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

(20) BATTLE, St. Mary the Virgin

A Norman church, rebuilt in Perpendicular - Nairn & Pevsner (407-8); for plan see SNQ (XI 7); John Smith of Rye and James Whitehead (1817) were working in the town and at the Abbey, Gunnis (Dict. 357, 431), although there are no signed monuments by them in the church; 20I is of national significance. Horsfield (Sussex I 530) makes the point that there are other monuments that he is unable to mention because of lack of space.

20A Mural monument for Edmund CARTWRIGHT, d. 1823

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

-  187(W) x 167(H)~Very good.

-  In off-white marble; tabernacle of three 'pages' on a black base; cornice over; below, basement and a shelf; M.I. (left) - 3 engraved verses; M.I. (centre): beneath a pointed pediment - biography; M.I. (right) - 3 verses; signed (lower left): 'M.VIDLER. SC. HASTINGS'.

-  Edmund Cartwright, D.D. F.R.S., poet, formerly fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, rector of Goadby Marwood, Leicestershire and prebendary of Lincoln, 24 Apr 1743 - 30 Oct 1823; monument erected by his widow, Susanna.

20B Mural monument for Lieutenant-Colonel [John] KINGSBURY, d. 1813

-  North aisle, North wall, West of North door, high.

-  70(W) x 93(H)~Very good.

-  A flat cornice with hanging garlands; above M.I. (23 lines, engraved, black) on an unframed panel; over a black slate base.

-  Lt. Col. Kingsbury, Queens Royal Regiment, d. 14 Aug 1813, aet 46; saw action at Gibraltar, Egypt, Portugal, Spain and with Wellington.

20C Mural monument for Edward DONNE, d. 1847

-  North aisle, North wall, over North door, high.

-  90(W); (H) inaccessible~Good; faded; dirty.

-  In trapezoidal shape; thin black baseplate with a pointed top; grey marble panel of same shape, unframed; 2 corbels; a moulded cornice; wreath in pointed pediment; signed (lower right): 'BEDFORD / 256 OXFORD STREET / LONDON'.

-  Edward John Donne, died at Woodlands, Battle 15 Nov 1847, aet 28; his father, also Edward Donne, of Harley St. London; Edward John was survived by his parents.

20D Mural monument for Harriett SWAIN and her daughter Mary-Ann, both d. 1821

-  North aisle, North wall, East of North door, high.

-  63(W) x 77(H)~Very good; faded.

-  A thin black baseplate; M.I. (24 lines, engraved, black) on unframed panel, set portrait-wise; flat cornice.

-  Harriett Swain, died at Cefalonia, 12 Oct 1821, aet 37; wife of Major Swain, (36th Regiment); their daughter Mary-Anne Swain, d. 25 Jul 1821, aet 6; Harriett and Mary-Ann Swain both buried at St. Spiridion, Argostoli, Cefalonia.

20E Mural Monument for Giles WATTS, d. 1792

-  North aisle, North wall, East of North door, above head height.

-  69(W) x 63(H)~Very good; faded.

-  No baseplate; M.I. (9 lines, engraved, black) on unframed panel set landscape-wise; 2 block corbels; cornice and blank pointed pediment.

-  Giles Watts, physician, d. 1 May 1792, aet 67; his widow, Mary Watts d. 24 Dec 1815, aet 92.

20F Mural monument for Robert WALLACE, d. 1824

-  North Choir aisle, North wall, North-East corner, very high.

-  Small (inaccessible)~Very good condition; paint splashes.

-  M.I. (6 lines, engraved, black) on unframed panel; above, a blank pointed pediment; thin black baseplate; signed (lower right): 'VIDLER & Co'.

-  Robert Alexander Paterson Wallace, Esq., died at Hastings, 29 May 1824 aet 22.

20G Mural Monument for Mary BIRCH, d. 1807

-  North choir aisle, North wall, North-East corner, high, below 20F.

-  95(W) x 120(H)~Very good; faded.

-  In white marble on a thin black baseplate; flat cornice; black shelf under pedestal; unsigned.

-  Mary Birch, 1748 - Aug 1807; wife (41 years) of the late Rev. Thomas Birch, rector of South Thoresby, Lincolnshire; surviving issue, 9 unnamed.

20H Mural monument for the daughters of the Rev. Thomas BIRCH, undated

-  North Choir aisle, North wall, high, upper left of a group of 4 monuments.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  Thin black baseplate; M.I. on panel of sarcophagus shape; cornice and pointed top; feet on a base.

-  Katharine Anne, d. 1820; Jane Christian, d. 1822; Frances Margaret Eliza, d. 1835; Maria Rosaria, d. 1839 and Salvadora Hannah, d. 1840; all daughters of Thomas and Maria Rosaria Birch.

20I Free-standing tomb-chest for Sir Anthony BROWNE, d. 1548 and his first wife Alice, d. 1540

-  Between Sanctuary and North choir aisle.

-  136(W) x 240(L) x 120(H)~Fine; many repairs; local losses (effigial hands).

-  2 recumbent effigies; heads to West; female to male's left (female to South of male); over her head, a tabernacle; male in armour; tomb-chest with balusters, putti, arms on sides; M.I. in English on chamfered edge.

20J Floor-mounted brasses for John WYTHINS, d. 1615

-  Sanctuary floor, South of centre.

-  Ledger: 82(W) x 178(L)~Fine; dented.Brasses - panel of arms: 25(W) x 30(H); figure/captions: 89(H); large M.I.: 50(W) x 25.5(H); smaller M.I.: 53(W) x 12(H)~Worn but fine;

-  Brasses on a black marble ledger; above, rectangular panel of arms; then, male figure, robed with captions rising left and right; below, 2 M.I.s (9 lines and 4 lines, engraved) in Latin.

-  John Wythins, from Chester, scholar of Oxford, STD, dean and vicar of Battle for 42 years, d. 18 Mar 1615, aet 84; quotations from Job.x.1 and Philip.i.3.

20K Ledger for John HAMMOND, d. 1761, his wife Eleanor, d. 1797 and others

-  South-East chapel floor, at entrance, near South wall, with (modern) gates set into it.

-  100(W) x 182(L)~Good.

-  M.I. (17 lines [6+3+4+4], engraved) on a black slab; head to West.

-  John Hammond, Gent., d. 17 Dec 1761, aet 48; his wife Eleanor, d. 11 Jan 1797, aet 84; their issue - another John Hammond, d. 10 Mar 1760, aet 5; also William Hammond, brother to John Hammond, Snr, d. 20 Apr 1749, aet 34.

20L Ledger for John HAMMOND, d. 1711 and his wife Joan, d. 1700

-  South-East chapel floor, at entrance, North of 20K, with (modern) gates set into it; An unusually large ledger.

-  125(W) x 150(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) in upper 50% of a slab; head to the West.

-  John Hammond, d. 9 Jan 1711, aet 73[?]; his wife, Joan, d. 24 Jan 1700, aet 69.

20M Mural cartouche for William WATSON, d. 1689

-  South-East chapel, North wall, North-East corner, high.

-  110(W) x 205(H)~Fine; repaired.

-  M.I. (12 lines engraved, black) on a convex cartouche; arms above; cherubim in the folds.

-  William Watson, LLD, dean and vicar of Battle for 25 years and canon of Chichester, d. 10 Apr 1689, aet 51.

20N Ledger for George WORGE, d. 1765

-  Beneath safe in South Chapel.

-  110(W) x 215(L)~Fine.

-  Black slab; head to West.

-  Ledger for George Worge, Esq., d. 1765, aet 60; his wife, Elizabeth, d. 10 Oct 1766, aet 60, a daughter of John Collier, Esq., of Hastings.