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The monumental inscriptions already given from 'Aubrey, were collected by him prior to the year 1718. Since that time a century has nearly elapsed, which has mutilated and rendered illegible great numbers of them, some have been hid by the late erection of new pews, and from others, the brass plates and inscriptions have been sacrilegiously stolen away.
Those since placed in the church and cemetery, being so very numerous, that instead of inserting the whole of them at length, we shall give a list of the deceased having common Epitaphs, with the age, and time of their death, rather than swell our pages with the repetitions of Here lies, and Hic jacets, terms neither very curious or interesting to the public, but have given a selection of such inscriptions in full, as may in any respect be interesting, instructive, or different from the
Nave of the Church.
Over the North door on a neat marble monument ; Sacred to the memory of John Parker, Esq. formerly of London, who died 6 March 1706, aged 46 years, and is here interred: Also of Elizabeth his relict, who died the the 10th August, 1780, aged 70. This pair whilst they lived together were a pattern for conjugal behaviour; he a careful indulgent husband; she a tender engaging wife; he active in business, punctual to his word, kind to his family, generous to his friend, but charitable to all; possest of every social virtue. During her widowhood, she carefully and virtuously educated five children, who survived her: she was an excellent œconomist, modest without affectation, religious without superstition, and in every action behaved with uncommon candour and steadiness.
On a brass plate on the wall, over the North door; Near this place are deposited the remains of Joseph Wilks Esq. of Measham in the county of Derby, who died May 24th 1805, aged 73.
On a neat marble monument, on the wall, near the former,
To the Memory of
Captain Geo, Protheroe died Feb. 25, 1745 aged 70,
Mary Anne Chatfield July 23, 1788 aged 3.
On the wall at the East end of the Nave, near the Chancel, on a tablet under a beautiful Corinthian column of white marble, designed by Glover, the author of Leonidas, is in scribed as follows;
Near the remains
of his beloved wife PHILLIPA BOURDIEU
By James Bourdieu of Coomb in the county of Surrey Esq. whom with ten children
the objects of her long and invariable care
under the most unfeigned affliction
at their common and irreparable loss.
On a marble tablet under the above;
are deposited the remains of
of Coombe, in the county of Surrey
On the wall betwixt the Nave and Chancel, on a convex column of white polished marble, supporting an urn, is the following; Sacred
To the Memory of
Wife of John Bourdieu Esq.
Aged xxx years.
A virtuous daughter and a sister kind,
Ann Catharine Birne,, 10 April 1785, aged 5.
Mary Galhie, his wife, 25 March, 1796,
Judith, wife of Francis Fisher, surgeon, 6 Oct. 1785, with Henry, and Mary Eliza, their children, infants.
Peter Harrison, Esq. of this parish, 22 Nov. 1755, aged 70.
Mary Cook, mother of the above, 10 Jan. 1769, aged 60.
On a neat oval marble Tablet;
Beneath this place were deposited the remains of Thomas Brigstock, Esq. he died of a decline 27 October, 1792, in thẹ 17th year of his age. If a suavity of manners and goodness of mind could have preserved his life, he had not now been numbered among the dead.
James Wilkinson, Esq. 7 March, 1769, aged 49.
Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Wilson, widow, 28 May, 1777, aged 77.
William Welbank, Esq. 16 Oct. 1791, aged 71. Jane, wife of Thomas Brewster, 1 Nov. 1783, aged 38. On a free-stone slab covering the vault; Here lieth the body of the Reverend John Vade Vicar of this parish, who died the 9th of June 1765 aged 42 years. Also the remains of Miss Mary Vade his daughter who died 28 March 1790,
Likewise Mrs. Elizabeth Vade relict of the aforesaid Rev. John Vade late Vicar of this parish and of St. Nicholas, Rochester, Kent, who died 23 July 1800 aged 80,
Rev. James Gardner, Rector of Slingsby, 11 Dec. 1772, aged 88.
Mr. John Baynham, 20 Jan. 1779.
Elizabeth, wife of Edward Whitacre Esq. 1 Sep. 1727, aged 25.
Catharine, daughter of Frederick Burr Esq. 6 Jan. 1734, infant.
Petronella, daughter of the above, 8 April, 1739, infant.
Here lyeth the body of James Moulton, gent. who died the 5th of October, 1761, aged 59 years, deservedly esteemed, His extensive liberality to the Poor was an amiable example to the wealthy, and his death a real loss to the aged and Indigent. On a black marble ledger.
Here lyeth the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Moulton (relict of James Moulton, gent.) who died February 10, 1772, aged 67 years,
On a large slab covering a vault under the brass eagle,
of Broad Green,
January 18, 1809, aged 55 years.