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

(280) WEST DEAN (Nr Eastbourne), All Saints

Aisleless; Norman nave and early 14th-century chancel - Nairn & Pevsner (621-22), see plan in SNQ (IV 237) and views in BL Add. MS 5671 f.80; 5676 f.70; fabric reportedly fine in 1686 (Ford 51 & 183) and again in 1724, when there were just 8 families in the parish and when the patrons (by rotation) were William Dobell, Sir George Parker and Thomas Willard (Ford); the population had risen to 88 in 1801; with the Shurley tomb at Isfield, 280C-D are the most important set of early 17th-century monuments in East Sussex.


280A Ledger for Edward ALLFREY, d. 1728/9, and his father Edward, d. 1696

-  South entrance porch floor.

-  100(W) x 182(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (11 lines, engraved.) in upper 50% of a black slab; head to West.

-  Edward Allfrey, Jnr., of Charlestone, d. 18 Mar 1728/9, aet 59; son of Edward Allfrey, Snr., of West Dean, d. 7 Jul 1696, aet 65.


280B Ledger for members of the HARISON family, c.1796-99

-  Centre of nave floor, West end.

-  100(W) x 203(L)~Stone fine; lettering worn.

-  Escutcheon then M.I. (14 lines [8 lines + 6 lines], engraved) in a freestone slab; head to East.

-  Catherine Harison and Elizabeth Harison, d. 1796, daughters of Charles Harison, Esq. and Jane his wife; also Sarah Frances Harison, d. June 22 1798; Jane Harison, d. Dec 1800; Mary Tomkinson, d. 1828, aet 84; Rebecca Harison, d. 1834, aet 97.


280C Mural monument for Susan TIRREY, d. 1637

-  Nave, North wall, near chancel steps, at head height and above.

-  123(W) x 205(H)~Very good; some damage to upper moulding of plinth, lower left.

-  In alabaster and coloured marbles around a M.I. (29 lines, Latin, engraved on slate); above, an achievement and swag within a broken, curved pediment; below, herms flank the M.I., partly obscured by allegorical figures of Labour (left) and Rest, with shovel and torch, the latter with one foot on a death's head, standing on large brackets; below, a scrolly apron with a cherub.

-  Susan Tirrey, died 1637; daughter of William Thomas, armiger, of West Dean; and wife of George Tirrey, of Grays Inn; her many virtues.


280D Mural Monument for William THOMAS, d. 1639/40 and his wife Anne, d. 1625

-  Sanctuary, against South wall.

-  285(W) x 390(H)~Generally very good; local damage to lower projecting mouldings and angels' wings; colour visible throughout.

-  2 kneeling, robed figures at a prayer desk, (William Thomas to East; Ann Thomas to West); on back wall, a black engraved M.I. tablet with scrollwork frames, death's head and escutcheon; in the coffered arch, a scrolled keystone; 2 columns. with black shafts flanking and beyond them, allegorical figures (angels); below, a deeper, then a lesser basement with 2 escutcheons to left and right, set at an angle, and 3 decorative panels of black touch with M.I.s (engraved); above, an entablature with segmented pediment and a large centred achievement.

-  William Thomas, armiger, d. 19 Feb 1639/40, aged 60; his wife of 22 years, Anne, d. 29 Aug 1625, aet c.49, daughter of John Michelborne, Gent., of Chichester, Gent.; their issue - William, Ann, Mary, Susan, Francesca, Elizabeth.