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

(250) STREAT Parish Church

Early history is obscure; over-restored; South aisle of 1854 - Nairn & Pevsner (610-11); view from North-West in Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 155); VCH (VII 115); condition reportedly fine in 1724 when patron was William Dobell of Folkington (Ford 154); the Streat estate was built up by the Dobells during the earlier 17th century (see 250A-B); the manor passed to the Lanes after the marriage of Dr Thomas Lane to William Dobell's niece, Mary, in 1748 - Budgen (Dobell 1ff) and Radcliffe (SAC 66 123-135); the parish had 25 families in 1724 and a population of 112 in 1801; Horsfield (Sussex I 233-4) notes only the Dobell vault on North side of chancel and the M.I.s on coffins (see Additions), curiously, not the monuments.

250A Mural monument for Mary DOBELL, d. 1764

-  Nave North wall, East of North door, above head height.

-  114(W) x 290(H)~Excellent, faded.

-  Much of it in coloured marbles; in centre, a M.I. on white marble framed rectangular panel; below, an ornamental apron with pair of cherubs; above, arms and an urn in low relief; decorated with garlands and rocaille work, all of highest quality.

-  Mary Dobell, d. 20 May 1764, aet 74: widow of William Dobell, Esq.; issue - 1 daughter, still living; her virtues, piety, etc.

250B Mural monument for William DOBELL, d. 1752

-  Nave North wall, East of 250A.

-  170(W) x 310(H)~Excellent; faded.

-  An arch-topped M.I. in moulded frame; decorated borders; below, apron with 3 cherubim; above, a broken pediment enclosing an achievement; on the cornice flaming lamps (left and right); urn in centre; decorated garlands and swags throughout; in marbles, mainly white but also grey, pink and yellow.

250C Mural monument for Thomas LANE, d. 1779, and descendants

-  North chapel, North wall, above head-height.

-  c.87(W) x 197(H)~Excellent.

-  M.I. (22 lines, engraved) on a simple unframed panel; in grey slate apron below, a cherub; above, broken pediment in white and grey marbles, with achievement.

-  Thomas Lane, Esq., M.D., of Southover, Lewes, d. 1779, aet 74; his wife, Mary, d. 1798, aet 84, daughter of Walter Dobell, merchant of London; their son, Thomas Lane, Esq., of Bradbourne Place, Kent, and of Street, d. 11 Jun 1805, aet 50; also, his widow, Mary, died at Southampton, 4 Oct 1833.

250D Ledger for Susannah PENFOLD, d. 1800

-  South aisle floor, now obscured by carpet and, in part, built into the restored church.

-  (Exposed fragment) 68(W) x 75(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a sandstone slab; head to South.

250E Fragment of a ledger for an anonymous subject

-  South aisle floor, near 250D, obscured by carpet.

-  77(W) x 79(L)~Worn, broken.

-  Traces of M.I. (engraved) in freestone slab; head to West.

-  Illegible.

250F Mural monument for John MARCHANT, d. 1793

-  South aisle, South wall, high up.

-  48(W) x 66(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved) on oval slate panel; rectangular moulded stone frame; floral decoration in corners.

-  John Marchant, of Streat, yeoman, d. 25 Jan 1793, aet 66.

250G Mural monument for Richard MARCHANT, d. 1811

-  South aisle, South wall, high-up, below 250F.

-  104(W) x 67(H)~Cracked, pitted, faded.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a rectangular unframed stone tablet.

-  Richard Marchant, d. 14 Mar 1811, aet 38; son of John Marchant and Philadelphia; his wife, Emma, d. 25 May 1848, aet 67.

250H Mural monument for Philadelphia MARCHANT, d. 1805

-  South aisle, South wall, high up, alongside 250F-G.

-  48(W) x 66(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. as for 250F.

-  Philadelphia Marchant, d. 8 Nov 1805, aet 64; wife of John Marchant.

250I Fragment of a ledger for an anonymous subject

-  South aisle floor, West end, obscured by carpet.

-  78(W) x 63(L)~Worn.

-  Traces of M.I. (engraved) in freestone slab; head to West.

-  Illegible.

250J Ledger stone for Ann TILDEN, d. 1772

-  Nave floor, centre.

-  56(W) x 99(L)~Worn, faded.

-  M.I. 5 lines, engraved) in centre of a sandstone slab; head to West.

-  Ann Tilden, d. 13 Dec 1772, aet 76.

250K Iron ledger for Sarah SAUNDERS, d. 1731/2

-  Nave floor, East of centre.

-  53(W) x 149(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (14 lines, low relief) on 75% of an undecorated cast-iron slab with indented edge; head to West.

-  Sarah Saunders, d. 8 Feb 1731/2, aet 56; daughter of Thomas Saunders, Gent., of Wadhurst.

250L Iron ledger for Martha GOTT, d. 1732/3, and descendants

-  Nave floor, at chancel step.

-  108(W) x 214(L)~Very good.

-  Of unusually large size; M.I. (24 lines, centred) in raised relief on an undecorated cast iron slab.

-  Martha Gott, d. 11 Feb 1732/3, aet 78; eldest daughter of Thomas Western, Esq., and widow of Peter Gott, Esq.; issue - third son, Thomas Gott, Esq., d. 19 Mar 1733, aet 49; sixth son, Robert, d. 14 Jan 1714/5, aet 21; surviving - Maximilian, William, Martha, wife of William Hugessen Esq., Mary and Sarah, unmarried; also Elizabeth, d. 27 Aug 1754 aet 75.

250M Ledger for Maria DOBEL, d. 1639/40

-  Nave floor, North of chancel step.

-  50(W) x 83(L)~Worn, pitted.

-  M.I. (engraved) in West 50% of a freestone slab.

250N Ledger for Barbara DOBEL, d. 1636

-  Nave floor, South of chancel step.

-  38(W) x 53(L)~Fine, pitted.

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