East Sussex Church Monuments - 1530 to 1830 - Archive of Photographs
by Professor Nigel Llewellyn

(108) FOLKINGTON, St. Peter

The nave of the mediaeval building runs directly into the chancel - Nairn & Pevsner (503); state of repair in 1686 reported to be fine, as it was in 1724 (Ford); the parish had 125 communicants in 1603, see Renshaw (Ecclesiastical Returns); in 1706, a group of manors owned by Sir William Thomas of Folkington (see 108E) passed under the terms of his will to William Dobell, d. 1752, see Streat (250A,B), who moved to Folkington, see Crawfurd (1 ff.); after the death of Dobell's daughter, Mary (1796), the property passed to Lancelot Harrison of Seaford (108G) see Radcliffe (SAC 66 129).


108A Ledger for Catherine THOMAS, d. 1678

-  Nave floor, centre of East end, without the sanctuary.

-  95(W) x 178(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) almost fills surface of a black slab; head to West.

-  Catherine Thomas, d. 11 Nov 1678; daughter of Squire Rose, of Woodmancourt; and widow (23 years) of William Thomas, Esq.; issue: 1 son and 4 daughters surviving.


108B Ledger for William THOMAS, d. 1655

-  Nave floor, near North wall, without the sanctuary.

-  95(W) x 178(L)~Fine.

-  Arms, then M.I. (8 lines, engraved) fill upper 75% of a polished black slab; head to West.

-  William Thomas, Esq., d. 1655; his wife, Catherine, daughter of Squire Rose of Woodmancourt, Sussex; issue: 4 sons and 2 daughters.


108C Mural monument for Lady Barbara THOMAS, d. 1697

-  Sanctuary, North wall, above head height.

-  110(W) x 240(H)~Very good; recent restoration.

-  A white marble cartouche; M.I. (17 lines, engraved, black) below a shield of arms supported by 2 putti and more arms below, resting on a cherub; on top, a fluted, decorated urn; surround decorated with drapery and foliage.

-  Lady Barbara Thomas d. 25 Oct 1697, aet 56; daughter of Sir Herbert Springett, Bart., of Sussex; and wife of Sir William Thomas, Bart.


108D Brass for Herbert STAPLEY, d. 1687

-  Sanctuary floor, near North wall.

-  42(W) x 21(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) and arms fill surface of a brass plate; head to North.

-  Herbert Stapley, d. 28 May 1687, aet 2; fourth son of (another) Herbert Stapley, Esq. and an unnamed daughter of Sir Richard Colepepyr, of Aylesford, Kent.


108E Ledger for Sir William THOMAS, d. 1706

-  Sanctuary floor, North of centre.

-  94(W) x 190(L)~Fair.

-  Arms and M.I. (6 lines, engraved) fill upper 75% of surface of polished black slab; head to West.

-  Sir William Thomas, Bart., d. 18 Nov 1706, aet 64.


108F Ledger for Lady Barbara THOMAS, d. 1697

-  Sanctuary floor, centre, partly obscured by the altar.

-  97(W) x 190(L)~Good.

-  Arms and M.I. (5 lines, engraved) visible on a polished black slab; head to West.


108G Ledger for Lancelot HARISON, d. 1816, and his wife Catherine, d. 1812

-  Sanctuary floor, South of centre, partly obscured by altar and carpeting.

-  92(W) x 192(L)~Fine; scratched.

-  M.I. (11 lines, engraved) fills upper 50% of surface of polished black slab, head to West.

-  Lancelot Harison, Esq., d. 29 Dec 1816, aet 81; his wife, Catherine, d. 28 Dec 1812, aet 74.


108H Wall monument for Sir William THOMAS, d. 1706

-  Standing against sanctuary South wall.

-  123(W) x 330(H)~Excellent; restored (in 2002).

-  In white, cream, grey and black marbles of exceptional quality; in pedestal form, on a black plinth; M.I. on a convex, oval panel; acanthus, scroll-work and other decoration in spandrels and frieze; above, a cornice; a black backplate supports fluted base with an elaborate achievement; flanking are standing, mourning putti, supporting arms.

-  Sir William Thomas, Bart.; his nephew William Dobell.