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Monuments and Memorials
Robert de Compton (Senior)
Under the tower is the stone slab (or casement) in which a brass of the first Sir Robert de Compton, who died in 1308, was set. The brass has been removed.
According to the Rev C. R. Manning (1888) the slab was found in the nave under the reader's desk during the restoration work of 1879-80 and along with other slabs moved to the tower. Manning provides further details:
'The matrix or indent of the fine monumental brass, that was formerly upon it, is tolerably perfect, the lower end being the most worn away. It represented a knightly figure in the cross-legged attitude, and the outline is sufficient to show that he was clad in a hauberk of chain mail, over which was a linen surcoat; a round coif de maille was on his head; his shield was hung on his left arm, and his sword crossed his body diagonally to his feet. There were two coats of arms below the lion or other animal, on which his feet appear to have rested, and another coat above his head. The slab is slightly coffin-shaped, and an inscription ran round the verge in separate letters of brass, of which the first and last parts are still very distinct; the middle part of the inscription is obscure. Beginning with a cross above the top shield, the words run thus:-
The sense may conjecturally be supplied as follows : —
“Sir Robert de Cumpton, knight, who was formerly lord of the town of Hawton, departed into the hands of God in the year of our Lord 1308."'
This Robert de Compton is probably the father of the Robert de Compton whose effigy lies in the tomb recess in the chancel.
See the Fixtures and Fittings section for a full description and photographs.
Indents in the slab show that there were originally brasses of two kneeling figures and a shield of arms. The brasses have disappeared.
There are several mural monuments to members of the Holden familiy on the north wall of the north aisle.
Alexander Holden (died 1769) and Family
Robert Holden (died 1808)
Robert Holden (died 1872)
The Rev Alexander Atkinson Holden (died 1882)
Millington Warren Holden (died 1829)
At the east end of the north aisle, on the south wall:
There are several floor stones in the tower floor:
Robert Waldron, rector of 'Houghton juxta Newarche', died of natural causes on 13 June 1697:
A stone slab with a coat-of-arms but no visible inscription.
A small brass plaque to John, fifth son of Thomas Halgh:
Also under the tower is a floor stone with a brass plate in memory of Anne Bowling who died in 1790.
Nearby is a floor stone in memory of William Deeping who died in 1835 and his daughter, Mary who died, aged 4, in 1825.
In the north aisle there are floor stones to the Holden family: Alexander (d1769) and Mary (d1746).
Floor stones in the south aisle are to Mary (d1791) and William Sampey (d1791) and John Deeping (d1794):
There are other floor stones in the south aisle but they are too worn to identify.
Robert Thoroton, writing in the 1670s, recorded several monument inscriptions that have not survived:
'In the Church there was upon a Marble Stone cut in Brass.
Of your Charitie pray for the Souls of Degory Adys, Knight of the Sepulcre and Marchaunt of the Stapull of Clays, and Dame Anne his Wife, Daughter of Thomas Powtrell, Esquire; the which Degrory Deceased 27 Febr. 1521. Upon it is Arg. a Bull sable; Horned Or, amongst long Reeds Or, the tops sable; and by it, Or a plain Crosse between four Croslets Gules, the first impales with Arg. a Fesse between three Cinque-foils, Gules, Poutrell.
In the Brass of another Stone.
Of your Charitie Pray for the Soules of William Molyneux, and Margaret his Wife, their Childrens Soules, and all Christians Soules; which William departed this present Life the last Day of Octob. 1541. There is Molyneux Arms with a Crescent.
In the Chancel on a Piece of Brass, upon a little plain Stone was, Of your Charity Pray for the Soules of Robert Molineux, Esquire, and Dorothy his Wife; which Robert Deceased 13 Apr. 1539.'