(254) TARRING NEVILLE, St. Mary
An Early English church - Nairn & Pevsner (611); in 1724 it was reported that the chancel was in poor condition (Ford 1182); the parish had 11 families in 1724 and a population of 74 in 1801; members of the Geere family were parsons and land-occupiers at Tarring Neville through several generations (1785 - R. Davey 197); they also held Pett (see List of Rectors at Pett church: 1750 - Augustin Diones Geere; 1774 - Diones Geere); not all of them were wholly virtuous - in 1675, a churchwarden at Rottingdean presented one Dionys Geere as a non-attender at church, see Johnstone (18), and C. Brent (84) notes that someone of that name was charged with assault in the 1790s; note the grave markers for the daughters of the Rev. Dionis Geere II in front of the main altar: 'E.G.', 'A.G.', 'M.G.' and 'G.G.'.
- Chancel floor, centre.
- 101(W) x 200(L)~Very good.
- M.I. (19 lines, engraved) fills a black slab; head to West.
- Diones Geere, of Hayton [sic], d. 5 Jul 1743, aet 69; son of (also) Diones Geere, late of Rottingdean; his wife Dina, d. 29 Dec 1743, aet 60; only son and heir, Rev. Dionysius Geere.
- Chancel North wall.
- 92(W) x 169(H)~Very good.
- M.I. (20 lines, engraved) in upper 80% of a black slab (slate?); moulded stone top set into wall.
- Rev. Diones Geere, rector of South Heighton cum Tarring Neville and rector of Pett, d. 30 Sep 1764, aet 55; his wife, Grace, d. 3 Mar 1794, aet 79; issue - Elizabeth, d. 30 May 1762, aet 16, Anne Tooby, née Geere, d. 25 Sep 1797, aet 50; Grace, d. 30 Jun 1805, aet 54; and Mary, d. 18 Nov 1809 aet 54.