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

(21) BECKLEY, All Saints

13th-century aisle arcades with Victorian dormers - Nairn & Pevsner (412-13) and a modern chapel South of chancel; plan in SNQ (XI 33); reportedly fine in 1686 (Ford); by 1724, chancels of both the rector and Sir John Shelley, Bart. in need of repair; external view by Grimm 1784, BL Add. MS 5670 f.13, see Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 17); in 1777, Grose found nothing worth drawing (Farrant 120); the consistent widths of the ledgers 21F-21I suggest that they have been relocated as a group.

21A Mural monument for Samuel REEVES, d. 1823 and his wife Elizabeth, d. 1836

-  South aisle wall, West of the South door; at head height.

-  77(W) x 67(H)~Very good; fading.

-  A grey marble panel on rectangular slate backplate; straight cornice; M.I. (6 + 5 lines, engraved); unsigned.

-  Samuel Reeves, Gent., d. 8 Apr 1823, aet 67; his wife Elizabeth, d. 12 Aug 1836, aet 90, daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Waters.

21B Mural monument for Richard POLLARD, d. 1794

-  North-East chapel, West wall; above head height.

-  70(W) x 174(H)~Very good, water staining (edges), faded.

-  In marble; above, an urn in half-relief on a block base; a convex oval panel set portrait-wise, bordered with black inset squares; below, a corbel decorative with foliage and hemispheres; M.I. (11 lines, engraved very shallow, black).

21C Mural monument for Mildred LEWIS, d. 1826

-  South sanctuary, North wall, West end; above head height.

-  71(W) x 45(H)~Very good.

-  A white marble panel on a black baseplate; M.I. (10 lines, engraved, black); signed (lower left): 'M.Vidler. SC. Hastings'.

-  Mildred Lewis, d. 9 Oct 1826, aet 77; widow of Rev. H. Lewis; and sister of the late Rev. Dr Bethune of Rowfant House, Sussex.

21D Mural monument for Elizabeth HOOPER, d. 1819

-  Sanctuary North wall, centre, above head height.

-  77(W) x 90(H)~Fine; fading.

-  Unframed; white marble on a black baseplate set portrait wise; M.I. (19 lines, engraved, black).

-  Mrs Elizabeth Hooper, of Hailsham, d. 8 Oct 1819; financial details of her charitable donation.

21E Mural monument for Odiarne HOOPER, d. 1769 and many descendants

-  Sanctuary North wall, East end, above head height.

-  151(W) x 210(H)~Good; faded.

-  In mixed marbles; below, coloured hard-stone decorative; above the M.I., a fluted frieze; a moulded entablature between the 2 M.I.s; coloured heraldry on apron.

-  Odiarne Hooper, clerk, d. 2 Aug 1769, aet 68; Ann, his wife d. 4 Mar 1775, aet 75; their issue - Odiarne, son, d. 19 Dec 1734, aet 12; John, son, died an infant; Mary, daughter, d. 21 Jun 1749, aet 21; Ann, daughter d. 22 Aug 1760, aet 14; John, d. 29 Dec 1766, aet 36; Thomas, d. 2 Nov 1803, aet 78; Elizabeth d. 8 Nov 1819, aet 84.

21F Ledger for Thomas and Mary HOOPER, undated [post 1753]

-  Choir floor, East end.

-  114(W) x 198(L)~Sound, worn.

-  Escutcheon, then M.I. (Latin, engraved) fills surface of a black slab; head to West.

-  Thomas Hooper, A.M., vicar of Beckley (52 years), died aet 79; son of Thomas Hooper of Mayfield; his wife, Mary Lloyd of London; their issue - 7 children, including Odiarne.

21G Ledger for Walter WATERS, d. 1772 and his family

-  Choir floor, West end.

-  114(W) x 195(L)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved) fills surface of a black slab; head to West; final 5 lines added after 1811.

-  Walter Waters, Gent., d. 11 Aug 1772, aet 67; his wife, Elizabeth 21 Jan 1785, aet 78; their issue - John, d. 25 Dec 1764, aet 21; Young, d. 16 Sep 1767, aet 29; Walter, d. 8 Mar 1774, aet 32; Mary, d. 13 Aug 1811 aet 76.

21H Ledger for Elizabeth LLOYD, d. 1720

-  Nave floor, East end.

-  114(W) x 199(L)~Good, some wear.

-  Escutcheon, then M.I. (Latin, engraved) fills 90% of a black slab; head to West.

-  Elizabeth Lloyd, d. 31 Mar 1720, aet 85; daughter of John Odiarne of Wittersham, Kent, and his wife Thomasina [?], daughter of William Davy of Hobbs, Beckley; and wife of Gerard Lloyd, d. c.1676; their issue - Elizabeth.

21I Ledger for Thomas HOOPER, d. 1803 and his sister Elizabeth, d. 1819

-  Nave floor, centre.

-  114(W) x 198(L)~Worn but legible, large crack across centre.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved) in upper 30% of a black slab; head to West.

-  Thomas Hooper, clerk, rector of Beckley d. 2 Nov 1803, aet 78; Elizabeth Hooper of Hailsham, d. 8 Nov 1819, aet 84.

21J Ledger for John HOLMAN, no date

-  Nave floor, West of centre.

-  85(W) x 171(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (?6 lines, engraved) at West end of a black slab; head to West.

21K Anonymous ledger, no date

-  Nave floor, opposite South door.

-  66(W) x 174(L)~Very worn; cracked from East to West (South side).

-  Cream freestone slab.