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

(160) LEWES, St. Michael

Mediaeval West wall and 14th-century South arcade - Nairn & Pevsner (553); plan in SNQ (IX 151); wooden North arcade of 1748; South aisle designed and rebuilt by Joseph Daw in 1748, see S. Berry (SAC 142 107-9), who notes that Horsfield (Sussex I 210) gives the date as 1755; nave windows on South side were Gothicised in 1885, allowing for mural monuments between them; ledgers presumably lost through restorations of church flooring [late 1820s?]; building reported to be in decent order in 1724, see Ford (147); the parish had a population of 786 in 1801, rising from c.100 families in 1724.

160A Mural monument for Thomas MANTELL, d. 1807

-  Nave, West wall, North of door to West chapel.

-  87(W) x 84(H)~Fine.

-  In freestone; M.I. (19 lines, engraved, black) on unframed panel, pilasters flanking, half ball-finials as corbels; above, a crude pointed pediment.

-  Thomas Mantell, of St. John sub Castro, d. 11 Jul 1807, aet 54.

160B Mural monument for Charles BATEMAN, d. 1703, and his wife Dorothy, d. 1732, their son, their daughter and their son-in-law (PHILPOT)

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

-  82(W) x 115(H)~Fine, faded.

-  In grey freestone on a slate base; M.I. (many lines, engraved, black); above, a pointed pediment, without entablature, supporting flaming torches left and right; below, base mouldings and a baseplate on two corbels.

160C Mural monument for Margaret DICKENS, d. 1793

-  North aisle, North wall, centre, above head height.

-  82(W); (H) inaccessible~Fine.

-  White on black; M.I. (11 lines, engraved, black) on panel with curved apron; cornice below an urn in bas relief; high pedestal; volute decoration at top; wreathed initials 'MD' in centre; all against a black marble baseplate in obelisk form.

-  Margaret Dickens, d. London, 22 Mar 1793, aet 62; daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Lardner, of Lewes; and widow of Rev. Samuel Dickens, D.D., archdeacon and prebendary of Durham.

160D Mural monument for Sir Nicholas PELHAM, d. 1559, and his wife Anne (SACKVILLE)

-  North aisle, North wall, near East end, at head height and above.

-  139(W) x 200(H) x 27(D)~Excellent (restored).

-  Alabaster and column marbles; male effigy (to right) in armour and wife (as widow) kneeling on cushions (hers tasselled); at draped prayer desk; 2 bound volumes; flanking, polished black columns (touch?); above, an entablature supporting a ceiling with drops and rosettes; helm on wall above; behind, M.I. (15 lines, engraved, black) on framed panel; decorative relief work with cherubim and trophies; below, kneeling children, four females on left, six males on right, the two eldest armoured; between, an hourglass; below, decorative base mouldings and baseplate with scrollwork and corbels, one in ball-finial form.

-  Sir Nicholas Pelham, Knt, d. 15 Dec 1559, aet 44; son of Sir William Pelham, Knt, of Laughton; his wife, Anne, daughter of John Sackville, Esq., and granddaughter of Rt Hon. Thomas Sackville, late Earl of Dorset; their issue, 6 sons and 4 daughters; Nicholas Pelham's martial exploits.

160E Mural monument for Katharine WOODWARD, d. 1786

-  South aisle (South chapel), South wall, high up.

-  62(W); (H) inaccessible~Fine.

-  M.I. (9 lines, engraved, black) in upper 75% of framed white marble oval panel; below centre, a black ball-finial; above, a decorative keystone.

-  Katharine Woodward, d. 19 Aug 1786, aet 48; daughter of Rev. Thomas Woodward, rector of West Grinstead.

160F Mural monument for Elizabeth LARDNER, d. 1772

-  South aisle (South chapel), South wall, high up.

-  105(W); (H) inaccessible~Fine.

-  In mixed marbles; M.I. (7 lines, engraved, black) in upper 50% of a framed white marble panel; flanking, flat brown hardstone pilasters; below, base mouldings; then a curved apron with corbels and ball-finial; above, a blank frieze, then a heavy cornice breaking forward left and right; above, baseplate in obelisk form; with achievement.

-  Elizabeth Lardner, d. 7 Mar 1772, aet 72; widow of Richard Lardner, Esq., of Lewes.

160G Mural monument for John William Plumer WINDUS, d. 1827

-  South aisle, South wall, East end, at head height.

-  89(W) x 76(H)~Fine, fading.

-  M.I. (15 lines, engraved, black) on white marble panel; scalloped corners with gilded rosettes; black baseplate; above, a cornice and a plain pointed pediment.

-  John William Plumer Windus, A.B., scholar at Exeter College, Oxford, d. 17 Sep 1827, aet 23; mother, sisters and brothers, none named.

160H Mural monument for George GORING, d. 1601/2

-  South aisle, South wall, near entrance to South chapel, above head height.

-  53(W) x 100(H)~Fine.

-  In two parts: below, a copy of an ancient M.I. on a modern grey freestone slab; above, an original achievement in alabaster.

-  George Goring, Esq., d. 7 Feb 1601/2; his wife, Anne, daughter of Edward Denny, Esq., of Waltham Abbey, Essex; issue - 5 sons, 4 daughters, none named.

160I Mural monument for Lucy PAYNE, d. 1821, and her father Henry VERRALL, d. 1825

-  South aisle, South wall, centre, above head height.

-  99(W) x 160(H)~Fine.

-  M.I. on a white panel, set portrait-wise; simple black frame; flanking, Doric half-columns; below, base moulding and 2 block corbels with concentric decorations and palmette finials; above, a frieze with 2 rosettes; a heavy entablature breaking forward left and right, supporting a white urn in low-relief on a pedestal, against a curved apron.

-  Lucy Payne, d. 12 Dec 1821, aet 39; only daughter of Henry Verrall, Esq., late of Potton, Bedfordshire, d. 6 Feb 1825, aet 72; her husband, William Payne, Esq.

160J Mural monument for Charles RAND, d. 1812, and his nephew Charles RAND, d. 1808

-  South aisle, South wall, centre, above head height.

-  120(W) x 125(H)~Good; local losses (arms, above, see fixing holes).

-  M.I. (19 lines, engraved, black) on white marble rectangular panel; very narrow black frame; below, decorative moulding; above, cornice with lower section dropping to a point; this balances the pointed pediment; above, attached arms.

-  Captain Charles Rand, served the East India Co. for 17 years, d. 13 Oct 1812, aet 57; also his nephew, also Captain Charles Rand, Junior, served the East India Co. for 14 years, d. 21 Aug 1808 aet 31, son of Cater Rand, of Lewes; both subjects campaigned against Tippoo Sultan.

160K Mural monument for Richard COMBER, d. 1817 and his wife Jane, d. 1802

-  South aisle, South wall, West end, above head height.

-  104(W) x 190(H)~Good.

-  M.I. (15 lines, engraved, black) on a white marble panel set portrait-wise; narrow black frame; curved lower edge; flanking, flat pilasters with floral capitals, leafy corbels and engraved geometric decoration; above, a flat entablature with an urn on a pedestal in low relief; black baseplate in obelisk form.

-  Richard Comber, Esq., of Gatewick, Steyning, formerly of Lewes, d. 24 Jul 1817, aet 84, second son of Benjamin Comber, M.D., and Mary, eldest daughter of John Waterman, Gent., of Ashford, Kent; Richard Comber's wife, Jane, d. 26 Jun 1802, aet 53, daughter of John Woodgate, of Lewes.