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

(283) WEST HOATHLY, St. Margaret

Norman nave & chancel, Decorated South aisle, 1870 restoration - Nairn & Pevsner (626-7); I.C. Hannah, 'West Hoathly Church' (SAC 76 201-211); in 1852, two slabs recorded by A. Hussey, Notes on the churches in ... Kent, Sussex and Surrey mentioned in the Domesday Book (239), in use as stepping stones to the tower, by 1940 these were affixed to the vestry wall with a third; by the later 1930s, the Victorian fittings were removed and the stone floor replaced to reveal 'gravestones' previously obscured by tiles or woodwork; altar rails obtained in Brighton, probably ex-Barcombe church - SNQ (VI 23); Willatts (SAC 125 102) notes four iron slabs here; the parish had 100 families in 1724 and a population of 794 in 1801.

283A Mural monument for Thomas SAWYER, d. 1705, and two later generations

-  South nave aisle, South-West corner, West wall, high up.

-  75(W) x 180(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved, black) fills a tablet; unframed; set portrait-wise; below, a grey marble base moulding; ornamental apron with volutes, foliage, a black ball finial and small escutcheon; above, moulded cornice and a broken scrolled pediment; lamp in centre.

-  Thomas Sawyer, late of Hoathly Hill, d. 1 Oct 1705; his wife, Mary, d. 24 Mar 1737/8, aet 80; their issue - (sons) Thomas, d. 26 Aug 1728; and Stephen, d. 19 Jun 1761, aet 71; Stephen's widow, Elizabeth, d. 9 Mar 1772, aet 81; their issue, Anne, d. 19 May 1731, aet 3; Stephen, d. 5 May 1772, aet 46.

283B Mural monument for William GRIFFITH, d. 1720/1

-  South nave aisle, West wall, centre, at head height.

-  80(W) x 120(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved, black) on upper 60% of a grey tablet set portrait-wise; moulded frame; domed top and keystone motif; below, an ornamental corbel with escutcheon.

-  Rev. William Griffith, vicar of West Hoathly, d. 4 Mar 1720/1, aet 67; his wife, Anne; their issue - William, d. 28 Mar 1696, aet 5; Gainor, buried 23 Mar 1697/8, aet 10.

283C Mural monument for William CLIFFORD, d. 1802

-  South nave aisle, North-West corner, West wall, high.

-  80(W) x 150(H)~Fine; faded.

-  M.I. (3 lines, engraved, black) on upper 20% of a white tablet set landscape-wise within a dark border; flanked by shallow scrolls; below, a curved apron, small escutcheon, fan decoration and corbels; above, cornice with decorated urn in relief against a dark baseplate with domed top.

-  William Clifford, Gent., of Hoathly Hill, d. 24 Jul 1802, aet 50.

283D Mural monument for George BROOK, d. 1827

-  South nave aisle, West wall, below 263C, at head height.

-  77(W) x 51(H)~Sound; faded; local losses (cornice).

-  M.I. (12 lines, engraved, black) on simple white marble tablet with moulded cornice; black baseplate; 2 small corbels; signed (lower centre): 'WESTMINSTER MARBLE COMPY EARLS ST'.

-  George Brook, Gent., of East Grinstead, d. 5 Jan 1827, aet 77; his widow, Catherine, d. 31 Jan 1846, aet 94; their son, John Charles Brook, d. 27 Sep 1843, aet 56.

283E Wall mounted brass for Agnes FAULCONER, d. 1635

-  Choir, against North wall.

-  Slab: 72.5(W) x 173(H); Brass: 42(W) x 29(H)~Fine.

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved) fill a brass panel set on an iron slab; set portrait-wise.

-  Agnes Faulconer, buried 22 Sep 1635, aet 39; eldest daughter of Richard Infeld, Gent., of Gravetye and his wife, Katherine Compton; and wife of Henry Faulconer, Esq.

283F Anonymous [Thomas?] floor monument, undated

-  Sanctuary floor, against North wall, North-West corner.

-  Inaccessible under radiator~Very worn.

-  Some lettering is visible engraved in surface of a grey freestone slab.

-  Illegible.

283G Ledger for Richard WOOD, d. 1665

-  Sanctuary floor, alongside and South of 263F.

-  62(W) x 133(L)~Pitted; worn; plaster infill.

-  M.I. (engraved) in centre of a brown freestone slab; head to East.

283H Anonymous iron slab, undated

-  Sanctuary floor, alongside and East of 263F.

-  53(W) x 154.5(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (6 lines, scratched) on upper (East) 25% of the surface of a cast iron slab; head to East.

-  Illegible.

283I Anonymous floor monument, d. 1625

-  Sanctuary floor, East of 263G, partly hidden by altar.

-  84(W) x 165(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) on upper (East) 25% of the surface of a grey freestone slab; head to East.

283J Ledger for Elizabeth WOOD, undated

-  Sanctuary floor, South side, alongside and North of 263K.

-  90(W) x 161(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (2(?) lines, engraved) on a brown freestone slab; head to East.

283K Ledger for Richard WOOD, d. 1664

-  Sanctuary floor, against South wall.

-  89(W) x 160(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) on upper (W) 25% of a sandy freestone slab; head to East.

283L Mural monument for an anonymous couple, probably Richard and Katherine INFIELD, undated

-  South aisle, East wall, North of East window, above head height.

-  81(W) x 140(H)~Fine.

-  M.I. (6 lines, shallow engraved, gilded) on a rectangular slate tablet; arrow-head ornament in 4 corners; alabaster surround; gilded strapwork at sides; straight cornice; below, apron (cherub mostly missing); above, an achievement.

-  No names or dates.

283M Wall-mounted iron slab for Richard INFIELD, d. 1619

-  South aisle, South wall, at head height, below window.

-  153(W) x 57(H)~Pitted.

-  M.I. in border around the empty centre of a cast iron slab mounted landscape-wise.

-  Richard Infield, Gent., d. 11 Sep 1619, aet 51.

283N Wall-mounted slab for Richard INFIELD, d. 1624/5

-  South aisle, South wall, West of 263M, at head height, below window.

-  151(W) x 57(H)~Very pitted.

-  M.I. with raised lettering in 3 bands, set landscape-wise.

-  Richard Infield, Gent., d. 11 Mar 1624/5.

283O Wall-mounted ledger for Katherine INFIELD, d. 1623

-  Against the South aisle wall, East of South door.

-  70(W) x 118(H) x 09(D)~Very good.

-  M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in centre of a thick freestone slab painted (?) black.

-  Katherine Infield, d. 16 Oct 1623; daughter of Sir Edward Cullpeper of Wakehurst; and wife of Richard Infield, Gent.

283P Mural monument for Fasham NAIRN, d. 1823

-  South aisle arcade, facing South door, very high.

-  85(W); (H) unknown~Good; local damage (upper left).

-  M.I. (7 lines, engraved, black) on a white tablet of trapezoidal form; block corbels; black baseplate; unsigned; draped urn on cornice.

-  Fasham Nairn, d. 29 Mar 1823, died an infant; son of Fasham Nairn and Mary Dixon Nairn.