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

(208) PRESTON, St. Peter

Originally a chapel of ease (for St. John's); now redundant; Early English, in flint - Nairn & Pevsner (460); unpaved in 1686 (Ford 40); condition reportedly fine in 1724 (Ford 143); restored generally in c.1872; chancel restored in 1878; restored again after a fire of 1906; the parish had 20 families in 1724 and a population of 222 in 1801; the set of monuments on the West nave wall evidences the popularity of the church as a fashionable burial place, near Brighton, in the early 19th century.

208A Ledger for Rev. John WHELER, d. 1818

-  Nave aisle floor, centre.

-  91(W) x 181(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (12 lines, engraved) on a pale cream freestone slab; head to West.

208B Ledger for Agnes PALMER, d. 1804

-  Nave aisle floor, centre, near chancel arch.

-  94(W) x 181(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (17 lines, engraved) fills surface of a pale cream freestone slab; head to West.

-  Agnes Palmer, of Brighton, d. 28 Jun 1804, aet 66.

208C Floor stone for Grace CHEYNELL, d. 1696

-  Nave floor, before the chancel arch.

-  75(W) x 58(L)~Sound; dirty.

-  M.I. (6 lines, engraved) on a small freestone slab; head to West.

-  Grace Cheynell, d. 15 Jan 1696; wife of Francis Cheynell, D.D.

208D Ledger for Elizabeth …, unknown date

-  Nave floor, South of centre, opposite South and North doors.

-  91(W) x 183(L)~Very worn; irregular at East end.

-  M.I. (10 lines?, engraved) in upper 50% of an irregular freestone slab.

208E Anonymous ledger perhaps c.1800

-  Nave floor, South of 208D, in line with South door.

-  91(W) x 184(L)~Very worn; cracked.

-  M.I. (traces only) on a pale grey freestone slab; head to South.

208F Mural monument for James DOUGLAS, d. 1819

-  Nave, West wall, South of tower arch, facing East.

-  91(W) x 60(H)~Fine; faded.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved, Latin) on a white marble tablet set landscape-wise; incised chamfered frame.

-  James Douglas, A.M., d. 5 Nov 1819, aet 67.

208G Mural monument for Elizabeth SHIRLEY, d. 1684

-  Tower, North wall, facing South.

-  46(W) x 58(H)~Very worn; cracked (lower right).

-  M.I. (9 lines, engraved) on a cretaceous freestone slab.

-  Elizabeth Shirley, d. 23 Apr 1684, an infant; daughter of Sir Richard Shirley, Bart.

208H Ledger for Charlotte CARBONELL, d. 1819

-  Nave floor, centre, far West end.

-  64(W) x 131(L)~Cracked; repaired; stained.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in upper 80% of a freestone slab; head to West.

208I Ledger for Grace CHEYNELL, d. 1683

-  Nave floor, West end, centre, East of 208H.

-  81(W) x 150(L)~Sound; edges worn.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in upper 20% of surface of a freestone (Horsham?) slab; head to West.

208J Ledger perhaps for J ... CARBONELL, unknown date

-  Nave floor, towards West end, centre, East of 208I, North of 208D.

-  80(W) x 166(L)~Very worn; cracked (West end).

-  Illegible.

208K Mural tablet for Theodosia, Countess of CLANWILLIAM, d. 1817

-  Nave, West wall, North of tower arch, facing East.

-  70(W) x 41(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a white marble tablet, set landscape-wise; incised chamfered border.

-  Theodosia, Countess of Clanwilliam, d. 2 Mar 1817, aet 74.

208L Mural tablet for Charlotte WHELER, d. 1825, and Rev. John WHELER, d. 1818

-  Nave, West wall, below 208K.

-  58(W) x 81(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved, black) on an unframed white marble tablet, set portrait-wise.

-  Charlotte Wheler, d. 14 Nov 1825, aet 79; wife of Edward Wheler, Esq., late member of the Supreme Council in Calcutta; 2 surviving daughters, unnamed; her brother-in-law, Rev. John Wheler, prebendary of Westminster and rector of Mareham le Fenn, Lincolnshire, d. 14 Feb 1818, aet 82.

208M Mural monument for Joseph ARMSTRONG, d. 1804

-  Nave, West wall, near 208G.

-  48(W) x 98(H)~Worn; cracked; dirty.

-  M.I. (11 lines, engraved) on a white marble tablet.

-  Joseph Armstrong, d. 23 May 1804, aet 1; son of unnamed Armstrong, quartermaster of the 6th Dragoons.

208N Mural monument for William HAMSHAR, d. 1738, wives and descendants

-  Nave, West wall, South of 208M; mostly obscured by an organ.

-  (W) unknown x 80(H)~Good (some obscured).

-  M.I. (engraved) on an unframed white marble tablet, set portrait-wise.