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

(212) RINGMER, St. Mary the Virgin

Described by Horsfield (Sussex I 350) as 'Truly Sussex – rude, irregular and ancient'; aisle arcades are 13th-14th century; chancel chapels are Perpendicular (perhaps c.1500 and after 1535); for poor state of fabric and missing tower in view from North-East see Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 132); nave extended West and tower rebuilt in 1884-5, see W.F. Martin, 'Notes on the rebuilding of Ringmer church tower' (SAC 39 197-200), Nairn & Pevsner (587-8) and plan in SNQ (III 117); parish had c.300 communicants in 1603, see Renshaw (Ecclesiastical Returns); c.90 families in 1717; population of 897 in 1801; prominent were the Springetts (sometime Springate), see 212V, etc., of the Broyle who also owned property on Lewes High Street; series at Ringmer especially strong for 17th century and early 18th century.


212A Mural monument for Richard SHADWELL, d. 1785

-  North aisle, West wall.

-  120(W) x 175 (H)~Fair; colour remains on shield below; blacking faded.

-  In black and grey marble; M.I. (engraved, black).

-  Richard Shadwell, Esq., d. 5 Jun 1785, aet 64; his wife, Mary, d. 11 Feb 1777, aet 58; issue: Thomas Shadwell, Esq., d. 3 Apr 1785, aet 32[?]; their last surviving son, Henry Thurloe Shadwell, Esq., d. 1 Oct 1807, aet 51.


212B Wall-mounted brass for Henry Thurloe SHADWELL, d. 1807

-  North aisle, West wall, below 212A.

-  23(W) x 15 (H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) on a brass plate set landscape-wise.

-  Henry Thurloe Shadwell, Esq., d. 1 Oct 1807, aet 51.


212C Ledger for Susanna [?] SHADWELL, d. 1763 [?]

-  North aisle floor, against West wall, below 212B, partly obscured.

-  57(W) x 64(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (at least 6 lines, engraved) on a freestone slab set head to West.


212D Mural monument for Lt-Col. Abraham DU VERNET, d. 1806

-  North aisle, North wall.

-  100(W) x 93 (H)~Very good condition; painted arms partly lost (since 1928?).

-  In white and pale grey marble; M.I. (6 lines, engraved, black) set landscape-wise in an oval tablet; darker grey, rectangular, slate setting; flanked by fluted pilasters, left and right; segmented pediment over with military emblems of cannon and flags in low relief; rose motif on corbels left and right; arms lost from curved basement below.

-  Lt. Col. Abraham Du Vernet, of the Royal Artillery, d. 23 Oct 1806, aet 47.


212E Floor-mounted brass for Mary ELLIOT, d. 1809

-  North aisle, floor, near North door, slab partly obscured by pews.

-  Brass plate 33(W) x 18 (H) on a ledger 85(W) of which visible (H) is 66~Brass - good.

-  Brass plate set irregularly on a black slab, head to West.

-  Mary Elliot, d. 11 Jan 1809, aged 35; daughter of Obadiah and Sarah Eliot, of Middleham, Ringmer.


212F Ledger for Sibylla STAPLEY, d. 1697

-  North transept floor, South-East corner.

-  81(W) x 167(L)~Very good.

-  M.I. on black marble (?) slab set head to West.

-  Sibylla Stapley, d. 24 May 1697, aged 23; youngest daughter of Sir John Stapley, Bart., of Broyle Place, Ringmer and Mary his wife.


212G Ledger for Margaret PLUMER, d. 1669/70, and Mary Plumer, d. 1728

-  North transept floor, South side.

-  93(W) x 184(L)~Fine, legible.

-  M.I. on freestone (Horsham?) slab set head to West.

-  Margaret Plumer, d. 18 Feb 1669/70, aged 58, youngest daughter of John Bulman, Gent., of Hartfield, Gent., and wife of James Plumer, Gent., of [email protected] Also Mary Plumer, d. 8 Aug 1728, aged [?] years, daughter of John Weekes, Gent., of Westfield, Sussex, and wife of Henry Plumer, Gent., of Ringmer.


212H Ledger for Anna SALTER, d. 1658

-  North transept floor, centre.

-  73(W) x 163(L)~Worn; just legible.

-  M.I. (10 lines, engraved, punctuation marks between each word) on pale brown freestone slab (Horsham stone?), set head to West.


212I Ledger for John PLUMER, d. 1676

-  North transept floor, centre.

-  70(W) x 152(L)~Fair.

-  M.I. (6 lines, engraved at top, remainder blank) on brown freestone slab (Horsham stone?), set head to West.


212J Ledger for Thomas NORTON, d. 1641 [?]

-  North transept floor, North side.

-  83(W) x 170(L)~Very worn; pitted.

-  M.I. (5 lines, deeply engraved at top, reminder blank) on freestone (Horsham?) slab.

-  Died 26 Jan 1641 [?].


212K Brasses for Richard MASCALL, d. 1631, and Jane his daughter, d. 1631.

-  North transept, North wall.

-  (a) 66(W) x 47 (H), (b) 15.5(W) x 17 (H), (c) 21(W) x 26 (H), (d) 18(W) x 22 (H)~All fine.

-  A set of brass plates: (a) a large inscribed plate, (b) left-hand heraldic shield, (c) centre heraldic panel, (d) right-hand heraldic shield.

-  Richard Mascall, Esq., of Malling, d. 17 Aug 1631; husband of Francis [sic], daughter of Sir George Paulett, Knight, of Crandol, Hampshire; issue - Henry, Jane, Charitie and Ciseley; also Jane Mascall, d. 11 Mar 1631, aged 10.


212L Mural for Elizabeth JEFFERAY, [c.1620]

-  North transept, North wall.

-  130(W) x 150(H)~Fine; loss of details (from top?), gilding and other colour.

-  In alabaster; kneeling figures flank an obelisk; M.I. (shallow engraved, gilded) on slate panel.

-  Elizabeth Jefferay, d. 23 Sep year not given, aet 40; daughter of Walter Mayney, Esq., of Kent, and wife of Frances Jefferay, Esq., of South Malling.


212M Ledger for John SNOOK, d. 1701

-  North transept floor, North-East corner, partly obscured by later step.

-  75(W) x 91(L) (still visible)~Very worn.

-  M.I. on dark freestone slab (Horsham stone?), set head to West.

-  John Snook, d. 19 Oct 1701.


212N Wall-mounted brass for Rev. John SADLER, d. 1640

-  North-East chapel, South wall.

-  31(W) x 30(H) (brass)~Worn.

-  Well cut brass, in trapezoidal form, in a modern setting.

-  John Sadler, d. 1 Oct 1640.


212O Ledger for Rev. Henry SNOOKE, d. 1727

-  Nave floor, West end.

-  98(W) x 199(L)~Worn: diagonal cracks.

-  M.I. on black (marble?) slab, set head to West.

-  Rev. Henry Snooke, vicar of Ringmer, d. 16 Oct 1727, aet 70.


212P Ledger for Mary SNOOK, d. 1703

-  Nave floor, centre.

-  76(W) x 99(L)~Worn; pitted; legible.

-  Head to West; dark freestone.

-  Mary Snook, d. 4 May 1703.


212Q Ledger for Henry SNOOKE, d. 1763

-  Nave floor, East end.

-  74(W) x 99(L)~Mostly illegible; evenly worn, corners cut.

-  M.I. (engraved, white infill) on a black slab (marble?), set head to West.

-  Henry Snooke, armiger, d. 19 Jan 1763, aet 69.


212R Mural for Richard WYNNE, d. 1679

-  Sanctuary, North wall, at head height.

-  Size?~Faded.

-  An elegant cartouche with a border of scrolls and acanthus; in white marble; at the top, a vase and painted and gilded flame; in the centre, M.I. (20 lines, engraved, black, Latin); cherub's head in centre below; shield-of-arms lost (?) from central corbel.

-  Richard Wynne, armiger, of Guydur, Caernarvon, Wales, d. 5 Aug 1679, aet 65; his wife, Elizabeth, d. 1 Feb 1673, aet 57, daughter of William Campion, of Combwell, Kent.


212S Ledger for Richard WYNNE, undated [1679?]

-  Sanctuary floor, against North wall.

-  84(W) x 207(L)~Cracked but legible.

-  Arms, then M.I. (3 lines, engraved), remainder blank, on slab set head to West.

-  Richard Wynne, Esq., undated.


212T Ledger for Elizabeth CAMPION, d. 1669.

-  Sanctuary floor, North side.

-  84(W) x 200(L)~Sound; very good.

-  Arms, then M.I. (8 lines, engraved) fill upper 80% of black slab (marble?) set head to West.

-  Elizabeth Campion, d. 9 Oct 1669, aet 78; her husband, Sir William Campion; her father, Sir William Stone, of London.


212U Ledger for Elizabeth WYNNE, d. 1673

-  Sanctuary floor, North of centre.

-  98(W) x 200(L)~Sound; very good.

-  Arms, then M.I. (10 lines, engraved) fills most of black slab (marble?) set head to West.

-  Elizabeth Wynne, d. 1 Feb 1673, aet 57; second daughter of Sir William and Elizabeth Campion of Combwell, Kent, and wife of Richard Wynne, Esq.


212V Ledger for Sir Herbert SPRINGETT, d. 1661/2

-  Sanctuary floor, South of centre.

-  116(W) x 206(L)~Sound; very good.

-  Arms, then M.I. (7 lines, engraved) in upper 50% of a black slab (marble?) set head to West.

-  Sir Henry Springett, Bart., d. 5 Jan 1661/2, aet 49; loyal to Church of England, King and Country.


212W Ledger for Elizabeth WHALE [WHALLEY], d. 1660

-  Sanctuary floor, South side.

-  87(W) x 202(L)~Sound; very worn.

-  Arms, then M.I. (6 lines, engraved) in upper 40% of a black marble (?) slab, set head to West.


212X Ledger for Barbara SPRINGETT, d. 1696/7

-  Sanctuary floor, against South wall.

-  84(W) x 171(L)~Sound; worn but legible.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) in upper 40% of a black slab (marble?), set head to West.

-  Barbara Springett, buried 6 Mar 1696/7, aet 85; wife of Sir Herbert Springett, Bart., of the Broyle Place.


212Y Anonymous Ledger, dated 1630

-  South transept floor, North side, West of 212AA.

-  32(W) x 88(L)~Appears complete; worn.

-  M.I. on a cream freestone slab, set head to West.


212Z Mural for Sir Herbert WHALLEY, d. 1689

-  South or Springett chapel, North wall.

-  115(W); height unknown~Very good; some local losses to festoons (right side).

-  In high quality grey marble, an elegant cartouche with 2 cherubim on cornice; other cherubim; garlands.

-  Sir Herbert Whalley, Knt, born in Ringmer, died of a fever, 6 May 1689, aet 28, and interred in Trinity Church, Chester; his parents, John Whalley, Esq., and Elizabeth; his grandparents, Sir Herbert Springett, Bart., and Barbary [sic]; his wife, Dame Lucy Whalley.


212AA Ledger for Thomas SPRINGETT, d. 1643

-  South transept floor, North side, immediately East of 212BB.

-  68(W) x 109(L)~Worn edges.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved) on slate slab, set head to West.

-  Thomas Springett, d. 2 Dec 1643, aet 3; son of Herbert Springett, Esq., of Broyle House.


212BB Ledger for Dame Mary STAPLEY, d. 1708/9

-  South transept floor, North side, immediately West of 212AA.

-  99(W) x 197(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (engraved) on black slab (marble?) set head to West.

-  Dame Mary Stapley, d. 20 Mar 1708/9, aet 72; eldest daughter of Sir Herbert Springett, Bart., and wife of Sir John Stapley, of Patcham, Bart., d. 1700; her issue cited are Mary Dobell and one other daughter, unnamed.


212CC Anonymous ledger, dated 1626

-  South transept floor, below 212EE.

-  53(W) x 86(L)~Cracked; partial remains only?

-  M.I. in upper left corner of a grey freestone slab, set head to West.


212DD Ledger for Mary SPRINGETT, d. 1654

-  South transept floor.

-  (Engraved area) 91(W) x 118(L)~Very cracked, surface partly lost.

-  M.I. (engraved) on freestone slab set head to West.


212EE Ledger for Sir John STAPLEY, d. 1701

-  South transept floor, against South wall.

-  98(W) x 197(L)~Cracked but legible.

-  Head to West; black slab.

-  Sir John Stapley, Baronet, d. 22 Aug 1701, aet 73; his wife, Mary, eldest daughter of Sir Herbert Springett, Bart.; issue 10, unnamed.


212FF Mural for Herbert SPRINGETT, d. 1620

-  South transept, South wall.

-  132(W) x 286(H)~Very good, colour and gilding visible.

-  In coloured marbles, alabaster and other stones; hanging monument; kneeling figure between 2 obelisks; M.I. (shallow engraved, gilded).

-  Herbert Springett, Esq., d. 7 May 1620, aet 65.


212GG Mural for Sir William SPRINGETT, d. 1643

-  South transept, West wall, facing East.

-  100(W) x 230(H)~Fine; colour lost.

-  Hanging epitaph monument in white and grey marbles; frontal bust in oval recess; subject wearing a toga-like costume.

-  Sir William Springett, Knt., d. 3 Feb 1643, aet 23, eldest son of Herbert Springett, Esq.; his wife, Mary, only daughter of Colonel Sir John Preud [Proud], Knt., soldier, and Ann, daughter of Edward Fagge of Ewell, Faversham, Kent; issue John Springett and Guiliema Maria Posthuma Springett.


212HH Mural for Ensign H. D. CRUNDEN, d. 1793

-  South aisle, South wall.

-  110(W) x 250(H)~Good.

-  In white marble; grey back-plate in the form of an obelisk; personification of Pity (Fortitude?) leaning on column; face of column engraved and black.

-  Ensign H. D. Crunden, 11th Regiment of Foot, d. 25 Apr 1793, aet 27; son of Richard Crunden, land agent at Glyndebourne and Ringmer, also churchwarden.