Monuments and Memorials
The chancel contains a large number of monuments to the Eyre family.
A fine monument to Gervas Eyre and his wife Catherine by William Holland of London, 1703. 'The tablet is flanked by single pilasters with acanthus decorated capitals which support a cornice surmounted by central coloured shield, flanked by single urns. Flanking the base of the inscription are single cherubs with a further single cherub's head on the apron.' The inscription reads:
Here lies buried
GERVAS EYRE Esq:
Only Son of ANTHONY EYRE Esq: of this place and
[Elizabeth] Daughter of Sr JOHN PACKINGTON Bart of West
wood in Worcester.
While he was Young the Freeholder of his Country
conceived such Expectations of him, as to Chuse him their
Representative in Parliament: In which Station he Contin
ued to the time of his Death: His Conduct haveing always
been Such as intitled him to the Favour of all true friends
of our Church and Constitution; of both which he was an
Unwearied Advocate, of distinguishing Judgment in Pub
lick Affairs and possessed of all the Accomplishments
which form a true Patriot.
In Short, in him were found all those Virtues by the
Exercise of which his Ancestors had so Eminently
One of which Coln Eyre for the Service of his
Country, and Royal-Master CHARLES the Martyr
lost his life in the defence of Newark Castle.
Another, the Lady Packington so admir’d for her
Piety and Accomplishments above her Sex as by
Some to be reputed the Author of the Whole Duty
He Dyed Feb 16 Anno Dom. 1703 Aged 34.
Here also lies CATHERINE his Wife, Daughter of
Sr HENRY COOKE, Bar of Wheatley in Yorkshire.
She inherited the Candour & good Nature inhe
rent in her Family which together with her
other Virtues finished in her Character of a
Virtuous Wife. An Affectionate Mother, A good
Neighbour, and a Charitable Benefactor to the Poor.
She being Inconsolable for the Death of her Hus
band, she did not long Survive him, but Departed this
life Nov: the 7th 1704 Leaving 9 Children surviving.
This Monument was erected pursuant to the last
Will of CATHERINE EYRE Second Daughter of the
above said GERVAS and CATHERINE EYRE who
was Possessed of her Mother’s Virtues.
Anthony Eyre (1788) and his wife Judith Letitia (1800):
to the Memory
of ANTHONY EYRE of Grove Esqr
who after having
discharged with Integrity of Assiduity
the different Duties
of a Country Gentleman and of
a Member of Parliament:
departed this Life January 14th 1788
aged 60 Years.
And of JUDITH LETITIA, his Wife
and Heiress of JOHN BURY of the Grange
near Grantham Esqr
and great Niece and Heiress of
Sir HARDOLPH WASTNEYS of Headon Bar.
whose Virtues as
a Christian, a Wife, a Parent and a Friend,
were the Fruit of
an excellent Understanding, and the
earliest and most assiduous Cultivation.
She died September 15th 1800,
aged 71 Years.
They has Issue six Children,
JULIA, ANTHONY HARDOLPH, JOHN
CAROLINE, CHARLES, & GEORGE.
Beneath the monument to Anthony Eyre is a plain marble tablet to William Eyre (1859):
TO THE MEMORY OF
MAJOR-GENL SIR WILLIAM EYRE, K.C.B.,
2ND SON OF VICE ADMIRAL SIR G. EYRE, K.C.B.,
WHO DIED IN HIS 54TH YEAR AT BILTON HALL, WARWICKSHIRE,
SEPTEMBER 6TH 1859.
HISTORY WILL GRATEFULLY RECORD HIS SERVICES FOR HIS COUNTRY,
AND AFFECTION CHERISH HIS MEMORY
IN THE HEARTS OF HIS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.
George Eyre (1839):
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
VICE ADML SIR GEORGE EYRE, K.C.B. & G.C.M.G.
WHO WAS BORN AT GROVE, APRIL 23, 1769,
AND DIED AT THE RECTORY OF CARLTON, IN LINDRICK, FEB. 15, 1839.
ENDOWED BY NATURE WITH A SUPERIOR INTELLECT,
A CLEAR AND SOUND JUDGMENT,
THE MILDEST AND MOST AFFECTIONATE DISPOSITION,
AND A CALM YET FIRM TEMPER,
HIS VARIED AND ON MANY OCCASIONS, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
OF HIS COUNTRY FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY,
WAS INVARIABLY ATTENDED BY THE WARM ATTACHMENT
AND CORDIAL RESPECT OF THOSE WITH WHOM HE WAS ASSOCIATED.
IN PRIVATE LIFE IT MAY TRULY BE SAID THAT THOSE WHO
KNEW HIM THE BEST, LOVED AND RESPECTED HIM THE MOST.
TO HIS DEVOTEDLY ATTACHED FAMILY, HE WAS FOR MANY YEARS
THE SOURCE OF AS A GREAT AND PURE DOMESTIC HAPPINESS
AS IT IS POSSIBLE IN THIS WORLD TO ATTAIN.
GRATEFUL FOR THE PROLONGED PERIOD DURING WHICH
HE WAS SPARED TO THEM, AND IN HUMBLE BUT EARNEST HOPES,
THROUGH THE MERITS OF OUR BLESSED REDEEMER, OF A REUNION
WHERE PARTING AND GRIEF ARE ALIKE UNKNOWN,
HIS SORROWING WIDOW AND CHILDREN
HAVE ERECTED THIS MONUMENT.
“IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, EVEN SO
THEM ALSO WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM”
ALSO OF GEORGIANA,
RELICT OF THE ABOVE, DAUGHTER OF
SIR GEORGE COOKE, BART OF WHEATLEY, CO YORK,
WHO DIED AND WAS INTERRED AT BOSTON SPA THORP ARCH,
DEC. 4. 1862, AGED 83.
Georgiana Francis Eyre (1849):
IN MEMORY OF
GEORGIANA FRANCES EYRE
OF THE LATE VICE ADMIRAL
SIR GEORGE EYRE K.C.B.
WHO DIED APRIL, 2ND 1849,
AGED 42 YEARS.
“LOOKING UNTO JESUS” HEB. XII-2
AND OF HER SISTER
WHO DIED SEP. 17, 1881,
AND WAS INTERRED IN THE
The memorial to Anthony Hardolph Eyre and his wife Francisca Alicia dates from 1836 and is by Crake. It is in the shape of a casket surmounted by a coloured shield.
SACRED to the Memory of
ANTHONY-HARDOLPH EYRE Esqr
Eldest Son of A. EYRE Esqr.
Born March 8, 1757, Died April 13, 1836.
He was honourably distinguished by the useful discharge
of many public Duties,
and by the endearing exercise of every private Virtue.
In reward for the Services
Which in various capacities he had rendered
To his native County
He was unanimously elected as its Member
in three successive Parliaments.
In 1812 he retired voluntarily from its Representation,
and passed the Evening of his truly Christian Life
in the intelligent but unostentatious practice
of doing good unto all men.
He left three Daughters surviving him.
Wife of CHARLES EARL MANVERS
Wife of GRANVILLE HARCOURT VERNON Esqr
1st to the Revd JOHN-HARDOLPH EYRE,
2dly to H. G. KNIGHT Esqr
SACRED to the Memory of
Wife of ANTHONY-HARDOLPH EYRE Esqr
third Daughter of
RICHARD WILBRAHAM BOOTLE Esqr of Lathom House,
in the County Palatinate of LANCASTER
Ob. 3d. Sep. 1810, Aet. 47.
To every Virtue which could dignify and adorn Human Nature
she united every Quality which could endear her as
a Wife, a Parent and a Friend.
Her Piety was warm and sincere without Ostentation:
Her Charity extensive and judicious:
Admired and beloved by her numerous Friends:
In her domestic Circle she was almost adored:
She devoted herself to the Education of her Children
and had the rare Felicity to see them all grow up
answering in every Respect her fondest Wishes
And to be spared the Agony of losing any of them.
She bore a long and painful Illness with
exemplary Fortitude and Resignation
and with humble Gratitude to her Creator for the Blessings
which she had enjoyed in this Life.
She closed her Eyes in a pious Confidence of being raised
to a happy Immortality
MAR. MOER. POS. DIL. CONJ ET SIBI.
Charles Eyre (1796):
CAROLUS EYRE, A.M.
ANTONII EYRE Fil. Tert.
Ecclesiarum de Grove et de Headon Rector,
Ob. 2. Jun. 1796, Aet. 28.
Miro animi candour,
et Morum Suavitate,
Omnes quos habuit Sodales,
Firma sibi junxit amicitia,
Aetatis vigour mortuus
Triste sui desiderium
Apud suos reliquit
Spe tantum immortaletatis relevandum.
The memorial to Gervase Anthony Eyre (1811) is by Crake. The crown is decorated with the trappings of battle.
SACRED to the Memory of
GERVASE ANTHONY EYRE,
only Son of
ANTHONY HARDOLPH and FRANCISCA-ALICIA EYRE of Grove,
Nat. Oct. 20, 1791, Occ. Mar. 5, 1811.
Endued with the most amiable Disposition
and with every Virtue, which could endear him to
his Family, his Friends, and Society in general,
and with a Vigour and Energy of Mind beyond his Years,
he was the Delight of all who knew him,
and promised to be an Ornament and Advantage
to his Country.
But it pleased GOD that his Career should be short,
though not inglorious.
He fell in the Moment of Victory at the memorable Battle of Barrosa
March 5th 1811.
His Remains were interred with military Honors at Isla de Leon
where a Monument was erected to his Memory
by his afflicted Brother Officers.
His saltem accumulem donis et fungar inani munere
The Reverend Charles Wasteneys Eyre (1862):
IN A VAULT
NEAR THIS PLACE
REST THE REMAINS OF
CHARLES WASTENEYS EYRE,
OF RAMPTON MANOR,
FORMERLY RECTOR OF
CARLTON IN LINDRIC.
HE WAS BORN 7TH MARCH 1802
AND DIED 30TH OCTOBER 1862.
A monument in memory of Charles William Eyre (1836) and Anthony Gervase Eyre (1834), is by Lockwood and is surmounted by a lily:
IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY
OF TWO DEAR CHILDREN OF
CHARLES WASTENEYS AND LUCY DOROTHEA EYRE.
CHARLES WILLOUGHBY DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 31ST A.D. 1833.
AGED 5 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS.
ANTHONY GERVASE JANUARY 25TH A.D. 1834.
AGED 2 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS.
“HE SHALL GATHER THE LAMBS WITH HIS ARM,
AND CARRY THEM IN HIS BOSOM.”
ISAIAH, 40 CHAP, XI VR.
“BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH;
AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES:
IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD:”
“NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST.”
EPHESIANS, 2 CHAP, VIII IX VR.
Anna Maria Eyre (1826):
ANNAE MARIAE EYRE,
Quae e vita decessit,
Aug. Calend. 9.
Filia, siqua alia
Pia, pura, proba,
Vitae et morum irreprehensibilis,
Desiderium natae tam amatae,
Nisi cum voluntate Dei
Nihil allevare potuisset.
John Eyre (1830) and his wife Charlotte (1831):
JOHANNIS EYRE, NOTTINGAE ARCHIDIACONOS
Et de BABWORTH in comitatu Nottingsi
Obiit vigessimo tertio die Martii,
Item CHARLOTTAE EYRE, J. EYRE UXORIS,
Obiit undecimo die Veneris,
A. D. 1831,
Optimis vere Parentibus,
Suisque merito carissimis
Filis maerens posuit.
The Reverend John Hardolph Eyre (1818) and Anthony Gervase Eyre (1821):
REVDI JOHANIS HARDOLPHI EYRE,
Qui flebilis suis omnibus
Decimo septimo die Veneris,
A. D. 1818,
Uxor, et Parentes, cum lacrymis
Vix lacrymis abstersis,
Spem alteram, Puerum amabilem,
Mors immature praeripuit;
ANTONIUS GERVASIUS EYRE,
Obiit vigessimo secto die Maii,
A. D. 1821,
Louisa Henrietta Eyre (1816):
Nata. VII. Id. Mart. MDCCCIX
Eheu. denata. est. Kal. Ap. MDCCCXVI
Iohannes. Charlotta. Eyre
Kathleen Eyre, wife of Col. Henry Eyre (1899):
IN MEMORY OF KATHLEEN, DAUGHTER OF THE
REV. ROBERT MACHELL, AND WIFE OF COL.
HENRY EYRE, C.B. WHO DIED DEC. 20, 1899,
AND OF THEIR INFANT SON, HENRY ROLAND.
“BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART,
FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.”
Lieutenant A. H. Eyre who died in 1874 in the Ashante War:
In Memory of
LIEUT A. H. EYRE HM 91ST REGT
ONLY SON OF SIR W. EYRE KCB
KILLED IN THE ASHANTE WAR FEBY 4TH 1874
AGED 23 YEARS
Between the altar and the reredos is a grave slab to Anthony Eyre (1788):
Here lieth the Body of
ANTHONY EYRE Esqr;
of Grove in this County,
who departed this Life Feb. 14th 1788
in the 61st Year of his Age:
Near Him lieth the Body of
CAROLINE his Infant Daughter,
who died in 1765, Aged 3 Years.
Within these Rails also are interred
the Bodies of both his Parents,
ANTHONY EYRE of Adwick in the Count[y]
of York, Esqr who died Annon Dom. 174
& MARGARET his Wife, Daughter of
CHARLES TURNER of Kirkleatham
in the said County, Esqr;
who died Anno Dom. 1762.
A damaged floor stone to William Ella, incumbent from 1713 to 1731, lies in the centre of the chancel floor:
Hic jacet Wil: Ella Sid : Col
Cant: A. M[?]hujus Ecc: Vic Qui
Ingenii acumine felix sale
et facetiis precestans Historiarum
et Chuqi[??]um quarus omne
genus Thilophice et pra aliis
Astronomice p[?]itus studus [?]
of floor slabs
by John Throsby (1796)
|Floor slab to Sir
|Floor slab to
John Throsby noted in the 1790s that 'in the south aisle at the east end, are two monumental stones, almost concealed by the floor of the pew where they lie,—they are to the memory of Sir Richard Stanhope, mentioned by Thoroton, and his wife Joan (as it appears) and his grandsons wife the daughter of Dr. Thomas Talbot of Bashall.' These cross slab floor stones are now located against the north and south walls of the chancel, between the sanctuary and the choir stalls. A fuller description of the floor stones is available in the Archaeology section.
He also recorded another monument:
'Not far from them, in the same aisle, is another stone even with the pavement, with this inscription: "John Babington of Rampton, esquire, died the third daye of October, 1563, at London buried—Margaret, wife to Originall Babington, esquire, daughter of Richard Gally of ol—ld, esq; who died 28 of August, 1571."'