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

(265) UDIMORE, St. Mary

Norman nave with early 13th-century chancel - Nairn & Pevsner (615-6); a view in Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 167); see too VCH (IX 173); Horsfield (Sussex I 512) reports a former South aisle; chancel paving reported to be poor in 1686, especially at East end, repairs undertaken by 1724 (Ford 116); parish had 36 families in 1724 and a population of 321 in 1801; as he passed in 1777, Grose noted the Freebody brasses (265I). 265C, F, G and H refer to the mememto mori in their M.I.s, an unusual thematic concentration.

265A Mural monument for William Cooper WOODHAMS, d. 1826, and his wife Catherine, d. 1870

-  Nave, North wall, above head height.

-  83(W) x 95(H)~Very good.

-  White on black marble; M.I. (engraved, black), final lines added, on tablet with pointed pediment and palmettes; backplate with pointed top and curved apron; a cornice over a trapezoidal panel on a base; signed (lower right): 'J.SMITH RYE'.

-  William Woodhams, of Pelsham House, Peasmarsh, d. 3 Jan 1826, aet 43; his wife, Catherine, d. 1 Feb 1870, aet 78; their issue - 5 children.

265B Mural monument for Sarah and William WOODHAMS, d. 1822 and 1830, and others

-  Nave, North wall, East of 265A.

-  82(W) x 138(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (26 lines, engraved, centred) on a rectangular panel, set portrait-wise on backplate with domed top; moulded cornice over panel; draped urn over; signed (lower right): 'J. SMITH RYE'.

-  Sarah Woodhams, d. 9 May 1822, aet 65; wife of William Woodhams, of Tufton Place, d. 14 Jan 1830, aet 70; their grandsons, William Wilson Woodhams, d. 20 Jan 1815, aet 7 and Peter Waters Woodhams, d. 25 Jul 1821, aet 2; their granddaughters, Catherine Cooper Woodhams, d. 18 Jun 1836, aet 13, and, Eliza Woodhams, d. 15 Dec 1847, aet 22; all children of William Cooper and Catherine Woodhams, Pelsham House, Peasmarsh.

265C Floor-mounted brass for John FREBODYE, d. 1612/3

-  Nave, East end, at foot of pulpit.

-  Slab: 86(W) x 168(L); Brass: 46(W) x 12(L)~Fair.

-  Brasses mounted on a freestone slab; head to the West.

-  John Frebodye, d. 12 Mar 1612/3, aet 57.

265D Wall-mounted brass for Martha JORDEN, d. 1635

-  Nave, North wall, partly obscured by furnishings.

-  Slab (irregular): 65(W) x 100(L)~Very damaged.Brass: 32(W) x 11.5(H)~Fine.

-  M.I. engraved on a brass plate screwed to a cretaceous limestone slab.

265E Ledger for John FREBODY, d. 1621

-  Sanctuary floor, North-East corner.

-  48(W) x 18(H)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) in cream slab; head to East.

-  John Frebody, buried 20 May 1621, son of Richard Frebody, of Udimore; his wife, Ann Pery, daughter of John Pery; no issue.

265F Floor-mounted brass for Sarah BRABON, d. 1626

-  Sanctuary floor, South-East corner.

-  Slab: 70(W) x 131(L)~RepairedBrass: 36(W) x 42(L)~Worn and lifting.

-  M.I. (engraved, Latin and English) on brass plate; set on a black freestone slab; head to East

-  Sarah Brabon, died in childbirth, 14 Oct 1626, aet 24; daughter of John Burdet and Margaret and coheir of William Burdet; and wife of John Brabon, vicar of Udimore; her many virtues.

265G Mural monument for [Mary] MARSHALL, d. 1798

-  Chancel, East wall, South side, facing West.

-  50(W) x 73(H)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) on an oval marble panel; more M.I. in the border; lettering crudely cut.

-  Widow Marshall, d. 9 Mar 1798, aet 98; patron Benjamin Cooper, Gent., of Udimore.

265H Mural for Benjamin COOPER, d. 1799, and his widow Sarah, d. 1837

-  Nave, South wall, West end, close to chancel arch, high.

-  76(W) x c.150(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved) on oval marble plaque; dark grey-green veined baseplate; above, another smaller, heart-shaped panel with motto with a ribbon tie inlayed at top; below, 2 prominent white corbels.

-  Benjamin Cooper, Gent., of Udimore, d. 13 Mar 1799, aet 37; his widow, Sarah, d. 24 Sep 1837, aet 77.

265I Ledger and brasses for John FREEBODY, d. 1578, John Freebody, d 1715/6, and Elizabeth Freebody, d. 1741

-  Nave floor, South-East corner, under 265H.

-  82(W) x 175(L)~Good.

-  M.I. (engraved) on upper 55% of freestone slab; head to West; 2 brass plates attached to East end (upper brass for John Freebody d. 1578; lower brass for John Freebody d. 1715); M.I. on slab for Elizabeth Freebody, d. 1741.

-  John Freebody, d. 28 Sep 1578, aet 80; another John Freebody, Gent., of Knellstone, d. 5 Jan 1715/6, aet 57; one Elizabeth, widow of a John Freebody, d. 5 Feb 1741, aet 85; her son, Thomas Freebody, Gent., of Knellstone, laid the tombstone in 1756.

265J Mural commemorating the children of James SMITH, d. 1832, his wife Hannah, d. 1805, and their children

-  Nave, South wall, East of South door, very high.

-  Inaccessible~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved) on upper 80% of a unframed white marble tablet, set portrait-wise; above, moulded cornice supporting draped urn; black slate backplate with pointed top; base moulding; 2 corbels; signed (lower right): 'HINCLIFF SCULPr HAMSTd Rd LONDON'.

-  James Smith, Esq., of Rye, d. 15 Jan 1832, aet 65; his wife, Hannah, d. 25 May 1805, aet 32; issue - Harriett, d. 6 Nov 1797, an infant; Ann Firminger, d. 20 Oct 1804, aet 4; James Firminger, d. 13 Aug 1808, aet 6; Samuel, d. 8 Feb 1814, aet 22; Charlotte, d. 18 Oct 1818, aet 20; also Mary Woodhams Brazier, d. 6 Jul 1825, aet 32, the wife of William Brazier.