St John the Baptist
Monuments and Memorials
On the north wall, to the east of the organ, is a brass plaque to George Mower who died in 1752 aged 14:
Obiit Quarto Nonarum Augusti
Anno Domini 1752
Here in the compass of Life’s narrow Span,
Learn how delusive are the hopes of Man.
A Youth with choicest talents born to please,
With gentlest Manners blest, & native Ease.
Snatch’d in his bloom, descends an early prey,
To Death’s dread Empire, & despotic Sway.
Infirm of Body, but of vig’rous Mind,
By Nature docile, & by Arts refind.
Early remov’d from his terrestrial Home,
He now expatiates in a life to come.
To the west of the organ is a brass plaque to Bill Ward (1978):
IN LOVING MEMORY
ALFRED HUGH (BILL) WARD
& CHURCH WARDEN
1905 – 1978
Above this plaque is a brass plaque to Robert Burrow Atkinson (1939):
THE ELECTRIC BLOWER
FOR THE ORGAN WAS PRESENTED
BY MARY ANN ATKINSON
IN LOVING MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND
ROBERT BURROW ATKINSON
WHO DIED AT CLARBOROUGH HALL
14th NOVEMBER 1939
IN HIS 80th YEAR
In 1828 J. S. Piercy recorded the following floor stones in the chancel. They were probably removed at the restoration of the church.
Beneath the altar rails:
|Here lyeth the body of EDMUND BROWSE, who died the 4th of Feb. 1677.
On another adjoining, surmounted by a shield:
|Here is interred the body of Mr. ROBERT MOWER, who departed this life the 7th July, 1748, aged 39 years.
Within the altar rails:
|Here lieth the body of JANE SMITH, daughter of Mary Southworth, and daughter in law to Edward Southworth, of Wellam, who died the 17th of May, 1673.
Adjoining the above:
|Here lieth the body of ELIZABETH SOUTHWORTH daughter of Edward Southworth, and Mary, his wife, of Wellom, who died the 7th of June, 1675.
Inside the altar rails to the north:
|Sacred to the memory of JOHN THOROLD, Esq. Ob.. June, 14, 1812, aged 29 years: of Rev. CHARLES THOROLD, late of Peter House, Cambridge, ob. May 9, 1820, aged 32 years: the third and fourth sons of Samuel Thorold, Esq. and of Susannah his wife. Also to the memory of Mrs ELIZABETH GOODACRE, ob. Sept. 13, 1815, aged 95 years; the mother of the above Susannah Thorold.
Without the altar rails:
|Sacred to the memory of SAMUEL THOROLD, of Welham, Esq. son of the late Sir John Thorold, bart, of Cranwell, in the county of Lincoln, died 18th January, 1825, in the 76th year of his age.
A fragment of a marble and slate monument to members of the Outybridge family is affixed to the north wall of the ringing chamber. It shows a draped woman bowed over an urn and was, according to Pevsner, made by the Fishers of York.
The inscription is missing. J. S. Piercy, writing in 1828, records that it read:
|Here lies interred the body of
THOMAS OUTYBRIDGE, late of Bollom House,
who died the 27th August, 1772, aged 43 years.
CATHARINE, the daughter of the said Thomas Outybridge,
and Catharine his wife, died the 9th July, 1766, aged 5 months.
THOMAS their son, died the 15th July, 1771, aged 5 months.
MILDRED their daughter, died the 26th Dec. 1772, aged 3 years and 10 months.
Catharine their daughter, died the 1st January, 1773, aged 7 months.
Not lost, but gone before.
In a dormitory beneath this place,
are deposited the earthly remains of Mary Outybridge,
the only surviving child of the said Thomas Outybridge,
and Catharine his wife,
she departed this life the 21st of August, 1808, aged 41 years.
"Thou fair example from thy early youth,
Of modest wisdom, and pacific truth,
Compos’d in sufferings, and in joy sedate,
Thy faith and hope in God and Christ was great.
Go that where only bliss sincere is known,
Go where to love and to enjoy are one.
Yet take these tears, mortality’s relief,
And till I share thy bliss, forgive my grief.
This small remembrance on this at one receive,
‘Tis all a mother, all a friend can give."
After a weary pilgrimage on earth,
here rest the remains of Cath. Harrison,
mother of the above named children,
who she humbly hopes to meet in heaven
died 18th Sept. 1825, aged 78.