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

(11) ASHBURNHAM, St. Peter

11D Wall monument for Jane, Countess of MARLBOROUGH, d. 1672 and her husband William ASHBURNHAM, d. 1679

-  North chapel, against West wall.

-  434(W) x 520(H) x 187(D); (tomb chest) 233(L)~Excellent; local damage.

-  On a white marble tomb chest topped by a polished black ledger, to our left, lies the semi-recumbent effigy of the Countess; to our right, William, in Roman armour, kneels in supplication; behind and above, a baldacchino, topped by an achievement; more arms on the back wall (all in grey marble), being arranged by cherubim, one of whom crowns the Countess; on the face of the tomb chest, M.I. (engraved, black) on a panel with decorative scrollwork; to the sides, on 4 pedestals, trophies as attributes of nobility.

-  Jane, Countess of Marlborough; died before her husband (of 44 years) William Ashburnham, second son of John Ashburnham; no issue; her father, John, Lord Butler of Hertfordshire; her first husband, for 7 years, James, Earl of Marlborough, Lord High Treasurer, etc.