Sutton on Trent
Monuments and Memorials
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Key to Monuments
Wall-mounted memorials have been numbered starting at the south-western pier of the chancel arcade, moving clockwise around the church. Two boards with details of legacies left for charitable purposes in the parish, mounted on the west and north walls of the ringing chamber in the tower, are also included here. The Meering chest tomb, now built into the arcade between the chancel and Meering chapel is recorded separately in the Fittings and Features section.
1.Attached to the south-western pier of the chancel arcade, formerly facing south-east into the Meering chapel, but now largely obscured by the new screen between it and the sanctuary, while also partly serving to underpin the gallery in the chapel, a large limestone incised tablet (182 cm high x 97 cm wide):
of Susanna Saunders
the Second Daughter of
Herbert and Mary Leek who
died the 15th of January 1761:
In the 65th Year of her Age,
The sincere Christian :
Go and do thou likewise.
The Sweet Remembrance of the Just,
Shall flourish when they sleep in Dust.
In gratefull Memory of the
Deceased, her loving Brother
William Leek has put this Stone
2.Incised brass plaque to the memory of William Challans Woolfitt, organist 1903-1949:
THE SANCTUARY LAMP IS TO THE
GLORY OF GOD AND IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM CHALLANS WOOLFITT
ORGANIST OF THIS CHURCH
3.Incised marble plaque, with black lettering, to William Clarke Bates, vicar 1938-9, recording also the installation of the rood (see Features and Fittings):
THIS HANGING ROOD
WAS PLACED HERE TO THE
GLORY OF GOD.
AND IN BELOVED MEMORY OF
WILLIAM CLARKE BATES,
VICAR OF THIS PARISH,
4.Lead plaque with raised lettering within a wooden frame, 1813, recording a re-roofing:
I · ESAM · AND
W · BUTTERY
CHURCH · WARDNE[S]
I · MILNES · PLUMBER
5. Incised stone plaque formerly painted black with white lettering, within white surround in relief with a wavy top, to the memory of William Downing, 1792, and Elizabeth, his wife, 1813:
this place are
Intered the remains of
late of Mansfield.
died 2nd of February 1792
Mourn not for me my Children dear,
Here I must lie till Christ again appear;
Remains of Mrs
Relict of the said
and Daughter of
late of this Place.
She died Dec. 25th 1813
in the Ninetieth
Year of her Age
Sincerely lamented by
all her Family and
6.Incised stone oval plaque with fluted spandrels, possibly originally painted black with white lettering, to the memory of Zachariah Downing, 1822, and William Downing, 1822, signed ‘C H S N[ewar]k’.
TO THE MEMORY OF
WHO DIED MAY IIIRD MDCCCXXII
AGED LXII YEARS;
ALSO OF WILLIAM DOWNING,
WHO DIED DECR XVIIITH MDCCCXXII
AGED LXIV YEARS.
SONS OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM
AND ELIZTH DOWNING
C H S Nk
7.Brass plaque with incised lettering for Mr Saunder[son] Turner, 1759:
Lyeth the Body of
Mr Saunder Turner
Who Departed this Life
June 23th 1759
8.Brass plaque with incised black lettering to memory of William Ernest Antcliff, 1974:
|WILLIAM ERNEST ANTCLIFF
BORN IN THIS PARISH
WHO BY HIS GENEROSITY
HELPED TO BEAUTIFY
THIS LOVELY CHURCH
DIED MAY 1974
9.Brass plaque, with incised black lettering, commemorating repair of the Tower and further restoration of the church, 1902-3:
THIS TOWER WAS REPAIRED AND
THE CHURCH FURTHER RESTORED
ARCHITECT WILLIAM WEIR.
VICAR GORDON ROBERTSON, M.A. OXON.
CHURCHWARDENS THOMAS EDWARD DAY.
10.Brass plaque with incised black lettering to the memory of Grace Burchnall (1897-1975) and Katharine Burchnall (1897-1978), bell ringers:
|IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
GRACE BURCHNALL 1897-1975
KATHARINE BURCHNALL 1897-1978
WHO RANG THE BELLS OF THIS CHURCH
FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS
AND ALWAYS WORSHIPPED BY THIS PILLAR
11. Incised brass plaque to the memory of William Leek, 1770:
|HERE LYETH the BODY of Wm LEEK ESQ[R].
ELDEST SON of HERBT : LEEK ESQR & MARY his WIFE.
WHO DIED A BATCHELOUR, YE first of JUNE 1770,
IN the 80TH YEAR of his AGE.
THIS PLATE to the MEMORY of an HONEST MAN,
A LOVING BROTHER, and A SINCERE CHRISTIAN;
WAS FIXED HERE by the ORDER of MARGT BRISTOW;
ONE of HIS SURVIVING SISTERS as A MEMORIAL
OF HIS VIRTUES, and HER AFFECTION.
12.Incised brass plaque for restoration of the north windows in memory of Annie Agnes Toone, 1957:
|THESE NORTH WINDOWS
WERE RESTORED AS A
ANNIE AGNES TOONE
WHO DIED IN THIS PARISH
MARCH 1957 AGED 82
13. Incised brass plaque in memory of Geoffrey Robert Toone, vicar’s warden 1964-83:
|IN MEMORY OF
GEOFFREY ROBERT TOONE
1902 – 1983
OF THIS PARISH FROM
1964 – 1983
14.Incised brass plaque to the memory of Robben Thomas Keal (d. 1983), vicar 1940-71, and Nell Keal (1911-97) on the north wall of the sanctuary:
ROBBEN THOMAS KEAL
VICAR OF SUTTON ON TRENT
RURAL DEAN OF NORWELL
HON. CANON OF SOUTHWELL
WHO SERVED THIS PARISH
FAITHFULLY OVER THE YEARS.
15.Wooden board, 4’ 2½” x 5’ 10”, painted black with silver lettering, recording after 1745, William Spray’s legacy of £5 for the poor, later augmented by a further £30 from the Parish, mounted on the west wall of the ringing chamber in the tower:
| William Spray, late of this Parish,
left five Pounds to the Poor the
Interest whereof to be distributed
amongst Poor Widdowers & Widdows
on Newyears day Yearly for ever,
and the Same is now laid out in Lands
together with Thirty Pounds more of the
Parishes Money the Interest whereof is
also to be distributed amongst the Poor of
this Parish, as the Principal Inhabitants
shall think most proper. The Lands Purch
-ased by this Charity Money are one
Close in the Parish Called Hobb
Close, containing one Acre & three
Roods of Meadow lying in the Mea-
dows (that is to say) one peice called
Crow Neb containing half an Acre, & one
other peice containing one Rood lying
under Ryholm Hades :
The Deeds of this Purchase for these Lands bears
date ye 28th day of December 1745.
16.Wooden board, 3’ 11” x 5’ 7”, painted black with silver lettering, recording in 1860 a legacy of £100 from Mrs Elizabeth Downing in 1848, expended on re-pewing the church and other improvements, and a legacy of £40 from Miss Sarah Pinnington, 1844, for the upkeep of two poor children at Sutton school, implemented after the death of her brother (1856), mounted on the north wall of the ringing chamber in the tower:
WHEREAS, Mrs Elizabeth Downing late of this Parish, a
Short time previous to her death, which happened in the year 1848,
deposited in the hands of The Reverend Richard Thompson,
the then resident Vicar of the Parish, the Sum of One Hundred Pounds,
which she authorized him to lay out and expend in the Improvement of
the Parish Church of Sutton, in such manner and at such times as he should
think proper and, in pursuance of such Authority the Vicar, with the assistance of
Messieurs Thomas Smith and Samuel Pinnington, the then Churchwardens
in or about 1852, carried out the benevolent Lady’s wishes by appropriating
the said Sum of One Hundred Pounds, along with other Moneys (raised by
subscriptions) in re-pewing the Church, and making other greet improvements
therein. Mrs Downing departed this life on or about the 6th day of January
1848, in the 92nd year of her age much regretted and highly respected.
Her Charities which were numerous were done without ostentation.
In Religion she was a bright example, and every way worthy of Imitation.
Dated 15th. June 1860.
|WHEREAS Sarah Pinnington of Sutton upon Trent, in the
County of Nottingham, Spinster, by her last Will and Testa-
Ment in writing bearing date on or about the fifth day of March 1844,
gave and bequeathed unto the Vicar and Churchwardens for the
time being of the Parish of Sutton upon Trent aforesaid, (after the
death of her Brother, who died on the 16th day of November 1856,) the
Sum of Forty Pounds, free from Legacy Duty: which said Sum she direct-
ed them to place out at Interest, in their own names, upon security of
Real Estate, or otherwise, and to pay and apply the Interest or profits
arising therefrom, by two equal half yearly payments unto the School
master for the time being of the said Parish of Sutton upon Trent, for
the teaching of two Poor Children of the said Parish, to read, write and
accompts: such poor Children from time to time to be named by
the said Vicar and Churchwardens. The said Sum of Forty Pounds
having, since the death of the Brother, been paid to the said Vicar and
Churchwardens by the Executor of the deceased, the same has been
by them placed out at Interest on such security as aforesaid.
Dated 15th. June 1860.
It is probable that the surrounding wooden frame (on to which coat-hooks are now attached) obscures the first line of the inscription (THE PARISH OF).