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

(177) MOUNTFIELD, All Saints

Norman nave; Early English chancel - Nairn & Pevsner (569); in 1724, the church was reported as in very good condition, chancel recently repaired by the Duke of Dorset (Ford 111); Harmer terracottas in the churchyard; Horsfield (Sussex I 564) notes only 177A, which suggests a later date for 177B-D.

177A Mural monument for Thomas HICKES, d. 1736

-  Nave, North wall, nearly opposite the South door.

-  c.85(W) x 140(H)~Fading.

-  An elaborate achievement surmounts a flat cornice, supported on coloured pilasters and moulded capitals with rosette decorations; in the centre, an arched, flat M.I. (13 lines, engraved, black); brown-red hardstone pilasters flanking; below, a base moulding and an ornamental apron in grey marble.

177B Mural monument for William RIGHTON, d. 1818

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

-  75(W) x 80(H)~Fine, staining.

-  Unframed; a rectangular white M.I. panel is topped by a simple cornice and a pointed pediment with a decorated disk; below, tiny brackets with dentils.

-  William Austen Righton, Esq., of Mountfield Park, died Dieppe, France, buried there, 5 Sep 1818, aet 38; widow unnamed.

177C Ledger for John SMEE, d. 1824

-  Chancel floor, South-East corner, against the South wall, partly obscured by furniture.

-  62(W) x 114(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) in upper parts of a freestone slab; head to the West.

177D Mural monument for John SMEE, d. 1824

-  Nave, South wall, East of the South door, above head height.

-  c.97(W) x c.126(H)~Good, fading, dentil details lost on brackets.

-  M.I. (25 lines, engraved, black) on a simple unframed, white marble tablet, set portrait-wise; brackets (formerly) ornamented with dentils below; above, a moulded cornice and a low, pointed pedestal.

-  John Smee, Esq., civil servant (30 years East India Co.), died at Court Lodge, Mountfield, 27 Dec 1824, aet 56; issue - unnamed.