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

(216) ROTHERFIELD, St. Denys

Early 13th century with Perpendicular additions - Nairn & Pevsner (591-2); for plan see SNQ (III 51); condition in 1724 reported to be fine (Ford 179); external view dated 1785, shows the church from a great distance, commanding its village with very sparse building immediately round it, see Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 139); population in 1801 was 1963; ledgers were relocated in the chancel floor during the 19th century.

216A Mural monument for Humphrey FOWLE, d. 1756

-  Sanctuary, North wall, high.

-  c.128(W); (H) unknown~Faded.

-  Large M.I. in grey marble set portrait-wise; flanked by fluted Doric pilasters; gadroon ornament on base moulding; fluted, scroll corbels; above, entablature; triglyphs and blank metopes in frieze; double ogive pediment; escutcheon in Baroque frame.

-  Humphrey Fowle, Esq., magistrate, etc., d. 5 Jul 1756, aet 73; his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Seyliard, Bart., of Boxley Abbey, Kent; their issue - Elizabeth, Humphrey (both dead) and Eleonora.

216B Ledger for Elizabeth FOWLE, d. 1720, and Humphrey FOWLE

-  Sanctuary floor, North-East corner.

-  110(W) x 200(L)~Good.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved) in upper 80% of a black slab; head to West; escutcheon at top.

216C Ledger for Thomas THREELE, d. 1658

-  Sanctuary floor, North of centre, largely obscured by altar.

-  86(W) x 170(L)~Fine.

-  Escutcheon then M.I. (engraved) on a black slab; head to West.

216D Ledger for Mary VINTER, d. 1690

-  Sanctuary floor, South of centre, largely obscured by altar.

-  (Visible) 87(W) x 169(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (engraved) in black slab; head to West.

216E Ledger for Rev. George VINTER, d. 1691/2

-  Sanctuary floor, South end, largely obscured altar.

-  98(W) x 200(L)~Local loss (lower right).

-  M.I. on black slab; head to West.

216F Mural monument for Nicholas FOWLE, d. 1656

-  South choir wall, near South-East corner; high up.

-  128(W) x c.180(H)~Fine; colour; local losses (escutcheon and lower edge).

-  Set portrait-wise in weathered (?), white freestone; M.I. (engraved, Latin) fills a slate panel; moulded frame with slender black panels; cornice with damaged escutcheon; below, between crudely fluted, scrolled corbels, a panel of trophies in relief.

-  Nicholas Fowle, d. 10 Dec 1656, aet 63; eldest son of Anthony Fowle formerly of Newick; his widow, Elizabeth, patron of 216F; Nicholas Fowle's service to Rape of Hastings.

216G Ledger for John WICKHAM, d. 1591/2

-  Choir floor, South side, West end, largely obscured.

-  Inaccessible~Fine.

-  M.I. (engraved) in a black slab.

-  Rev. John Wickham, d. 25 Feb 1591/2, aet unknown; son of Edward Wickham of Swalclif, Oxford; his first wife, Mary Hovenden; their issue - Margaret, Richard, William, Margery, Alice, Elizabeth; his second wife, Martha Cornwalle; issue - Sarah, Mary.

216H Ledger for William FERMOR, d. 1686

-  Nave floor, central aisle, towards East end, carpeted.

-  90(W) x 190(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. on a black slab.

216I Ledger for Jane THWAITES, d. 1828

-  South aisle floor, near font.

-  92(W) x 61(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (6 lines, engraved) fill a small black slab; head to South.

-  Jane Thwaites, d. 25 Jan 1828, aet 68; wife of Henry Thwaites, Esq., of Hamsell.

216J Anonymous undated floor slab

-  On floor, by North door.

-  72(W) x 188(L)~Fine.

-  Iron slab with raised processional crosses, no M.I..