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

(26) BEXHILL, St. Peter

Aisles completed by the Perpendicular period, two bays added in 1878, as was the chancel - Nairn & Pevsner (415-6); condition reportedly fine in 1724 (Ford); extensive alterations, see Ray (SAC 53 61-108); view from North-East in Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 18), with of its present urban setting (BL Add. MS 5676 f.34, by Lambert).

26A Mural monument for Richard ALFRAY, d. 1698

-  South aisle wall, West end, facing East.

-  99(W) x 97(H)~Good; dirty.

-  Moulded and patterned marble frame; M.I. (7 lines, engraved, gilded) in upper 50% of slate panel.

-  Richard Alfray, of Bexhill, d. Battle 17 Apr 1698, aet 22.

26B Mural monument for Thomas MILNER, d. 1722

-  North aisle, West end, on North face of pier, at head height.

-  120(W) x 210(H)~Excellent.

-  Scrolled pilasters with black capitals flank a tablet set portrait-wise with M.I. (12 lines, engraved, black) filling upper 75% of tablet; black cornice and eccentric open scrolled pediment round an achievement; below, splendid scrolled apron with 2 cherub's heads as corbels.

-  Thomas Milner, vicar of Bexhill for 37 years, buried 3 Dec 1722, aet 70; his wife, Rachel, buried 18 Sep 1712, aet 65.

26C Mural monument for Rev. Thomas DELVES, d. 1677/8

-  North aisle, West wall, West end, South of West window, high.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  Black marble tablet, set portrait-wise, with M.I. (15 lines, engraved, gilded); flanking, plain pilasters; above, moulded cornice and moulded open, curved pediment round an achievement; below, black base moulding, then 2 moulded brackets flanking a curved apron with additional M.I. (7 lines, engraved, black).

-  Thomas Delves, vicar of Bexhill for twenty plus years, d. 22 Mar 1677/8, aet 46; his many virtues; his uncle, Nicholas Delves, of London, Alderman and Merchant Taylor.

26D Mural monument for Gillery PIGOTT, d. 1814

-  North aisle, West wall, North of West window, high up.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  Neat, fluted pilasters and upper and lower frame round white marble tablet set portrait-wise filled with M.I. (engraved, black); black decorative border to M.I.; above, modest pilasters and moulded cornice; on top, draped urn in low relief.

-  Gillery Pigott, Esq., d. Hastings 8 May 1814, aet 53; second son of (another) Gillery Pigott, late of Great James St, Bedford Row, London, merchant; his great-grandmother, Isabella, heiress of Thomas Gillery of Newcastle; his wife, Charlotte, daughter of John and Rt. Hon. Lady Mary Archer, of Welford, Berkshire.

26E Mural monument for James CRANSTON, d. 1770

-  North aisle, North wall, North-East corner, high.

-  c.70(W); (H) unknown~Very good; pigment losses.

-  Cartouche; M.I. (12 lines, engraved, black) on convex surface, framed by elegant drapes; arms above; below in centre, fluted, splayed, scrolled bracket.

-  James Cranston, rector of Stowting, Kent for 45 years, b. Feb 1692, died Kewhurst, Bexhill, 8 Dec 1770; son of (another) James Cranston, of Hastings, and his wife Cordelia; his grandfather, Thomas Delves.

26F Mural monument for Thomas PYE, d. 1610

-  North aisle, North wall, at East end, high.

-  71(W) x 75(H)~Excellent.

-  M.I. (10 lines, engraved, black) on a modern panel with a plain block base and decorative top (scrolls, shell).

-  Rev. Thomas Pye, rector of Bexhill, rector of Brightling and prebendary of Selsey, d. 1610; family origins in Staffordshire.

26G Floor mounted brass for William and Samuel SATTERLEY, both d. 1809

-  South aisle floor.

-  25(W) x 40(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) on unframed brass plate, head to West.

-  William Satterley, d. 29 Jan 1809, aet 30; Samuel Satterley, d. 7 May 1809.