Monuments and Memorials
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Key to Monuments
1.A worn cross slab set upright against the internal face of the west wall perhaps of the late 12th or earlier 13th century (see the Archaeology section for further information).
2.A badly damaged cross slab (see the Archaeology section for further information). Godfrey, writing in the early 1900s, described it 'having a fleurated cross with a shield of arms on either side. The dexter shield is entirely defaced, but on the sinister shield two small vessels with handles and feet are plainly seen. Of the marginal inscription only the word "Isabelle" is legible.' It is likely to be a memorial to Isabelle, the daughter of George Monboucher and wife of Sir John Clifton who fell at the battle of Shrewsbury in defence of King Henry IV in 1403.
3.To the north is a much worn incised slab bearing the figure of a woman. This slab probably commemorates Isabella who was the daughter of Sir Robert Francis and wife of Sir Gervase Clifton, who died in 1457. According to Thoroton the inscription read:
Hic jacet Isabella filia Roberti Fraunceis uxor Gervasii Clifton, militis, filii Domini Johannis Clyfton, militis, quae obiit 13 Junii 1457
4.Another badly damaged floor slab, near the east wall of the transept, shows the figure of a woman. It is probably dedicated to the memory of Lady Alice Clifton, sister of William Booth, Archbishop of York from 1452-1464. She was the wife of Sir Robert Clifton and died in 1470. Thoroton records the inscription as reading:
Hic jacet Domina Alicia Clifton, filia Johannis Bothe, Ar. Soror bonae memorie Domini Willielmi Bothe, Ebor. Archiepiscopi, & uxor Domini Roberti Clifton, militis, quae obiit 9 Sept. 1470
5.Close to this slab are two brasses in memory of Lady Alice's husband Robert, who died in 1478, and their eldest son, Sir Gervase who died in 1491.
Both of these brasses bear inscriptions in Latin, bidding the observer to pray for their souls and refer to the founding of the college of chaplains that both father and son participated.
The inscription relating to Sir Gervase reads:
|Orate pro aia Gervasii Clyfton militis filii et heredis Robti Clyfton militis ffundator collegii de Clyfton finiti
et stabilit p doni Gervasiu qui obiit in domo fratrum p’dicator apud london duodecimi die mese maii Ao. dni M°CCCC
lxxxxi cui corpus abinde p Agnetam filiain Rob’ti Constable de fflamburgh militis secunde uxor ejusdem
Gervasii et alios ejus executores juxta voluntatem suam istut honorifice et decent conductu fuit et sub hoc lapide
marmoreo hic humatu cuius anime ppiciet deus pro cuius quidem Agnetis pspitate dum vixit et p’ejus anima
cum ab hac luce migravit Speciales ordinantur memorie et oraciones per Gardianum et Capellanos
collegii pdci juxta composicoem et statuta inde ordinat ppetuis futuris temporibus devote fiende
6.The brass commemorating Sir Robert bears a short inscription and represents a knight in full armour with a greyhound at his feet:
|Orate pro anima Roberti Clyfton militis fundator triu capplor collegii in hac ecclia qui obiit nono die mensis Aprilis anno domini millimo CCCClxxviii cuius anime propiciet de ame.
7.Along the north wall of the transept are two fine alabaster tomb chests. The tomb on the east side is to the memory of Alice, daughter of Thomas Nevill of Rolleston, and the first wife of Sir Gervase Clifton. There is no inscription but the arms on the side of the tomb are of Clifton and Nevill, and Clifton impaling Nevill, 'making the identification certain,' according to Cox.
8.To the west of Alice's effigy lies a beautifully finished recumbent alabaster effigy of 'a knight in armour, at his feet is a crouching lion, beneath his head a peacock, on his surcoat a lion rampant and upon his helmet the Clifton crest.' Cox suggest this late 14th century effigy may represent either Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1391) or Sir John Clifton who was killed at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403.
9.To the south of these effigies is a large tomb chest, bearing the recumbent effigy of Sir Gervase Clifton (1518-1588/89) with his two wives, Mary and Winifred, on either side.
The tomb has the following inscription around its upper edge:
|Here lyeth the bodies of Sr gervies clifton of clifton in the County of nott knight of dame mary his first wife daughter of Sr John nevell of Cheete in the County of yorke knight & of dame winifryde his second wife the daughter and heire of willm thwaites of oulton in the County of Suffolke esquire wth dame mary deceased [...] of April [anno] domine 1564 the sayd Sr gervies deceased the xxth of January 1587 and the Sayd dame Winifreyde deceased the [...] of [...] anno domini 1[...] whose soules we hope rest in god our Saviour.
On one side of this tomb are depicted the figures of three sons, Gervase, Robert and Anthony who died in childhood and two daughters, Elizabeth and Frances. On the other side of the monument are four shields commemorating the Clifton family, the Thwaites and the Seagrave families.
10.Beneath the monument to Sir Gervase, on the north side, is a small brass dedicated to George, the only son of Sir Gervase the Gentle. He died in 1587 at the age of 20, but six years before had married Winifred, daughter of Sir Anthony and Lady Anne Thorold. Winifred, three months after his death, bore a son, yet another Gervase. The inscription reads:
Here lyeth George Clifton Esquire who was sonne & heire apparent of Sr
Gervis Clifton of Clifton Knight & Dame Wynyfrid his wife who maried
Wynyfride ye daughter of Sr Antony Torold & Dame Anne his wife one of ye
daughters & heires of Sr John Constable of Kynolton knight which George had
Issue by his said wiffe Gervis Clifton and died at Clifton the fift daie of August
Anno 1587 and was of thage of xxth yeres and seven monethes
11.On a floor slab is the following inscription:
THIS STONE COVERETH THE BODY OF DAME ANNE THOROLD
DAVGHTER OF SR IOHN CONSTABLE OF KINOLTON KNT AND
SOLE HEYRE TO HER MOTHER WHO WAS DAVGHTER & COHEIR
VNTO SOTHELL ESQR & WIDDOW OF SR ANTHONY THOROLD
OF MARSTON IN THE COVNTY OF LINCOLNE KNT THE MOST
LOVEING & CAREFVLL GRANDMOTHER OF SR GERVAS CLIFTON
KNT & BARRONETT WHO LAID THE SAME FOR HER BEING A LADY
FOR HER PIETY & EXEMPLAR VERTVES WORTHY TO BE HAD
IN PERPETVALL REMEMBRANCE & DIED HEER AVGVST 1611
12.Against the west wall is a large monument to the memory of the first three wives of Sir Gervase Clifton (1587-1666), the first Baronet. The wives were Penelope (d.1613), Frances (d.1627) and Mary (d.1630).
Godfrey comments that ‘This hideous structure was originally placed against the south wall of the chancel, between the east end and the door opening into the Clifton vault, and has been recently (around 1887) removed to its present position. The arms appear to have been re-painted, and differ from those shown in Thoroton’s engraving of the tomb.’ Beneath the sarcophagus is a well carved representation in marble of a grating containing six skulls and some broken bones.
The inscription on the monument is in Latin and reads:
MEMORIAE CONSERVANDAE CAVSA
DILECTISSIMARVM SIBI CONIVGVM
PENELOPES FILIAE ROBERTI COMITIS WARWICENSIS ET PENELOPES VXORIS EIVS
FEMINAE TVM CORPORIS TVM ANIMI EGREGRIA PVLCHRITVDINE CONSPICVS
CVAE CVM CONVIXISSET MARITO ANNOS:V:PEPERISSITQE EI VNICVM FILIVM
GERVASIVM, MORTVA EST, ET HIC CONDITVR:
OBIIT XXVI DIE OCTOBRIS ANNO SALVTIS MDCXIII AETATIS SVA XXIII
FRANCISCAE, FRANCISCO ET GRISILDA COMITE ET COMITISSA CVMERIAE GENITAE
NOBILISSIMAE, PRVDENTISSIMAE, PIENTISSINAE, FEMINAE, QVAE RELICTA
PROLE MARGARETA, FRANCISCA, ANNA, CLIFFORDO ET LAETITIA
MIGRA WIT EX HAC VITA XXII DIE NOVEM:ANNO DO MDCXXVII
AETATIS SVA XXXIII ET EODEM CONDITVR
MARIAE, FILIAE IOHANNIS EGIOKE DE EGIOKE IN COMITAT WIGORNIAE
ARMIGERI ET ANNAE VXORIS EIVS FRANCISCI LEEKE DE SVTTON IN
AGRO DERBENSI EQVITIS AVRATI VIDVAE LECTISSIMAE FEMINAE,
AETATIS IN SENECTVTEM INCLINATAE ANIMI IN MARITI LIBEROS
MATERNI MORTVA EST XIX DIE IANVARII ANNO DO MDCXXX
ET SEPVLTA IN TEMPLO DIVI EGIDII LOND
ILLIS QVIDEM MONVMENTVM
SIBI VERO EST MEDITAMENTVM
INTER SEPVLCRA MAIORVM SVORVM QVI PER ANNOS PLVS QVAM
SEXCENTOS EQVESTRI DIGNITATE VILLAM HANC INCOLVERVNT
POSVIT GERVASIVS DE CLIFTON EQVES AVRATVS ET BARROXETTVS
EXPECTA TOT (TERRA) MEIS MAIORIBVS CREA
TANDEM ME LIVSDEM HINC ORDINIS ATQ LOCI
ET SIMILEM QVOD SI QVISQVAM CONCEDERE NOLIT
MVNERIS ECCE TVI EST, VT SIMILEM FACIAS
13.A partly defaced floor stone, dedicated to Sarah, wife of Robert Clifton, who died November 1703.
14.A floor slab inscribed:
|HERE lies the Body of
Mrs. CATHERINE MOISES
who died Septr ye 29th, in the
Year of our Lord 1757
15.On the east wall of the transept is a slate tablet to Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Clifton (d.1944) and his wife:
In sacred memory of
PERCY ROBERT CLIFTON
Lord of the Manors of
Clifton, Wilford and Barton
Born 9 December, 1872
Died at Clifton 10 November, 1944
and of EVELYN MARY AMELIA his wife
Born 11 June 1876 : died 6 January 1969
16.Next to this tablet is another to Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Clifton (d.1996) and his wife:
In loving memory of
PETER THOMAS CLIFTON
Grenadier Guards, Clifton
C.V.O. D.S.O. D.L.
Son of PERCY and EVELYN
Born 24th January, 1911 :
Died 5th November 1996
and of PATRICIA MARY his wife
Born 17 March 1915 : Died 12 Nov. 2003
17.The nurse to Mr. Robert Clifton, Ellin Simson, who died in 1721:
Nere this place
Lies the body
of Ellin Simson
She Was Nurs: to
Mr Roberd Clif-
ton. She died: Oct
ye 16 Aged 84 : 1721
18.George Wells, who was a family friend of the Clifton family and founder of the almshouses for the benefit of the poor, unmarried women in the parish of Clifton in 1709. He died in 1712. The inscription reads:
Toth Clifton Family a friend
Sincere & Constant to ye end
would you know whoth Inscription tells
Here lyeth ye Body of GEORGE WELLS
who died June ye 16th Aged 69 years
Anno Dom 1712
Plants and all Creatures from ye silly fly :
to man Earths noblest Creature all must die :
but man alone must rise to woe or bliss :
Consider then of what Import this is :
& live so here that you may ever bee :
partaker of a blest eternity :
19.A damaged tablet to Thomas Baseldine who died in 1693:
To This place lies
The Body of
He Departed This
20.Also fixed to the east wall is a slate grave marker to Richard Attenbrow and members of his family:
BLESSED ARE Ye DEAD wch die in ye Lord
HERE LIES INTER’D Ye BODY
OF RICHARD ATTENBROW
WHO DIED JAN THE 12.1728. Aged 56 year[s]
Afflictions Sore long time I bore
Phisitions were in vain
Till death gave ease as God did please
To ease me of my pain
GEORGE SON OF RICH: ATTENBROW
ABOVESD BY ELIZ: HIS WIFE HE DIED
MAR: THE 3d 1720. IN Ye 7th YEAR OF HIS AGE
JOSHUA SON OF RICH: ATTENBROW BY
ELIZ:HIS WIFE DIED JUNE Ye 8. 1728 A INFANT
21.A wooden cross commemorating Able Seaman Cecil Reckless been fixed to the north wall. The inscription reads:
CECIL RECKLESS. ABLE SEAMAN
22.On the west wall of the chancel is a small brass plate dedicated to a former rector of Clifton, Robert Thirlby, who died in October 1675:
Hic Jacet Corpus Reverendi
Viri ROBERTI THIRLBY Hujusce
Ecclesiae Nuper Rectoris, Qui
Obijt Decimo Nono Die
Octobris Anno Dom: 1675
23.There are three tablets on the north wall of the chancel. The westernmost tablet remembers Mary Parry, who died 9 November 1850 aged 81:
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY, WIFE OF HENRY PARRY, ESQRE
LATE OF THE BENGAL CIVIL SERVICE:
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT LEAMINGTON SPA, WARWICKSHIRE,
ON THE 9TH OF NOVEMBER 1850, IN THE 81ST YEAR OF HER AGE.
UNIVERSALLY BELOVED AND RESPECTED.
HER REMAINS ARE INTERRED NEAR THIS SPOT.
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED AS AN EARNEST TRIBUTE OF
FILIAL LOVE TO ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST EXEMPLARY OF MOTHERS
BY HER THREE DEVOTEDLY AFFECTIONATE AND GRATEFUL CHILDREN
GEORGE, MARY–ANNE, AND EDWIN.
24.A further tablet is dedicated to the memory of Henry Parry Denniss Esq., Lieutenant in the 43rd Regiment of the Light Infantry. He died at Hastings on 11 June 1849 aged 26;
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY PARRY DENNISS, ESQRE.
LIEUTENTANT IN THE 43RD REGIMENT OF LIGHT INFANTRY;
THE BELOVED ELDEST SON OF THE
REVD EDWIN P. DENNISS, B.C.L. RECTOR OF THIS PARISH,
AND MARIANA, HIS WIFE.
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE, AT HASTINGS, IN SUSSEX,
ON THE 11TH DAY OF JUNE 1849,
IN THE 26TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.
THIS SIMPLE TABLET IS ERECTED IN TESTIMONY
OF THE FERVENT LOVE, UNAVAILING SORROW AND EARNEST HOPE,
OF HIS FOND AND DEVOTED PARENTS.
25.The easternmost tablet is dedicated to Sir Robert Clifton who died 28 April 1837 aged 71:
In the family Vault
near this place,
are deposited the remains of
Sir Robert Clifton Bart.
who died xxviii April Mdcccxxxvii,
aged lxxi years.
He succeeded to the Title and Estates
in the year Mdcccxv.
This tablet was erected by
Lieut. General Sir Arthur Clifton,
Knight Commander of the most
Honourable order of the Bath,
in affectionate remembrance of one
who was a kind brother,
sincere friend, and although of retired habits,
was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
26.A small brass plate at the back of the sedilia on the south wall commemorates Dame Arabella Wheeler, daughter of Sir Clifford Clifton and Widow of Sir Francis Wheeler. The inscription reads:
Here Lyes the Body of Dame
Arabella Wheler Daughter of
Sr Clifford Clifton and Widdow
of Sr Francis Wheler She Died
the 16th Day of January 1719/20
27.There are several more tablets fixed on to the south wall of the chancel, the principal of which is a mural monument to the first Baronet, known as Sir Gervase the Gentle (d.1666), and is fixed over the doorway leading to the Clifton family vault.
The inscription is in Latin and reads:
Hic intus cum patribus & uxoribus suis dormit generosissimus Doms GERVASIUS CLIFTON
Miles & (primae creationis sc 9 IAC:) Baronettus qui de patria & tribus Regibus in octo
Parliamentis bene meruit necnon de CAROLO I durante bello comissionarius in praefichis
oxonio & Newarka quem antea cum MARIA Regina in Manerio de Clifton festive refecerar
septem uxores duxit quarum tres juxta memorantur viz. 1. PENELOPE filia ROB: Com:
warwic: 2. Dna FRANCESCA filia FRANCISCI com: Cumbr: 3 MARIA filia IOHIS EGIOKE Ar: Relicta
FRANC: LEEKE militis 4: ISABELLA vidua IOHIS HODGES Alderm Lond: hic sepulta jul: 1637
5 ANNA filia FRANCISCI SOUTH militis hic etiam condita jun: I 1639. 6 IANA filia ANTHONIJ
EYRE de Rampton Ar. Mater ROBERTI IANAE & CAROLI CLIFTON obijt Londini huc translate Mar:
17.ij655. 7. Dna: ALICIA filia HENRICI com: Huntington marito superfuit sed eodem Annno
1666. In Ecclesia Sti Egidij LONDON inhumata ipse laetus felicem obiuit mortem Iun: 28. Et
pompa decora hic repositus fuit Aug: 2. 1666 anno aetatis suae 80. Hunc secutus
est filius ejus Ds CLIFFORDUS CLIFTON Miles Iun: 22. 1669. Vir FRANCESCAE filiae Dni
HENNEAGIJ FINCH milits & pater WILLIELMI CLIFTON KATHARINAE & ARABELLAE
GERVASIUS HOLLAND. Servus & cognatus.
28.A stone monument to the memory of Frances Egerton, daughter of the late Sir Gervase Clifton, who died 5 December, 1866 aged 74:
to the Memory of
Relict of the
Revd Robert Markham,
Archdeacon of York;
Daughter of the late
Sir Gervis Clifton Bart.
Obiit Decr 5th MDCCCXLVI,
29.Directly below the Egerton monument is a brass plaque to Henry Robert Clifton (died 1896):
+ To the Glory of God and in dear Memory of Henry Robert Clifton
of Clifton Hall ▪ only child of the Reverend Henry Spenser Markham
14 years Rector of this Parish ▪ born at Clifton Rectory Jan. 5. 1833 ▪
died Jan. 8. 1896. Also of Elizabeth his wife ▪ second daughter of
the Reverend William Marbean born at Peter Tavy Rectory ▪ Devon
Jan 15. 1835, died June 18 1899. Both are buried in this churchyard ▪
30.An oval tablet to the memory of the Rev. Henry Spencer Markham, Rector of Clifton, who died in 1844 aged 39:
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY SPENCES MARKHAM,
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH,
CANON RESIDENTIARY OF YORK.
DIED SEPR 2ND 1844,
31.On the west wall of the chancel is a small marble tablet to Gervase Holland who died August 1673. The Latin inscription reads:
GERVASIUS HOLLAND GEN:
Filius et Pater EDVARDI hic infra
sepultus fuit XI die Augusti A.D.
32.Below it a brass tablet to his memory in English:
Here lyeth the body of GERVAS
HOLLAND gent: who died the 9
of Aug 1673 & of EDW: his onely
son who died the 26 of Aug 1677
Aged 5 yeares & 6 Monthes.
33.In the floor of the choir is a slab to the memory of the Rev. William Standfast, Doctor of Law who died 4 June 1765. Standfast is best remembered for his donation of 'his whole study of books to lay the foundation of a Public Library for the use of persons of liberal education residing in the town and its immediate neighbourhood.' This collection is in Bromley House Subscription Library, Nottingham. The inscription reads:
Memory of ye Reverend
Doctor of Laws, Formerly
Fellow of University College
And late Rector of this
Parish: He departed this life
June the 4th In the Year of our
And in ye 74th Year of his Age.
And was here buried.
| Door to family
The vault, accessed by a doorway in the south wall dated 1632, contains approximately twenty five coffins, all of which hold the mortal remains of the several generations of the Clifton Knights and their wives. There is a small lead coffin believed to contain the heart of Sir William Clifton who was involved in the Crusades. Also, Throsby in 1790 refers to a very ancient lead coffin shaped to receive the head and shoulders of its inhabitant. It is quite possible that this is the coffin of Sir Gervase Clifton who was beheaded after the Battle of Tewksbury, in 1471, by order of King Richard III.
| Floor slab
|| Initials on the
A floor slab in the south transept commemorates a black servant, Joseph, commonly known as 'The Black Prince':
HERE LIETH INTERRED THE
BODY OF JOSEPH COMMONLY
CALLED THE BLACK PRINCE
WHO WAS CONVERTED TO THE
CHRISTIAN FAITH ANNO
DOMINI 1675 AND DIED
ON THE FIRST DAY OF IVNE
ANNO DOMINI 1685
IN HOPE OF A
On the right side of the opening into the porch, at a height of six feet four inches from the ground, is a mark and the letters 'I– P' that represent the height of this man, also known as 'The Indian Prince'.
35.There is also a mutilated stone to the memory of William Harding who died in 1721.
There are several tablets at the eastern end of the south wall of the south aisle.
36.Lydia, wife of Henry Upton who died 17 July 1699 and her husband who died 16 March 1699.
Near ys place lyeth
Lydie ye Wife
of Henry Vpton
who died; july
And also Henry
Vpton her husband
this life March
ye 16th: 1699;
37.Gibbon Townsend, who died at the age of nine on 15 March 1814:
Is dedicated in deep affliction, and by
a most ardent parental affection,
to the memory of
who died March 15th 1814,
Aged nine Years.
38.Sir Gervase, the sixth Baronet, is buried in a brick grave having been unwilling to be buried in the family vault, humbly estimating himself unworthy of such an honour. There is a fine marble monument on the south wall of the south aisle surmounted by his arms and crest and which records the following: The creation of the Baronetcy (the third among those created) by King James I; as well as the fact that Sir Gervase wished to be buried where he now lies … the birth of his seven children (including Sir Robert, Sir Juckes and Sir Arthur) and the date of his death in 1815. The inscription is in Latin and reads:
AB HOC HAVB PROCVL MARMORE
JVXTA PATRVM CINERES SVOS
ANTIQVA STIRPE IN AGRO NOTTINGHAMIENSI ORIENDVS
TERTIVS EX ORDINE ILLVSTRISSIMO
JACOBO PRIME REGNANTE
SEXTVS SVI NOMINIS
DVXIT VXOREM FRANCESCAM-EGERTON
RICARDI LLOYD DE ABERBERCHAN ET TRELYDEN IN COMITATV MONTGOMERIA
EX QVA LIBEROS SVSCEPITSEPTEM RELIQVIT
ROBERTVM JVKES-GRANVILLE ARTHVRVM-BENJAMINVM
VIXIT ANNOS LXXI MENSES III DIES XXVI
IN AEDIBVS PATERNIS
DECESSIT XXVI DIE SEPTEMBRIS
SEI[…]T DIM[…] OCTOBRIS
ANNO DOMINI MDCCCXV
39.There is also a floor slab dedicated to Catherine, the wife of John Townsend, born 4 January 1775 and died 1 May 1818; Gilbert Townsend, their son, and John Townsend who died 20 July 1840.
40.There is a memorial to Sir Harvey Jukes Lloyd Bruce (d.1919) near the north door:
Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce
of Downhill Londonderry Ireland
and of Clifton Hall Nottingham
late Lt Colonel Coldstream Guards
Born 5th October 1843.
Died at Tangier 8th May 1919.
41.A brass plaque to Robert Reckless is at the east end of the north wall of the north aisle:
IS ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF CLIFTON
TO THE MEMORY OF
WHO FOR 40 YEARS SERVED AS