left issue 5 sons and one daughter.

213. In memory of Thomas AUSTEN of this parish. He died April 1 1777 aged 77 years. Also Mary his wife died January 30 1777 aged 67 years. Left issue six sons and seven daughters.

214. In memory of Lawrence LANSDELL, late of this parish, yeoman, who died April 2nd 1784 aged 79 years. This stone was erected by Elizabeth his wife who died May 12th 1802 aged 68 years.

215. In memory of Eleanor, wife of John WESTON of Red House in this parish, who died March 23rd 1875 aged 57 years. Also of Julius, son of the above, who died April 27th 1873 aged 18 years. "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God".

216. Sacred to the memory of William JENNER of this parish, who died 24th April 1870 aged 38 years, leaving a widow, 3 sons and 2 daughters. "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh". Matthew xxiv, 44.

217. "His sun has gone down while it was yet day". In Memoriam Thomas Henry BURDEN, born December 2nd 1843 and died at Staplehurst, January 6th 1870, leaving a wife and one son. Also of Gertrude, wife of Thomas Henry Burden, who died March 12th 1875 aged 28 years.

218. In affectionate remembrance of Sarah, the dearly beloved wife of John FEAVER, late of this parish, who died February 22nd 1871 aged 64 years, leaving four daughters, viz: Sarah Jane, Harriett, Mary and Ellen. "Jesus said come unto me, all ye that labour, and I will give you rest". Matthew 11, 28 verse.

219. In memory of John FEAVER, who died July 17th 1877 aged 66 years. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble". Psalm 46, 1 Verse.

220. In affectionate remembrance of John ROOTES of this parish, blacksmith, who died January 23rd 1884 aged 72 years, leaving surviving three sons and one daughter. Also, near this place Charles, son of the above who died January 15th 1879 aged 24 years. And Emily Jane, their daughter, who died May 30th 1877 aged 24 years.

221. Sacred to the memory of Mary AUSTEN, wife of James Austen of this parish, who departed this life October 3rd 1867 aged 68 years. Also of the above named James Austen, who died May 19th 1869 aged 73 years. Left surviving one daughter, Eleanor.

222. Sacred to the memory of Ann, wife of Thomas PAINE of this parish, who died January 18th 1850 aged 71 years. Also of the above named Thomas Paine, who died October 18th 1852 aged 81 years.

223. (On a slate affixed to west wall of south porch). In a vault opposite are deposited the remains of James JUDGE of Goddards Green in this parish, who died August 17th 1856 aged 54 years. Also of Maria his wife, who died December 21st 1854 aged 40 years. Also Stephen Thomas, their infant son died March 31st 1854. Left surviving one son and one daughter, James Howard and Sarah Upton.

224. Sacred to the memory of Ann GOBLE, the beloved wife of Stephen JUDGE of Tenterden, and daughter of William and Elizabeth LANSDELL of this parish, who departed this life November 29th 1875 aged 64 years. "Beloved by all for her Christianity and great benevolence".

225. In memory of William LANSDELL, son of William and Elizabeth Lansdell of this parish, who died at Maldon in Essex on the 24 September 1858 aged 45 years.

226. In memory of Elizabeth, the wife of William LANSDELL of this parish, who died May 10th 1851 aged 69 years. Also of the aforesaid William Lansdell, who died February 19th 1863 aged 82 years. Left issue surviving George, Anne Goble, William, Mary and Thomas.

227. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, daughter of William and Elizabeth LANSDELL, who died May 12th 1836 aged 18 years.

228. Sacred to the memory of Robert WESTON of this parish, who departed this life November 6th 1822 aged 64 years. Also Ann his wife, who died March 14th 1858 aged 79 years. Left surviving Ann his wife and issue 5 children, viz: Ann, Mary, Robert, John and Henry Thomas. "I know that my Redeemer liveth, He is my portion while I’ve breath, my hope in life, my life in death".

229. Harriet, daughter of Robert and Ann WESTON, born August 21st 1811, died June 9th 1812.

230. Sacred to the memory of Robert, son of Robert and Ann WESTON of this parish, who died December 29th 1833 aged 17 years. Also of Ann, daughter of the above who died August 7th 1835 aged 26 years.

231. (Double headed stone). In memory of William SPRINGATE of this parish, yeoman. He died ye 27th of February 1747 in ye 51st year of his age. Left issue by Margaret his wife one son and one daughter, William and Mary. Also Martha their daughter died an infant. Also Margaret, his wife, who died January 16 1795 aged 83 years. Also in memory of William his son, died October 30 1773 aged 27 years.

232. Sacred to the memory of Sarah, wife of Edward BARDEN (widow of the late John WHEELER of Hastings). Born May 1 1800, died March 29 1866. Alice Wheeler was born 1841, died July 10 1860. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord".

233. In memory of William HAYLOR who died March 8th 1865 aged 75 years. For 38 years a faithful servant in one family in this parish.

234. Sacred to the memory of Sarah CRITTENDEN of this parish, who died March 4th 1865 aged 56 years. "Her affliction was long and painful too, with sorrow and grief while here below. Yet those who are washed in Jesus’ blood, shall live and reign with Him above".

235. In affectionate remembrance of Miriam SHARPE who died May 2nd 1865 aged 28 years. "I know that thou wilt bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living". Job xxx. 23.

236. In memory of James Walker, second son of John and Mary Ann BARNARD of Hainford in Norfolk, who died May the 28th 1864 aged 18 years.

236a. In affectionate remembrance of Emma Jane Healy PARKS, the beloved wife of Thomas Parks of Benenden, died July 2nd 1875 aged 23 years, leaving an infant daughter Emma Cicely Elizabeth. "Thy will be done O Lord".

237. Sacred to the memory of George MUNN of Yew tree farm in this parish, who died March 3rd 1885 aged 73 years. "Watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is".

238. Sacred to the memory of Thomas HOPPER who died October 31st 1864 aged 45 years. "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest". And of Lucy HORN who died December 31st 1864 aged 80 years.

239. In affectionate remembrance of Kate MERRICKS who died 8th October 1869 aged 1 year and 5 days. Also of James Merricks who died 13th April 1874 aged 4 years. Also of Alice Merricks who died 22nd April 1874 aged 10 years. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord".

240. Sacred to the memory of Thomas WRIGHT of this parish (formerly of Morton Wood, Shropshire) who died February 20th 1858 aged 79 years, leaving a widow and two sons, Thomas and George. Also Mary, wife of the above Thomas Wright, who departed this life October 28th 1866 aged 74 years.

241. In memory of Sarah, wife of John SHOOBRIDGE who died 30th July 1811 aged 38 years. Sally, their daughter, died 11th May 1812 aged 5 years, and is buried in the same grave.

242. In memory of William SHOOBRIDGE, who died 3rd December 1821 aged 20 years. "In the midst of life, we are in death".

243, Here lies ye body of John, son of John and Phillis SUTHARDEN who died July ye 23rd 1722 in ye 18th year of his age. Erected to his memory by Samuel Sutharden his brother. (Register 1722. July 28. John, son of John Suthrenden).

244. Here lies ye body of Phillis, wife of John SUTHARDEN who died June ye 2nd 1733 in ye 56 year of her age and left issue one son Samuel, who erected this to her memory. (Register 1733. June 7. Phillis, wife of John Sutherden).

245. Here lieth ye body of John SOUTHERDEN who died ye 4 of September 1748 in he 70th year of his age. And left one son Samuel, who erected this to his memory.

246. In memory of John CUTHBEARTH who died 29th October 1817 aged 74 years. Also of Hannah Cuthbearth his wife, who died 26th August 1789 aged 48 years.

247. (A triple headed stone). Here lyeth the body of John CROTHALL, late of this parish, farmer. He died the 29th of September 1738 aged 70 years. Also ye body of Robert, son of John Crothall by Mary his wife. He was also a farmer and a person well esteemed by all that knew him. He died ye 27th of April 1748 in the 45th year of his age. Here also lyeth ye body of Mary, wife of ye said John Crothall, who died the 14 of February 1751 aged 83 years. These stones were erected to their memory of Richard Crothall.

248. In memory of Obedience, daughter of Richard and Obedience CROTHALL, who departed this life November the 17th 1752 aged 10 months. "Tho’ young my days, seven months I felt earths pain, Christ took me soon and now I feel my gain".

249. In affectionate remembrance of Emily JENNER who died 28th February 1864 aged 17 years. Also of Frederick Jenner who died 19th December 1875 aged 28 years. "Thy will be done".

250. Sacred to the memory of Louisa, wife of Thomas BRYANT, who died July 2nd 1874 aged 67 years.

251. In affectionate remembrance of Charles SOUTHON of Cranbrook, who died June 6th 1874 aged 77 years. Also of Martha Ann Southon, wife of the above, who died March 19th 1878 aged 78 years. "A time to be born and a time to die".

252. Sacred to the memory of George THOMPSON (of this parish, upwards of 20 years a faithful servant of the late Thomas Law HODGES, Esq) who died on the 8th of July 1864 (beloved by all who knew him) aged 62 years, leaving a wife and one son, George, him surviving. Also of Frances Thompson (wife of the above) who died on the 23rd of February 1865 aged 65 years. "They rest in hope of a joyful resurrection".

253. Sacred to the memory of Sarah ARCHER, wife of John WENMAN of this parish, who died December 22nd 1863 aged 52 years.

254. In memory of Edward Gower WENMAN who died December 28th 1879 aged 76 years. Also of Hannah, his widow, who died March 24th 1886 aged 81 years. "I know that my Redeemer liveth".

255. Elizabeth WENMAN, born 8th February 1846, died 18th September 1868. "Them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him".

256. "Not my will, O God, but thine be done". Erected to the memory of Owen SOUTHON of this parish,
born November 6th 1822, died September 10th 1863, leaving a wife and two children, Kathrine and Anne Elizabeth to lament their loss. "For nature feels though faith triumph".

257. In loving memory of Thomas SOUTHON who died 14th June 1876 aged 77 years. Also of Sophia his widow, who departed this life 9th February 1883 aged 80 years. And of Clara, their youngest daughter, who died 1st November 1882 aged 41 years.

258. In memory of Ernest Edwin, son of Benjamin and Caroline SOUTHON. Born October 16th 1862, died October 10th 1863. "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord".

259. In memory of Susanna BULEY, spinster, who died March 15th 1863 aged 77 years.

260. In memory of Fanny, daughter of Henry Thomas and Mary WESTON, who died March 7th 1863 aged 5 years. Also Frank, their son, who died March 16th 1863 aged 1 year and 11 months. "Not lost, but gone before". Also John, their son, who died January 7th 1868 aged 1 year and 5 months.

261. In affectionate remembrance of Mary, wife of Henry Thomas WESTON of Standen House, Benenden, died 28th September 1873 aged 48 years. "And let him that is athirst come and whosoever will let him take of the water of life freely".

262. Sacred to the memory of Richard Joseph Cornelius BODY, who departed this life on the 1st of May 1863 aged 4 years. "One sweet flower has drooped and faded, one beloved child has fled. One fair brow the grave has shaded, one so very dear is dead".

263. In memory of Selina Jane VICKERS who died December 14th 1862 aged 4 years. "She is not dead, but sleepeth".

264. In memory of Rosa MILLEN, daughter of George and Mary Millen, who died August 4th 1863 aged 2 years and 8 months.

265. In memory of John COTTON of this parish, who died April 6th 1875 aged 88 years. Also of Charlotte Cotton, wife of the above, who died July 11th 1861 aged 77 years.

266. To the memory of Thomas BARNS of this parish, who departed this life April 12th 1832 aged 85 years. Martha, wife of Thomas Barns of this parish, who departed this life January the 18th 1812 aged 65 years and 11 months. "Near this place with me twelve infants lay, with pain and grief I did them bear. And there to lay till the last day to meet our God we shall appear".

267. In memory of Mary, wife of Brannis CATT of this parish, who died April 17th 1787 aged 53 years. Left issue 1 daughter. And also of the abovesaid Brananis Catt, who died April 9th 1820 aged 89 years.

268. In memory of Thomas ARCHER, late School Master of this parish who departed this life January 4th 1802 aged 74 years. Also of Sarah Archer his wife, who departed this life December 18th 1823 aged 87 years.

269. Sacred to the memory of Jonathan DUNK who died June 6th 1876 aged 71 years. "Stop dear friends as you pass by, as you are now so once was I. As I am now so you will be, prepare for death and follow me". Also of Arthur Vincent, son of the above, who died April 16th 1876 aged 36 years. (Jonathan Dunk was the village blacksmith, and an occasional preacher at the Independent Chapel at Iden Green).

270. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Jonathan Dunk, who departed this life December 21st 1872 aged 64 years. Also of two infant daughters, Frances died in 1834 aged 8 months, Elizabeth died in 1835 aged 4 months.

On the north side of the Church.
271. In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Thomas BRIGNALL of this parish, who died January 10 1801 aged 52 years. Left issue 4 sons and 5 daughters, viz: Thomas, Bett, Richard, William, Ann, Mary, Robert, Peggy and Sarah. Also in memory of the above said Thomas Brignall who died November 2nd 1801 aged 61 years.

272. Sacred to the memory of Richard BRIGNALL, late of Staplehurst in this county, who died August the 30th 1847 aged 76 years. Left surviving a widow, one son and two daughters. Also of Emma Brignall his widow, who died April the 5th 1832 aged 74 years.

273. Sacred to the memory of Ann, daughter of George and Mary RING, who died September 17th 1840 aged 8 months.

274. Sacred to the memory of John BURT of this parish, who died February 10th 1852 aged 79 years.

275. In memory of Elizabeth DURRANT, daughter of the late Alexander WELLER, gent, of Biddenden, who departed this life September 15th 1855 in the 85th year of her age.

276. (Double headed stone). Here lyeth the body of George GIBBON of this parish, gent, who departed this life January the eleventh 1741 in the 71st year of his age. Also in memory of Ann, wife of the said George Gibbon, who died May ye 8th 1780 aged 91 years. (Arms are engraved in the centre of the stone).

277. (Double headed stone). In memory of James PARSONS of this parish, salesman. He died November ye 11th 1767 in the 66 year of his age. Here lieth the body of Mary, wife of James Parsons of this parish, yeoman, who departed this life March the 2nd 1747 aged 66 years. Also Elizabeth their daughter, by her former husband Nicholas PUXTY, who died ye 19th of May 1742 aged 31 years. Left surviving 2 daughters, Mary and Martha.

278. In memory of James BRESSENDEN of this parish who died November 6 1775 aged 52 years. Also Elizabeth his wife. She died April 14 1793 aged 72 yers.

278a. In this vault lie the remains of Jane WITHERS who died in the year 1776; Alexander PANKHURST who died in the year 1820; Harriett MOORE who died in the year 1852; and James Moore who died in the year 1861.

279. (The head of stone is carved with fantastic figures). In memory of Nanne, wife of John HAFFENDENof this parish. She died December 7th 1788 aged 23 years. Left issue one son and two daughters. Register 1788. Dec.11. Nanny, wife of John Haffenden). For Haffenden, see "Memorials of Smarden".

280. Sacred to the memory of Thomas NEVE, late of Pullington in this parish, who departed this life February 17th 1867 aged 78 years.

281. Sacred to the memory of Sarah, the wife of Thomas NEVE of this parish. She died 4th March 1855 aged 66 years.

282. In memory of Martha, 3rd daughter of Thomas and Sarah NEVE. She died September 15th 1880 aged 57 years.

283. Sacred to the memory of John Hamshar NEVE, eldest son of Thomas and Sarah Neve of this parish, who died June 23rd 1833 aged 20 years. Also of Thomas Neve, third son of the above named Thomas and Sarah Neve, who died July 29th 1841 aged 25 years.

284. (Double headed stone). In memory of Edward DUNKIN of ye parish. He died February the 1st 1741 aged 40 years. Left issue one son and one daughter, Edward and Peggy. Also in memory of Edward, son of Edward Dunkin by Margaret his wife. He died May the 17th 1757 in ye 21st year of his age.

285. In memory of Margaret, wife of John JENKS of this parish, who died August 26th 1768 aged 61 years. Also in memory of Catharine, wife of the above said John Jenks, who died February 1 1781 aged 66 years. Also in memory of the above said John Jenks who died May 27 1793 aged 84 years.

286. Erected to the memory of William FARLEY of this parish, who died June 26th 1847 aged 71 years. Also Kezia his wife died February 6th 1855 aged 84 years. Left issue surviving six sons and two daughters.

287. In memory of George MOORE of this parish who died December the 21 1719 aged 55 years. Also Mary his wife died May the 8th 1771 aged 87 years. Likewise in memory of one son and two daughters. Elizabeth died October the 18th 1785 aged 72 years. Samuel died October the 10 1786 aged 68 years. Mary died April the 3rd 1782 aged 78 years.

288. Sacred to the memory of Hannah, the wife of John WENMAN of this parish who died January 6th 1855 aged 44 years.

289. Here lieth the body of David HARLOCK of this parish, who died December the 12th in 1757 aged 90 years. Here lieth ye body of Margaret, wife of David Harlock of ye parish, died April ye 12 1749 aged 72 years. Also near this stone lie ye bodys of 1 son and 3 daughters, John, Elizabeth, Eleanor and Mary. Left surviving 3 daughters, Margaret, Jane and Mary.

290. Sacred to the memory of Caroline Jane, the beloved wife of George CORK, who departed this life May 19th 1857 aged 35 years. She left surviving two sons, Frederick George and Charles Albert.

291. (Double headed stone)In memory of Richard BUTCHER of this parish, carpenter, who died April ye 17th 1769 aged 75 years. Here lyeth ye body of Elizabeth, wife of Richard Butcher, and eldest daughter of David HARLOCK, both of ye parish. She died August ye 2 1739 in ye 35th year of her age. Had issue 8 children, of whom 4 survive, John, Elizabeth, Thomas and Mary. In memory of one of the best of wives.

292. Sacred to the memory of Ann, daughter of Thomas and Ann REEVES of this parish, who died June 5th 1842 in the 34th year of her age.

293. Sacred to the memory of Thomas REEVES of this parish, who died January 1st 1838 in the 69th year of his age. Ann, wife of Thomas Reeves of this parish, who departed this life November 21st 1832 in the 63rd year of her age. Left issue surviving four sons and two daughters, viz: Edward Ayearst, Thomas, Francis, Richard, Jane and Ann.

294. Sacred to the memory of Mary Ann REEVES, daughter of Thomas and Ann Reeves of this parish, who died April the 28th 1806 in the 14th year of her age. And also of John Reeves their son, who died the 9th of September 1813 in the 7th year of his age.

East of path: north side of the church.
295. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of John NASH, tailor of this parish, who died July 25th 1856 aged 71 years. Left surviving 2 sons and 3 daughters. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord". Also the above named John Nash, who died January 29th 1874 aged 84 years.

296. In memory of Thomas POTTER of this parish who died May 25th 1810 aged 82 years. Also of Elizabeth his wife who died August 27th 1795 aged 66 years. "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth".

297. (On top of an altar tomb close to north porch). Here lieth the body of Francis SMITH Junior and Elizabeth his wife (Elizabeth was daughter of Luke and Elizabeth WILLORD of this parish). She ……/ 1713 they left 5 children, viz: ……../ Francis Smith died April 25 1718 in the 28 year of his age (broken). (Register 1713. June 8. Ffrancis Smith poor).

298. Sacred to the memory of Walter, second son of Walter OTTE Esq. of Plumbors Hall, Essex who departed this life August 17th 1843 aged 13 yers.

299. In memory of John WENMAN, carpenter, of this parish who died March 24th 1844 aged 73 years. Also Ann his wife died December 1st 1852 aged 79 years, youngest daughter of Edward GOWER of this parish, left issue Edward Gower and John.

300. In memory of Jeffery GILBERT who died January 28th 1838 aged 83 years. Also of Mary, wife of Jeffery Gilbert, blacksmith, of this parish, who died November the 14th 1821 aged 68 years. Left issue 3 sons, Jesse, John and Samuel. "Here let her rest, in undisturbed dust, until the resurrection of the just".

301. Sacred to the memory of Thomas SOUTHON of this parish who departed this life November 14th 1826 aged 56 years. Also Elizabeth, wife of the above named, who died December 24th 1841 aged 71 years. Left issue eight sons and one daughter.

302. In memory of children of Thomas and Sophia SOUTHON. Ellen, born July 1st 1828, died December 25th 1829. Iden, born May 23rd 1830, died June 23rd 1832. Sabina, born January 27th 1837, died March 5 1838. "Our rest together is in the dust".

303. Sacred to the memory of Harry Frederick, son of Humphrey Robert and Mary PORTER, born at Hemstead May 30th 1854, died August 27th 1857. "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven". St Luke, Chap.18, v.16.

304. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, daughter of Frederick and Sarah Ann SIMMONS, who departed this life January 25th 1853 aged seven months.

305. In memory of John CARLY, yeoman, who died January 10 1786 aged 74 years. Elizabeth his wife who died April 28 1772 aged 57 years. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Carly, their daughter, who died April 8 1777 aged 26 years and of their two children who lie interred at Hawkhurst.

306. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas MUNN of this place, brick maker, died 9th May 1820 aged 73 years. Also the above said Thomas Munn who died August 21st 1836 aged 77 years. Left issue Thomas, James and John.

307. In memory of Maria, daughter of Thomas and Margaret MUNN of this parish, who was born January 25th 1813 and departed this life December 5th 1814.

308. In memory of Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ann MILLER of Frittenden, who died November 27th 1834 aged 1 year and 6 months. Also Mary Ann, their daughter, who died December 2nd 1836 aged 5 years. Also George Charles, their son died July 16th 1839 aged 4 years and 4 months. Also Henry Lovell their son who died May 8th 1840 aged 1 month.

309. "In the midst of life we are in death". In memory of Edwin SOUTHON of this parish who died April 21st 1858 aged 30 years. He left surviving a widow and one daughter.

310. In memory of Martha Southon LONGLEY, died at Cranbrook August 8th 1862 aged 15 months, the beloved child of Giles and Martha Ann Longley of London, formerly of this parish. "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God".

311. Sacred to the memory of George SOUTHON of this parish, yeoman, who departed this life April 19th 1856 aged 63 years. Left surviving a widow, five sons and three daughters. Also of Sarah, wife of the above who died July 15th 1870 aged 71 years.

312. Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Cornelius COLEBROOK of this parish who died April 13th 1857 aged 33 years, leaving a husband and infant son, Ernest, to lament the loss of an affectionate wife and kind mother. "Prepare to meet thy God".

313. In memory of Frederick SOUTHON, youngest son of George and Sarah Southon, who died 28th December 1865 aged 32 years.

314. Sacred to the memory of John ASHMOLE, son of Elias and Ann Ashmole, who died June 29th 1842 aged 1 year and 10 months.

315. Sacred to the memory of Thomas MUNN, late of Tenterden, cordwainer, who departed this life 25th February 1816 aged 58 years. Left issue by Elizabeth his wife Jarvis, Thomas, Sarah and Charlotte.

316. Erected to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Jarvis MUNN of this parish, who died November 13th 1839 aged 64 years. Also of the above Jarvis Munn who died July 17th 1861 aged 80 years. Left issue surviving 7 children, Jarvis, Samuel, William, Thomas, George, Sarah and David.

Monuments recently erected.
317. In memory of Martha PUXTY of Rose Cottage. Born December 8th 1828, died January 4th 1888. "A light is from the household gone, a voice we loved is still, a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled".

318. Sacred to the memory of Henry CORK who died December 30th 1886 aged 82 years. Also of Mary, wife of the above, who died March 20th 1878 aged 74 years. "It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power". Left surviving Sarah, Elizabeth, George, Albert, Henry, Maria and Edwin.

319. Sacred to the memory of Reynolds MARSHALL who died May 3rd 1887 aged 83 years. Also of Martha, wife of the above, who died March 4th 1867 aged 64 years. Left surviving 3 sons and 2 daughters, viz: Reynolds, John, Elizabeth, Stephen and Lydia.

Stones formerly existing.
Notes in parish register, by Rev. W.J. Edge, Vicar.
During the restoration of Benenden Church 1861-62, the gravestones lying in the floor of the north and south aisles were necessarily covered by the New York.

The following are faithful copies of the several inscriptions:

320. At a distance of 2ft 6in. from east wall, and 9ft 8in. from south wall lies a stone on which is inscribed a shield, containing per chev. three elephants’ heads erased. Crest: an elephant’s head erased (the lines denoting colours are obliterated). Just below the Coat of Arms is the following:
Hic jacet Johannes SAUNDERS LL.B. quondam Vicarius de Bennenden in Comitatu Cantii. Obiit 5 die Aprilis 1724. Aetatis Suae 50.
Serius aut citius Sedem properamus ad unam: Heu dimus (?) huc omnes, haec est domus ultima nobis.
On the same stone under the foregoing is the following: Richardus Saunders, Clericus, quondam Rector de Westley in Com. Cantabrigiae, et nunc Minister de Hawkhurst in Com. Cantii. Amantissimus fratri posuit. (Parish register 1724. April 10. The Revd. John Saunders, vicar).

321. At a distance of 13 feet from east wall and 8ft 4in. from south wall is a very large stone with merely the inscription F. BOYS 1844.

322. At a distance of 22ft 6in. from east wall, and 7ft 8in. from south wall is a large stone with following inscription: Sacred to the memory of Anna Maria, eldest daughter of William and Harriet GOBLE of this parish, who departed this life on the 25th July 1822 aged 15 years. Also to the memory of Harriet, wife of William Goble (spelt Gobee) who departed this life March 30th 1837 aged 51 years. Also to the memory of Mary Ellen, third daughter of William and Harriet Goble, who departed this life September 9th 1845 aged 21 years. Also to the memory of the above William Goble, who departed this life April 11th 1849 aged 68 years.

323. At a distance of 7½ft. from north wall and about 11ft 6in. from chancel aisle steps is a stone with the following inscription: In memory of Henry HEATH, yeoman, who died July the 22nd 1787 aged 30 years. Left issue one son and two daughters. "Calm are the slumbers of the just, and peaceful rest their sacred dust. Till the last trumpet’s solemn sound awakes the dead and cleaves the ground. Then shall this body joyful rise to meet our Saviour in the skies". Also Anna Maria, his wife, who died June 18th 1800 aged 38 years. Their eldest daughter, Anna Maria, who died January 30 1810 aged 19 years.

324. At a distance of 7ft 6in. from north wall and about 18ft from chancel aisle steps is a stone with the following inscriptions: Sacred to the memory of Henry, second son of Samuel and Ann HEATH of this parish, who departed this life on the 9th of December 1822, aged 3 years. Also to the memory of Mary Ann, second daughter of Samuel and Ann Heath who died February 9th 1838 aged 21 years.

325. Opposite door of stairs leading to chamber over the south porch is the following: Here lyeth the body of Samuel HUNT, late of this parish, who departed this life December ye 28 1735 in ye 84th year of his age. Also here lyeth the body of Mary, wife of the said Samuel Hunt, daughter of Richard and Mary GRANT of this parish, gent. She departed this life October the 24th 1740 in the 84th year of her age. They had issue 2 sons and 3 daughters, of whom 4 survive, viz: Mary, Samuel, Deborah, Ann, and Thomas deceased.

326. In north west corner of nave, close in corner, is the following: In memory of Samuel HUNT of this parish, gent, who died December 22nd 1783 aged 64 years. Also Ann his wife, who died May 26 1778 aged 64 years. Also Ann their daughter who died March 18 1774 aged 21 years. Left issue one son, Samuel. Also Deborah, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Hunt. She died October 1 1781 aged six months. Likewise Elizabeth their daughter died February 8 1785 aged seven months.

Funeral Orders and church monuments, by R. Holme.
327. In the chancell window (Benenden) is this writing: Orate pro animabus Johanis BRENCHLEY et Willmi MORE. On the gravestone in Mores Chapel in Benenden: Hic jacet Wateri More Armigeri qui obijt 24 die mensis Martij ano 1504 et Aliciae uxor dicti Walteri quae obijt. quor aiabs ppitietur deus. (Brit. Mus. Harl. MS 2129, f.221, b. also Arch.Cant. xi.396; xiii.137. Harl MS 3917, 20.b.).

Index of Names and Places

Names Index
ARCHER 253, 268
ASHMOLE 314
ATWOOD 201
AUSTEN 213
AUSTEN 221
AVERY 205
AYEARST 163, 168, 293
AYLMER 14
BARDEN 232
BARHAM 108, 109
BARNARD 236
BARNS 266
BARNS 46, 69
Barrett 6
Barrington 93
BARROW 44, 45
BASDEN 165
Beale 73
BLACKWELL 80, 81, 156
BODY 262
BONNICK 112
BOYS 19, 20, 21, 40a, 40b,
   93, 94, 321
BRENCHLEY 327
BRESSENDEN 278
BRIGNALL 271, 272
BROWN 61, 62
BRYANT 250
BUCKLAND 64-66, 124-128,
   145a, 156, 202, 203
BULEY 259
BURDEN 191, 217
BURT 92, 274
BUSBRIDGE 82, 86
BUTCHER 291
CARLY 123, 147, 305
CARTWRIGHT 4
CATT 206, 267
CHAINEY 186
CHANDLESS 6, 7
CHASMER 200
CHENNELL 74b
CHITTENDEN 25
CHUBB 131
CLARK 46
CLEVELAND 87, 149
COLEBROOK 193,195,312
COLEMAN 104
Cook 6
CORK 290, 318
COTTON 265
COVENEY 170-176
CRITTENDEN 234
CROFT 166, 167, 190, 191
CROTHALL 247, 249
CRYER 25
CURTIES 6
CUTHBEARTH 246

DAVIES 184
DAVIS 26
DAY 60
DEAN 187
DIVE 151
DRAWBRIDGE 88
DRURY 77
DUNGEY 41
DUNK 269
DUNKIN 284
DURRANT 111, 275
EDGE 3, 47, 84, 320
ELCOCK 65, 67, 68
EVERDEN 198
FARLEY 3, 74, 286
FEAVER 218, 219
FIELD 138-142
FORBES 6
FORTESCUE 9
Gathorne 22
GATHORNE-HARDY 26
GIBBON 10, 149, 276
GIBSON 103
GILBERT 300
GOBLE 192, 224, 322,
GOLDSMITH 95
GOWER 30, 31, 254, 299
GRAHAM 16
GRANT 158-160, 325
Greenland 62
GUDE 52-54, 57
GULDEFORD 8
HAFFENDEN 145, 279
HAGUE 110, 111, 115
HAINS 143
HALL 134
Hallett 4, 187
HARDY 1, 11, 12, 22, 26-28
HARLOCK 289, 291
HATCHER 85
HAYLOR 233
HAYWARD 79, 103
HEATH 130, 136, 323, 324
HINDS 110, 113, 114
HINKLEY 161, 162
HODGES 4, 5, 6, 7, 24, 63,
   186, 187, 252
HODGKIN 180
HOPPER 238
HORN 238
HOWARD 129
HUNT 23, 25, 137, 146, 199,
   325, 326
IGGELSDEN 169, 177-179
ILDEN 78
JEAN 185
Jenkin 110, 115
JENKS 285
JENNER 216, 249
JOHNSON 150
JONES 120, 121, 152-154,
    223, 224
KIRBY 41
LACE 183
LANSDELL 48, 214, 224-227
Law 5, 6, 24, 63, 186, 187,
    252
LAZONBY 17, 95a, 96
LEVETT 205
LONGLEY 310
Lovell 308
MAGDALEN 23
MANWARING 29
MARLOW 212
MARRIOTT 6
MARSHALL 319
MARSHALL 39
MASTERS 63
MEAD 100
MEEDE 100
MERRICKS 239
MILLEN 264
MILLER 89, 308
MILLS 71, 72, 75, 76, 106,
   148, 149
MOLTON 208
MOORE 278a, 287
MOYSE 181
MUNN 25, 131-133, 136, 
   237, 306, 307, 315, 316
NARWOOD 91
NASH 295
NEVE 18, 38, 280-283
NICKS 184
NORRIS 13, 14, 15
NOTT 6
OTTE 298
PAINE 206, 222
PANKHURST 90, 278a
PARKS 236a
PARSONS 277
PATTENSON 6
PAUL 23
PEARETH 6
PELLATT 117
PELLETT 116
PINYON 73
PLUMER 149
PORTER 303
POTTER 296
PUXTY 277, 317
RABSON 70
REEVES 292-294
RELF 49-51
RICHARDSON 93, 95, 105
RIDER 19, 93, 94
RING 273
ROOTES 220
ROUST 206-211
SANTER 143, 144, 196, 197
SAUNDERS 320
SCHEEMAKERS 13
SHARP 145, 182, 188, 189
SHARPE 25, 235
SHARPEIGH 25, 145
SHOEBRIDGE 104
SHOOBRIDGE 32-37, 42, 43,
   241, 242
SIMMONS 304
SMITH 6, 297
SOUTHERDEN 245
SOUTHON 42, 107, 251,
   256-258, 301, 302, 309-311,
   313
SPARKS 53, 58, 59, 63
SPENSER 157
SPRINGATE 231
SPRINGETT 212
STILEMAN 149
STREETER 97, 101
Summers 84
SUTHARDEN 243, 244
Suthrenden 243, 244
TAYLOR 147
THOMAS 184
THOMPSON 252
THROCKMORTON 8
TILDEN 181
TOMKIN 142
TOOTH 155
TRESS 135
TURTLE 57
TWISDEN 5, 6, 7
TYE 70
Tylden 6
Upton 223
VICKERS 263
WARD 149
WELLER 275
WELLS 98, 101, 102
WENHAM 55, 56, 204,
    253-255, 288, 299
WESTON 74b 215, 228-230,
   260, 261
WESTON 74b
WHEELER 232
WIGHTWICK 83
WILLIAMS 99, 100, 118, 119
WILLORD 297
WILSON 6
WIMHURST 194
WINTON 164
WITHERDEN 73
WITHERS 278a
WRIGHT 240
WYNNE 122
Places Index
Benenden
   Bragnam 9
   Eaglesden 48
   Goddards Green 153-154,
      223
   Hempstead 13
   Hempstead Place 4
   Hempsted 8, 186
   Hemstead 185
   Hemsted 5, 6, 14, 63, 187
   Hemsted estate 24
   Hemsted Park 22
   Iden Green 269
   Lelisden 188
   Little Ninevah 145a
   Mount Pleasant 49
   Mountlehoe Farm 149
   Pullington 137, 279
   Pump Farm 72
   Pump House 71

   Ramsden 83
   Red House 215
   Rose Cottage 317
   Sarnden 95
   Sarnden Farm 105
   Standen House 261
   Standing House 173
   Yew Tree Farm 237
Bermondsey, Surrey 93
Bradbourne Park, 
   East Malling 5
Brighdeham, Sussex 99
Brookland 20, 93
China 4
Clerkenwell 149
Coughton, Warwickshire 8
Cranbrook 84, 89, 112, 149, 178, 251, 310
Fairly, Sussex 91
Finchley Road, 
   Hampstead 21
Frittenden 308
Hainford, Norfolk 236
Halden 23
Hastings 232
Hawkhurst 111, 142, 212, 
   305, 303
Hollington, Sussex 127, 128
Ireland 15
Jersey 185
Kent 6
Lewisham 132
London 57, 149, 206, 310
   St Bride’s, Fleet Street 39
   St Paul’s 39
   York Place 7
Madras 4
Maidstone 41
Marnham, Nottinghamshire 4
Milsted, Kent 181
Morton Wood, 
   Shropshire 240
Mount Ambrose, 
   County Dublin 15
Otford 149
Petersfield, Hants 129
Plumbors Hall, Essex 298
Ripley Court, Surrey 39
Rolvenden 63, 91, 103
Sandhurst 168
Sedlescomb, Sussex 149
Smarden 279
Stansted, Hertfordshire 58
Staplehurst 82, 217, 272
Stone in the Isle of Oxney 191
Sussex 6
Tenterden 91, 100, 224, 315
Thurnham
Ticehurst, Sussex 138
Utica, Oneida, 
   State of New York
West Indies 4
Woolston 38
General
Army
   General 6
   Major 6
   West Kent Militia 6
Navy
   3rd Lieutenant 4
   Admiral of the Fleet 13
   Vice Admiral of England 13
   frigate 4
   HMS Diana
   Royal Navy 13
blacksmith 220, 300
butcher 132
Clergy etc
   Churchwarden 25, 79
   Clerk 116
   curate 38
   parish clerk 3
   Prebendary 39
   Rev 6, 19, 20, 40b, 93, 94
   sexton 3
   Sidemen 25
   vicar 3, 19, 20, 37, 84, 93
carpenter 291, 299
cordwainer 315
deputy lieutenant 6
faithful servant 95, 187
farmer 89, 247
free school 201
High Sheriff 4
Independent Chapel 269
Justice of the Peace 6
malster 199
Memorials of Smarden 279
quarter sessions 6
School Master 201, 268
Sculptor 13
surgeon 17, 73
tailor 295
victualler 41
Warley, East Indiaman 4
yellow fever 4
yeoman 79, 103, 118, 119,
  126, 128, 134, 136, 151,
  153, 175, 180, 188, 196, 198,
   214, 277, 305, 311, 323

Rectors of Benenden Church


 Rectors of Benenden Church from a book, published in 1889 
by Rev Francis Haslewood, Rector of St Matthew's Church, Ipswich

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Biographies of Vicars of Benenden, 1323-1888

By diligent search of the Archbishops’ Registers at Lambeth, the books of First Fruits and Institution in the Public Record Office, documents at Canterbury and other sources, an authentic account may be obtained of about fifty Vicars.

1. Henry le WHITE is the first name which has come down to us. He is described as a Presbyter, and was admitted and instituted on the ninth day of October A.D. 1323, to the Vicarage of the Church of Benenden, to which he had been presented by the Religious House of Combwell, the true patrons of the same. Register. Archiepisc. Cantuar. (British Museum Ad. MS 6062 & c. p. 29).

2. William of DOVOR (resigned).

3. Galfridus CADENAY alias Cadenay, on the 25th of November 1361 was at Otford admitted to the Vicarage of Benenden, in the Diocese of Canterbury, rendered vacant by the resignation of Sir William of Dovor, the last Vicar there, in the hands and presentation of the Prior and Convent of Combwell.

4. Alan BOYS, Chaplain, on the 9th of March 1385 was, at Lambeth, admitted by the Lord Archbishop to the Parish Church of Benenden, vacant, in the gift of Edmund STABLEGATE and Alice his wife, etc.

5. Philip HAMON, Chaplain, on the 18th day of June 1389, was at Croydon, admitted to the Perpetual Vicarage of the Parish Church of Benenden, in the Diocese of Canterbury, being vacant, in the presentation of the Prior and Convent of Combwell. He exchanged with his successor for Eastry, and afterwards, in 1414, for the Rectory of Frinsted.

6. Thomas GOLDYNGTON, became Vicar April 1 1404, having been previously at Eastry: after holding Benenden five years, he again effected an exchange for St. John’s, Margate.

7. Thomas BARRE. On September 2 1409 the Archbishop authorised an exchange between Thomas Goldyngton, Vicar of Benenden, and Thomas Barre perpetual Vicar of S. John’s, Margate, in the gift of the Abbot and Convent of St. Augustine’s, Canterbury. After two years Barre again exchanged Benenden, for St. Nicholas Rochester.

8. Thomas CLERE having been previously Vicar of St. Nicholas, Rochester, exchanged the same for the Vicarage of Benenden in December 1411; he however held the latter less than twelve months.

9. Bartholomew Atte WODE. A Certificate of Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester, dated October 1412, sanctions an exchange between Bartholomew Atte Wode Vicar of Ebbesham, and Thomas Clere of Benenden.

10. William de KIRKEBY, formerly Rector of Bytelstede, exchanged the same for Benenden in September 1415, and in less than a year again effected an exchange with his successor for the Parish of Aldermanbury, London

11. Thomas MARCHAM obtained this Benefice in 1416 by exchange for the Parish of Aldermanbury, London, as appears by the Certificate, but in 1423 removed to Shorne.

12. John GRENEHILL, having previously held the Vicarage of Shorne, in the Diocese of Rochester, exchanged the same for Benenden in 1423, but held it only two years, his death occurring in 1425.

13. John MANNYNG, a Chaplain, on July 25 1425, was at Maidstone admitted to the perpetual Vicarage of the Parish Church of St. George, Benenden, in the Diocese of Canterbury, vacant by the death of John Grenehill, the last Vicar there in the gift of the Prior and Convent of the Blessed Mary of Combwell.

14. John MASHAM, formerly Vicar of Heckfield, which he exchanged for Benenden in 1425, this latter however he resigned after a few months.

15. Thomas ALSTON, Chaplain, was on the 15th June 1426 admitted, at Higham-Ferrers, to the Vicarage of Benenden, vacant by the resignation of John Massham, the last Vicar there, in the gift of the Prior and Convent of Combwell. Alston resigned within a month.

16. Thomas KNOCKERE, Chaplain, was admitted Vicar in July 1426, but died in less than a year.

17. John SOMERBY was presented to the Vicarage of Benenden by the Prior and Convent of Combwell on the last day of June 1427, and after holding it twenty years tendered his resignation.

18. Robert MELLER was admitted Vicar of St. George’s, Benenden in July 1447, the benefice being vacant by the resignation of Somerby, and in the patronage of the Prior of Combwell.

19. Henry CRANEBROKE was Prior of the House of St. Mary Madalene, Combwell, and in December 1455 the Archbishop authorised an exchange with William WATSON, Rector of Eythorne. In December 1458

20. Henry Cranebroke exchanged Eythorne for the Vicarage of Cranbrook, with one Thurstan BOLDE. This latter was instituted to Cranbrook August 10 1458. (Annals of Cranbrook Church by W. Tarbutt. Ministers. p.81).

21. William WATSON, according to Hasted, was appointed to Benenden in 1461 and died in 1473 (Wills Prerog. off. Cant).

22. Thomas HEIKAR, M.A. was admitted February 24 1473 to the Perpetual Vicarage of the Parish Church of Benenden, vacant by the death of Sir William Watson, the last Vicar there in the patronage of the Prior and Conventual Church of Combwell.

23. William CLYFFORD was admitted by the Archbishop to the Vicarage of Benenden in June 1482, vacant by the death of Mr Hekyr, and for this turn in the gift of Alexander Colpepyr, Esquire.

24. Richard WYLLESFORD is mentioned by Hasted with the note: "Will Prerog. Off. Cant".

25. George CROWMER was admitted to the Vicarage of S. George’s, Benenden, October 27, 1513, vacant by the death of the last Incumbent, and in the patronage of the Prior and Convent of Combwell. This Vicar is mentioned in the Valor Ecclestiasticus, or survey completed in the 27th year of Henry VIII. (Georgius Crom. .96).

26. Henry STRENSHAM. The name of this Vicar is found in the First Fruits Composition Books at the Record Office. (Persons compounding for First Fruits Hen.Streynsham Cl.2 Aug. 35, Hen.8 Series I. Vol.I. Com. Kanc). Upon the death of the last Incumbent, Strensham was admitted in June 1542 to the Vicarage of Benenden, having been presented to the same by Sir John GAGE, Knight. He enjoyed the Benefice only three years.

27. Richard WATER. S.T.B. succeeded to Benenden upon the death of Strensham, and was admitted by the Archbishop at Lambeth in June 1545, the patronage being then vested in the hands of Sir John GULDEFORD, Knight. (first Fruits: Ricus Water 15 June 37. H.8). [This Vicar is mentioned in the Archdeacon’s Visitations: fols. 13, 40, 84, 126).

28. William DARRELL, M.A. having been presented to the Vicarage of Benenden by Sir John and Lady Mary GULDEFORD, was admitted to the same by the Archbishop in November 1561. The benefice had been rendered vacant by the death of Richard Water. Darrell was also Rector of Little Chart, but did not reside there: Archdeacon’s Visitation 1550-55 (fols. 12, 40, 84, 126). At a Visitation held in Ashford Church in 1563 it was presented that William Darrell was non resident, and the Vicarage stood in need of repairs (f.5). The Curate was Maurice PENNYALL, but they had no parson last quarter. First Fruits. Wilts Dorell. 27 Mar. 5. Eliz).

29. In A.D. 1569 the Vicarage was vacant, the Church being served by George GRAYNE, a married man holding no other benefice. He did not preach, nor was he a Graduate. There were at that time 148 houses, and 547 Communicants in the Parish. (F.14).

30. William SMYTH, upon the 27th of January 1576 was admitted by the Archbishop to the Perpetual Vicarage of the Parish Church of Benenden, the patronage having lapsed to Queen Elizabeth. (First Fruits, Wiltus Smith, 28 Jan. 19. Eliz).

31. Mark SAUNDERS was instituted to the Parish Church of Benenden in February 1579, the presentation to the same being again in the hands of the Crown. The paving of the Chancel having been presented at the Visitation as being in "some decay for want of paving", Saunders certified in 1581 that it had been repaired. Two years later complaint was made that the Vicar did not wear the Surplice, and neglected to Catechise the young. (First Fruits: M. Saunders Cl.22 Mar.22 Eliz).

32. Walter JONES, M.A. was instituted on the last day of March 1586, the Church having been rendered vacant by the death of the last Incumbent. The Crown once more presented in consequence of the minority of Sir Henry GULDEFORD, Knight. After holding the Benefice upwards of twenty years Jones was deprived. (Whitgift.466.b. p.233).,(First Fruits: Walters Jones 8 Apr. 28.Eliz). In 1558 this Vicar is thus mentioned in the Archdeacon’s Visitation: Visitacio dni Archini Cant. Decanatus Charinge: "Bennenden. Vicarius dns Walterus Jones artiu magr. compt".

33. Vincent HUFFAM, M.A. was Vicar of Seasalter in 1596, and in April 1608 was instituted to Benenden, his patron being Sir Henry GULDEFORD, Knight. Huffam resigned both these Benefices in 1611. That Huffam was a married man appears from an amusing Presentment made at the Archdeacon’s Visitation. (First Fruits: Vincent Huffam 6 Jan. 6 Jac).

34. Richard AUSTEN, B.A. Upon the resignation of Huffam, Sir Henry GULDEFORD, Knight, appointed Richard Austen as his successor. The Archbishop instituted him June 1611. According to Hasted he died in 1643. Abbot. 388. a.p. 150. (First Fruits: Ricus Austen 6 Jun. 9 jac).

35. Nathanial WILMOTT, B.A., was instituted according to Hasted March 22 1643, his patroness having been Sarah SHARP, widow, hac. vice. The Liber Institutionum however gives November 13 1646 as the date. (Lib.Inst. p.20 at Record Office. 13 Nov. 1646. Nath: Willmott £17.12s.6d. First Fruits. 13 Nov.22 Carol).

36. Joseph USBORNE, alias OSBORN, was admitted to Benenden Vicarage by Oliver CROMWELL in 1658. Particulars of his appointment are to be found at Lambeth Library. He held the Benefice until his ejectment in 1662. Calamy notices at length the career of this Vicar, and states that one Austin was turned out of the living for insufficiency, and that the people got Osborn to preach among them. It is certain however that Nathaniel Wilmott was his immediate predecessor. He is said to have preached in Sussex, as well as in London, and various parts of Kent, after his ejectment from Benenden, and finally retired to Staplehurst, where he died December 28 1714 at the ripe age of 85.

37. Staplehurst Parish Register. 1714, Jan.3. Buried Jos. USBORN. 1712, Febr.20. Buried the wife of Jos. Usborne. There is an altar tomb in the churchyard there, near the south porch, thus inscribed: (on the south side). Here’s intered ye body of Mr Joseph Usborne, Minister of ye Gospel, who departed this life December ye 28 1714 aged 85 years. (On the north side) Also ye body of his dearly loving wife Mrs Grace Usborne who departed this life February ye 16th 1712 in the 81st year of her age.
   It seems probable that Usborne selected Staplehurst as his place of retirement, because in Daniel POYNTELL, the Rector, he found a kindred spirit, both being ejected from their Benefices by the Bartholomew Act of 1662.
Major Usborne, the present possessor of ‘Loddenden’, Staplehurst, states that Joseph was third son of Thomas Usborne of Loddenden, further that he "appears as family arbitrator" and that his small branch died out.

Benenden [V]. Mr Joseph USBORNE.
One Austin being turned out of this living for insufficiency, the people got Mr Osborn to preach among them for half a year, during which time he had an invitation to a place in Sussex.
   The people of Benenden having notice of it, met together, and united in an earnest request to Mr Osborn to continue with them. As the income was but small, they readily entered into a subscription to increase it to £60.
The Patron of the living being abroad with KING CHARLES, it fell into the hands of a committee in London to provide for the place.
   When the Protector took upon him to place and displace Ministers Mr Osborn was tried by a committee, when he brought a certificate from the people, and another from the neighbouring Ministers as to his abilities and behaviour. He obtained the Protector’s order for the living, and the Vicarage house being gone to decay, the committee agreed to repair it.
   At the Restoration in 1660, when all the Ministers whom Oliver put in, were to be immediately turned out, HENDON, Esq., the patron who came over with King Charles, finding Mr Osborn greatly beloved by the people, and knowing the living to be but small, would not present any one in his room. His brother also (afterwards Sir John Hendon) desired him to continue there and, if he possibly could, to conform.
But he told him that faith and a good conscience would stand him in more stead than a hundred livings, and he quitted this Vicarage in 1662.
   Mr BUCK, the Dean of Rochester, promised him a better living than Benenden, provided he would conform. To which he answered, that if he could have conformed at all, it should have been at Benenden rather than for any other place whatever. His integrity was the more remarkable, as he had six children when he was silenced, and his wife was not got up from lying in of the last of them.
   After his ejectment, he lived for sometime in Staplehurst, and then went to Heathfield, Sussex, where he had four children more, and there he continued for several years. He afterwards preached nine years at Brightelmstone (Brighton). About 1681, he was sued for £20 a month, on account of his Nonconformity. Upon this he came to London, and preached some time at Peckham. He afterwards went to Ashford, and from thence to Tenterden, where he continued about nine years.
   He spent about nine years more at Bersted, near Maidstone, where he concluded his ministry, by reason of his infirmities, and then returned to Staplehurst, where he finished his course, December 28 1714 aged 85.
(Ministers ejected or silenced in Kent. The continuation of the Nonconformists’ Memorial, by Edmund Calamy. III. p.537. Pub.1727. Also Register and Chronicle, by Bp. White Kennett, p.286, pub.1728). First Fruits: Josephus Usborne, Feb.1658. (See also Brief Hist. of Staplehurst Independent Church, 1662-1888, by Rev. Thos. Thatcher, pub.1888, p.11).

Presentation by Oliver CROMWELL, Benenden. Know all men by these presents that the 20th day of July 1658 there was exhibited to the Commissioners for approbabacon of publique preachers a Presentacon of Joseph Usborne Clerke to the Vicarage of Benenden, in the Countie of Kent, made to him by his Highnesse Oliver Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England etc. the Patron thereof under the greate seale of England together with a Testimony etc. In witnesse etc. Dated at Whitehall the 20th day of August 1658 Jo.Nye, Registrar. (Augmentations of Livings etc 1647-58, at Lambeth Library. Vol. 968.f.127).
   Joseph Usborne, Clerke, admitted the 20th day of July 1658 to the Vicarage of Benenden in ye county of Kent upon a pres: exhibited the same day from his Highnes the Lord Protector under the great seal of England and Certificates from Robert GIBSON, A.BROUGHTON, Thomas MONINS, Robert MASCALL, John PLAYER, John DURAND, Daniel POYNTELL, Edward BRIGHT, Joseph WHISTON. (Augmentations Vol.999, f.71).

Feb.4 1657. Benenden. Ordered that the yearly sume of fforty poundes bee graunted to and for increase of maintenance to the ministr’ of Benenden in the county of Kent, and that the same bee from time to time paid unto such godly and painfull preachers of the Gospell as shall bee settled ministers there, and approued by the Commissioners for approbacon of publique preachers To hold for such time as they shall continue ministers there or further order which wee humbly certifie to his Highness the Lord protector and the Councell. Edward Cressett, Ra.HALL, John POCOCK, R. SYDENHAM, Richard YONG (Augmentations, Vol.1004, f.85).
    January 14 1658. Ordered that the possessors of the tithes of Benenden in ye county of Kent parcell of the possions of the late Archbpp of Canterbury the Lease whereof is for diverse yeares last past expired doe account with these Trustees on the 10 day of ffebruary next for the mesne profits of the said Rectory incurred since the expiracon of the last Lease thereof when the Trustees doe appoint to treate with him if hee will for a further estate in the prmisses. (Vol.980, f.377).
   February 10 1658. Ordered, yet ye possessor of ye tithes of Benenden in the County of Kent parcel of ye passions of ye late Archbishop of Canterbury, the lease whereof is for diverse yeares last past expired doe account with theise Trustees on ye 9th day of March next for ye mesne pfits of ye said Tithes incurred since ye expiracon of the last lease thereof, when the Trustees doe appoint to treat with him, if he will, for a further Estate in ye prmises. (Same Vol. Augmentations 980, f.510).

38. Nicholas MONYMAN was presented to Benenden Vicarage by Sir John HENDEN, Knight, and instituted by the Archbishop in September 1662. He was previously Master of Cranbrook Grammar School. The records there contain this note: "1658 November 22 Nicholas Monyman of Appledore", that being all that is said respecting his appointment as master; and from the Parish Books it appears he was present at a Vestry Meeting in 1661.
   Then again the School records have this entry: 1663 April 6 Rev. John COOPER, Vicar of Cranbrook. Cooper had been Vicar only five months before he had the Mastership of the School. He held both appointments for some time. Monyman held the Mastership until Cooper was appointed, and therefore did duty at Benenden for five months before he left Cranbrook.
   This Vicar was buried at Benenden, as appears by the Parish Register: January 22nd 1700. Nicholas Monyman, late Vicar.

39. John SAUNDERS, LL.B. took his degree from St John’s College, Oxford, November 4 1697 and was by the Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of that University presented to this Vicarage, his institution taking place in July 1700. He died April 5 1724, aged 50 and was buried in Benenden Church, where a Monument formerly existed bearing his Coat of Arms. The Parish Register thus records his burial: 1724, April 10. The Rev. John Saunders, Vicar.

40. John FETHERSTONE, B.A. was instituted to Benenden in April 1724, having been presented thereto by Sir John NORRIS, Knight. He was appointed Vicar of Leysdown July 18 1732 and also on the same day Rector of Warden, both of which he resigned upon his induction into the Vicarage of Bethersden April 6 1734. He died in 1747. (Archaeologia Cant. xvi.92). (First Fruits p.36. Johes Fetherston. 21 April 1724. Johes Norris mil.).

41. Thomas HUDSON was instituted in August 1732, the patronage of the Church of Benenden being then in the hands of Sir John NORRIS, Knight. (Gent. Mag. 1732).

42. John PRINCE, B.A. On the twenty-first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred thirty nine in the presence of Robert ROUS, Notary Publick, John Prince, Clerk, Batchelor of Arts was instituted by the right Worshipful George PAUL, Doctor of Laws, Vicar General of the most Reverend ffather in God John, by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England and Metropolitan, into the Vicarage of the parish church of Benenden in the county of Kent, and Diocese of Canterbury, vacant by the cession of the last incumbent to which he was presented by Sir John Norris, Knight, the true and undoubted patron thereof, he having first subscribed the several articles and declaration and declared and taken the oaths by law required, and the same day a mandate was issued for inducting the said John Prince, directed to the Archdeacon of Canterbury or his official. Potter 271. (First Fruits: John Prince 21 May 1739. Sir John Norris, Bart). He died August 1741 (Hasted).

43. Benjamin SLOCOCK, D.D., was of Pembroke College, Oxford. On May 3 1712 he obtained the degree of B.A., his M.A. July 6 1715, B. and D.D. June 23 1735 (Oxford Graduates, 608). Dr Slocock was collated to the Vicarage of Benenden in 1741. It had lapsed to the Archbishop, Sir John Norris not having presented in due time. (Gent. Mag. 1741, pp.554, 609).
   On the 28th October 1741 his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred on Benjamin Slocock Doctor in Divinity the Vicarage of the parish church of Benenden, Kent, vacant by the death of John Prince the last incumbent thereof, and belonging to the donation of collation of his Grace by laps of time for this turn he having first subscribed. (Potter 276.a.).

44. John WILLIAMS, S.C.L. was presented to this Vicarage in the room of Dr Slocock, who resigned. A dispensation was given in 1761 to hold the rectory of Ripple. His successor to the latter was appointed in 1764. (Gent. Mag. 1744. 282).
   Williams resigned Benenden in 1761.
   On 20th April 1744 in the presence of Robert ROUS, Notary Publick, John Williams, Clerk, student in the civil law, was instituted by the Right Worshipful George PAUL, Doctor of Laws, Vicar General of the Most Reverend Father in God John, Archbishop of Canterbury and into the Vicarage of the parish church of Benenden in Kent, vacant by the resignation of Benjamin Slocock, D.D. the last Vicar to which he was presented by Sir John NORRIS, Knight, of Benenden, the true and undoubted patron. (Potter 288.b).

45. Joseph DUNN, M.A., took his degree from Magdalene College, Cambridge, of which he was a Fellow, B.A. 1759, M.A. 1762. He was presented to Benenden Vicarage in 1761 by Dame Elizabeth NORRIS, and died November 23 1798.
   On 4 December 1761 Joseph Dunn, B.A. was instituted into the Vicarage of Benenden, Kent, void by the cession of John Williams, Clerk, the last Vicar, to which he was presented by Dame Elizabeth Norris of Hempsted, the true patroness. (Secker. 302.b).

46. Phillips MONYPENNY, M.A., graduated from St Peter’s College, Cambridge, B.A. 1783, M.A. 1786, and in 1799 obtained a dispensation to hold Benenden with Hadlow Vicarage (Gent. Mag. 1799, 540).
   He married at Lambeth Palace Chapel December 13th 1803 Charlotte (born 28 April 1772), second daughter of Sir Edward DERING of Surrenden-Dering, the sixth Baronet, by his second wife Deborah, only daughter of John WINCHESTER, of Nethersole, Kent. She died in 1836 (Gent. Mag). Phillips Monypenny resigned the Vicarage of Benenden in 1803, and was Vicar of Hadlow upwards of forty years. He died at Hadlow house January 4 1841 in the 79th year of his age, and was buried with his wife in Rolvenden Church, where there is a tablet to their memory, on the east wall of the north chancel, with the arms of Monypenny quartering those of Dering.
   Rolvenden Church. Underneath are deposited the remains of Charlotte, wife of the Reverend Phillips MONYPENNY, A.M. of Maytham Hall in this parish and Vicar of Hadlow in this county, second daughter of Sir Edward DERING of Surrenden-Dering in this county, the sixth Baronet, by his second wife Deborah, daughter of John WINCHESTER of Nethersole in this county, Esq. Died xii November MDCCCXXXVI aged LXIV years. Underneath are also deposited the remains of the above named Phillips Monypenny who died January the IV MDCCCXLI aged LXXVIII years. (On a black slate tablet). M.S. Carolettae Monypenny uxoris delectissimae hoc posuit monimentum (sic) conjux moestissimus.
   Arms. Vert a dolphin, urinant, (or in pale,) tail erect, or.
   Crest. Neptune bestriding a dolphin, naiant, in waves of the sea, holding with his dexter hand the reins, and in the sinister his trident, all ppr.; over it the motto Temperat Aequor.
   Quarterings. 1. CATHCART, az. three cross-crosslets, fitchee, issuing out of as many crescents, ar.
   2. BLACKWELL, paly of six, ar. and az. on a chief gu, a lion, passant, guardant, or, all within a bordure ermine.
(For genealogy of Monypeny, see "Pedigrees of Kent" by William Berry, page 313, pub. 1830).
   For genealogical memoranda relating to the family of Dering of Surrenden-Dering, in Pluckley, Kent, by the same author, F.H. see Archaeologia Cantiana, x.327).
   On 24 January 1799 in the presence of William MOORE, Notary Publick, Phillips Moneypenny, Clerk, was instituted to the parish church of Benenden, Kent, vacant by the death of Joseph Dunn, the last incumbent to which he was presented by Thomas Hallet HODGES of Hempstead Place, asserting himself to be the true and undoubted patron thereof. (Moore 555).

47. Henry HODGES, B.A. On 12 October 1803 Henry Hodges, Clerk, Bachelor of Arts, was instituted to the Vicarage and parish church of Benenden, Kent, void by the resignation of Phillips Monypenny, Clerk, the last incumbent to which he was presented by Thomas Law HODGES of Hemstead, the true and undoubted patron. (Potter 574).

48. Henry HODGES, M.A. On 14 September 1804 Henry Hodges, Master of Arts, was instituted to the Vicarage and parish church of Benenden, void by the cession of Henry Hodges, Clerk, the last incumbent there, to which he was presented by Thomas Law HODGES of Hemstead, Kent. (Potter 578).

49. Daniel BOYS, M.A., graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge, taking the degree of B.A. IN 1799, and that of M.A. in 1810. His patrons were Charles CARTWRIGHT and others, who in 1805 appointed him Vicar of Benenden, which he held for more than half a century. He was enabled also by dispensation granted in 1809, to hold the Vicarage of Brookland. (Ecclesiastical Annual Register III. 398, pub. 1810).
   He married November 9 1807 at Benenden Church Miss Sarah Rider RICHARDSON, youngest daughter of the late William RIDER, Esq. of Bermondsey, Surrey. (Gent. Mag. LXXVII, p. 1074).
   By this marriage he had twelve children, whose names are given on his monument in the churchyard. He died September 11 1857 aged 80 years. (Gent. Mag. 1857, p.465) and was buried here.
   Parish Register. 1857 September 17. Daniel BOYS, Benenden, 80. Ceremony performed by Philip WARD, Vicar of Tenterden.
   On the 29 November 1805 Daniel Boys, B.A. was instituted to the Vicarage and parish church of Benenden, Kent, vacant by the cession of the Reverend Henry Hodges, Clerk, the last incumbent, to which he was presented by Charles CARTWRIGHT, heretofore of Narnham, County Notts, but now of White Waltham, County Berkshire, the Rev. John LAW, D.D., Archdeacon of Rochester, Reverend John DISNEY, late of Chelsea now of Hyde near Ingatestone, D.D., and C. LAMB, asserting themselves to be the true patrons. (Sutton II.5).

50. William John EDGE, M.A. was a scholar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and it is a somewhat remarkable fact that he was the fifth, and his son, W.H.F. Edge, the present Vicar of Tilford, Surrey, the sixth, member of his family, in successive generations, who were educated at that College.
   He took the degree of B.A. (Senior Optime) in 1834, and that of M.A. in 1837, being ordained Deacon June 5 1836 by the Bishop of Gloucester, at St Margaret’s, Westminster, on letters Dimissory from the Bishop of London (Church of England Magazine, I., Ecclesiastical Intelligence, I., 1836), and Priest by the Bishop of London May 21 the following year. He served as Curate of St Nicholas, Colchester, from 1836-1838.
   When Priest Mr Edge was presented by his father to the Rectory of Waldingfield, a small parish in the Deanery of Colneis, in the county of Suffolk, and shortly afterwards when Bishop Stanley, of Norwich, revived the Office of Rural Deans in that diocese, he was appointed Rural Dean, and held the Office till he removed from the Diocese in 1848. In this year he was appointed Perpetual Curate of Hartshill, Warwickshire, and in 1851 took sole charge of St John’s, Cheltenham. After this was Rector of St Aldate, Gloucester, 1854 to 1858, when he was appointed Vicar of Benenden by the Right Honourable Gathorne HARDY, MP, the present Lord CRANBROOK.
   Soon after Mr Edge came into residence at Benenden a farmer (at whose house, a mile and a half distant from the church, a Wesleyan service was held on Sunday evenings) happened to tell him that the local preacher who conducted it was on the point of removal, and that the people were greatly perplexed by the difficulty of finding a successor. Mr Edge replied that he knew of one who might possibly suit them, that, in fact, it was none other than himself, who was sent into the parish for the express purpose of teaching its inhabitants; and that he was quite ready to carry on the service as hitherto, with extempore prayers if the people wished it, though he should himself rather use the Litany, and that he would have no objection to Wesley’s hymns, on condition that the selection of them was always left to him. The farmer, himself a Wesleyan, jumped at the offer, and said that the poor people would be very grateful; that – as to the prayers – they all had a great love for the Litany, "and, Sir", he added, "bring your own hymn book!". His wife, also a Wesleyan, begged leave to introduce an harmonium, which she would gladly play. The immediate result was, that the old service was not interrupted, but continued without any break or intermission for some four or five years, until a new tenant came into residence, by which time not a few of the congregation had become regular attendants at church, and some of them, including the Wesleyan farmer, communicants.
   In the summer of 1865 an incident occurred to which Mr Edge always referred with particular pleasure. A French clergyman, M. le Chanoine CHENNAILLES, whom he had casually met the year before in Paris, and who had been very courteous to him, accepted an invitation to spend a few days with him at Benenden, in the company of a lay friend, who held an office in his church, not unlike that of an English churchwarden. He stipulated that he might wear his sontane, or cassock, "for", said he, "to speak frankly, I have no lay clothes to wear". I willingly assented, and when at my request the tidal train was stopped for the travellers’ convenience, there was a great sensation at Staplehurst station, the general impression being that the Archbishop of Canterbury was the favored party. And when in a morning the good man used to walk round the green, reading his Breviary, the few who met him invariably moved or touched their hats, perhaps taking him for the Archbishop or Chief Rabbi. Had he read aloud, perhaps some idea might have been conveyed to them, as in the case of a former Vicar of Coggeshall, in Essex, who being in the habit of reading aloud in his garden, was set down as a lunatic by a neighbour, who could both see and hear him, till one Sunday morning, as he began to read his sermon over, and in a sonorous voice uttered his text "I am not mad, most noble Festus", the neighbour ceased to regard him as crazy, and always said of him afterwards, "O no, he is not mad, but a very pleasant and courteous old gentleman".
   The Vicar’s Parisian friend, who was made a Canon of Notre Dame, soon after his return home, was so charmed by his reception that he invited him to Paris in 1866 and introduced him to many of his brother clergy, and above all to the good Archbishop DARBOY, afterwards murdered by the Commune.
   This excellent man, amongst other good things, said to Mr Edge: "There are barriers between us that we did not erect, and which neither you nor I can demolish. But though we are debarred from visible union we can cultivate concord, or unity of hearts, we can love one another and pray for one another, and trust to God for the rest".
The Rev. W.J. Edge preached his last sermon at Benenden, April 15 1877, when he reminded his hearers that he had been their spiritual pastor more than nineteen years. During that period great changes had been wrought, the parish church almost rebuilt, by their Squire’s munificence, and a Mission room erected at East End, besides new schools (those near the church as well as those at East End).
   During the period of his Vicariate 889 persons had been baptized (715 by his own hand), 465 parishioners had been buried (331 by himself), and he had at the parish church and at East End preached about 1600 sermons.
The Vicar closed his parting address with St Paul’s words, where he bade farewell to the elders of the Church of Ephesus: "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified".
After holding Benenden nearly twenty years, he exchanged this Benefice with his successor for the Vicarage of Holy Trinity, Upper Tooting, which he resigned in 1882.
   William John EDGE was appointed select preacher at the University of Cambridge, 1855, and is the author of the following works:
   The Vision of Peace, or Thoughts in verse on the late secessions to Rome, 1847.
   A Lecture on Infidelity, 1849.
   A letter to Lord Ashley on the alleged Romanistic Tendencies of the younger clergy, 1850.
   An Essay towards union, being a treatise on election and final perseverance, 1850, pp.33.
   Plain remarks on infant baptism, confirmation, and the three Orders of the Christian Ministry with 
      answers to objections to the Burial Service, 1850.
   The Second Adam, a course of lectures designed to illustrate the divinity of our Lord, and the union of the
      divine and human natures in his sacred person, 1853.
   Two sermons, preached at Chipping Campden, on Christianity and the groundlessness of the Romish Claims,
      April 15.22.1855, pp.36.
   The bodily worship of the Glorified, sermon preached at Chiddingstone Church, Kent, May 2 1867 on the opening
     of the new organ.
   A sermon preached at Benenden, February 24 1867 on the death of Thomas NEVE of that parish, pp.14.
   A sermon preached at Croydon at a general ordination for the Diocese of Canterbury, March 18 1870, entitled
     "The Christian ministry a twofold service of obedience and charity", printed at the request of Archbishop TAIT.
Also various other sermons printed at the request of the hearers.
   Thoughts on the care of God for his creatures, 1878, pp.15.

51. Edward David CREE, graduated from Oriel College, Oxford, receiving his B.A. in 1849, and M.A. in 1852. Was ordained Deacon in 1850, and Priest 1851, Dur. He held the curacy of Newburn, Northumberland, 1850 to 1852, and tutorship of St Peter’s College, Radley, 1852-1855. After holding the Vicarage of Holy Trinity, Upper Tooting, from 1855 to 1877, he exchanged the same for the Vicarage of Benenden. He was appointed Commissary for the Bishop of Kaffraria in 1882. Mr Cree resigned Benenden in 1887, having been Vicar ten years, during which period he greatly improved the Glebe House by adding a new front. He now resides in Eastbourne.
   The incumbency of this Vicar was marked by the re-fronting of the Vicarage at the cost to himself of £1000; and the addition of a chancel to East End Chapel by Lord CRANBROOK, also the erection of St George’s Club, and the well, close to the Manor house, in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee, likewise generously provided by the noble Lord.
   Mr Cree married in 1855 Augusta, daughter of Rev. C.E. PLATER, Vicar of Newchurch (Gent. Mag. xliv 641); and in 1866, Isabel Laura, daughter of John TAYLOR, Esq. architect. By the latter he has had Norah Lilian (deceased), Herbert Edward, Ernest Wilford, Mary Gwendoline, Edgar Hayley and Effie Edgington.
   As author and editor, the works of the Rev. E.D. Cree are:
      Dr Tye’s Motetts for four voices.
      Church psalm tunes, exclusively from ancient sources.
      The Threshold of the Sanctuary, a devotional manual for candidates for Holy Orders.
      The universal plein chant psalter.
      Late editor of Mission Life.
      True portrait of the primitive church.

52. Samuel JOY, M.A. took the degree of B.A. from Worcester College, Oxford, in 1856, when he was awarded by the Examiners a double Honorary Class in the School of Classics and Mathematics, and advanced to the degree of M.A. in 1859, was ordained Deacon in 1857, and Priest 1858. His first Clerical appointment was to the curacy, precentorship and lectureship of Leeds, under Dr HOOK, which he held from 1857 to 1859, when he was appointed Perpetual Curate of Bramley, Yorkshire, which living he resigned in consequence of ill health in 1866. In 1872 he accepted the Vicarage of Long Lane, Derbyshire, until 1875, when the Precentorship of Ripon Cathedral, together with the Vicarage of Ripon were offered to him. This semi-Cathedral, semi-parochial appointment he held until 1884, when he accepted the less laborious charge of the Vicarage of Birstwith, Yorkshire, and was at the same time collated to an Honorary Canonry in Ripon Cathedral. Canon Joy only held the Vicarage of Birstwith for two years, when he was preferred by Viscount CRANBROOK, to the Vicarage of Benenden, where he now resides.
   The Arms borne by the Vicar are:
      Joy. az. a chev. arg. between 3 fleur de lis in chief, and a demi lion ramp. in base, of the last.
      Crest: a hand holding an arrow point downwards.
      Motto: Manus justa nardus.
   The family of his wife:
      ROBINS: Per pale sa. and ar. two flaunches, and three fleur de lis, all counterchanged.
      Crest: Between two dolphins haurient, respecting each other, or. a fleur de lis per pale, ar. and sa.
      Motto: Esse quam videri.

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CURATES.
53. 1563. Maurice PENNYALL.

      1569. George GRAYNE, a married man.
   
      1851-58. William Wheeler THORNTON, Trinity College, Oxford, B.A. 1844, M.A. 1848. Curate of Benenden
                     1851-58, Rector of Horne, Surrey 1867-77.

      1860-62. Andrew Augustus Wild DREW, Trinity College, Cambridge. BA. 1859, M.A. 1863. Curate of
                     Benenden 1860-62. Vicar of St Antholin’s, Nunhead 1865.

      1862-64. George Hollis GLAY, Clare College, Cambridge. B.A. 1860, M.A. 1864. Benenden 1862-64. Vicar of
                     Leinthall-Starkes, Diocese of Hereford 1872, afterwards Rector of Aston, Ludlow.

      1865-68. Hugh Wilson BATEMAN, Trinity College, Cambridge. B.A. 1864. Curate of Benenden 1865-68. Vicar
                    of Whitstable 1868-7, where he established St Peter’s Mission Church, with Schools, and built the
                    Vicarage (account of All Saints’ Church, Whitstable, by Sibert SAUNDERS, p. 39, Pub.1876),
                    afterwards in 1871 Vicar of St John the Evangalist, Lambeth. Died c.1875.

     1868-1875. Francis HASLEWOOD, A.K.C., F.S.A., younger son of the late Rev. F.F. Haslewood, Rector of
                   Smarden. Deacon 1863, Priest 1864. Formerly Curate of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower 1863-64. 
                   St Mary, Bryanston Square 1864-66. St Luke, Marylebone 1866-68, Benenden 1868-75, when
                   appointed Rector of St Matthew’s, Ipswich. For Genealogy see "Memorials of Smarden", Kent,
                   65,etc. by same author.

      1875-1877. Richard ADDISON, Deacon 1856, Priest 1858. Formerly Curate of King William’s Town, South
                    Africa 1856-58, Chaplain at Pernambuco 1865-74, Benenden 1875-77. Now at Madeira.

      1878. John Jestin DREAPER, T.C.D. B.A. 1859. Curate of Benenden 1878, Curate of Easby 1886.

      1879. Frank Clifford FOX, late Lucy scholar of Hertford College, Oxford. B.A. (2nd Cl. Theol. School) 1877.
                   Jun. Gr. Test. Pri 1878, M.A. 1880. Deacon 1877, Priest 1878, Oxford. Formerly Curate of Wigginton,
                   Oxon 1877-79.

      1879Present Curate appointed .

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54. James de BENYNDENNE v. the Prior of Combwell, Re. Parson to the church.
    Kent. James de Benyndenne by his attorney offered himself on the fourth day against the Prior of Cumbewell of a plea that he do permit him to present a fit parson to the church of Benyndenne which is void [and] belongs to his gift, etc. And he came not. And it was ordered to the Sheriff that he should summon him etc. And the Sheriff has done nothing therein but sent that he had ordered the bailiffs of the Archbishop of Canterbury who have done nothing therein. Therefore it is ordered to the Sheriff that he omit not on account of the aforesaid liberty but that he summon him that he may be here in 8 days of Saint Martin, etc. And also that he have the bodies of the bailiffs here at the aforesaid term, etc. And whereof etc.
   De Banco Roll. No. 10 Mich. 3 Edw. 2 (A.D. 1309) Ro. 48 dorso.

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55. Licence for the dedication of the church of Benynden.
Henry etc. to the venerable brother our Lord John by the grace of God bishop of Symrna greeting and brotherly love in the Lord to dedicate or consecrate the parish church of Benyngden of our diocese newly constructed and churchyard of the same also three altars in the same and to consecrate and bless four bells there.
   Given at Slindon 20 April 1418.

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56. Licence for the removal of the Feast of the dedication of the said church.
   By the tenor of these presents we Henry etc. that on the part of the Rector and parishioners of the parish church of Benynden of our diocese it appears intimated to us that the feast of the dedication of the said church of Benenden on the feast of St Mathias – namely the 24 day of the month of February was accustomed to be celebrated that however the said Rector and parishioners cannot observe the feast without great inconvenience to themselves on that account they have prayed us that the feast of the dedication of this church aforesaid be celebrated and observed on the Monday next before the feast of the translation of St Thomas, namely the fourth day of the month of July upon which they could flock together more abundantly to the same church to worship and honor God and offer up praises and prayers year by year for ever we decree therefore being favourably inclined to the prayers and intentions of the said Rector and parishioners that their proposed prayer suggested itself for the honor of God and the increase of divine worship we ordain and appoint the feast of the dedication of the aforesaid church to be celebrated on the Monday next before the feast of the translation of St Thomas aforesaid, namely the fourth day of the month of July yearly for ever and that the Rector and parishioners whosoever present and to come of the aforesaid church be summoned for the observance and celebration of this feast on the day of dedication aforesaid.
   Given in my manor of Slindon 1 June 1418 in the fifth year, etc.

Index of Names and Places

Names Index
ADDISON 53
ALSTON 15
Atte WODE 9
AUSTEN 34
BARRE 7
BATEMAN 53
Beaufort 9
BOLDE 20
BOYS 4, 49
BRIGHT 37
BROUGHTON 37
BUCK 37
CADENAY 3
Calamy 36
CARTWRIGHT 49
CHENNAILLES 50
CLERE 8
CLYFFORD 23
Colpepyr 23
COOPER 38
CRANEBROKE 19
Cranebroke 20
CREE 51
Cressett 37
CROMWELL 36
CROWMER 25
DARBOY 50
DARRELL 28
de BENYNDENNE 54

de KIRKEBY 10
DERING 46
DISNEY 49
DOVOR 2
DREAPER 53
DREW 53
DUNN 45
DURAND 37
EDGE 50
FETHERSTONE 40
FOX 53
GAGE 26
Gathorne 50
GIBSON 37
GLAY 53
GOLDYNGTON 6, 7
GRAYNE 29, 53
GRENEHILL 12
GULDEFORD 27, 28, 32, 34
HALL 37
Hallet 46, 47
HAMON 5
HARDY 50
HASLEWOOD 53
HEIKAR 22
Hekyr 23
HENDEN 38
HENDON 37
HODGES 46, 47, 48
Hollis 53
HOOK 52
HUDSON 41
HUFFAM 33
Jestin 53
JONES 32
JOY 52
KIRKEBY 10
KNOCKERE 16
MANNYNG 13
MARCHAM 11
MASCALL 37
MASHAM 14
Massham 15
MELLER 18
MONINS 37
MONYMAN 38
MONYPENNY 46
MOORE 46
NORRIS 40, 41, 44, 45
OSBORN 36
PAUL 42, 44
PENNYALL 28, 53
PLATER 51
PLAYER 37
POCOCK 37
POYNTELL 37
PRINCE 42
RICHARDSON 49
RIDER 49
ROUS 42
SAUNDERS 31, 39, 53
SHARP 35
Sibert 53
SLOCOCK 43
SMYTH 30
SOMERBY 17
STABLEGATE 4
STRENSHAM 26
Surrenden-Dering 46
SYDENHAM 37
Tarbutt 20
TAYLOR 51
THORNTON 53
Thurstan 20
USBORN 37
USBORNE 36
WARD 49
WATER 27
WATSON 19, 21, 22
Wheeler 53
WHISTON 37
WHITE 1
Wild 53
WILLIAMS 44
WILMOTT 35
Wilson 53
WINCHESTER 46
WYLLESFORD 24
YONG 37
Places Index
Aldermanbury, London 10, 11
Appledore 38
Ashford 37
Aston, Ludlow 53
Benenden
  
Hempsted 45, 48
   Hempstead Place 46
Bermondsey, Surrey 49
Bersted, near Maidstone 37
Bethersden 40
Birstwith 52
Bramley, Yorkshire 52
Brighton 37
Brookland 49
Bytelstede 10
Chelsea 49
Coggeshall, Essex 50
Cranbrook 20
Dovor (Dover) 3
Easby 53
East End 50
Eastbourne 51
Eastry 6
Ebbesham 9
Eythorne 19, 20
Frinsted 5
Hadlow 46
Hartshill, Warwickshire 50
Heathfield, Sussex 37
Heckfield 14
Hertford College 53
Higham-Ferrers 15
Holy Trinity, Upper Tooting 50
Horne, Surrey 53
Hyde near Ingatestone 49
Ipswich 53
King William’s Town, 
   South Africa 53
Lambeth 4, 27
Leinthall-Starkes, Hereford 53
Leysdown 40
Little Chart 28
Loddenden, Staplehurst 37
Long Lane, Derbyshire 52
Madeira 53
Maidstone 13
Maytham Hall 46
Narnham, County Notts 49
Nethersole, Kent 46
Newburn, Northumberland 51
Newchurch 51
Norwich 50
Otford 3
Paris 50
Peckham 37
Pernambuco 53
Ripon Cathedral 52
Ripple 44
Rolvenden 46
Seasalter 33
Shorne 11, 12
Smarden 53
Somerby 18
South Africa 53
St Aldate, Gloucester 50
St Antholin’s, Nunhead 53
St George’s Club 51
St John the Evangalist,
   Lambeth 53
St John’s, Cheltenham 50
St Luke, Marylebone 53
St Margaret’s, Westminster 50
St Mary, Bryanston Square 53
St Matthew’s, Ipswich 53
St Nicholas, Colchester 50
St Peter ad Vincula, Tower 53
St Peter’s College, Radley 51
St. Augustine’s, Canterbury 7
St. John’s, Margate 6, 7
St. Nicholas Rochester 7, 8
Staplehurst 36, 37
Sussex 37
Tenterden 37, 49
Tilford, Surrey 50
Waldingfield, Suffolk 50
Warden 40
White Waltham, Berkshire 49
Whitstable 53
Wigginton, Oxon 53
General
architect 51
Clergy etc
   Bishop of Gloucester 50
   Bishop of Kaffraria 51
   Bishop of Winchester 9
   Bishop Stanley, Norwich 50
   Canon of Notre Dame 50
   Combwell 1, 3, 5, 13, 15
   Convent of Combwell 17, 18
   CURATES 53
   Dean of Rochester 37
   Nonconformity 37
   Prior & Conventual Church
      of Combwell 22, 25
   Prior of Cumbewell 54
   St. Mary Madalene,
      Combwell 19
   Wesleyan service 50
Cranbrook Grammar 
   School 38
farmer 50
lectureship of Leeds 52
Master 38
Memorials of Smarden 53
Mission room 50
Notary Publick 42
Queen Elizabeth I 30

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