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                              Monumental Inscriptions of All Saints Church, Snodland  Noted by D.E. Williams 2015

After Andrew Ashbee. Interior inscriptions, concise wills, newspaper articles and photographs. I am grateful to 
Dr Andrew Ashbee for providing access to the church interior and for his assistance in the churchyard, in the face of heavy rain."

When you have finished looking at the following listing, be sure to visit the website of the Snodland Historical Society


The church from the North West, in the right background, the Paper Mill.
Many of the headstones now placed against the north wall would have originally stood in this area


The church from the South East
On the left is the replica of the Medieval Market Cross, the base is said to be original. The churchyard
 from the chancel to the boundary, by the river, is almost empty of monuments, but burials extended 
well to the east of the east boundary. In 1975 a skeleton was exposed in the bank about six feet
 east of the present boundary. The group of headstones in the angle of the chancel include the 
families of Waghorn, Goodhugh, Manley, Fletcher, Gorham and Southgate

1.    BODY STONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZA JANE ALLENDER
BORN JULY 24th 1854
DIED DEC. 4th 1854

2..   BODY STONE

[IN MEMORY OF]
ROBERT GEORGE ALLENDER
WHO DIED 6th JAN. 1860
AGED 7 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS

3.   COPED GREY GRANITE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ROBERT ALLENDER
BORN AUGUST 25th 1824
DIED AT SALT-WOOD AUGUST 23rd 1881
“Until the Lord Come”
ALSO HIS WIFE
ELIZABETH ALLENDER
BORN APRIL 2nd 1827
DIED JUNE 1st 1905
“In Thy Presence is Fullness of Joy”

Robert Allender, a Builder employing 7 men at Saltwood, born Maidstone

4.   HEADSTONE

[                                 ]
[                                 ]
IN MEMORY OF
ELIZA ALICE ANSTEY
[                                    ]
[                                    ]

5.   HEADSTONE

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
RICHARD ANTRUM
WHO DIED AT SUTTON VALENCE
JANUARY 7th 1873
AGED 55 YEARS
LEAVING MARGARET HIS WIDOW
AND 3 CHILDREN SURVIVING
VIZ. JOHN, MARGARET, SARAH
AND RICHARD
“Thy Will be Done”
ALSO OF MARGARET
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD AND MARGARET ANTRUM
WHO DIED JUNE 13th 1859
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO EDWARD RICHARD THEIR SON
WHO DIED DEC. 9th 1858 AGED 2 YEARS
ALSO OF ALFRED THEIR SON
WHO DIED APRIL 30th  1863 AGED 11 MONTHS

6.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE
OF
JOHN ANTRUM
SON OF RICHARD AND MARGARET ANTRUM
WHO DIED MAY 22nd 1888
AGED 35 YEARS
“And so shall he Ever be Blessed”

7.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE
DECEASED CHILDREN  OF
JOHN AND SARAH BARKER
JOHN AND SARAH BARKER
HENRY JOHN WESTBOURNE
DIED DEC. 26th 1869 AGED 8 MONTHS
LILY MAUD
DIED JUNE 20th 1874 AGED 5 MONTHS

BEADLE see PETERS

8.   HEADSTONE, MOVED TO EDGE OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORIAM
ELIZA MARY BRACE
OF CAMDEN TOWN LONDON
BORN OCT. 26th 1810
DIED SEPT. 16th 1877

9.   HEADSTONE - NOW MISSING

IN MEMORY OF
MR JOHN BRAIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
23rd SEPTEMBER 1801
AGED 58 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE TWO SONS
WILLIAM AND JOHN
“After a short but sharp Affliction,
Here take my Leave   of Wife
And Children Dear,
Low here I be in this Soft Bed of Dun,
 Waiting for the Rising Sun”
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
6th SEPTEMBER 1808
AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO THREE GRAND-CHILDREN DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

10.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
PETER BROOK
DIED NOVEMBER 11th 1873
AGED 60 YEARS
INTERRED AT EAST PECKHAM
ALSO ELIZA
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JUNE 21st 1892
AGED 70 YEARS

11.   FRAGMENT OF HEADSTONE

MARY
WIFE OF
GEORGE CAPON
WHO DIED DEC. 5th 1892
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
GEORGE CAPON
WHO DIED MARCH 18th 1903
AGED 74 YEARS
“Gone from us but not Forgotten,
Never shall thy Memory Fade,
Loving Thoughts shall always Linger,
Around the spot where thou are Laid”

George Capon, a Boot Maker, of 7 Birling Road,(1881 Census)

12.   FRAGMENT

ALLEN CHARLES /CHARLES ALLEN?

13.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SARAH CHITTENDEN
WHO DIED AUGUST 12th 1894
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO OF
WILLIAM CHITTENDEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTOBER 2nd 1900
AGED 79 YEARS

COCKLE see PARKER

14.   HEADSTONE

HERE
LYETH YE BODY [OF]
MARY WIFE OF
GEORGE COURTHOP
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH [     ] [1728]
AGED 37
LIKEWISE YE BODY [OF GEORGE]
THEIR SON  WHO DY[ED]
YE 26th [FEBRUARY 1728]

15.   HEADSTONE - NOW MISSING

IN MEMORY OF
MR WILLIAM CRAFT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 23rd OF NOV. 1775
AGED 34 YEARS
ALSO MR WILLIAM WINGATE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 12th OF SEPTEMBER 1792
AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO [ELIZABETH] TOWNSEND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 14th SEPT. 1808
AGED 58 YEARS
LIKEWISE FIVE OF THEIR CHILDREN
“O Cruel Death that would no longer Spare,
My Tender Husbands and your Fathers Dear,
Great is the Loss to those they left Behind,
But they, we Hope Eternal Joys will Find”

Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 31st August 1792
William Wingate of Snodland, Yeoman.
He is “very sick and weak in body”.
To his wife, Elizabeth, 1/3 of all he possesses when he dies, also the furniture for two rooms.
   To son William and daughter Mary, £30 each, 12 months after his death; to son John the rest and residue of his effects, plate, ready money, bonds, bills, the lease of his farms,(after his debts, funeral costs and legacies are paid).
   He appoints William Lewis, School Master, John Manley, Farmer and Thomas Beech, Farmer (all of Snodland), executors.
He signs the will with a mark.
Witnesses: Robert Andrews and the mark of Thomas Townsend
Proved 29th September 1792. Value of effects under £300.

16.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
LYDIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
ANBROSE CRICK
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 8th  1887
AGED 54 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
AMBROSE CRICK
[WHO DIED] OCT. 18th 1905
AGED 73

Ambrose Crick, a General Labourer of High Street, Snodland, he and Lydia born Norfolk

17.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH DARTNELL
WHO DIED 6th FEB. 1872
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 18th DECEMBER 1893
AGED 76 YEARS

William Dartnell a Grocer of 20 Railway Place, Snodland (1881 Census)

18.   HEADSTONE - MOVED TO EDGE OF CHURCHYARD

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF JOHN DAY
WHO DIED JULY 2nd 1858
AGED 28 YEARS
LEAVING ISSUE 2 SONS
WILLIAM AND GEORGE
“In the Hour of Death and the,
Day of Judgement the Lord have,
Mercy on us”
ALSO OF SARAH DAY
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
JOHN DAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
21st APRIL 1873
AGED 82 YEARS

19.   HEADSTONE FRAGMENT

[                              ]
GEORGE DAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[                                 ]
[                     ]
[ALSO] WILLIAM DAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[                                       ]
[                   ]

20.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
CHARLES WILLIAM ELLIOTT
WHO DIED JAN. 30th 1877
AGED 5 YEARS & 9 MONTHS

21.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZA WIFE OF
WILLIAM EVANS
WHO DIED AUG. 27th 1875
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO OF
WILLIAM CHARLES EVANS
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT MONTEVIDEO
SOUTH AMERICA
ON THE 10th FEBY. 1885
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO OF
THE ABOVE NAMED
WILLIAM EVANS
WHO DIED JAN. 23rd 1896
AGED 75 YEARS

William Evans, 6 Hope Terrace, Snodland, Engineer Cement Works, (Driver), 1881 Census

22.   HEADSTONE, FRAGMENT

[                                ]
GEORGE FIELD
[WHO DIED]
JUNE 18th 1886
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO OF
 MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED
SEP. 13th 1913
AGED 74 YEARS

George Field, 4 Hope Terrace, Snodland, General Labourer, 1881 Census

23.   PEDESTAL, FALLEN CROSS

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ERNEST DALBY FINCH-SMITH
RECTOR OF SNODLAND 1906 – 1909
WHO FELL ASLEEP
JANUARY 10th 1919
AGED 41 YEARS

24.   HEADSTONE ERODED, FOOTSTONES

J.F. 1803
E.F. 1803
JOHN FLETCHER
DIED NOVEMBER 1803
ELIZABETH FLETCHER
 DIED OCTOBER 1803

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED 4th OCTOBER 1786
John Fletcher of Snodland, Yeoman
   All his real estate to wife, Elizabeth, for her lifetime. After her death, the house and orchard and about 2½ acres of land at a place called Hanwill? (Ham Hill ?) in Birling, in his own occupation and that of John Perfect, to daughter Ann, wife of William Jupp, for ever. He gives the Plough Inn , with stables, (formerly a cottage), with about 3 acres of land, in Halling occupied by William Fowkes, to his grand daughters, Ann and Elizabeth Goodhugh, equally shared, for ever.
   If either of them die before the age of 21, then her share to the survivor. If they both died before they are 21, then the property goes to grandson, James Goodhugh, for ever.
   His house, with barn, stables, malthouse, in Snodland occupied by Thomas Ridout, also another house with barn and stables at Katherine's House ?,  in Birling  with about 2 ½ acres, occupied by himself and [            ] Chapman and all his other houses and land to grand daughter Mary Fletcher, for ever.
   To his two grandchildren, John and William Andrews, £20 each, within six months of the death of testator's wife. The interest from the rest and residue of his ready money, securities, plate, linen, woollen, household goods, stock in trade, debts, goods, chattels and personal estate, his debts and funeral and testamentary costs being first paid, to his wife and daughter Mary, for their joint lifetimes. After his wife's death, then all to Mary. If his wife and daughter, Mary, live together in his now house they can carry on the farming business, if it is agreeable to them. His wife and daughter Mary are executors.
   Witnesses: William Baker, William Lewis and Thomas How, Servant to Mr Fletcher.
   Proved 27th November 1805. Granted to daughter Mary, who is now wife of William Gorham, her mother predeceased her father.

25.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
MARGARET WIFE OF
JOHN FLETCHER
WHO DIED THE 20th AUGUST 1748
AGED 51 YEARS

26.   HEADSTONE

TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN FLETCHER
WHO DIED 2nd MARCH 1752
AGED 67 YEARS
LEFYT ISSUE ONE SON JOHN
“From Mortal Life all Mortals must Remove,
The Narrow Lodging of a Grave to Prove,
But those who do in Jesus Christ Believe,
The Grave shall not Confine nor Hell Receive”

27.   HEADSTONE

[                                   ]
ELLA MAUD GAMMON
BORN APRIL 27th 1871
DIED SEPT. 23rd 1872
ERNEST WILLIAM GAMMON
[                                         ]
[                                        ]
LOUIS WILLIAM GAMMON
BORN MAY 15th 1874
DIED MARCH 16th 1875
EVA JANE GAMMON
BORN JAN. 18th 1878
DIED APRIL 30th
1878

28.   HEADSTONE

[                            ]
ELIZABETH
JANE GAMMON
BORN SEPT. 23rd 1865
DIED OCT. 24th 1865
ALFRED WILLIAM GAMMON
BORN JAN. 30th 1877
DIED JUNE 14th 1878

29.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR PARENTS
JOHN EDWARD GAMMON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 20th  1894
AGED 51 YEARS
AND
JANE UPTON GAMMON
WHO DIED OCTOBER 19th 1906
AGED 65 YEARS

John Gammon, Birling Road, Snodland, Master Baker, 1881 Census

30.   HEADSTONE - MOVED TO CHURCHYARD BOUNDARY

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JOSIAH GAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
22nd AUGUST 1861
AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO ROSETTA THWAITES
WHO DIED 15th DECEMBER 1878
AGED 20 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM HENRY GAY
THEIR BELOVED FATHER
WHO DIED
1st NOVEMBER 1879
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO DIANA
THEIR DARLING MOTHER
WHO DIED 14th MAY 1881
AGED 62 YEARS

31.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH THE DEAR WIFE OF
JOHN GOODHUGH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS IFE
ON THE 19th DAY OF [                  ]
AGED 3[   ] YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH, FANNY
AND WILLIAM
THEIR CHILDREN WHOSE REMAINS
ARE HERE INTERRED
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN GOODHUGH
BORN THE 20th OF APRIL 1745
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 2nd DAY OF DECEMBER 1834
ALSO [THEIR SON]
JOHN GOODHUGH
[                            ]
[                            ]
  [                             ] 
ANN, JOHN AND JAMES THEIR CHILDREN

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED 22nd NOVEMBER 1831
John Goodhugh the Elder of Snodland, Yeoman.
   Appoints son James, grandson, Thomas Fletcher Waghorn and Silas Norton of West Malling, Gentleman, (Solicitor), executors and trustees.
   To grand daughter, Mary Jane Waghorn, £50; to grandson Edward Waghorn, £150; to nephew William Huggins of Snodland, School Master, £25. Household goods, plate, (except silver pint tankard), linen, china, glass, to son James , grandson, Thomas Fletcher  and two grand daughters, Ann Munday and Mary Waghorn, equally shared.
   His watch, seal, keys and chain and pair of gold studs, marked with his initials, to son James.
   Silver pint tankard to grandson Thomas Waghorn.
To his trustees, £1,000 in securities, upon trust, to continue in securities or invest in property or to re-invest as they think fit. The interest to be paid half yearly to his daughter Ann Waghorn for her lifetime; after her death, upon trust, the £1,000 capital to be transferred to his four grand daughters, Ann Munday, Mary Waghorn, Frances Waghorn and Sarah Waghorn in equal shares.
   Rest and residue of ready money, securities and investments, live and dead stock, stock in trade, debts, goods, chattels and personal estate, his debts, legacies, funeral and testamentary costs first being paid, to son James and grandson Thomas Fletcher in equal shares.
   His smith's forge  and two adjoining cottages in Snodland, occupied by Widow Phillips and Thomas Huggins, to two grand daughters, Ann Munday and Mary Waghorn, equally shared. But he charges the smith's forge and Ann Munday's share to pay his executors any debt  she or her husband may owe to his estate. Likewise for Mary Waghorn's share.
   His two cottages in Snodland, occupied by Edward Hawks and John Baker, to grandson, Edward Waghorn, for ever. On same condition as the latter bequests. Another two cottages in Snodland, occupied by Mrs Southgate and William Phillips, also two houses in Snodland, occupied by the Church  Wardens and Overseers of the Poor, one called “The Old Poor House” and the other “The New Poor House”, and also a newly erected cottage, also in Snodland, occupied by John Moore, to his trustees, upon trust, they are to pay rents to his son, John (£40), for his lifetime, if the rents do not amount to £40, then they are to pay whatever they receive, but if there is a surplus, then the insurance and possibly repairs are to be paid from the surplus, any residue to two of his executors, son James and Thomas Waghorn. After the death of his son John, if his grand daughters, Frances and Sarah Waghorn are living, then the cottages occupied by Mrs Southgate and William Phillips and also the new cottage occupied by John Moore, to the above grand daughters, equally shared, for ever. The shares of Frances and Sarah are subject to the same conditions applied  to Ann Munday and Mary Waghorn. In case both Frances and Sarah are dead in son John's lifetime. Then to their heirs, still chargeable with any debt. After son John's death, the New Poor House  to grandson Edward Waghorn, for ever and the Old Poor House to Silas Norton, upon trust, it's use to be directed by grandson Thomas Waghorn, in meantime, to use of Thomas, for his lifetime. After the death of Thomas Waghorn, to his heirs, for ever.
   His farm house, barn, stable, outhouses and about 23 acres of land in Snodland, in his own occupation and the cottage in Snodland, also in his own occupation and the cottage in Snodland occupied by William Burgess, known as Mill Stream Cottage, and rest of his real estate, except trust estate, to son James for his lifetime. After the death of James, then to Silas Norton, upon trust, subject to the uses directed by grandson Thomas Fletcher, in default of such direction then to Thomas Waghorn, for his lifetime; after his death, then to his heirs  for ever. Any estate upon mortgage to his trustees, upon trust; trust details and rules follow.
   Witnesses: George Perfect, Surgeon, West Malling, John Baker, Gardener, Snodland and Edward Hawks, Carpenter, Snodland
    Proved 6th March 1835

32.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND MARY GORHAM
LATE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTOBER 16th 1861 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 14th 1861 AGED 67 YEARS

33.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GORHAM
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[  ] AUGUST 1820
AGED 61YEARS
ALSO MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE  
  WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 26th 1851
AGED 90 YEARS
LEAVING FIVE SONS AND TWO DAUGHTERS
VIZ. JOHN, WILLIAM, ALEXANDER
GEORGE, MARY ANN , ELIZABETH
AND AMBROSE

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILLS DATED 27th JUNE 1812
William Gorham of Snodland, Yeoman.
   All his ready money, securities, household goods, debts, goods, chattels and personal estate and all real estate, to his wife Mary, for ever. Subject to payment of debts, funeral and testamentary costs. Wife is executor.
   Witnesses: James Selby, J.R.N. Norton, Clerk to Mr Selby and John Newman, Servant to Mr Selby.
   Proved 13th April 1821

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED 26th JUNE 1848
Mary Gorham late of Snodland, now of Aylesford, (Widow of William)
   Appoints son Ambrose and daughter, Elizabeth Gorham, executors. Her wines, liquor, fuel, other consumables, household stores and provisions, to daughter Elizabeth, along with furniture, utensils, plate, plated articles, linen, china, glass, books, pictures and prints, for her lifetime; after her death, then the last articles to be part of the personal estate. a An inventory made of them before they go to Elizabeth. Residue of personal estate to  Ambrose and Elizabeth Gorham, upon trust, to convert into money and invest it in their names in the Public Funds.
   Daughter Elizabeth to receive the annual interest for life; after her death, upon trust, to pay the sum of £220 to son Alexander. Residue to sons Alexander and Ambrose, equally shared.
   Her real estate, (except on mortgage and trust estate), to daughter Elizabeth for her lifetime; after her death, four cottages lately built on the site of the malt house in Snodland, in the occupation of [             ] Baker, [              ] Boorman, [                  ]Weeden ?, and [                 ] Dartnall,   equally shared between her children, Mary Ann Boorman, Alexander, George and John Gorman. To son Ambrose, the two houses which she lately occupied, one now occupied by sons John and Alexander, the other by son William. Another cottage adjoining the last, occupied by [             ] Austen and a piece of land called the “Small Orchard”, adjoining the last property and a piece of meadow and small piece of orchard, at the rear of the above cottages, in all about 2 ¼ acres. She charges the property bequeathed to Ambrose with payment to her son John of £25, after the death of daughter Elizabeth, this sum will bear interest of 5% from her daughter's death.
   To son William, a cottage with butcher's shop in Snodland now and for many years occupied by [ Edward ?] Hawks; to son John, a cottage at Ley ? Lane in Birling, occupied by [         ] Day and small piece of arable at Ley Lane, about ¾ od an acre, occupied by Daniel Curtis; to daughter Mary Ann, a cottage at Ley Lane, adjoining the last, occupied by [         ] Harolip ?, and a piece of allotment land at Birling Brook in Birling, about 1 ¼ acres occupied by son George; to son George the latter, charged with payment of £10 to son John, after death of their sister Elizabeth, this sum also to carry 5% interest after Elizabeth's death.
   Rest and residue of real estate to all her children, equally shared. All real estate vested in her by mortgage or on trust, to son Ambrose and daughter Elizabeth, subject to the trusts, etc., affecting the estate.
   Witnesses: Silas Norton, Solicitor, Town Malling and Jno. Wagon, School Master, Aylesford.
   Proved 4th December 1851

34.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FANNY
WIFE OF
RICHARD GOWAR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 17th DAY OF OCTR. 1857
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
RICHARD GOWAR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 1st DAY OF AUGUST 1861
AGED 77 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER
WILLIAM, AMBROSE AND ELIZA

35.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF
ARMIGILL HADLOW
DIED NOVEMBER 24th 1797
AGED 31 YEARS
ALSO JAMES THEIR SON
DIED JULY 4th 1790
AGED 6 YEARS & 7 MONTHS

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED2nd JULY 1829
Armigill Hadlow of Snodland Bargeman (no monument survives), died 1842
His six freehold cottages in Snodland, occupied by John Dartnell, Thomas Laws, William Austen, Nicholas Tiesdale, [              ] Austen and himself, to his wife, Mary Ann for her lifetime, to help bring up and educate their daughter Eliza, after his wife's death, the properties to daughter Eliza.In case Eliza should die in the lifetime of his wife, leaving a child or children, then the latter to his wife and that child or children.
   To Harriet Johnson, wife of George Johnson of Halling, Labourer, 19 guineas. His barge called the “Jane” of Rochester and skiff belonging to it, all household goods and furniture, plate, linen, china, money, securities and personal estate, chattels, rights and credits (subject to payment of his debts, funeral and testamentary costs and legacies), to his wife, she is to bring up and educate daughter Eliza, until she is married or otherwise provided for.
   His wife is executor.
   Witnesses: John Butler, William Higgins and William Kilpin
   Proved 26th May 1842

36.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
EDWARD HAWKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 18th 1871
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
EDWARD HAWKS
DIED OCTR. 28Th 1875
AGED 85 YEARS

37.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

SACRED TO THE REMEMBRANCE OF
REBECCA WIFE OF
JAMES HEWITT
AND DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
RICHARD AND REBECCA PETERS
DIED APRIL 15th  1886
ALSO JAMES HEWITT
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED APRIL 23rd 1897
AGED 77 YEARS

James Hewitt of Dairy House, Snodland, Grocer, 1881 Census

38.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE HILDER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE 11th 1890
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO NATHAN
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JUNE 26th 1892
AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO SARAH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
GEORGE HILDER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 18th 1901
AGED 74

George Hilder of 14 Orchard Cottages, Snodland, Cement Works Labourer, 1881 Census

39.   BODY STONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN LOVING MEMORY OF AMY AND ADA HILDER, AMY DIED 1867 AGED 3 MONTHS,
ADA DIED 1874 AGED 7 YEARS

40.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

JOHN HODGES
DIED DECEMBER 1873
AGED 29 YEARS

41.   PEDESTAL WITH CROSS

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
EUSTACE HOOK
DIED AT DELAMERE
DEC. 14th 1890
ALSO OF EVELINA AUGUSTA HOOK
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 2nd 1892
“When the Toil is Over,
Then Comes Rest at Last”

Both of  Delamere House, Snodland, both independent Means, 1881 Census
Eustace was the son of Charles Townsend Hook, late owner of the Paper Mill.

42.   HEADSTONE

[                                     ]
THOMAS HULKES HUGGINS
[WHO DIED JANUARY 1850]
[AGED 65 YEARS]
ELIZA
[WHO DIED]
[                                        ]
IN THE [  ] YEAR OF HER AGE
WILHELMINA MILLICENT
[WHO DIED [  ] MAY 1863]
[AGED 73 YEARS]

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED 26th March 1830
Thomas Hulkes Huggins of Snodland, Miller
To his wife Millison all his money, investments, goods, chattels and effects, she is executor
Witnesses: Henry Huggins and Thomas Atkinson
Proved 30th August 1851

43.   HEADSTONE - NOW MISSING

IN MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM HUGGINS
OF CHATHAM, JOINER
SON OF
MR WM. HUGGINS
OF THIS PARISH
DIED THE 8th OF JULY 17[6]8
AGED 71 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will dated 3rd June 1768
William Huggins of Chatham, Joiner.
   To Eleanor, wife of Michael Littlewood of Rochester, Shipwright (see my Monumental Inscriptions of St. Margaret, Rochester), £5; to Sarah Littlewood, daughter of the latter, £20; to Elizabeth Halfhead, sister of the latter, £20; to Michael Goudin ?, grandson of Michael and Eleanor Littlewood, £20; to Elizabeth Gransden, daughter of the late Edward Gransden,  of Wrotham, £10; to John Huggins of Gillingham, Victualler, £20; to Sarah Swift, sister of John Huggins, widow, £20; to Henry Smith, Master Joiner at H. M. Chatham Dockyard, 1 guinea to buy a ring in remembrance of testator.
   Michael Littlewood and Thomas Hassell, Park Keeper to Sir John Dyke of Lullington (sic) Castle, Kent, a mourning ring each, marked with the    ?  of Margaret Gransden. To Mary Popjay wife of Mr Popjay of Tooley Street, Southwark, Wool Cordulaker ? £40. To the Rev. Edward Sedgwick of New Romney, brother of Mary Popjay, £100; to William Martin the Younger, of Chatham, Baker, first cousin of Edward Sedgwick, £40.
   To John and William May of Holborough, Snodland, Gentlemen, £10 each.
   His six leasehold houses in Virginia Street, St. George's in the East, Middlesex, which he purchased of Edward Fox of the latter parish, Carpenter, to the children of Edward Sedgwick, living at his death, in equal shares.
   Reside of real and personal estate, after debts, funeral, probate and legacies are paid, to Edward Sedgwick and John Huggins in equal shares, the latter two are executors.
   Witnesses: Stephen Oben, Thomas Garner and Jos. Hawkins
   Proved 3rd November 1768

Note in margin dated 2nd April 1822
   The will was not administered by the executors, Granted to Thomas Hunt of Brunswick Square, Middlesex, Gentleman on behalf of Sarah Simmons of Rochester, Widow, James Simmons of Rochester, Gentleman and William Taylor of Gillingham, Gentleman, concerning their interest in  property in Birling and Leybourne, by a Deed dated 8th June 1762. Edward Sedgwick and John Huggins died intestate   

44.   PEDESTAL CROSS MISSING

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
LOTHIAN STEPHEN
YOUNGEST SON OF GERALD H. JACKSON
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
AND DORA HIS WIFE
BORN 26th DECEMBER 1886?
DIED 1st MARCH 1902

JONES see WALTON

45.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SON OF
WILLIAM AND ANN
CATHERINE JOYNSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 23rd OF SEPTEMBER 1827
AGED 5 WEEKS

46.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

[IN] MEMO[RY]
OF
RICHARD JUPP
DIED 11th APRIL 1846
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO AMELIA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 11th APRIL 1850
AGED 66 YEARS

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED 9th MAY 1844
Richard Jupp of Halling, Carpenter
   He is in a “feeble state of health”. To wife Amelia his two cottages , workshop and bakehouse, where he now lives and all furniture, goods, and all his property, for her lifetime, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, then to son Richard, now living with him. The workshop and the house they now live in. on condition that he repays the sum of £16 which testator has borrowed and he should also pay to his sister Mary Bookham, wife of William Bookham of Farningham, Labourer, £10. To son William of West Malling, his other cottage adjoining the cottage testator now lives in and bakehouse and garden, now let to [                ] Burgess, at death of his wife, or re- marries. This legacy on condition that he pays his sisters Amelia and Elizabeth and his brother Edward, £10 each, as soon as he can, without hardship to himself. To his three daughters, Mary Bookham, Amelia and Elizabeth Jupp, after his wife's death, all his furniture, household goods and effects, not before bequeathed, equally shared.
    If son William dies before his mother, then his legacy will go to his widow. Son Richard and wife are executors.
   Witnesses: James Draper and Charles Kerr
   Proved 2nd December 1850. Granted to Richard Jupp, surviving executor; administration had been granted to son William in May 1850, who had falsely claimed that testator had died intestate.

47.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FREDERICK
YOUNGEST SON OF
GEORGE & MARTHA JURY
LATE OF MAIDSTONE
WHO DIED APRIL 6th 1865
AGED 27 YEARS
[                           ]
[GEORGE JURY]
WHO DIED MAY 10th 1867
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO OF MARTHA HIS WIDOW
WHO DIED DEC. 4th 1872
AGED 69 YEARS

48.   HEADSTONE

[                               ]
[                               ]
ALSO MARY ANN KING
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY
27th MARCH 1902 AGED [     ] YEARS

49.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LEVI KING
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1895
AGED 32 YEARS

Levi King of 33 London Road, Maidstone, Wheelwright, 1881 Census

50.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM KINGSNORTH
OF THIS PARISH
DIED 5th NOVR. 1883
AGED 81YEARS
“Lord have Mercy on Us”
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 21st JUNE 1884
AGED 69 YEARS

William Kingsnorth of Green Meadow Villa, Snodland, Retired Publican, 1881 Census

51.   Chest Tomb

North Side
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SAMUEL ONLY SON OF WILLIAM LEE ESQ. OF HOLBOROUGH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUGUST 15th 1852 AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO OF
CHRISTIANA THE BELOVED WIFE OF WILLIAM LEE ESQ.
BORN JULY 23rd 1801 DIED DECEMBER 14th 1871
ALSO OF
WILLIAM LEE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPTEMBER 29th 1881 AGED 80

East End
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTS
(ROYAL ENGINEERS)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 24th 1848
IN HIS 32nd YEAR
“Blessed are the Dead that Die in the Lord”
ALSO EDITH CICELY ROBERTS
BORN OCTR. [     ] DIED JANY. 2Nd 1874
ALSO OF ANN ROBERTS
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 18th 1881
AGED 58

From The Times
“Mr William Lee, J.P., who for 15 years represented Maidstone in Parliament in the Liberal interest, died yesterday at his residence at Holborough Court, Snodland, Kent. Mr Lee who was senior partner in the firm of Lee, son and Co, cement manufacturers, Snodland, was born at Lewisham in 1801, and married 19 years later. He unsuccessfully contested Maidstone in 1852, but was successful next year. He was defeated in 1857, regained the seat in 1859 and held it until he retired in 1870. He was a magistrate and deputy lieutenant for Kent.”
   “The will dated July 23rd 1880, of Mr William Lee, J.P., D. L., the senior partner in the firm of Lee, Son and Co., cement manufacturers, late of Holborough Court, Snodland, Kent, who died on the 29th of September last, was proved on the 3rd inst by William Henry Roberts, the grandson, the acting executor, the personal estate amounting in value to upwards of £114,000. the testator specially bequeathed the testimonial service of plate presented to him by his friends in 1851, to his said grandson; the service of plate presented to him by his constituents at the time he represented Maidstone in Parliament, to his grandson, Samuel Lee Smith; and annuities to two nieces. The whole of the remainder of his real and personal estate he gives to his grandson the said William Henry Roberts”

52.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH LURCOCK
WHO DIED 26th MARCH 1876
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO OF GEORGE LURCOCK
WHO DIED OCTOBER  [     ] 1880
AGED 58 YEARS

53.   HEADSTONE

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
STEPHEN MANLEY
OF THIS PARISH
HE DIED OCT. YE 8th 1763
AGED 62 YEARS
HERE ALSO LIETH THE BODY OF
ELIZH. MANLEY
WIFE OF STEPHEN MANLEY
SHE DIED JAN. YE 1st 1769
AGED 65 YEARS  
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON JOHN MANLEY
                          HERE ALSO LIETH FOUR OF THEIR CHILDREN
WHO DIED IN INFANCY VIZ. STEPHEN, THOMAS, AMY AND ELIZH.
WILLIAM THEIR SON DIED AUG. 7th 1762 AGED 29 YEARS
“Farewell Vain World, I know enough of thee,
And now am Careless what thou sayeth of Me,
Thy Smiles I Court not, nor thy Frowne I Fear,
All Cares are Past, my Head Lies Quiet Here,
What Faults you know, take care to Shun,
And Look at Home, Enough there's to be Done”

Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 13th January 1759
Stephen Manley of Snodland, Maltster
   To son William £55; to wife Elizabeth £10 per year for her lifetime or for as long as she remains his widow, if she does remarry, then she is to have £5 per year, for her lifetime.
   He charges his freehold and leasehold estate and goods?, with the payment of the above annuity. His wife has the power to distrain the properties if the annuity is not paid.
   To son William the further sum of £50 within six months after the death of his mother, this sum from his effects.
   The rest and residue of his real and personal estate and effects, after payment of debts and legacies, to son John, who is also executor.
   Witnesses: James Base, William Fry and Richard Cork
   Proved 19th November 1763

54.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN MANLEY
WHO DIED THE 4th OF OCT. 1797
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO FRANCES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 29th MAY * 1822
AGED 83 YEARS
* Probate states 30th of May

Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated [  ] October 1765
John Manley of Snodland, Maltster
   Exclusive of the legacy left to his wife, Frances which he has secured to her and her heirs by Marriage Articles and a Bond of Obligation dated on or about 12th April 1765, to his wife £20. If his wife has any child or children lawfully begotten by him, then to her, in trust, for such a child or children, for their lives or they attain the age of 21 years, all his leasehold estate in Halling, called or known by the name of “ferry House” or the sign of the “Five Ringers”, held on lease from William Dallison, Esq. and now partly in his own occupation and partly by by John Edmeades; all his leasehold estate in Snodland held from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester occupied by  Martin of the said parish. When his child or children are 21, respectively,, then the above estate to such child/children, for ever, equally shared. If his wife has no children, by him, or if such issue do not live to the age of 21, then the estate at Halling goes to his mother Elizabeth Manley, if she is then living. The estate at Snodland will remain with his wife, for ever.  The mortgage on his freehold estate in Snodland, in his own occupation, shall be cleared and paid off, together with all other of his debts, from money arising from book debts, if there is not sufficient money, then by the sale of his stock in trade, materials or household furniture, as his executors think fit.
   By the last will and testament of his late father, he was to allow  and pay his mother , Elizabeth, out of the estate left to him by his father, an annuity of £10 . By a Bond of Obligation dating from about 1st November 1763, he bound himself, his heirs, executors and administrators, to pay his mother an additional annuity of £10 per year. In consideration of this obligation  and for her release for ever from the payment of the annuity/annuities and surrender or releasing him in “due form” of law being first had and obtained by his executors, to his mother, all his freehold estate in Snodland for life. Also to his mother, all the rest and residue of his personal estate, all that remains of his stock in trade, cattle, horses, hogs, poultry, materials, plus rest and residue of his ready money, invested money, bonds, book debts, plate, linen, apparel, goods and furniture. After the death of his mother, his freehold estate in Snodland to the child/children , if any, of his wife, by him. If there id no child living at the time of her death, or if they do not reach 21 years, the the freehold estate at Snodland and the leasehold estate at Halling to be sold and the money arising from the sale to be divided between his aunt Ann Bramley of East Malling and her children, and his aunt Ann Madge of Rainham, widow and her children in equal shares. He nominates his “trusty friend” John May of Snodland, Gentleman and Joseph Hawkins of St. Margaret's, Rochester, School Master, executors.
   Witnesses: Jeremiah French, William Lewis and Ann Knight.
   Proved 6th December 1797. John May and Joseph Hawkins have renounced execution of the will.  

Testator's mother has died in his lifetime, administration granted to Frances, his widow.

Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 5th December 1821
Frances Manley of Snodland, widow of John.
All her household goods, stock, crops, implements, plate, wine, china and effects to son Stephen Manley of Snodland, also to him, all money and invested money. If Stephen dies before her, then his legacy goes to to his children, equally shared. Stephen is her executor.
She signs will with her mark X
Witnesses: James Leigh, John Beech and Robert Mills
Proved 6th July 1822. Son Stephen is a Yeoman
Note in margin: Testator died 30th May

55.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
MARIA THE BELOVED WIFE OF
GEORGE MARTIN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 27th 1884
AGED 59 YEARS
“Afflictions Sore Long Time I Bore,
Physicians were in Vain,
Till God did Please to give me Ease,
And Free me from my Pain”

George Martin, of 3 Magnolia Place, Holborough Road, Snodland, Wagoner, Agricultural Labourer, 1881 Census

56.   Pedestal, Cross Missing

East Side
IN MEMORY OF
ISRAEL MAY
AGED 37 YEARS
POLICE CONSTABLE OF THE
MALLING DIVISION
KENT COUNTY CONSTABULARY

North Side
FOUND CRUELLY MURDERED
ON SUNDAY MORNING
AUGUST 24th 1873

West
HE RECEIVED A PUBLIC FUNERAL
ON THURSDAY AUGUST 28th 1873
“The memory of the Just is Blessed”

South Side
ERECTED BY VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

The Trial of Thomas Atkins for the murder of P.C. May, at Maidstone, December 2nd 1873, as reported by The Times
“Thomas Atkins, 27, a labourer, was indicted for the wilful murder of Israel May at Birling, on the 24th of August.
   Mr Barrow and Mr Dering appeared for the prosecution; Mr Biron defended the prisoner.
   The prisoner had, for some time previous to the 23td of August, been employed at the Cement Works, near Snodland, and lodged at the house of a man named Parker, at Burham. At about 8 o'clock on the evening of Saturday, the 23rd of August, the prisoner left his lodgings stating that he should return at 11 o'clock. At that time he was wearing a monkey jacket and corduroy suit, and a flat cap upon his head, and, according to Parker's evidence, he never returned to his home after that time. At a quarter to 11 o'clock on the night of the 23rd  of August, he was seen outside the “Bull” public house at Snodland, so drunk that he could not stand by himself, and had to be propped up against the wall of the house.
   At this time the deceased man, Israel May who was the district police-constable, came up and tried to induce the prisoner  to go home, which he resented and used foul and threatening language to the officer, who was called away almost immediately to a disturbance elsewhere.
   The prisoner and two men left the public house shortly afterwards and walked along the road leading to Ham hill; and when about 100 yards from the Turnpike-gate the prisoner fell down by the roadside  so helplessly drunk that the others could not rouse him. The deceased man came by at about half past 11, tried to rouse the prisoner , but without success, and then passed on towards Hamhill on his beat. He was spoken to at Hamhill  by a witness named Upton at half-past 1 in the morning as he returned in the direction where the prisoner had been lying, and he was never again seen alive.
   At 6 o'clock the following (Sunday) morning the dead body of the policeman was found lying in a field about 40 yards from the spot where the prisoner  had been left the evening  before, , his head so smashed that his features were hardly distinguishable. There were marks of a struggle along the road and in the field where the body was discovered, and near the body were found a brace and a cap as well as the the policeman's helmet.
   The prisoner was not apprehended till the 30th , when he was found at Kingsdown. Upon being apprehended  he made a statement to Superintendent Hulse to the effect that the deceased man came up to him and woke him, and upon his getting up struck him a violent blow on the head (the mark of which he pointed to), that thereupon he  a struggle ensued  between them; that they fell over the hedge  into the field, and he succeeded in getting the staff from the policeman, and then struck him five or six times  on the head. He expressed regret  at the result, and stated that he had no idea at the time that he had killed the man.
   The ferryman at Snodland was called for the prosecution, and proved that on the Saturday previous he had ferried the prisoner over the river, and that on that occasion the prisoner expressed his intention of making a mark upon the deceased, but that at the time of making this threat the prisoner was much the worse for drink.
   For the defence it was submitted to the jury that the threats were those of a drunken man; that the wounds were inflicted by the constable's own staff and not by any weapon previously prepared, and that the whole of the evidence pointed to the truth of of the prisoner's statement, which was consistent with manslaughter, but did not support a charge of wilful murder. It was suggested that the wound on the prisoner's head pointed to the fact that the constable had struck the prisoner , as he stated, and that instead of the deed having been premeditated, the prisoner's drunkenness on the night in question precluded any such theory.
   His LORDSHIP, in summing up the case to the jury, told them that they would by their verdict have to decide whether the prisoner had, on the facts proved, a deliberate intent to take the life of the deceased man. In recapitulating  the evidence, his Lordship remarked that the only occasion on which previous malice was shown by the prisoner  against the deceased man , were when,  according to the evidence for the prosecution, he was the worse for drink.....namely, at the ferry, on the Saturday previous, and on the night of the 23rd of August, when the offence was committed. Words uttered by a man when excited by drink  must be taken with some modification. The nature of an act of violence  must not be judged by a like modification. The evidence, in his Lordship's judgement, did not conflict with the two statements made by the prisoner, and it might fairly be taken  that there was on the occasion  when the deceased man met his death a very considerable struggle between the constable and the prisoner. The weapon which was the used on such an occasion  is of importance  when considering the question  of malice; and if, as in the case before the jury, the weapon is one not only not provided beforehand, but is one wrested from the deceased in the course of a struggle, the presumption would rather be against than in favour of any premeditation. The jury must take into their consideration , finally, the question whether  they believed the prisoner's statement that the constable struck him first with his staff or not. If they believed that the prisoner was so struck, that would undoubtedly be an unlawful act on the part of the constable,and, in his Lordship's opinion, would be material  when the jury come to consider whether their verdict should be one of murder or manslaughter.
   The jury retired and after deliberating for 30 minutes returned a verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.
   His LORDSHIP, in passing sentence  upon the prisoner, expressed his strong disapprobation of any resistance to an officer under any circumstances, even though that officer may be exceeding his duty. Addressing the prisoner, his Lordship said that the jury had believed  his statements that the deceased man had first struck him with his staff. That was an unlawful act which mitigated in some degree the seriousness of the offence which he had committed, yet he could not but believe that he had continued his blows upon the constable's head long after he must have known  that he was seriously, if not mortally wounding the man, and therefore, this was an aggravated case of manslaughter, and the sentence upon him was that he be kept in penal servitude for the term of 20 years”
   Atkins was released after serving 15 years of the sentence, and is said to have gone to America.

57.   HEADSTONE

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE HENRY
SON OF
WILLIAM & SOPHIA MOORE
WHO DIED JULY 14th 1864 AGED 1 YEAR
ALSO
FREDERICK JOHN MOORE
WHO DIED JUNE 9th 1866 AGED 6 MONTHS

58.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM MOORE
BORN APRIL 10th 1829
DIED MARCH 5th 1883
ALSO
SOPHIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN NOVEMBER 9th 1835
DIED APRIL 14th 1888
“God of my Life be near,
On thee my Hopes I Cast,
Guide me through the Desert here,
And bring me Home at Last”

William Moore, Beer Retailer, “Brick Makers Arms”, Holborough Road, Snodland, 1881 Census

59.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GEORGE
SON OF THOMAS AND ANN MOORE
BORN NOVEMBER 19th 1862
DIED APRIL 18th 1888
“Death has taken many a Loved one,
From our Homes and Fond Embrace,
But the Hour of Joy is Coming,
When we'll Meet them Face to Face,
Healing Balm for Wounded Spirits,
For the Hour will Soon Appear,
And within his Glorious Kingdom,
We shall Meet our our Friend so Dear”

William George Moore, Holborough Road, Snodland, Clerk in Paper Works, 1881 Census
Thomas Moore of Holborough Road, Snodland, Bricklayer, 1881 Census

60.  HEADSTONE

HERE
LIETH YE BODY OF
JOHN PARKER
WHO DIED IN 1682
AGED 29 YEARS
ALSO HERE LIETH
YE BODY OF
DEBORAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED MAY 14th 1720
AGED 68 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE DAUGHTER*
WIFE OF JAMES COCKLE OF HALLING
*Also Deborah, Headstone at Halling

61.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY
FRANCES FREEMAN PEMBLE
WIFE OF ISAAC PEMBLE
WHO ENTERED INTO REST APRIL 10th
1890 AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
ISAAC PEMBLE
WHO DIED MARCH 15th 1896
AGED 83 YEARS

62.   DAMAGED PEDESTAL

[                                   ]
BERNARD EDWIN
THE MUCH
LOVED CHILD OF
EDWIN & LILLY BLANCHE
PERRIN OF WOULDHAM
WHO DIED SEPT. 2nd 1880
AGED 11 MONTHS

Edwin Perrin of Wouldham Post Office, Post Master and Grocer, 1881 Census

63.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZH. PERRYMAN
WHO DIED FEBY. 15Th 1825
AGED 40 YEARS

Rear
IN MEMORY OF
ADELA F. I. WRAY
WHO DIED JULY 12th 1835
AGED 4 YEARS

64.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORY OF
ANN DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND MARY PETERS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 15th OF SEPTEMBER 1826
AGED 18 DAYS
ALSO SARAH DAUGHTER OF THE
ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 17th OF SEPTEMBER 1826
AGED 15 DAYS

65.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN PETERS
DIED 12th APRIL 1823
GEORGE PETERS
DIED 3rd DECEMBER 1845
AGED 37 YEARS
JOSEPH PETERS
DIED 6th SEPTEMBER 1859
AGED 33 YEARS
MARY PETERS
DIED 10th MAY 1865
AGED 36 YEARS

66.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES SON OF
RICHARD & REBECCA PETERS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 8th 1877
AGED 37 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD SON OF THE ABO[VE]
RICHARD & REBECCA PETERS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 5th 1884
AGED 63 YEARS

Richard Peters, Junior, an Annuitant, living with sister and brother in law, James Hewett, Grocer, in Dairy House, Snodland, 1881 Census

67.   HEADSTONE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EMILY WIFE OF
THOMAS WILLIAM PETERS
WHO DIED JULY 19th 1892
AGED 58 YEARS

68.   HEADSTONE

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH PARKER
WIFE OF
THOMAS WILLIAM PETERS
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 17th 1850
AGED 37 YEARS
ALSO ABEL SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 10th 1853
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS WILLIAM PETERS
WHO DIED JULY 20th 1905
AGED 89 YEARS
ALSO THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS
MARY DIED 5th JANUARY 1904
AGED 59 YEARS
FRANCES REBECCA BEADLE
DIED MARCH 12th 1905
AGED 59 YEARS

69.   Small Pedestal - Missing

Initials only
H.D.P.
[HENRY DAMPIER PHELPS]
RECTOR OF SNODLAND
1804 – 1865

70.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN
AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF
ELIZA BELOVED WIFE OF
SETH PUDNEY
WHO FELL ASLEEP JAN. 1st 1890
AGED 57 YEARS

Seth Pudney, Joseph Pudney ?, Labourer of Hooper's Road, Rochester, both he and Eliza born in Essex, 1881 Census

71.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ANN WIFE OF
WILLIAM RANDELL
BORN OCT. 11th 1829
DIED OCT. 9th 1889
ALSO OF WALYER SON OF
WILLIAM & ANN RANDELL
WHO DIED MARCH 2nd 1875
AGED 10 YEARS & 5 MONTHS

William Randell/Randall,, East Street, Snodland, Paper Mill Labourer, Ann is Amy ?, 1881 Census

ROBERTS see LEE

72.   PEDESTAL - CROSS FALLEN

[                             ]
JOSEPH EVAN
SMITH
BORN AT HORSLEY
[GLOUCESTER]SHIRE 1814
DIED AT SNODLAND
FEB. 7th 1907
IN
MEMORY OF
ANN NORTON SMITH
BORN HORSLEY
GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1815
DIED AT SNODLAND JAN. 1st 1907

Joseph Smith, S.S.A.M., R.P.S., was a General Practitioner, of Brock House, Snodland, Ann was his sister, 1881 Census

73.   HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM & FRANCES
SOUTHGATE WHO DIED THE 24th
SEPTEMBER 1819 AGED 8 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 14th OF JUNE 1828
IN THE 21st YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO THE ABOVE
FRANCES SOUTHGATE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 18th 1855
AGED 82 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will dated 19th February 1842
Frances Southgate of Snodland, Widow.
   Wishes to be buried in Snodland churchyard, in the same grave as her “dear departed son”.
   Mr John Collings, Draper of West Malling is to be the undertaker, and her coffin to be made by her nephew, Mr Stephen Manley of Trottiscliffe. Her nephews, Mr William Knell of Grain and Mr Stephen Manley and her nieces Elizabeth Church of Hartlip  and Mrs Susan Longley of Ryarsh are executors. They are to pay her debts and funeral and probate costs.
   To brother George Baxter Manley of Snodland, £100; if he is not alive at time of her death, then 1/3 of the £100 to each to nephew Thomas Manley of Carshalton, Surrey, and nieces, Frances Hancock of Maidstone and Susan Longley of Ryarsh. To nephew William Knell of Grain, £20; to nephew Stephen Manley, £70; to nephew John Manley, of Strood, £70, if he is dead at testator's death, then the £70 to be shared as follows, £10 to Sarah his widow, £20 to nephew, Stephen Manley, £20 to nephew, Richard Manley of Snodland,£10 to Miss Elizabeth Clinch and £10 to Miss Margaret Clinch, daughters of her niece Mrs Elizabeth Clinch of Hartlip. To niece Susan Longley, £50, if she dies before the testator, then the £50 goes to George Baxter Manley; to nephew Richard Manley, £20, if he dies before testator, this legacy not to go to his heirs or relatives; to nephew William Brooks of Cuxton, £20; to her sister Mrs Elizabeth Knell, £10,if she dies before testator the £10 goes to Miss Frances Bonny of Sittingbourne; to niece Elizabeth Bonny of Sittingbourne, £10, if she dies before the testator, the £10 goes to her daughter Miss Jane Bonny; £10 to Sarah Ann Pearce of West Farleigh; to George Brooks, £10; to Margaret Brooks £10 and £10 to Frances Brooks, all three of East Malling; if any of them are dead at time of testator's death, their legacy not to go to their heirs of relatives.
All her furniture in upper front room, (except her secretaire), and teapot, two Japanned tea trays and from lower front room, six silver tea spoons to niece Elizabeth Clinch. Her secretaire,  ?  table and cover , two old tea trays, silver tea spoons to Susan Longley. All furniture in top room (except bed and bolster), table and cover, in lower front room to nephew John Manley, if he is dead at testator's death, then to Susan Longley and bed and bolster in top room. To Margaret Brooks pair of silver sugar tongs, an old table spoon marked D.S.? and six old tea spoons marked P.J.S.?
   To Mrs Elizabeth Knell, all table and chimney ornaments; to Mr William Pye of Cuxton, picture of sheep in lower front room; to William Pye, Junior, her picture of needle work; to Elizabeth Wood of Bredgar,  eight mahogany chairs, large looking glass and large family bible; ; to Henry Pye, son of William Pye, Senior,  two china bowls, silver snuff box, two china mugs and silver spectacles and case; to Mrs Pye,  her watch, and set of china; to Miss Frances Pye,  a silver cream jug; to Miss Ann Pye, her reading glasses and old china bowl and china tumblers; to Mrs Bonney a pair of silver table spoons; to Miss Frances Bonny, pair of desert spoons,  and pair of salt spoons; to Miss Mary Ann Knell her round work table; to Mrs Ann Holding of Malling her spy glass; to nephew, Stephen Manley, glass decanters and wine glasses and all glass; to nieces Elizabeth Clinch, Susan Longley all remainder of furniture, five irons?, kitchen implements and all other furniture, all clothes and linen, upon trust, they are to give Mrs Bonny any one article from her box of wearing ornaments, the rest divided equally between Fanny, Mary and Ann Pye; her white conterpane and best coloured counterpane to Mrs Elizabeth Clinch; remainder of linen, sheets, blankets, etc., to Elizabeth Clinch and Susan Longley and John Manley. “The Life of Our Blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ” to Elizabeth Clinch; “The Rose Claremont” and “The Life of Queen Charlotte”, to Frances Pye; remainder of books to George Baxter Manley. Anything remaining will go to her executors after they have faithfully executed the will.
   Witnesses: George Gorham and William Holding
   Proved 3rd September 1855 Executors William Knell and Elizabeth Church have died since will was made.

74.   HEADSTONE

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN TERRY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEB. 14th 1892
AGED 20 YEARS

75.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE LATE
GEORGE THOMAS
OF SPRATT'S BROOK FARM TUNBRIDGE WELLS
WHO DIED MAY 22nd 1900
AGED 78 YEARS

THWAITE see GAY

76.   CHEST TOMB, ONLY ERODED LEDGER REMAINS ? (WAS CLOSE TO SOUTH EAST
             CORNER OF CHANCEL.) FROM JOHN THORPE'S REGISTRUM ROFFENSES, 1769

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
ISSAC TILGHMAN
SON OF WETENHALL TILGHMAN
OF SNODLAND, GENT.
WHO DYED THE 21st DAY OF DECEMBER 1647
AGED 36 YEARS
AND OF LISBONA HIS WIFE
WHO DYED THE 16th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1678
AGED 58 YEARS
AND OF THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS
ELIZABETH AND ELINOR

TOWNSEND see CRAFT

77.   HEADSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCES WAGHORN
WHO DIED DECEMBER 1848
AGED 38 YEARS
THIS STONE WAS PLACED HERE
BY HER AFFECTIONATE BROTHER
LIEUT. WAGHORN R. N.

78.   HEADSTONE AND BODYSTONE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS FLETCHER WAGHORN
LIEUTENANT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 7th 1850
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO OF HARRIET
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 19th 1856
AGED 54 YEARS

Lieutenant Thomas Fletcher Waghorn, R. N.
Waghorn was the pioneer of the overland postal route India. His overland route took 10,000 miles off the sea route via the Cape of Good Hope and reduced the time taken from 3 months to 35 – 45 days. With the advent of the Suez Canal and faster steam ships the overland route eventually became redundant.
16th July 1800: Waghorn was baptised at St. Mary the Virgin, Chatham, son of Thomas, a Butcher, and Ann Waghorn. Ann was formerly Ann Goodhugh, (see John Goodhugh, No. 31)
10th November 1812 : Entered the Royal Navy at Chatham, as a Midshipman on H.M.S. Bahama.
3rd November 1813: Transferred to H.M.S. Tigris
25th October 1817 : Discharged from the Royal Navy due to reduction of the Navy after end of French War.
1818 : Sailed as Third Mate on the Thalia, a merchantman, to Calcutta
2nd June 1820 : Joined the Bengal Pilot Service.
11th June 1822 : Married Elizabeth Bartlett in Calcutta.
1824-1826: First Burmese War , Waghorn went on active service during this war.
1826 : After the end of the war, Waghorn resumed his career as a pilot.
1828 : Promoted plans to run a steamship from England to India, via the Cape, met with a disappointing response but he asked to look at the route to India via Egypt, Waghorn believed this route was viable but the East India Company was not responsive, so Waghorn resigned from the Pilot Service in 1831,to devote himself to steam navigation.
1831 : Later this year Waghorn took up his career in the Royal Navy again to freshen up on his steamship experience and to familiarise himself with the steamship mail service to the Mediterranean. He also needed more service years to attain the rank of Lieutenant.
But he was paid off on 10th November 1832.
1832 :  He volunteered to make an overland journey to India via Egypt but this took over four months, understandably, there was no enthusiastic response to this experiment. On his return to Egypt he met the Pasha of Egypt who was later to assist him in setting up the route through the desert.
1834 : Waghorn appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee concerning steamship navigation vis Egypt, he appeared again in 1837. His wife died in Calcutta on 8th March 1834; on the 8th of December of that year, he married Harriet Martin, daughter of a Snodland miller and neighbour of his mother and grandfather; his grandfather had died 6 days before , leaving Waghorn a substantial legacy. (See John Goodhugh's will, No. 31).
1835 – 1837 : Waghorn's business was established in Cornhill in the City of London. He lived in the desert with the Arabs to establish the Overland Route in Egypt, this involved setting up relay stations, arranging guides, supplies of horses, boats and carriages for travellers. The time taken to travel from England to India was now achieved in 35 – 45 days. In 1837 Waghorn became Deputy Consul in Egypt but his relations with his superiors were troubled.
1840 : The P&O Company set up, with the backing of the British Government, a rival route. Another set back came when most of his 300 horses were killed by the Plague. The Pasha of Egypt bought out the remainder of Waghorn's stake, so now the Pasha controlled the route.
Post 1840 :  Waghorn turned his attention to improving the post in Europe, avoiding France, which sometimes created difficulties. Utilising the new railway networks,he did manage to speed up the post but a promised Government reimbursement for the cost of his trials failed to materialise. He was now in debt to the sum of about £5,000, (nearly £500,000, in income terms, today). He did receive a belated pension of £100 per annum and money raised  from a public testimonial could not “dent” these debts. Towards the end of his life, Waghorn promoted the continuation of the steam ship routes to the East Indies and Australia, his brother and two of his sisters emigrated to Australia. Waghorn was now a broken man; a short holiday in Malta failed to restore his health and he died at home in Islington on 7th January 1850. He was buried in Snodland churchyard on the 14th of January.
1888 : A Bronze statue of Waghorn erected at Chatham

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 11th November 1847
Thomas Fletcher Waghorn of Cornhill, City of London and Snodland, Esquire Lieutenant in the Royal Navy.
   All his real and personal estate to wife Harriet but any estate invested in him upon trust or by mortgage, subject to the equities affecting them.
   Witnesses: Philip Smith Fox, Solicitor, Coleman Street and George William Wheatley, Cornhill
   Proved 5th March 1850

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will dated 17th May 1851
Harriet Waghorn, Widow of Bark Place, Bayswater
   Her funeral to be inexpensive and unostentatious.
   To Joseph Matthews, her executor, her painting  of a favourite horse, called “Jack”; to Susannah Matthews sister of Joseph, her piano and a daguerreotype likeness of her late husband; to her god child, Harriet Matthews, her watch and portrait; to friend, George Wheatley, the portrait of her late husband by Sir George Hayter; to Mrs William Ransom, sister of her late husband, all his clothing, his watch and   ?; to friend, Mrs Mountjoy, her mourning brooch with pearls containing her hair and her husband's hair, also 19 guineas for a mourning ring and all her real and personal estate, except plate, jewels, wine, linen, rents in arrears, pensions in arrears, dividends, interest, stocks, funds, securities and money, which go to   Thomas Matthews of Snodland, Farmer.
   Thomas Matthews and his son Joseph  are executors.
   
Witnesses: Samuel Piercey 15 Three Crowns Square, Southwark and William Kilby of the same place, his Clerk.
   Proved 8th April 1856. Power reserved to Thomas Matthews.  

79.   HEADSTONE - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JOHN WALTON
LATE MASTER TAILOR OF CHATHAM
WHO DIED DECEMBER 31st 1886
AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO JOHN JONES OF NORTHAMPTON
WHO DIED MAY 13th 1889
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZA ANN
WIFE OF JOHN WALTON
AND DAUGHTER OF JOHN JONES
WHO DIED SEPT. 4th 1933 AGED 88 YEARS

? John Walton, 3 Birling Road, Snodland, Chelsea Pensioner (Blind), wife Eliza A.

WINGATE see CRAFT

80.   DAMAGED PEDESTAL - ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GERALD FREDERICK
ELDEST SON OF
FREDERICK W. AND CONSTANCE WOODHOUSE
DIED AT HOLBOROUGH COURT
SUNDAY 27th DECR. 1891
AGED 13 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS

81.   HEADSTONE

- ON BOUNDARY OF CHURCHYARD

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES WOODING
WHO DIED APRIL 27th 1868
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF FRANCES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 18th 1877
AGED 85 YEARS

82.   HEADSTONE

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
CAROLINE
THE DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF
THOMAS WOODRUFF
WHO DIED OCTR. 12Th 1884
AGED 35 YEARS

Thomas Woodruff of 1 Orchard Cottages, Snodland, Sail Maker, son of James, Cement Miller
Married Caroline Whiffen in 1883 (1881 Census)

83.   CHEST TOMB

(INSCRIPTION FROM OLD TRANSCRIPT
ONLY THE START OF TWO TOP LINES SURVIVE, CONFIRMING THIS IS THE WRAY TOMB)

HERE LYETH THE [BODIES OF GEO. DAVID & JOANNA SONS & DAUGHR OF GEO. WRAY]
 OF PADELLESWORTH [BY JOHANNA HIS WIFE [THOMAS] WRAY WHO DIED JULY 9th 1709]
[AGD. 21 YEARS DAVID WRAY WHO DIED MARCH 3rd 1696 AGD. 4 YEARS]
[JOHANNA WRAY WHO DIED FEB. [  ] 1693 AGD. 9 YEARS]
]HERE LYETH THE BODY OF ELIZH. WIFE OF NICHOLAS WRAY OF PADDLESWORTH]
[WHO DIED JUNE 6th 1729 AGED 33 YEARS ALSO JANE WIFE OF NICHOLAS WRAY]
[WHO DIED MARCH YE 11th 1734 AGED 33 YEARS HERE ALSO LYETH THE BODY OF THE] [ABOVE NICHOLAS WRAY OF PADDLESWORTH WHO DIED AUG. YE 24th 1745]
[AGED 54 YEARS LEFT ISSUE ONE SON AND 3 DRS. GEORGE ELIZ. JANE AND FRANCES]

NORTH SIDE
[ HERE LYETH THE BODY OF] HAMMOND [WRAYWHO DIED JANUARY [   ] 1675 [6]]
[AGED [   ] YEARS] [ALSO] MARY [THE WIFE OF] [HAMMOND WRAY]
[WHO DIED  [                    ]] [AGED [  ] YEARS]

Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 3rd June 1675
Hammond Wray of Paddlesworth, Yeoman.
He is sick in body.
To his sons, George, David, Thomas, John and Francis, at 21 years of age, respectively, £50 each, from one year after his death. To his daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Briggett, £50 each at 21 years or day of marriage, which first occurs.
If any of his children die before they are 21 of married, if girls, their legacy to be shared between the survivors. Rest and residue to his wife, Mary, who is executor. He desires his sons to assist their mother with the executorship.
Signs will with a mark  X
Witnesses: Thomas Tomlyn, the mark of William Neale and the mark of Elizabeth Collison
Proved 13th August 1675

WRAY see PERRYMAN

 

INTERIOR OF CHURCH

LOST BRASSES
RECORDED BY JOHN WEAVER
“THE ANCIENT FUNERAL MONUMENTS OF ENGLAND”,1631

84.   BURIED IN THE CHURCH PORCH, LEDGER REMAINS

WILLIAM ALISANDER
WHO PAID A WEEKLY STIPEND  OF BREAD
TO THE POOR FOR EVER, DIED MCCCCLXX (1470)

CONSISTORY COURT OF ROCHESTER WILL DATED 15th JANUARY 1470
William Alisander of Snodland
Desires to be buried in the Porch at All Saints Church, Snodland
   To the High Altar of All Saints, for tithes omitted or forgotten, 10 shillings; to the Rector of All Saints, for bread and wine for Holy Communion, for one year and to pray for the souls of the late Bishop of Rochester, the testator and his father and mother, Thomas and Alice, his wife Elizabeth , all his benefactors and of all the faithful, 3 shillings and four pence. Also to the Rector of Snodland, a small book of “pleas and dirges”, the Rector to pray for his soul and the people listed above.
   He desires that a priest is appointed to Snodland church for 2 years, following his death, to celebrate daily mass and to pray for the souls of the above mentioned people.
   To the reparations of Snodland church, 26 shillings and eight pence; to all the lights in the said church, 8 pence and a 1½  pound candle; to the Rector, 6 pence; to the Sacrist, 16 pence; to the Vicar of Northfleet, for bread and wine for Holy Communion for one year, and also to pray for the souls of the above, 3 shillings and four pence; for Northfleet church, where most needed, 6 shillings and eight pence.
   To the Prior and Augustan Brothers in the City of London, a silver cup of 5¼ ounces and eight shillings and four pence, for 100 masses for the above mentioned souls; to the Brothers of the Minorities and Carmelites, also in the City of London, eight shillings and four pence also to say 100 masses, as above.
   To the Carmelites of Aylesford, to say 100 masses, as above, 10 shillings and a large silver? Bowl of 14 ounces; to John Aveny, Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, a gold ring with a sapphire set in it; also to the Brothers of that place, a silver gilt cup and cover, of 26 ounces, to say masses for the above souls; to the  Abbess of  Malling, a chased silver cup of 14 ounces.
   To John Whitmore, Rector of Stone, a maple cup embellished with gem stones and silver gilt of 16½ ounces; to Richard Legat, a book, “Tulius in Multis”; to his son William Alisander, his white bed, “dyed with flowers”, at Nasshynden; to Juliane, wife of Richard Alisander, a red russet and silver gilt dress; to Margaret, daughter of Richard and Juliane, 6 silver spoons and a bed with bolster, blankets, sheets and coverlets; to Sibille Harper of Northfleet, 3shillings and four pence; to Margaret and Isabelle, daughters of William Alisander, 20 shillings each; to Juliane Rodan of Stone, 6 shillings and eight pence; to maintain the bridge at Black Brook, 10 shillings;to road repairs at Northfleet, 10 shillings; to his son Geoffery, 16 marks which Richard Fromond of Hadlow, owes testator, als to Geoffery, 40 shillings which John Goding of Hadlow also owes, also to Geoffery, all household goods, beds, bed linen and utensils in his house at Holweys, Nasshynden, plus iron work, etc.,in the forge of Robert Permenter, jewels and money once belonging to William Alisander, Junior, on condition that Geoffery executes the will faithfully; to Margaret, daughter of Richard Alisander, 20 shillings; towards construction at Bromley church, 13 shillings and four pence. Residue of goods, after debts and legacies are paid, to son William.
Executors are sons, William and Geoffery , Roger Stalworth and William Petyr.
Overseers of the will are, John Lowe, Archdeacon of Rochester and John Pyrott, Rector of Snodland.
To each of his executors and overseers, 10 shillings.

 

85.   THOMAS BREEDEN AND HIS WIFE MVXII

 

86.  

HERE LIES THE BODY OF RICHARD DAUY, KNIGHT AND MARGERY HIS WIFE
FORMERLY JESTER OF OUR LORD KING HENRY VI DIED XVth MARCH MCCCCLXXXX1

PRAY FOR THE SOULE MAWD DOUY,
WHOSE CORPE UNDER DO LY,
SHE WAS DAWTER OF WILLIAM DUAY,
ON WHOSE SOULE JESUS HAVE MERCY,
I PRAY YOU AL FOR CHERITIE,
SAY A PATERNOSTER AND AVE,
SAY A LORD'S PRAYER AND A HAIL MARY

87.   

HERE LIES WILLIAM HESILT A BARON OF THE EXCHEQUER OF OUR LORD
KING WHO DIED APRIL IX MCCCCXXV AND AGNES HIS WIFE
ON WHOSE SOULS MAY GOD HAVE MERCY AMEN

88.   

HERE LYETH RICHARD DE HUNT LATE SERVANT TO MY LORD OF CANTERBURY
WILLIAM DE WAREHAM AND JOANE HIS WIFE
WHICH RICHARD DIED [                         ] MVXV111 AND JOANE MVXXX1X

89.   

HERE LIES SIR* PETER DE LACEY FORMERLY RECTOR OF THIS CHURCH
AND PREBENDARY OF PREBEND OF SWERDES IN THE CATHEDRAL CHUCH
OF DUBLIN OCT. XV111 MCCCLXXV DEATH IS THE PATH OF LIFE
* Old courtesy title for the clergy

90.   

WILLIAM LYE
RECTOR OF NORTHFLEET
JANUARY 1X MCCCLXXXX1

91.   

RE LYETH [                 ] PALMER OF OTFORD, ESARE, DIED MCCCCV11

92.   

HERE LYETH JOHN POLE SONNE OF HENRY POLE OF HARTINGTON
IN THE COUNTY OF DARBY WHO DECEASED MCCCCLXXXV11

CONSISTORY COURT OF ROCHESTER WILL DATED 29th DECEMBER 1487
John Pole of Snodland
   To Our Lady chapel of Snodland, 6 shillings and eight pence; 3 shillings and four pence to the High Altar, also for the chapel, an alabaster table and 40 shillings, to pray for John and Christopher Haw and for the souls of John Pole and John Cotton.
   His executors are to place a stone over his grave, with the year of his death.
   The best cross at Snodland to be “amended” at his cost? 10 shillings to buy a pyx for the blessed sacrament; a 2 pound wax taper for our Lady of Jerusalem for one year.
   To each of his god children, 6 pence; to William Lacey, his red  ?  gown and a shirt; to Robert Prassle a posset?, gown; to John Qulbe, his gown with a blue lining; to Robert, servant of John Cotton, a pair of hose; to John Derrant, a leather doublet and pair of hose; to Gylis Gorton his bows, in lieu of money he owes him; to William Walshe, servant of his brother John Haw, a sheafe of arrows; to Lucy Holbe, a red bullock [              ]        [         ] any other of them.
   His executors to pay his servant, John Derrant, 37 shillings and 6 pence and 2 gowns; to Mawd Lacey, a shirt; to Margaret Goldhawke a shirt. Residue of goods to be appraised by John Smyth, John Stonyng and John Buttcher; part of these goods to his brother Christopher, if sufficient, to pay his debts, if not sufficient, he to have 1 ½ acres of land at Bouhhmere. For his appraisers, 6 shillings and 8 pence. His executors are his brother Christopher Haw, William Wode and John Goode, to each of them 13 shillings and 4 pence. Brother John Haw is Overseer of the will.
   Witnesses: John Brompton, Vicar of Birling, John Smythe, Thomas Stalworth , henry Hardy and Johanne Bennett.

Codicil
His house at Snodland called Botelers to Christopher, his brother on condition that he dredges the Blake Brook from Snodland to Newhithe, otherwise the property to be sold and a chalice bought from the proceeds for Snodland church. Residue to executors. 

93.   BURIED BELOW THE STEP BEFORE THE ALTAR

WILLIAM RIKHILL KNIGHT ELDEST SON OF WILLIAM RIKHILL SOLDIER
AND KATHERINE HIS WIFE  WHO DIED XXVII AUGUST MCCCCXXIII
WHICH SAME WILLIAM DIED [      ] DAY [OF] [                ] MCCCC
ON WHOSE SOULS MAY GOD HAVE MERCY AMEN

94.   

HERE LIES ALICE FORMERLY WIFE OF WILLIAM WANGEFORD WHO DIED ON
THE MONDAY NEXT AFTER THE SUNDAY IN BRANCHES OF PALMS* MCCCCXXI
*Palm Sunday

 

LOST MONUMENTS RECORDED IN REGISTRUM ROFFENSES, JOHN THORPE,1769

95.   

HIC JACET THOMAS DALBY QUONDAM RECTOR ISTIUS
ECCLESIE QUI OBIIT VI DIE OCTOBER ANNO DOMINI MCCCCLXX11
CUJUS ANIME PROPICIETUR DEUS AMEN

96.   LEDGER IN NORTH AISLE, UNDER MODERN FLOOR?

MEMORIA SACRUM
RICHARDI MANLY ARMIGERI
QUI OBIIT VIGESSIMO NONO DIE APRILIS
ANNO SAUTIS 1684

PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY WILL DATED 20th APRIL 1684

Richard Manley, Esquire of Holloway Court, Snodland.
He is “sick and weak in body”.
To son Charles, his houses and lands in Snodland, Halling,   ?     , Folkestone and St. Margaret's, Rochester, on condition that he pays to his sister, Frances Manley, £400 which was bequeathed  to her by her late mother, Martha. For this payment, Charles and his (testator's) brother Thomas, stand engaged (by bond), to Sir Robert Faunce, “but also cause and procure the said Sir Robert Faunce to the release and discharge by my said brother Thomas, from the same engagement”.
In case his son happens to die without lawful issue, then the above mentioned property goes to his daughter, Frances, for ever.
To son Charles the lease of the Manor of Sarmowe ?, or Sakmore ?, held on lease from the Archbishop of Canterbury and a lease on a house , stable and gardens in St. Margaret's, Rochester, held on lease from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester. Both these leaseholds are charged with the payment of the above £400 to daughter Frances.
To daughter, Frances, all monies due and owing to him by William Reeves, late of Canterbury, now deceased, (£600).
Also to Frances, £250, now in the bankers' hands in London.
All his ready money, household plate, gold, gold rings, debts due, household goods and implements, goods, chattels and personal estate (after debts and funeral costs are paid), to son and daughter, Charles and Frances, equally shared. Charles and Frances are executors.

Witnesses: Martha Cropley ?, Ann Ketchell ?, Robert Coney, Thomas Manley and Samuel Thurstone.

Proved 17th June 1684; granted to daughter Frances, now Frances Coney, power reserved to Charles Manley.

 

EXTANT MONUMENTS

97.  BRASS WITH FIGURES OF A MAN AND WOMAN, NORTH AISLE

ORATE PRO ANIMABUS EDWARDI BISCHOPTRE & MARGARETA UXORIS EJUS QUI QUIDEM
EDWARDUS OBIIT PRIMO DIE MENSIS SEPTEMBRIS  ET DOMINA MARGARETA  OBIIT XVI
DIE MENSIS NOVEMBRIS ANNO DOMINI MCCCCLXXXVII QUORAM ANIMABUS PROPIETUR DEUS AMEN

CONSISTORY COURT OF ROCHESTER WILL DATED 13th NOVEMBER 1487
Margaret Bischoptre of Addington, Widow.
   Desires to be buried in Snodland church, besides her husband.
   To the High Altar of Snodland, for tithes and and offerings forgotten, 20 pence. The the High Altar of Addington, 12 pence. For a taper to burn before Our Lady of Gesyn ?, in Snodland church, two “qutes”, quarts of barley. Towards the building of Our Lady chapel in Holborow, in Snodland, 40 shillings, this to be paid when building work commences.
   To her daughter, Emme, her best bed and hangings, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc., her great cauldron, 2 brass pots, all her pewter and all her jewels. If Emme dies before she is 21 or married, then testator's sister, Margaret, is to have Emme's legacy.
   Also to sister, Margaret, her second best bed with hangings and sheets, etc., belonging to it, and a brass pot.
The residue of her goods, (after payment of her debts and legacies), to John Perott, (Rector of Snodland), and to Anthony
   Lancaster, who are her executors, to be disposed of  for the “helth of my sowle”, as they think fit.
   Witnesses: Sir Alen Gagge, Curate of Addington, Thomas Treeves of Otham and William Godde of Ryarsh.

Part Two of Will
Concerning her land and property in Snodland and East Malling or elsewhere in Kent.
   Her executors will have the profits of her estate in East Malling, upon trust, which will go to her son John, when he is 22, for ever.
   They are also to hold the profits of her estate in Snodland, upon trust, until son William is 22, when it will go to him.
   Executors are to have guardianship of her children until they are 22, or marriage in the case of Emme.
   They are to pay her debts and legacies and keep her children with profits from her estate.
   Son William to have the Snodland estate at 22, on condition  that he pays his sister Emme 10 marks when she comes of age or is married. If son William dies under 22, without lawful heirs, then the executors will sell the Snodland estate, paying daughter
   Emme £20. Residue of money, if any, to be spent for the health of her husband's soul and her own.
   If the Snodland estate can not be sold  for afair price, then daughter Emme  and her heirs to have it, for ever. If Emme dies without lawful heirs, then her bequests go to testator's sister, Margaret and her heirs, for ever.  If all her children and sister
   Margaret die without lawful heirs, then both her estates to be sold by her executors and the proceeds to be used for charity at the discretion of her executors, in Snodland and East Malling, to please God and for the health of her and her husband's souls.
   Proved 5th May 1488

98.   BRASS WITH FIGURE OF HEADLESS MAN, NORTH WALL, CHANCEL
(TRANSLATION)

HERE LIES JOHN (BRIGGE) SON OF THE LANCASTRIAN HERALD KING OF ARMS
WHO DIED THE 10th DAY OF THE MONTH OF JUNE 1441
MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL AMEN

99.   BRASS, SOUTH WALL, CHANCEL

NOV. 18th 1881 A WINDOW* HAS BEEN ERECTED IN
THIS CHURCH TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING
MEMORY OF THE LATE ARCHDEACON CAREY, M.A.
FOR EIGHT YEARS RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
(* Window at west end of nave)

100.   WINDOW, NORTH WEST END OF NAVE

DAMAGED BY ENEMY ACTION 1941 AND RESTORED 1949
IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM DEDRICK (1857 – 1820) MANAGER OF
THE PAPER MILL AND OF HIS GRANDSON RICHARD PEARSON
KILLED IN H.M.S. HASTY OFF MALTA JUNE 1942

101.   WINDOW, NORTH EAST END OF NAVE

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM EMERSON DEDRICK
J. P. PAPERMAKER
HIGH SHERIFF OF KENT 1952
10th MAY 1885 - 18th MAR 1963

102.   WHITE MARBLE SHIELD ON BLACK BACKGROUND

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SAMUEL LEE
OF HOLBOROUGH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 15th 1852
AGED 26 YEARS
“Blessed are they that Mourn, for they shall be Comforted”

103.   BRASS, NORTH WALL OF NAVE

WILLIAM LEE OF HOLBOROUGH, J.P. & D.L. FOR THIS COUNTY
FOR 17 YEARS M.P. FOR MAIDSTONE DIED SEPT. 29th 1881 AGED 80
CHRISTIANA HIS WIFE DIED DECR. 14Th  1871 AGED 70

THIS BRASS PLACED IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE BY THEIR ONLY SURVIVING CHILD
SARAH SMITH OF THE GLEANINGS, ROCHESTER & HER ELDEST SON SAML. LEE SMITH

104.   MARBLE CARTOUCHE OF POWERFULLY CARVED SCROLLS
(NOW CONSIDERED TO BE BY ARTUS QUELLIN, PARTNER OF GRINLING GIBBONS)

HERE
LYETH THE BODY OF MARTHA ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
JOHN BAYNARD LATE OF SHORNE IN THE COUNTY OF KENT, GENT.
FIRST MARRIED TO BONHAM FAUNCE OF ST. MARGARET'S, ROCHESTER
GENT. BY WHOM SHEE HAD ISSUE WHICH SURVIVED HER TWO
DAUGHTERS VIZ MARY HER ELDEST MARRIED TO WILLIAM MAN
OF THE CITY OF CANTERBURY, ESQ. AND MARTHA HER SECOND
DAUGHTER MARRIED TO JOHN CROPLEY OF ST. MARGARET'S
ROCHESTER, ESQ.
SHEE WAS AFTERWARDS MARRIED TO RICHARD MANLEY
OF HOLLOWAY COURT IN THIS PARISH, ESQ. BY WHOM
ALSO SHE LEFT ISSUE SURVIVING  HER VIZ ONE SON
CHARLES AND ONE DAUGHTER FRANCES SHE DIED THE
29th  DAY OF MARCH ANNO DOMINI 1682 IN THE
58th YEAR OF HER AGE
“Hoc Monumentum Amoris et Pietatis ergo
idem generi posuere”

105.   BRASS OF MAN WITH SCROLL COMING FROM HIS MOUTH

SCROLL
“Jesu Mercy, Jesu Mercy, Jesu Mercy”

ORATE PRO ANIMA ROGERI PEROT QUI OBIIT
XVII DIE MENSIS SEPTEMBRIS ANNO DOMINI MCCCCLXXXVII
CUJUS ANIME PROPICIETUR DEUS AMEN

106.   BRASS, SOUTH EAST END OF NAVE

THIS WINDOW IS PLACED IN MEMORY OF
ANN ROBERTS WHO DIED MAY 18th 1881

Principal Probate Registry
The value of her estate was over £62,000, value in terms of income, in present day, £4 – 6 million

107.   BRASS, NORTH WALL OF NAVE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FREDERICK ROOKHURST
ROBERTS
CAPT. RIFLE BRIGADE
WORLD WAR 1914 – 1918
LATE OF HOLBOROUGH COURT
SNODLAND
BORN 28th MARCH 1881 – DIED 16th JAN. 1959

SMITH see Lee

108.   BRASS OF MAN AND TWO WOMEN, INSCRIPTION MISSING
Andrew Ashbee is of the opinion that this brass is to WALTER STONYING, who died in 1532, and his wife and daughter. The costumes, apparently fit this date, but in his will Stonyng desires to be buried in the churchyard, not inside the church. I would also expect the daughter to be represented on a smaller scale than her parents. I think the brass represents and man and two wives.  

109.   BRASS WITH CREST, SOUTH AISLE

PRAY FOR THE SOULES OF WILLIAM TIGHLMAN THE ELDER, ISABEL
& JOAN HIS WIVES WHICH WILLIAM DECSSYED THE XXVII DAYE OF
AUGUST ANNO DOMINI MCCCCCXLI ON WHOSE SOULES JESUS HAVE MERCY
AS YOU ARE, SO WAS I, AND AS I AM, SO SHALL YOU BE

110.   WHITE MARBLE ON  BLACK BACKGROUND

TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS FLETCHER WAGHORN, LIEUT. R.N.
WHO BY EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES AND SELF
DEVOTEDNESS BECAME ON OF THE GREATEST
BENEFACTORS  TO HIS COUNTRY BY EXPLORING
AND BRINGING TO PERFECTION THE
SHORT OVERLAND ROUTE TO THE EAST INDIES
HE ENTERED THE ROYAL NAVY AT THE AGE OF
12 YEARS AND SERVED AS MIDSHIPMAN IN THE
BAHAMA UNDER CAPTAIN WILSON
HE WAS AFTERWARDS ENGAGED IN THE
BENGAL PILOT SERVICE
THIS FIRST SUGGESTED THE UTILITY OF THE
OVERLAND ROUTE AND ENABLED HIM TO ACQUIRE
THE KNOWLEDGE NECCESARY  FOR BRINGING THE
GREAT UNDERTAKING TO PERFECTION  WHICH HE
DID UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES  OF PECULIAR DIFFICULTIES
AND DISCOURAGEMENT IN THE YEAR 1841
NOTHING COULD EXCEED  THE PERSERVERANCE
ENERGY AND UNTIRING  VIGILANCE  OF THIS HIGH
SPIRITED OFFICER  WHEN ON DUTY  OR HIS WARMTH
OF HEART  AND MOST KINDLY FEELINGS IN PRIVATE LIFE
HE DIED JANUARY 7th 1850 AGED 49 YEARS
THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY HIS DISCONSOLATE
WIDOW WHO FELT MUCH SUPPORTED UNDER HER
HEAVY BEREAVEMENT  BY THE ASSURANCE THAT THOSE
“WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH AND
SCOURGETH EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH”
ALSO OF HARRIET WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 19th 1856 AGED 54 YEARS

111.   AUMBREY DOOR

A.M.D.G.
IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES
DE ROCFORT WALL
RECTOR OF SNODLAND
1909 – 1930
R.I.P.

112.   LEDGER, WITH ARMORIAL CREST, PARTLY UNDER SANCTUARY STEP
             (COVERED PART FROM THORPE)

HERE
LYETH THE BODY OF MR
JOHN WALWYN M. A.
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH 31
YEARS WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 8th DAY OF JANUARY 1712 (13)
AGED 59 YEARS
AND MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 15th OF SEPTEMBER 1712
AGED 55 YEARS

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will dated 4th September 1712
John Walwyn, Rector of Snodland.
   To wife Mary, his personal estate, on condition she pays his debts, the money to come from the sale of Woodsfield Farm, this money also to pay legacies.
   To eldest son, Thomas his “study of books”, except 3 or 4 which his mother can choose, and his silver tobacco box.
   To son John, a large silver tankard engraved with his coat of arms. Other plate to be divided among them at executor's discretion.
   To eldest sister's daughter, Mary Kendrick?, 50 shillings, to his youngest sister, Elizabeth Collier, 50 shillings. If Mary Kendrick  dies without lawful issue before legacy is paid, the the 50 shillings to his sister Collier.
   To his honoured friend William Lygen, Esq., of Madresfield ? Court,  and to cousin Oliver Gaynes and kinsman Charles Walwyn of Maidstone and good friends and trustees William White and Richard Pickering a “peirce ring” each in remembrance of him.
   To the poor of Snodland 20 shillings, to be distributed at the discretion of his executor. His wife Mary (or in case of her death before him, his eldest daughter Mary Walwyn) is executor.
   Real estate to be sold to Mr William Lygen rather than to anyone else, provided he pays a fair price. The purchase money to be distributed  among his wife and children, according to his  last “Deed of Reparation”, dated June 24th 1712 by William White and Richard Pickering, the trustees. In case his eldest son, Thomas should die before the estate is sold, then his youngest son John, to have the elder brother's portion, (2 sixths of the purchase money), the children of son Thomas, to have the portion allotted in the
deed to son John, or equal share with his testator's daughters.
   Memorandum: The £6 5s  11d with which he paid off the debt of his son Thomas, to Mr Huggins, out of his son John's money, and several sums for which he was bondsman to Mr Edward Walsingham for £15, and to Mr John Weekley for £30 and to Mr Henry Knowles  for £50, to be reckoned as part of the potion of son Thomas, “unless he pays them off with his own money......” “In case               ?              off be not sold in my lifetime”, his executor “should have it and sell it forthwith in order to pay off some of my debts therewith”.
   Witnesses: John Sisley, the mark of William Turner and John Stunt.
   Proved 27th January 1713. Granted to daughter Mary. Note in margin, 3rd August 1715, daughter Mary lately Mary Vidgeon, is now dead. Granted to her husband, Robert Vidgeon.

END

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Index of Names on gravestones only

Names Index
ALISANDER 84
ALLEN 12
ALLENDER 1, 2, 3
ANSTEY 4
ANTRUM 5, 6

BARKER 7
BAYNARD 104
BISCHOPTRE 97
BRACE 8
BRAIN 9
BREEDEN 858
BRIGGE 98
BROOK 10

CAPON 11
CAREY 99
CHARLES 12
CHITTENDEN 13
COURTHOP 14
CRAFT 15
CRICK 16
CROPLEY 104

DALBY 23, 95
DAMPIER 69
DARTNELL 17
DAUY 86
DAY 18, 19
DE HUNT 88
DE LACEY 89
DE ROCFORT 111
DE WAREHAM 88
DEDRICK 100
DEDRICK 101


ELLIOTT 20
EMERSON 101
EVANS 21

FAUNCE 104
FIELD 22
FINCH 23
FINCH-SMITH 23
FLETCHER 24, 25, 26, 109
FREEMAN 61

GAMMON 27, 28, 29
GAY 30
GOODHUGH 31
GORHAM 32, 33
GOWAR 34

HADLOW 35
HAWKS 36
HESILT 87
HEWITT 37
HILDER 38, 39
HODGES 40
HOOK 41
HUGGINS 42, 43
HULKES 42

JACKSON 44
JOYNSON 45
JUPP 46
JURY 47

KING 48, 49
KINGSNORTH 50

LEE 102, 103
LEE 51
LURCOCK 52
LYE 90

MAN 104
MANLEY 53, 54, 104
MANLY 96
MARTIN 55
MAY 56
MOORE 57, 58, 59

PALMER 91
PAPERMAKER 101
PARKER 61
PEARSON 100
PEMBLE 61
PEROT 105
PERRIN 62
PERRYMAN 63
PETERS 64-68
PHELPS 69
POLE 92



PUDNEY 70
RANDELL 71
RIKHILL 93
ROBERTS 51, 106, 107
ROOKHURST 107
SMITH 23, 72, 74, 104
SOUTHGATE 73
STONYING 108

TERRY 74
THOMAS 75
TIGHLMAN 109
TILGHMAN 76

WAGHORN 77, 78, 109
WALL 111
WALTON 79
WALWYN 112
WANGEFORD 94
WINGATE 15
WOODHOUSE 80
WOODING 81
WOODRUFF 82
WRAY 63, 83

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