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

(128) HEATHFIELD, All Saints

Church isolated from the modern town, which lies to the North, beyond the Park; the mediaeval church had Decorated arches - Nairn & Pevsner (530-1); interior reportedly foul in 1724, but for the chancel belonging to John Fuller Esq., see Ford (108-9); church restored - 2 side galleries, 1823, see Horsfield (Sussex I 576) - and the ledger stones moved in 19th century; parish had 600 communicants in 1693, see Renshaw (Ecclesiastical Returns), c.199 families in 1724 and a population of 1226 in 1801; the first Baron Heathfield (George Augustus Eliott, 1717-90), owner of nearby Heathfield Park (from 1762), was buried here but commemorated later at Buckland Monachorum, Devon (see Additions); estate later sold to Newbery (see 128C; Farrant 248); the terracotta worker Jonathan Harmer was a resident of the parish; there are no Harmer monuments inside the church but one is attached to an external West wall, and there are others on headstones in the churchyard and at the nearby nonconformist chapel (Cade Street); Horsfield notes no monuments at Heathfield (Sussex I 576).

128A Mural monument for Thomas and Mary COURTHOPE, erected 1745

-  Choir, North wall, high.

-  Width unknown; c.80 (H)~Very good; pigments lost.

-  M.I. (15 lines, engraved) on an unframed freestone tablet set portrait-wise, scrolled baseplate; above, a straight cornice supporting a double-curved pediment with an escutcheon.

-  Thomas Courthope, of Wadhurst; his wife Mary; their son George; also the patron, one James Courthope; all dates unknown.

128B Mural monument for Rev. John DRING, d. 1804

-  Sanctuary, North wall, above head height.

-  55(W) x 94(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (11 lines, engraved, in Latin) on an unframed, grey, oval plaque resting on a marble corbel, black finial.

-  John Dring, A.M., vicar of Heathfield and chaplain to the bishop of Chichester, died at Orléans, France, 3 Sep 1804, aet 31; [The monument was placed by his mournful widow], F. Dring, daughter of Henry Goring, Baronet.

128C Mural monument for Francis NEWBERY, d. 1818, and others

-  Sanctuary, South wall, high.

-  c.67(W) x 100(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (22 + 4 lines, engraved, black) on an unframed white rectangular marble tablet, set portrait- wise; black baseplate.

-  Francis Newbery, Esq., of Heathfield Park, d. 7 Aug 1818, aet 75; his wife, Mary, d. 31 Jan 1829, aet 81; issue - eldest daughter, Mary, d. 8 Jan 1804, aet 32, wife of Francis Freeling, Esq., Secretary to the General Post Office; second son, Robert d. 13 Aug 1805, aet 29; and youngest daughter, Charlotte d. 24 Aug 1805, aet 24; also, Anne Mary Newbery, d. 14 Dec 1830, aet 21, daughter of Major Gen. Newbery, and adopted daughter of Charles Newbery, Esq.

128D Ledger for Elizabeth WILKIN, d. 1704

-  Nave floor, central aisle, at East end.

-  93(W) x 195(L)~Sound; worn.

-  M.I. (8 lines) in upper (W) 30% of a freestone slab; head to West.

-  Elizabeth Wilkin, d. 25 Jun 1704, aet 66; her husband, Rev. William Wilkin; her virtues.

128E Ledger for Rev. William WILKIN, d. 1699

-  Nave floor, centre aisle, just West of 128D.

-  93(W) x 196(L)~Worn edges; worn; cracks (West end).

-  M.I. (17 lines, engraved) in upper (W) 80% of a freestone slab; head to West.

-  Rev. William Wilkin, vicar of Heathfield for 44 years, d. 30 Aug 1699, aet 71; his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of William Plomer, Gent., of Cranbrook; their issue - Jane, Richard, Sarah, William and Elizabeth of whom William and Elizabeth are still living in 1742.

128F Ledger for Markwick HAFFENDEN, d. 1722/3

-  Nave floor, centre aisle, just West of 128E.

-  93(W) x 166(L)~Pitted; very worn.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved) in capitals, in upper (W) 40% of a freestone slab; head to West.

128G Ledger for George HAFFENDEN, d. 1732

-  Nave floor, centre aisle, towards West end.

-  90(W) x 170(L)~Cracked (centre), cut (sides), worn.

-  M.I. (8 lines) in upper (W) 50% of freestone slab; head to West.

128H Ledger for Mary and Marquick HAFFENDEN, d. 1690 and d. 1744.

-  Nave floor, centre aisle, West end.

-  80(W) x 165(L)~Sound; rough edges.

-  M.I. (17 lines, engraved) fills surface of a black slab; head to West.

-  Mary Haffenden, d. ?? Nov. 1690, aet 22; daughter of Edward Goddin, of Wiston, Sussex; and wife of Marquick Haffenden, buried 7 Dec 1744, aet 92.

128I Ledger for George HAFFENDEN, d. 1769

-  Nave floor, centre aisle, West of South/North doors, partly carpeted over.

-  78(W) x 170(L)~Damaged.

-  Remains of M.I. in upper (W) 50% of a freestone slab; head to West.

-  George Haffenden, 3 Aug 1769, aet 71; third son of John and Elizabeth Haffenden.

128J Ledger for John HAFFENDEN, d. 1722

-  Nave floor, alongside and North of 128I, partly carpeted over.

-  90(W) x 169(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. in upper (W) 80% of a freestone slab; head to West.

-  John Haffenden; senior, d. ?? Dec 1722, aet 69; his wife, Elizabeth, d. ?? ??? 1742; age unknown.

128K Ledger for James HAFFENDEN, d. 1753

-  Nave floor, far West end, neat tower arch, partly covered by modern font.

-  78(W) x 185(L)~Very worn, cracked.

-  M.I. (6 lines) in upper (W) 25% of a freestone slab, set head to West.

-  James Haffenden, d. ?? Apr 1753; son of John and Elizabeth Haffenden.

128L Ledger for Richard HAFFENDEN, d. 1752

-  Nave floor, alongside and North of 128K.

-  78(W) x 185(L)~Very worn, cracked.

-  M.I. (6 lines) in upper (W) 25% of a freestone slab; head to the West.

-  Richard Haffenden, d. 16 Dec 1752, aet 57; son of John and Elizabeth Haffenden.