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

(244) STANMER Parish Church

The church underwent a radical remodelling in 1838 - Nairn & Pevsner (460-1); for a view from the North-East see Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 150); Samuel Tufnell (d.1765) who supplied the house with a chimney piece in 1725 cannot have made any of the monuments here, Gunnis (Dict. 401); for other aspects of the manorial context see S. Berry 'Stanmer House and Park, East Sussex ...c.1710-1805' (SAC 143 239ff); c.1760, the village comprised nine houses and one farm; in 1801 the population was 105; Horsfield, visiting just before the remodelling, mentions no monuments at Stanmer.

244A Mural monument for Sir John PELHAM, d. 1580, his wife and his son Oliver, d. 1584/5

-  North aisle wall, at head height.

-  c.118(W) x c.176(H)~Fine; many repairs.

-  At the top, an achievement on a circular plate with a scrollwork base; below this, an entablature on Doric columns, framing three figures kneeling at a prayer-desk (2 male to the left, 1 female to the right); below, M.I. (many lines, engraved, black) on apron below; arms; at the foot, as a corbel, a decorative panel with Latin motto.

-  Sir John Pelham, d. 13 Oct 1580; husband of Judith, daughter of Oliver St. John of Bletsowe, Bedfordshire; their issue, Oliver Pelham, d. 19 Jan 1584/5.

244B Engraved Brass for Deborah GOFFE, d. 1626

-  Sanctuary North wall.

-  26(W) x 12(H)~Fine.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved, white) within a beaded moulded decorative frame; below, an empty field.

-  Deborah Goffe, d. 8 Nov 1626, aet 39; wife of Stephen Goffe, preacher.

244C Floor mounted brass for Edward MICHELBOURNE, d. 1700

-  Sanctuary floor, before altar.

-  Slab: 100(W) x 199(L); Brass plate: 34(W) x 29(H)~Very good.

-  Arms and M.I. (4 lines, engraved) in upper 50% of a circular brass plate set on a black slab; head to West.

-  Edward Michelbourne, Esq., d. 1700, aet 63.

244D Mural Monument for Elizabeth SCRASE, d. 1732

-  Sanctuary, South wall, at head height.

-  c.75(W) x c.190(H)~Very good.

-  Arms painted on a lozenge on a white marble mount, resting on a black unframed oval panel; M.I. (engraved); below, a decorated white marble corbel with another (metal) escutcheon on a hard stone ball finial; signed (lower right): 'HARGRAVES LEWES'.

-  Elizabeth Scrase, d. 17 Aug 1732, aged 43, daughter of Charles Harison, Esq., and Catherine, of Lewes; widow of William Scrase, buried at Brighton; and brother of Charles Harison, Esq., of Sutton; her son, Henry, d. 23 May 1793, aged 68.