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

(157) LEWES, St. Anne

A long, narrow, Norman nave; chancel is Early English, restored in 1889 - Godfrey (SAC 69 159-69); South arcade late 12th century; a 18th-century West gallery - Nairn & Pevsner (551-2); fabric was 'fine' in 1724, the chancel having been repaired by the rector (Ford); for a view from North-East see Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 96); the original dedication of this church - at Lewes 'Westout' - was to St. Mary; it was renamed in the 16th century (SAC 131 201); there were c.50 families in the parish in 1724; the population was 590 in 1801; 157N-O have been brought within the building by means of a 19th-century extension, see Godfrey in (SAC 68 284); there is an important series of mural monuments between the windows of the North aisle.

157A Mural monument for the LEWIS family, erected after 1825

-  Nave, North wall, above North door, high.

-  c.120(W); (H) unknown~Good.

-  A white marble tablet on black marble composite baseplate with M.I.; mouldings top and bottom on 2 corbels with acanthus decoration; above, a female figure kneels at an altar with a rose dropping from a bowl; at top, a cornice, pointed pediment with palmettes flanking and an exhortation.

-  Thomas Lewis, Esq., d. Paris 10 Mar 1822, aet 63; his wife, Anna Maria, died at Brighton 24 Jul 1849, aet 79; their issue - eldest daughter, Anna, d. 7 Mar 1826, aet 33; second daughter, Lucy Frances, died at Paris, 5 Jun 1825, aet 30, wife of Thomas Finimore Hill, Esq.; son, Charles Goring Lewis, Esq. and his wife, Elizabeth Jane; their issue, eldest son, Charles Wells, d. 3 Apr 1842, aet 12; and Emma, died at Brighton, 5 Feb 1857, aet 54.

157B Mural monument for Henry SHELLEY, d. 1805, and family

-  Nave, North wall, to East of North door, high up.

-  c.105(W); (H) unknown~Very good.

-  Pendant to 157C; M.I. (26 lines, engraved, black) on grey marble tablet, set portrait-wise with cornice and base moulding; below, a decorated apron in a dark shelly stone with an escutcheon.

-  Henry Shelley, d. 3 Jan 1805, aet 77, eldest son of another Henry Shelley, Esq. and Eleanor; his widow, Philadelphia d. 7 May 1819, aet 81; their eldest son, Henry, d. 31 Dec 1811, aet 44; their second son, Thomas, d. 14 Feb 1780, aet 9; their eldest daughter, Philadelphia, 18 Feb 1818, aet 53; their second daughter, Elizabeth, d. 29 May 1840, aet 75; their third daughter, Cordelia, d. 21 Sep 1768, aet 6 months; and their fourth (and third surviving) daughter, Cordelia, d. 3 Oct 1854.

157C Mural monument for Henry SHELLEY, d. 1735/6, and family

-  Nave, North wall, to West of chancel arch, high up.

-  c.105(W); (H) unknown~Fine, fading.

-  Pendant to 157B; M.I. (30 lines).

-  Henry Shelley, Esq., d. 20 Feb 1735/6, aet 42, eldest son of Richard Shelley, Esq.; his wife, Eleanor, d. 22 Apr 1792, aet 90; their issue - Eleanor, died an infant; George, died an infant; second son, Thomas, d. 2 Aug 1758, aet 28; eldest daughter, Elizabeth, d. 26 Mar 1789, aet 65; surviving son, Henry and his wife, Eleanor; their daughter, Eleanor, d. 3 Jan 1813, aet 84.

157D Mural monument for John PLUMER, d. 1785

-  Chancel, North wall, high up.

-  Inaccessible~Fine.

-  In white and column marbles; M.I. set landscape-wise (6 lines, engraved) with decorated border and moulded frame; above, a scrolled pediment and an urn in relief; below, 2 scrolled corbels and a curved apron with traces of painted fern decoration.

-  John Plumer, Esq., of Lewes, d. 12 Oct 1785, aet 39.

157E Mural monument for Rev. William GWYNNE, d. 1818, his wife Elizabeth, d.1810, and three of their sons, d. 1823, d. 1832 and d. 1833

-  Chancel, North wall, high up between the windows.

-  c.225(W) x (H) unknown~Good.

-  M.I. (28 + 7 lines) on white marble obelisk; unframed; below, a sarcophagus with prominent gadroon and acanthus decorated on a rectangular base, supported by a thin base on scrolled corbels; between corbels, escutcheon on apron.

-  Rev. William Gwynne, rector of Hamsey and St. Anne Lewes, d. 16 Apr 1818, aet 73; his wife, Elizabeth, d. 19 Apr 1810, aet 57; their issue - Rowland Gwynne, Major (10th Regiment of Native Infantry), died at Madras, 20 Jul 1823, aet 38; John Gwynne, Captain (26th Regiment of Native Infantry) and paymaster of the Dooab district, died at Brighton, 15 Dec 1832, aet 46 and buried in this church; and Iltid Gwynne, Lt. Col. (43rd Regiment of Native Infantry) died at Ellore, 31 May 1833, aet 44.

157F Ledger stone for Anne PEIRCE, d. 1720/1

-  Chancel floor, perpendicular to North wall, partly obscured by furnishings.

-  113(W) x 178(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (6 lines) in black slate; head to South.

-  Anne Peirce, d. 15 Mar 1720/1, aet 37.

157G Ledger stone for Cordelia BINCKES, d. 1724

-  Sanctuary floor, against North wall, partly obscured by a step.

-  74(W) x 99(L)~Fine; cut.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) on black slab.

-  Cordelia Binckes, d. 14 Oct 1724, aet (lost); eldest daughter of Richard Shelley, Esq., of Lewes; and wife of George Binckes of London.

157H Ledger stone for Hannah APSLEY, d. 1723

-  Sanctuary, North side, adjacent to 157G, partly obscured by a step.

-  52(W) x 83(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) on fragmentary black slab; head to West.

-  Hannah Apsley, d. 10 Apr 1723, aet 34; her husband (name lost).

157I Wall-mounted brass for Thomas TWYNE, d. 1613

-  Sanctuary, East wall, South of window.

-  30(W) x 43(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (20 lines, engraved, black) in Latin on brass plate; above, an achievement.

-  Thomas Twyne, M.D., died at Lewes, 1 Aug 1613, aet 70 ('climacterico 70'); Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

157J Anonymous ledger

-  Sanctuary floor, South side.

-  92(W) x 75(L)~Wrecked.

-  Nothing legible on a fragment of a freestone slab.

157K Wall mounted brass for Robert HEATH, d. 1681

-  Chancel, South wall, West of organ.

-  Upper: 24.2(W) x 32.5(H); Lower: 60.3(W) x 46.3(H)~Very good.

-  The upper panel with an achievement within an oval border; Below, is a panel with a M.I. (10 lines, engraved).

-  Robert Heath, Esq., d. 10 Jan 1681, aet 24; son of also Robert Heath, Esq.; his grandfather, William Heath, Esq.

157L Stone panel for Thomas ROWE, d. 1625

-  Vestry, South wall, West of door.

-  (Irregular) 58(W) x 101(H)~Fine, worn.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in a repositioned freestone slab; below, arms.

157M Stone panel for [Edward] RAYNES, dated 1636

-  Vestry, South wall, to West of window.

-  (Irregular) 34(W) x 78(H)~Very worn, cracked.

-  M.I. (3 lines, engraved) on a freestone slab; above, traces of cursive ornament.

157N Ledger stone for Susanna ROWE, date unknown but well after 1639

-  Vestry floor, associated with and South of 157O.

-  91(W) x 187(L)~Sound, very worn.

-  M.I. (6 (?) lines, engraved) on a Horsham stone slab, formerly outside.

157O Ledger stone for John ROWE, d. 1639, and Susanna

-  Vestry floor, North side, associated with and North of 157N, now partly obscured by furnishings, formerly outside.

-  88(W) x 166(L)~Sound, worn.

-  M.I. (16 lines, engraved) fill a black slab; above, an escutcheon.

157P Wall-mounted brass for James CRANSTON, d. 1790, and his family

-  East pier between nave and South aisle, South side.

-  Upper brass: 61(W) x 46(H); Lower brass: 61(W) x 49.5(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved, black) fills a brass plate above another M.I. (5 lines, engraved, black) in upper 50% of a brass plate; Both brasses are set on a grey-green slab; signed (lower right): 'HOLMAN.LEWES'.

-  James Cranston, Esq., Captain, RN, d. 1 Aug 1790, aet 58; his wife, Catherine, d. 23 Dec 1808, aet 76; his daughter, Catharine Frances Cranston, d. 8 May 1785, aet 14.

157Q Mural monument for Elizabeth RIDEOUT, d. 1774, and her husbands Richard PAYNE, d. 1732/3, and Richard RIDEOUT, d. 1767

-  South aisle, South wall, opposite North door.

-  c.86(W) x c.150(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (15 lines, engraved, black) on white, marble tablet set portrait-wise; frame, cornice; broken pointed pediment; base moulding, etc. in grey and beige marbles; below, scrolled corbels and apron with escutcheon.

-  Richard Payne, Esq., of the parish, d. 17 Jan 1732/3, aet 39; Richard Rideout, Esq., of the parish, d. 28 Apr 1767, aet 52; their wife, Elizabeth, d. 26 Jul 1774, aet 79.

157R Ledger for Mary …, [18th century?]

-  Nave floor, West end, partly under gallery stairs.

-  87(W) x 17(D)~Fragmentary; almost illegible.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a sandy freestone slab.

157S Ledger for Elizabeth TUCKER, d. 1689

-  Nave floor, West end, beneath gallery, partly obscured by furnishings.

-  83(W) x 84(L)~Fragmentary; fine, scratched.

-  M.I. (visible are 10 lines, engraved) in a black slab.

-  Elizabeth Tucker, buried 9 Jul 1689, aet 29; daughter of Richard Payne, Esq., of Lewes and Elizabeth; and wife of Kemvel Tucker, Gent., of Tenterden.

157T Ledger for Anne PAYNE, d. 1689

-  Nave floor, West end, beneath gallery, partly obscured by furnishings.

-  83(W) x 104(L)~(Fragmentary), damaged edges.

-  M.I. (visible are 11 lines, engraved) on a black slab.

-  Anne Payne, buried 30 Nov 1689, aet 17; sixth daughter of Peter Gard, Gent., and Katherine; her husband, Richard Payne, Jnr, Gent.; sole issue, daughter Elizabeth.

157U Ledger for Sarah GEAR, d. 1841

-  Nave floor, West end, to West of North door.

-  84(W) x 182(L)~Poor; restored, diagonal crack, faded.

-  M.I. (9 lines, engraved) on upper 25% of a freestone slab.

-  Sarah Gear, d. 13 Apr 1841, aet 21, first daughter of Robert Gear, Esq., of Lewes and his second wife, Sarah.