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

(217) ROTTINGDEAN, St. Margaret

Norman nave, remainder Early English, much restored by G G Scott, 1856 - Nairn & Pevsner (592-3) and A. Hussey, 'On Rottingdean Church in 1855' (SAC 9 67-70); pavement reported as utterly decayed in 1686; the chancel was repaired by Pelling between 1699 and 1724 (Ford 36, 145); the parish had 28 families in 1724 and a population of 543 in 1801; Horsfield (Sussex I 188) noted unspecified slabs to Beards in the aisle, probably 217A-C.

217A Ledger for Mary BEARD, d. 1772

-  Nave floor, towards East end.

-  96(W) x 203(L)~Fine; diagonal crack.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in upper 25% (W) of a black slab; head to West.

-  Mary Beard, d. 28 Jan 1772, aet 75; wife of Nicolas Beard, Gent.

217B Ledger for Mary BEARD, d. 1726/7

-  Nave floor, against chancel steps.

-  99(W) x 174(L)~Fine.

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

-  Mary Beard, of Chaldners (Challoners), Rottingdean, d. 2 Feb 1726/7, aet 68; widow of Richard Beard, Gent.

217C Ledger for Richard BEARD, d. 1713/4

-  Nave floor, alongside and South of 217B.

-  98(W) x 174(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (10 lines, engraved) in upper (W) 50% of a black slab; head to West.

217D Ledger for Rev. Thomas PELLING, d. 1732

-  Tower floor, centre.

-  98(W) x 200(L)~Good; dirty.

-  Escutcheon, then M.I. (8 lines, engraved, Latin) fills surface of a black slab; head to West.

-  Thomas Pelling, A.M., vicar of Rottingdean, d. 16 Jun 1732, aet 59.

217E Floor slab for Charlotte LOCKWOOD, d. 1827

-  Tower floor, North of 217D.

-  62(W) x 153(L)~Worn; stained.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) on a grey freestone slab; head to West.

217F Mural monument for Elizabeth FOTHERGILL, d. 1800

-  Sanctuary South wall, above head height.

-  87(W) x 145(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (31 lines, engraved, black) fills a white marble tablet set portrait-wise; unframed; engraved, chamfered border; black baseplate; 2 small white corbels.

-  Elizabeth Fothergill, died at Brighton, 2 Oct 1800, aet 59; widow of John Fothergill, Esq., of Handsworth, Staffordshire; issue - 4 sons and 3 daughters, all unnamed; her many virtues, analogies with scriptural Martha and Mary; she died during a short visit to the coast.

217G Mural monument for Mary Susanna Charlotte ROSS, d. 1787

-  Choir, South wall, low down.

-  43(W) x 60(H)~Fine; faded.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved, black) on a freestone slab; unframed.

-  Mary Susanna Charlotte Ross, d. 25 Jul 1787, aet less than 1 year; third daughter of Alexander and Susanna Ross

217H Wall-mounted grave marker for 'E[liz] F[OTHERGILL]', d. 1800

-  Choir, South wall, below 217G, partly obscured by the altar rail.

-  49(W) x 62(H)~Scaling.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a freestone slab.

217I Wall-mounted brass for Fanny HUNTER, d. 1807

-  Choir, South wall, low down.

-  27.5(W) x 22(H)~Fine, polished.

-  M.I. (6 lines, engraved) on a rectangular brass plate, on a wooden mount.

-  Fanny Hunter, died at Brighton, 27 Nov 1807, aet 7; eldest daughter of Thomas Orby Hunter, Esq.