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

(119) HAILSHAM, St. Mary the Virgin

Perpendicular; South aisle of 1870 - Nairn & Pevsner (513-14); in 1686, paving was needed; condition reportedly fine by 1724, see Ford (172): Hailsham had c.400 communicants in 1603, see Renshaw (Ecclesiastical Returns); Gunnis (Dict. 188) and Nairn & Pevsner (514) report works in terracotta by Harmer in the yard South-West of the church.


119A Mural monument for Edward LUXFORD, d. 1746, his wife Jane, d. 1768, and several descendants including members of the LAUGHAM and PLUMER families

-  North aisle, North wall, East of North door, at head height.

-  154(W); (H) unknown~Excellent; crack (pediment); faded.

-  In grey marble, a pointed pediment with a broken entablature on fluted brackets; enclosing an escutcheon with a Baroque frame; behind, a secondary order; below, M.I. (21 + 5 lines) on white marble tablet; irregular moulded frame; decorative border in raunce; below, base moulding and another M.I. (7 lines); flanking, squared pilasters and base moulding on scrolled corbels; at foot, another escutcheon in a Baroque frame; corbel decoration with ferns.

-  Edward Luxford, d. 3 Mar 1745/6, aet 66; his wife, Jane, d. 6 Sep 1768, aet 86; issue - eldest son, John, d. 13 May 1775, aet 64; eldest daughter, Mary, d. 11 May 1763, aet 50; fourth daughter, Ann, d. 16 Mar 1742/3, aet 23; youngest son, Edward, d. 7 Dec 1770, aet 47; Edward's wife, Frances, d. 7 Oct 1796, aet 72, and their issue, Frances, d. 26 May 1763, aet [email protected] also, Abraham Laugham, d. 12 Jun 1793, aet 76; his wife, Jane, d. 15 Apr 1805, aet 90, daughter of Edward and Jane Luxford; and their issue, Ann, d. 11 Apr 1757, aet [email protected] also, Richard Plumer, Esq., of South Sea House, London, d. 3 May 1813, aet 58; and his wife, Elizabeth, d. 16 Dec 1798, aet 41, daughter of Abraham and Jane Laugham.


119B Mural monument for Philip VAN CORTLANDT, d. 1814

-  North aisle, North wall, between windows, above head height.

-  69(W) x 113(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (14 lines, engraved, black) fills a marble tablet; moulded ogival arched top; flanking, polished Doric half columns in black marble, flecked with white; straight base moulding; corbels with pointed bottoms; signed (under base moulding): 'H.W.DODD, EASTBOURNE'.

-  Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt, of the Manor of Cortlandt, royalist in the American War of Independence, died at Hailsham, May 1814, aet 74; quotes Prov x vii.


119C Mural monument for Ann BRISTOW, d. 1800 and her husband John, d. 1803

-  North aisle, North wall, near North choir aisle, very high.

-  50(W) x 150(H)~Fine, fading.

-  M.I. (11 lines, shallow engraved) fills an unframed marble panel with scalloped corners; set portrait-wise; below, freestone corbel; above, finial.


119D Mural monument for Rev. Thomas HUBERSTY, d. 1793

-  Choir, North wall, above head height.

-  70(W) x 152(H)~Excellent; local loss (drapery on right).

-  A shallow dark grey baseplate with pointed top; M.I. (12 lines, engraved, black) on white marble oval panel; above, a painted escutcheon; decorative drapery in white marble low relief; below, a white and pink corbel.

-  Rev. Thomas Hubersty, curate of Hailsham, d. 31 Oct 1793, aet 25.


119E Mural monument for Elizabeth HOOPER, d. 1810

-  Sanctuary East wall, North-East corner, at head height.

-  85(W) x 193(H)~Fair; local damage (crossed ferns).

-  Close in design to 119F; M.I. (12 lines, engraved, gilded) on an unframed, black oval panel, set portrait-wise; a shallow, grey marble base; over, a moulded entablature; at top, achievement on a pedestal; below, a second M.I. (15 lines, engraved, black) on marble; flanked by scrolls; below, 2 corbels with roundel decoration; black apron with crossed ferns decoration; a corbel.


119F Mural monument for Odiarne HOOPER, d. 1769

-  Sanctuary, East wall, South-East corner, at head height.

-  72(W) x 170(H)~Good; local losses (decoration below).

-  Close in design to 119E; on top, achievement on pedestal; cornice; M.I. (13 lines, engraved, gilded) on a black oval panel, on a rectangular white marble base; narrow base moulding; 2 corbels with roundel decoration; between, crossed fern decoration (now lost); below, decorated centred corbel.

-  Odiarne Hooper, M.A., 'faithful and truly pastoral vicar' of Hailsham for 46 years, d. 29 Aug 1769, aet 68, buried Beckley.


119G Mural monument for Anthony TRUMBLE, d. 1733

-  South-East chapel, South wall, above head height.

-  c.85(W) x 200(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (7 lines, centred, engraved, black) on an unframed white rectangular panel set portrait-wise; flanked by pairs of dark grey fluted Ionic pilasters; entablature over, its centre breaking forward; above, a pyramid with decorated ball finial; achievement flanked by flaming torches; below, a cherubim flanked by scrolls, then death's head; at foot, a tiny bearded male face.

-  Anthony Trumble, Gent., d. 1 Sep 1733, aet 63.


119H Mural monument for Thomas Bonell WEBB, d. 1805

-  South aisle, East end, on pier facing South, above head height.

-  55(W) x 153(H)~Very good; fading; local loss (top urn).

-  M.I. (10 lines, engraved, gilded) filling black oval unframed tablet; engraved border; below, scrolled corbel; above, in relief, urn on pedestal.

-  Lieut. Thomas Bonell Webb, 39th Regiment, d. 7 Feb 1805, aet 26.


119I Mural monument for the WILLARD family, d. 16th century

-  On the Choir, South wall

-  Not measured~Very good

-  White marble tablet, with inscription in Gothic lettering and coat of arms, a chevron between two fish-wheels.

-  The family of Willard, Lords of the Manor of Ersham, since 1341. Amongst many members buried are Christopher Willard, d. 1500; Robert Willard, d. 1528, Nicholas Willard, d. 1543, and William Willard, d 1595. Erected by Lt-Col John Harry Willard on 25 Dec 1839.