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

(120) HAMSEY, St. Peter

The medieval importance of Hamsey, as a burial place, was maintained in our period, despite the slow depopulation of the village and the rise of Offham; parish had 120 communicants in 1603, see Renshaw (Ecclesiastical Returns), 52 families in 1724 and a population of 367 in 1801; Norman nave and chancel redone c.1300 - Nairn & Pevsner (516), for plan see SNQ (II 53) and views in BL Add. MS 5677 ff.22-25); the church avoided nineteenth-century restoration; in 1724 it was reported in Ford (131) that the fabric was fine; there had been recent repairs to chancel; by later 19th century, the church was dilapidated and fit only as a cemetery chapel, see Chapman in 1865 (SAC 17 93) and there were modest repairs, see G.C.Shiffner 'Hamsey Church' (SAC 25 227); Horsfield (Sussex I 221) noted several floor slabs near altar with lost brasses (see Additions).


120A Mural monument for Sir John Hutton COOPER, d. 1828

-  Nave, North wall, above the former North door.

-  100(W) x 84(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. on simple white panel; on slate baseplate with pointed top; moulded cornice and consoles; signed (lower right): 'STOREY.LONDON'.

-  Sir John Hutton Cooper, Bart., M.D., F.R.S., F.S.A., of Walcot, Somerset, Lt. Colonel, (2nd Regiment Somerset Militia), born 7 Dec 1765, Sleaford, Lincs; died Brighton, 24 Dec 1828; his widow, Maria Charlotte, 7 Mar 1774 - 7 Feb 1842, only daughter of Sir George Baker, Bart., M.D., F.R.S.


120B Wall monument for Dame Rebecca BRIDGER, d. 1803

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

-  124(W) x 236(H)~Good.

-  Under earlier arch; M.I. on white marble rectangular tablet; chamfered corners and red hardstone border; flanking, grey marble decorated panels within dark grey Doric half columns; above, a decorated frieze; on cornice, an achievement and a metal helm (painted); below, a grey marble plinth and white consoles.

-  Dame Rebecca Bridger, d. 25 Dec 1803, aet 79; heiress of John Elliot, Esq., of Croydon, Surrey; and wife of Sir John Bridger, of Combe, Hamsey, d. 15 Dec 1816, aet 83.


120C Mural monument for John SHORE, d. 1722

-  Chancel, West wall, North-West corner, above head height.

-  109(W) x 188(H)~Good; staining; very faded.

-  M.I. (9 lines?, gilded) on rectangular panel; flanking, fluted Doric pilasters with subsidiary order behind; above, a broken pediment and urn in relief; decorated corbels in support; below, apron with cherub in mid relief.


120D Mural monument for Frances GUY, d. 1826, her sister and parents

-  Chancel North wall, North-West corner, above head height.

-  56(W) x 75(H)~Very good; faded.

-  M.I. (19 lines, engraved) on a rectangular white marble panel; set portrait-wise on a slate backplate.

-  Frances Guy, d. 13 Jan 1826, aet 14; her sister Elizabeth Guy, d. 30 May 1840, aet 30; daughters of Henry Guy, d. 16 Sep 1845, aet 58, and Dorothy, d. 25 Feb 1874, aet 85, of Hamsey Place Farm, Hamsey.


120E Mural monument for Henry SHIFFNER, d. 1795

-  Chancel North wall, centre, above head height.

-  80(W) x 138(H)~Good; faded.

-  Black slate backplate with pointed top; M.I. on white marble trapezoidal panel with pointed pediment; plain pedestal with 2 consoles; signed (below): 'PARSONS. LEWES'.


120F Mural monument for John Bridger SHIFFNER, d. 1814

-  Chancel, North wall, North-East corner, above head height and is above 120G.

-  92(W) x 124(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a white marble panel; base mouldings; 2 consoles; above, cornice with pointed pediment and ornamental palmettes.

-  Captain John Bridger Shiffner, (3rd Regiment of Foot Guard), died (with Wellington's army) at Bayonne, 14 Apr 1814, aet 25; eldest son of George and Mary Shiffner of Combe, Hamsey.


120G Wall monument for Edward MARWICK, d. 1538

-  Chancel, in a niche against North wall, North-East corner.

-  181(W) x c.250(H)~Fair.

-  Of freestone; a tomb-chest faced with 3 cusped quatrefoils and blind niches; over the recess, a very flat arch; diamond-patterning in vault; above, cresting with leaf decorated; quatrefoils in frieze; naturalistic decorated in arch spandrels.

-  No M.I.


120H Mural monument for Rev. [John] WENHAM, d. 1773

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

-  104(W) x 215(H)~Excellent; some fading.

-  Above an obelisk bearing an achievement; then, a moulded cornice with blank frieze; below, Doric pilasters frame M.I. (engraved, black) on a rectangular panel; at foot, apron and corbels.

-  Rev. [John] Wenham, A.M., rector of Hamsey, d. 12 Aug 1773, aet 33: quotes Rev. XIV 13.


120I Vault stone for Thomas W. PARTINGTON, d. 1791

-  Chancel floor, centre.

-  90(W) x 54(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) on surface of a freestone slab; head to West.

-  Thomas W. Partington, Esq., 1791.


120J Vault stone for COOMBE Place, in the parish, date unknown.

-  Nave floor, centre, opposite South door.

-  110(W) x 116(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a freestone slab; head to West.


120K Vault stone for Sir John Hutton COOPER, d. 1828

-  Nave floor, centre, West end.

-  87(W) x 184(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (3 lines, engraved) on a freestone slab; head to West.

-  John Hutton Cooper, Bart., d. 24 Dec 1828.