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

(139/1) HURSTPIERPOINT, Holy Trinity

Considering that the church (original dedication St. Lawrence) was rebuilt in 1843-5, by Sir Charles Barry, and that all monuments have been relocated, many ('hardly anything in it worth preserving, except the two old sound pillars' - Letter from Archdeacon to Churchwardens 18 Sep 1841 quoted in Church Guide) are in surprisingly good condition; for the original church see Gent's Mag 1806; William Hamper's drawings of the interior in 1799, copied by Lydia Hamper in 1845, see (SCM II 55); for views see BL Add. MS 5677 f.48; 5672 ff.28-30; for architectural history, see Nairn & Pevsner (541); for an external view from the South-East see Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 83); the South chancel was originally used by the owners of nearby Danny for family burials and that space in the new church was allocated to William John Campion in lieu of the old space, with the new North chancel and vault allocated to Nathaniel Borrer; Horsfield (Sussex I 246-7) noted the medieval effigies from the Danny (South) chancel moved into Mr Campion's coachhouse; however, the new South chancel turned out to be too small a space for the Campions, so the families swapped leaving the Borrers with the South and the Campions with the new North chancel.

139/1A Mural monument for George GREENAWAY, d. 1770

-  North aisle, against wall, near West end.

-  84(W) x 168(H) x 6(D)~Sound; very faded.

-  Pale brown freestone; scrolled pedimental top and other ornament; a relief of the original church; on an arch-top tablet, a short M.I. (engraved).

-  George Greenaway, d. 9 Mar 1770, aet 27; also, William Greenaway.

139/1B Mural monument for John Pelham ROBERTS, d. 1828, and his family

-  North aisle wall, East end, above head height.

-  125(W) x 132(H)~Good; faded.

-  A black backplate with a pointed top; a tablet in white marble with a pointed pediment flanked by palmettes and decorated with foliage; M.I. in 2 columns (engraved & black), flanked by asymmetrical scrolls; below, a base moulding and 2 scrolled corbels; signed (lower right): 'LUPTON, / NEW ROAD, LONDON'.

-  John Pelham Roberts, d. 5 Feb 1828, aet 62; his first wife, Lydia, d. 22 Feb 1801, aet 33; youngest daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Avery; their issue - third son, Henry d. 1 Jan 1816, aet 21; his second wife, Mary Ann, d. 24 Mar 1840 aet 57, eldest daughter of William and Mary Borrer; their issue - eldest daughter, Mary Ann, d. 23 Aug 1806, an infant; eldest son, Lindfield, d. 10 Sep 1807, an infant; fourth son, Nicholas Henry, d. 7 Jun 1818, an infant; second daughter, Mary, d. 13 Nov 1822, aet 14; fifth daughter, Fanny d. 13 Nov 1823, an infant; and sixth daughter, Ellen, d. 27 Apr 1825, an infant.

139/1C Mural monument for Henry CAMPION, d. 1761

-  North transept, West wall, above head height.

-  125(W); (H) unknown~Very good; rust; colour.

-  In grey marble; M.I. (engraved) on tablet set portrait-wise and breaking forward from backplate; cornice; pointed pediment with finial; below, base moulding, large brackets and an escutcheon.

-  Henry Campion, d. 14 Apr 1761, aet 81; his wife, Barbery, daughter and heiress of Peter Courthope, Esq., of Danny; issue - William Campion, Esq., of Danny; Catherine, wife of George Courthop [sic], Esq., of Whyligh, Sussex.

139/1D Mural monument for William CAMPION, d. 1778

-  North transept, North of 139/1C.

-  105(W) x 198(H)~Very good; colour.

-  In grey marble with a scrolled pediment over a cornice and M.I. (engraved) in upper 50% of tablet set portrait-wise; strong base moulding; fluted corbels flanking a black baseplate supporting an escutcheon.

-  William Campion, Esq., of Danny, d. 1 Aug 1778, aet 70; son of Henry and Barbara Campion; his wife, Elizabeth, d. 6 Oct 1768, aet 60, daughter of Edward Partheriche, Esq., of Ely, Cambridgeshire; issue - unnamed.

139/1E Mural monument for Henry Courthope CAMPION, d. 1811

-  North transept, below 139/1D.

-  104(W) x 85(H)~Very good.

-  Against a black baseplate, a white marble tablet with plain pointed pediment over a cornice; a M.I. tablet, unframed, with dropped lower corners; unsigned.

-  Henry Courthope Campion, Esq., of Danny, d. 27 Jun 1811, aet 77.

139/1F Mural monument for Henrietta CAMPION, d. 1771

-  North transept, North wall, North-West corner, high.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  M.I. (many lines) on a grey marble tablet, set portrait-wise and forward from a darker grey backplate; fluted frieze, then segmental pediment with fan decoration flanked by palmettes; below, base mouldings and 2 scrolled corbels.

-  Henrietta Campion, d. 6 Feb 1771, aet 33; daughter of Sir John Heathcote, Bart., of Normanton, Rutland; and wife of Henry Courthope Campion, Esq., of Danny; issue - Bridget, d. 13 Feb 1797, aet 27, buried at Hurstpierpoint.

139/1G Mural monument for children of William John and Jane CAMPION, d. 1801, etc.

-  North transept, North wall, North-West corner, at head height.

-  70(W) x 92(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (many lines) fill an unframed white tablet; pointed top; black baseplate; below, base mouldings.

-  The issue of William John and Jane Campion - Henry Francis, 20 Jul [1801] - 4 Aug 1801; Henry Francis, 18 Oct 1802 - 30 Nov 1809; Mary Anne, 3 Nov 1797 - 28 Oct 1825; Jane Bridget, 16 Apr 1799 - 24 Nov 1840; and Margaretta, 22 Sep 1806 - 8 Nov 1846.

139/1H Mural monument for Priscilla CAMPION, d. 1795

-  North transept wall, North-East corner, very high.

-  c.63(W): (H) inaccessible~Very good.

-  Description as for 139/1F but with a lamp in relief on the cornice, not a pediment.

-  Priscilla Campion, 10 Apr 1781 - 6 Feb 1795; daughter of William and Priscilla Campion, of Lewes.

139/1I Mural monument for Frances Elizabeth CAMPION, d. 1804

-  North transept, below 139/1H.

-  75(W) x c.140(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved, filled), unframed, set portrait-wise, in light grey marble; a black baseplate with a curved top; strong cornice moulding; above, a lamp in relief; below, a modest base moulding and two fluted, scrolled brackets.

-  Frances Elizabeth Campion, d. 29 Sep 1804, aet 26; only daughter of Edward and Eleanor Campion of Chichester.

139/1J Mural monument for John CLARK, d. 1781

-  North-East chapel, West wall, facing East, high up.

-  Inaccessible~Very good; rust, fading, some colour.

-  M.I. (engraved, black) on white tablet, set portrait-wise; flanked by plain dark grey marble pilasters; above, a blank frieze with panels of triglyphs, as capitals; cornice mouldings supporting a pedestal, an escutcheon and a flaming lamp; below; base mouldings and ornamental apron, all blank.

-  Rev. John Clark, S.T.P., Oriel College, Oxford, d. 21 Nov 1781, aet 48; his widow, Anne, d. 1 Aug 1817, aet 80, daughter of the Ven. Christopher Dodson, rector of Hurstpierpoint; their only daughter [Ann], was wife of George Cook, S.T.P.; Anne's sister, Elizabeth, married Thomas Marchant.

139/1K Mural monument for Peter COURTHOPE, d. 1657

-  North-East chapel, North wall, near West end, very high.

-  c.140(W) x c.300(H)~Very good; heraldic colour.

-  M.I. (engraved and gilded) on slate; alabaster surround of flanking pilasters of baluster form; another set at right-angles beyond; adorned with swags and ending in escutcheons; above, entablature with frieze and broken scrolled pediment and achievement; below, a base moulding; on apron, 2 swags flank an escutcheon and 2 decorated brackets.

-  Peter Courthope, Esq., late of Danny, also of Cranbrook, Kent, d. 15 Aug 1657, aet 80; his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Sharpey, of Staplehurst, Kent; issue - Henry, Alexander, Frances; his second wife, Jane, daughter of Henry Smith, of Pepperharrow, Surrey, and widow of Ninion Burrell, of Cuckfield, Sussex; issue - Elizabeth.

139/1L Mural monument for Peter COURTHOPE, d. 1724/5

-  North-East chapel, centre of North wall, above head height.

-  190(W) x c.300(H)~Fine; very faded; heraldic colour.

-  2 M.I. panels (engraved, filled) in grey marble, set portrait-wise and separated and framed in brown-veined alabaster; 3 fluted Doric pilasters; below, gadrooned border; flanking corbels in diamond form, with applied acanthus decoration; central corbel, a death's head; entablature with frieze of triglyphs and blank metopes; straight cornice; gilded, flaming lamps flank an achievement.

-  Peter Courthope, Esq., late of Danny, d. 13 Feb 1724, aet 86; his wife, Philadelphia, daughter of Sir John Stapley, Bart., of Patcham; their daughter - Barbara; who married Henry Campion, Esq., of Combwell, Goudhurst, Kent; their issue - Philadelphia, Frances, William, Barbara (all died as infants, all buried at Hurstpierpoint), Peter (son 2), buried Goudhurst, d. ?? Aug 1723, aet 16.

139/1M Floor monument for Peter COURTHOPE, d. 1657

-  North-East chapel floor, centre, towards West end, partly obscured by furnishings.

-  92(W) x 160(L)~Sound; cut (lower left).

-  M.I. (3 lines, engraved) in upper part of a brown freestone slab; head to West.

139/1N Floor monument for a son of Peter COURTHOPE, d. 1672

-  North-East chapel floor, abutting South-East side of 139/1 M.

-  50(W) x 89(L)~Sound.

-  M.I. (engraved) in upper (W) end of a brown freestone slab; head to West.

139/1O Floor monument for William COURTHOPE, d. 1701

-  North-East chapel floor, abutting 139/1M, West of 139/1N, partly obscured by furnishings.

-  65(W) x 60(L)~Very worn, cracked.

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

139/1P Mural monument for Christopher SWALE, d. 1645

-  Sanctuary, North wall, high.

-  c.124(W); (H) inaccessible~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved, gilded, filled, Latin) on black oval panel (slate?); freestone. frame (above); alabaster base moulding; scroll decoration; lamp on top; below, an apron, 3 escutcheons, other ornament.

-  Christopher Swale, for about 40 years at Hurstpierpoint, ejected 1644, d. 7 Sep 1645; his cousin was Solomon Swale, Bart., of Swale Hall, Yorks; his first wive, Ursula, daughter of Thomas Waterhouse, Gent., of Braythwell, Yorkshire; second wife, Rose, daughter of John Sackvill, armiger, of Chiddingly, Sussex; third wife, Anne West, daughter of Lord De La Warr; issue - all died by Sep 1645; Christopher Swale adopted a son of Lord Swale (Edward) as his heir, who died 7 Sep 1660.

139/1Q Mural monuments for Rev. Christopher and Mary DODSON, d. 1784 and 1747, and their children

-  Sanctuary South wall, high.

-  130(W) x 80(H)~Sound; faded.

-  A set of 2 monuments: (A) the lower, in 2 parts: a M.I. (engraved and black) on grey marble panel, unframed, set landscape-wise; a low relief border with flanged sides; above, an achievement on a panel; (B) the upper: a M.I. (engraved & black) filling a marble tablet set portrait-wise; flanked by grey marble colonettes; ogival top with inset trefoil & escutcheon.

-  Rev. Christopher Dodson, 51 years rector at Hurstpierpoint, d. 14 Mar 1784, aet 78; his wife, Mary, d. 28 Feb 1747/8, aet 35, daughter of Thomas Marchant, Gent.; issue, (amongst others anon) - eldest son, John Dodson, D.D., scholar of Trinity and fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, vicar of Cubbington, Warwickshire, rector of Yoxall, Staffordshire and of Hurstpierpoint, d. 1 Jul 1807, aet 74; his wife, Frances, d. 15 Apr 1832, aet 82, buried at St. Chad, Lichfield, Staffordshire, daughter of Rev. John and Susanna Dawson, of Stapenhill, Staffordshire; issue - unnamed.

139/1R Ledger for Mary DODSON, d. 1747

-  Choir floor, South side.

-  96(W) x 146(L)~Sound; worn.

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

-  Mary Dodson, d. 27 Feb 1747, aet 35; wife of Christopher Dodson, rector of Hurstpierpoint.

139/1S Anonymous ledger, uninscribed and undated

-  Choir floor, North side.

-  84(W) x 146(L)~Fine.

-  Black slab; no M.I.; escutcheon at West end, sketched in; head to West.

139/1T Ledger for Anne COURTHOPE, d. 1690

-  Choir floor, North-East of centre.

-  96(W) x 190(L)~Very good.

-  M.I. (10 lines, engraved) in upper (W) end of black slab; head to West.

-  Anne Courthope, d. 22 Jan 1690, aet 85; daughter of Ninion Burrell, Esq.; and wife of Henry Courthope, Gent.; issue - Jane, Mary, Anne, Elizabeth, Frances, Peter and Dorothy.

139/1U Ledger for Philadelphia COURTHOPE, d. 1676

-  Choir floor, South-East of centre.

-  89(W) x 191(L)~Very good.

-  Escutcheon at West end; M.I. (13 lines) fills surface of a black slab; head to West.

-  Philadelphia Courthope, d. 18 Oct 1676, aet 25; eldest daughter of Sir John Stapley, Bart.; and wife of Peter Courthope, Esq.; their issue - John, Barbara and Peter.

139/1V Ledger for John COURTHOPE, d. 1698/9

-  Choir floor, North-West of centre.

-  97(W) x 190(L)~Very good.

-  M.I. (11 lines, Latin) in upper 50% of a black slab; head to West.

-  John Courthope, d. 11 Mar 1698, aet 26; eldest son of Peter and Philadelphia Courthope.

139/1W Floor monument for Mary BEARD, d. 1688

-  Choir floor, South-West of Centre.

-  97(W) x 192(L)~Sound; escutcheon worn.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved) and escutcheon in upper (W) 55% of a black slab; head to West.

-  Mary Beard, d. 12 Jan 1688, aet 57; second daughter of Nicholas Monke, Esq., of Hurston; and wife of Thomas Beard, Esq., of Hurstpierpoint; their issue - Thomas and Barbara.

139/1X Mural monument for John BORRER, d. 1793

-  South transept, East wall, high.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  M.I. (14 lines [7 + 7], engraved, black) fills white marble tablet, set portrait-wise with 4 corners chamfered; narrow dark grey border; rance surround (unframed); above, a cornice and a bare rance frieze with escutcheon; on top, cornice with dome; below, a base moulding and a curving apron; no corbels.

-  John Borrer, late of Henfield, d. 11 Sep 1793, aet 32; his widow, Ann, d. 16 Sep 1847, aet 83; daughter of John Hamlin of Sunt, [in Lindfield]; later, widow of John Dennett.

139/1Y Mural monument for Barbara and William BORRER, d. 1795 and 1797

-  South transept, South wall, South-East corner, very high.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  M.I. (12 lines, engraved) in upper 80% of unframed white oval tablet, set portrait-wise, within a (slate?) surround; white cornice over and base mouldings; curved apron with 2 rosettes, a cherub and a fluted vase as corbel; above, a frieze with 2 rosettes flanking an escutcheon, topped by a cornice with a domed top.

-  Barbara Borrer, d. 12 Apr 1795, aet 73; wife of William Borrer, d. 21 Jan 1797 aet 72.

139/1Z Mural monument for Elizabeth THORP, d. 1624

-  South transept, South wall, at head height, below 139/1Y.

-  c.100(W) x 160(H)~Fine; local damage (top).

-  Alabaster surround decorated with gilded foliage and escutcheons; M.I. (engraved, gilded) in centre, black slate, set portrait-wise; below, a curving apron with death's heads and cherub; straight, plain, thick cornice.

-  Elizabeth Thorp, d. 24 Apr 1624, aet 29; daughter of Sir Anthony Colepeper, of Bedgebury, Kent; and wife of John Thorp, Esq., of Cudworth, Surrey; their issue - Anthony, John, Thomas (died an infant) and Anne.

139/1AA Mural monument for Mary BORRER, d. 1807, and other Borrers

-  South transept, South wall, South-West corner, very high.

-  c.100(W) x c.200(H)~Fine; cracks, rust, dirt.

-  Light grey marble tablet, set portrait-wise, unframed, with 2 moulded corbels and a narrow dark grey moulded cornice, with separate escutcheon over; now partly buried in a replastered wall.

-  Mary Borrer, 7 Aug 1758 - 30 Aug 1807, daughter of Nathanael and Mary Lindfield; and wife of William Borrer; their issue - Barbara Elizabeth, b. 25 Jul 1792, died an infant; also, Mary Anne Clifford, daughter of Nathanael and Mary Anne Borrer, 5 Jul 1813 - 20 Jun 1822; also William Borrer, 7 Mar 1753 - 18 Jan 1832.

139/1BB Mural monument for Elizabeth STONE, d. 1723

-  South nave aisle wall, East end, high.

-  90(W) x 180(H)~Good; colour.

-  An oval tablet with a moulded frame, M.I. fills convex surface; above, an achievement with scrolled and foliate surround; below, escutcheon as corbel.

-  Elizabeth Stone, d. 13 Dec 1723, aet 84; daughter of Jeremiah Johnson, Gent., of Charlwood, Surrey; and widow of John Stone, Gent., of Rusper, Sussex; issue - Catherine, d. 8 Apr 1736, aet 64, widow of Thomas Beard, Gent., of Hurstpierpoint; their only issue - Ralph Beard.

139/1CC Mural monument for Thomas BEARD, d. 1765, and his family

-  South nave aisle wall, East end, below 139/1BB.

-  98(W) x 140(H)~Fine; faded.

-  Dark baseplate; M.I. on unframed, grey-veined marble tablet in squared sarcophagal form; below, a simple base mould and 2 moulded corbels; above, a moulded cornice and a flattened pointed pediment with shoulder quarterings supporting a draped urn, signed (below centre): 'PARSONS. LEWES'.

-  Thomas Beard, Esq., d. Jun 1765, aet 64; his only son, Ralph Beard, Esq., d. 14 Sep 1754, aet 58; Ralph's wife, Mary, d. 10 May 1780, aet 68, daughter of William Constable, Esq., of Burwash; their issue - Catherine, d. Apr 1743, aet 12; Mary, d. 16 Jan 1814, aet 80; Martha, d. 28 Oct 1827, aet 92; Ann, d. 2 Apr 1840, aet 95; Elizabeth, d. 1 Feb 1817, aet 82, buried Portslade; and Sarah, d. 6 Dec 1797, aet 56, buried Wiston, the wife of Charles Goring, Esq.