Monuments and Memorials
Note that in addition to the monuments recorded here, certain of the windows
in the church have memorial inscriptions.
Digby Monument and Plaque
|The Digby memorial||The Digby plaque|
The most notable feature in the Lady Chapel is the memorial to Sir John Digby,
who died in 1684, aged 81 and his wife, Lucie, who died a short time after aged
89. The life-size figures are standing in a stone frame with a curved stone
pediment-like top. He is dressed in a full suit of armour of the period with
a sash about his shoulder and a helmet at his feet. His wife is wearing a long
flowing gown with puffed sleeves and her head-dress is tied beneath her chin.
In her hand she holds a pat of butter supposedly to grease St Peter’s palm at
the gates of Heaven. At one time Sir Digby was depicted holding his own sword,
by the hilt, with the point to the ground. This has long since disappeared.
Pevsner comments that the memorial is atrociously provincial.
It seems probable that the memorial is not in its original position. If, before
the extension of the sanctuary, the Lady Chapel had been its present size, the
unusual situation would have existed where it would have projected beyond the
chancel. A smaller chapel would not have provided enough room for the memorial.
Sir John Digby lived in the 15th century building adjacent to the church, known
as the Manor House. During the English Civil War he was a supporter of the Royalists
and King Charles I. He became High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1641 and received
a knighthood in 1642.
There are two inscriptions, one in Latin beneath the memorial and one in English
on the south wall relating to their family.
The Latin inscription translates:
Sacred to the Almighty and the most great God, and to the memory
of John Digby, knight and Lucy his wife.
Of famed birth and of greater ...... allow none equal in dignity in
any way, nevertheless by virtue more famed than any other knight; at
the same time a man born into the example of goodness, notable by virtue
as much in private life as in public in the instruction of sinners
as much in prudence as in principal for his native country; of singular
faith, advanced to the ordering of the most powerful and honourable
office in the counties of York, Notts and Lincs and by his office thus
discharged ..... by his memory..... of wishes, and at length sitting
in the place granted by fate to his descendants .... from the most
ancient and splendid family of Trygotts in the county of York came
his wife, faithful in public life and in things domestic, mother of
the family and most careful in the pious education of children able
in all things.
He died in the 82nd year of his life and was survived five months
by his wife in the 92nd year of her life.
NB there is a discrepancy in the historical notes relating to their ages and
length of time she survived him.
The south wall inscription reads:
THAT IT MAY BE KNOWN WHERE THE REMAINS OF THE WORTHY
PERSONS DECEASED ARE DEPOSITED
JOHN DIGBY ESQUIRE
Son and heir of Sir John Digby of Mansfield Woodhouse, Knight. Married
Frances; soul daughter of Leonard Pinkney, of Westminster, Esquire;
by whom he issue, Kenelm, John, George, Lucy, Elizabeth and Frances;
who all except John, died young. The first named John died in the 58th
year of his age, leaving Frances his widow who afterwards married Charles
Osborne Esquire, soul brother to Thomas Duke of Leeds and died in the
80th year of her age, 1725. John the surviving son and heir of John
Digby, July 2, 1696, married Anne, eldest daughter and co-heiress of
Sir Edward Ayscough of South Kelsey in the county of Lincoln, Knight,
who died the 14th of October following (as appears by the adjoining
monument) he afterwards married Jane, the youngest daughter to Sir
Thomas Wharton, of Edlington, Knight in the county of York, Knight
of the Bath. At the coronation of King Charles 1 which Sir Thomas was
grandson of Philip by Sir Thomas Wharton his sons and heir, the soul
brother to another Philip, both Lords Wharton. By her he had issue
Frances, Fyotier, The Grange, near Grantham in the county of Lincoln,
Esquire; Lucy, Anne, Elizabeth, who all died young; John who died August
11 1728, in the 23rd year of his age, Philadelphia, married to Sir
George Cayley of Brompton in the county of York, BAR, Rosamond and
Thomas, who died young; Mary, married to George Cartwright, of Ossington,
in the county of Nottingham, Esquire; Priscilla, Henrietta and Lucy.
John Digby, the Father, died August 16th 1722 to whose memory, and
of his ancestors here named and of his eldest son, His widow Jane Digby,
and his daughter Legard, in testimony of their duty and affection have
erected this monument.
|To the Glory of God this Aumbry was given in memory of his wife Alice
Louisa Lownds by the Rev John Lownds Curate of Mansfield Woodhouse 1919-1925
and Vicar 1925-1932.
Stone and marble plaque south wall:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
FREDERICK JOHN TURNER
Who died 10 March 1906 aged 82. This tablet is erected by the many
friends whose affection and esteem he won by his kind &
genial nature and integrity justice and enlightened views in the management
of the estates of the Dukes of Portland for which he was for fortyeight
years agent *** a ward in Mansfield District Hospital has also been
erected and dedicated by them as a fitting monument to one who was
distinguished by his benevolence and the public spirit of a good citizen.
Stone plaque south wall:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
LOVING MEMORY OF
Knight of grace of the order of St John of Jerusalem in the British
Born at Leicester 19th November 1855 died at Debdale Hall in this
parish 9th October 1934.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.
|To the revered memory of Walter Need, Captain R. N. (youngest son of
Colonel John Need, of Mansfield Woodhouse and Blidworth.) Born September
19th 1809 died April 5th 1901 and Emily McMahon Need for his wife born
March 11th 1831 died March 29th 1910. Devoted worshippers in this Church,
this tablet is placed here by their children. In thy presence is the
fullness of joy.
Wooden plaque south side:
|In loving memory of Dr Harold Draycott Preston whose ashes we buried
in the churchyard, benefactor and faithful servant of this Church for
30 years. Church Warden from 1945 til his death on February 23rd 1952
|Carving of a knight and lady,|
presumaby part of an former monument
Above tower door
On a wooden plaque with steel curved inscription:
|This clock was made in the 21st year of the reign of her majesty Queen
Victoria for the parish church of Mansfield Woodhouse by George William
Cope of Nottingham July 1859. And paid for from the rents of the Clay
Pit Lands by John Beardall, John Oaks, John Booth, Thomas Brooks, William
Cripwell, trustees of the clay pit lands - William Cripwell, Thomas Tebbet,
Underneath is a wooden plaque with brass inscription which reads:
|This inscription from the church clock is placed here in the memory
of Clarence John Read-Johnson and in thanksgiving for his 50 years service
with the Mansfield Woodhouse District Council.
Large plaque, south side of tower
In memory of Rowland Dand. Note that one of the
windows is also connected with the Dand family.
Stone plaque south side of tower:
In memory of William Pinckney of Mansfield Woodhouse Esq who was
a very worthy gentleman and esteemed by all that who knew him. He was
one of the tellers of ye exchequer in the reign of King Charles ye
II and dyed September 13th 1694.
In memory also Leonard Pinckney Esq (only son of the said William)
who was verderer of ye forest of Sherwood, customer of Newcastle, gentleman
usher to Queen Anne, King George I , King George II and one of his
majesty’s justices of ye peace for this county. Of all which
places he was possessed when he died (much lamented) August 13th 1731
‘He married Elizabeth the daughter of John South of Kelfton
in ye county of Lincoln Esq. She was maid of honour to King James II
Queen and surviving without issue. Erected this in affection to her
Fancy shaped stone plaque above tower door to belfry:
Here lieth the body of Dame Jane Wharton, daughter of Rowland Dand
of Mansfield Woodhouse, in the county of Nottingham Esq. Who was first
married to Leonard Robinson, of Kirkby Ravenforth in ye county of York
on 9th January 1671. She had issue by him one daughter who died young.
Her second husband was ye Hon. Sir Thomas Wharton Knight of Ye Bath
brother of ye Wright Hon ye Lord of Ye Lord Wharton whom she married
ye 4th May 1676 and had issue by him two daughters Elizabeth and Jane.
Elizabeth married Thomas Benet of Salthorp in ye county of Wilts Esq.
Jane married John Digby of Mansfield Woodhouse in ye county of Nottingham
Esq. She departed this life on ye 14th day of June 1714 in ye 75th
year of her age. Here also lieth ye body of Jane daughter of Thomas
Benet of Salthorp in ye county of Wilts Esq by Elizabeth daughter of
Ye Hon Sir Thomas Wharton knight of ye Bath. His second wife born May
ye 5th 1714 departed this life August 11th 1716.
(NB there is an error on the inscription regarding the dates in the last sentence).
West Wall left of tower door (two stone plaques):
Sacred to the memory of Harriet Wright Milner who departed
this life 3rd Feb 1826 aged 38 years. Also Mary the infant daughter
of Edmund and Harriet Milner.
Sacred to the memory of Capt Edmund Milner R N who died at Douglas
Isle of Man 28th Sept 1841 aged 63 years.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Elizabeth Eyre eldest daughter of Jervais formerly of Rampton
in this county died April 1st 1750.
This monument is erected to her memory at the request of her only
surviving sister Diana Eyre who died August 1763 aged 71 years and
also lies in this church.
The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
North side of tower
There are six stone plaques. The inscriptions on some of them are as follows:
Sacred to the memory of Robert Toplis who died March 4th 1831 aged
ENS ENTIUN MISERERE NEI
Ellen Relict of the above Robert Toplis, who died May 3rd 1834 aged
Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord.
Sacred to the memory of John Anson Smith Esq who departed this life
March 10th MDCCCXXV (1825) aged LXV (65 years)
Also Ann Smith his wife who departed this life September 13th MDCCCXXVII
(1827) also aged LXV (65 years).
Also William Anson Smith who died September 25th in MDCCCXXXV (1835)
aged XL (40 years).
La Mort est elle un mal
La vie est elle un hien.
|In affectionate remembrance of Edward Woodcock who died February 15th
1828 aged 83 yrs. Also of Sarah relict of Edward Woodcock who died December
27th 1839 aged 84 yrs.
|Sacred to the memory of Joseph Johnson who died May 15th AD 1811
|Near this place are deposited the remains of Heneage Parker Esq. Who
died August 13th 1812 aged 76 yrs.
Plaque with Latin inscription
There is a Coat of Arms including a date: 1728. The name on the plaque reads:
Here lieth y body of M Alice Gething.
One of the sisters of Charles Cack of Brinsley, Gent. She lived to
the good old age of 77. Died y sixteenth of June 1759. This monument
-------- (rest illegible.)
Plaque on the North side:
D. Trinvni On Gloria.
Memoria Ivstorvn Benedicetvr,
Here under lye interred Rowland Dand Gent. And Margery his loving
and beloved second wife; eldest daught of Laurence Wodenothe, of Shavinton,
of Wodenothe in ye Countypalatyen of Chester Esq. Which Margery being
of age Nervus Natere Trve religious; pittyfull and liberall to ye poor
and needy. Having lived in happy marriage with her said husband 46
yeares and 27 daies died in the Lord Jesus on Tuesday 13th May in ye
yeare of Christ 1617 and of her age 73.
And the said Rowland for his approved wisdome, integrity of Lyfe,
love to his friends, piety towards God & propensens to ye doing
of good; being much esteemed and having merited thankful neverdying
memory of his children & posterity (Wch he lived to see to ye 4th
generation) ended his praise worthy and well acted life in the true
faith of Christ on Monday 8th December in the year of Grace 1623 and
of his age 91.
Vitae Summa Breuis Spn Nos Vetat Inchorae Longam
Iwet R.B. Testamenti S B 1.
Execvtores Amoris & Observanta ergo PP.
Tombstones on the Chancel floor
|Beneath are interred the remains of Ellen Toplis Catlow (daughter of
the late Revd Samuel Catlow) who departed this life March 4th 1835, in
the 33rd year of her age
Here lieth the body of Leonard Pinckney Esqr who died the 13th August
Here lyeth the body of Elizabeth Pinckney widow of the above Leonard
Pinckney who died Febry 18th 1747
Hayman Rooke Esq
Obit Sept 1806