Stapleford St Helen

Monuments and Memorials

North Wall

Memorial to William Allsop

To the Memory of
Whose Piety of Mind, & Probity of Conduct
Distinguished him in an humble Station
And whose Reliance on the Creator,
Smoothed his departure from this life
On the 6th, Day of February 1795,
In the 42d, Year of His Age.

Memorials to Joyce and Thomas Gray

A wall monument with two oval panels bearing the inscriptions:

Underneath lies,
Waiting the coming of
the Body of Mrs. JOYCE GRAY,
Wife of Mr. THOS GRAY of Nottingham:
Who broke the Bands of a well spent Life,
beloved and lamented by all her Friends,
on the 13th Day of February 1795:
in the 70th Year of her

Cease then frail Nature to lament in vain,
Reason forbids to wish her back again;
Rather congratulate her happy Fate,
And her Advancement to a glorious State.

to the Memory of
THOMAS GRAY, of Nottingham, Gent.
Who died July 9th. 1802, Aged 75 Years.
Industry, Integrity and Honour ever mark’d his Actions,
and secured to him that Respect and Friendship,
which causes his loss to be truly lamented,
by his Relatives and Acquaintance:
His Skill and Public Spirit in the improvement of Roads,
made him a Blessing to the Neighbourhood in which he lived,
but the great facility of conveyance by the Mail Coaches,
being first projected, plan'd, and put in practice by him,
made him a Blessing to the Kingdom at large.

This humble tribute of regard to his Memory
was erected by his Nephew
John Gray

(Note: This inscription must be treated with some caution. Thomas Gray was certainly involved in the running of stage coaches locally but nothing is known, apart from this inscription, of his involvement with Mail Coaches. The first Mail Coach went between Bristol and London in August 1784. The trial run was arranged by a theatre manager from Bath using his own coach and was so successful that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Pitt, was convinced and within a short space of time a countrywide network was in operation. That man was John Palmer son of a wealthy Bath brewer and theatre owner. The Archives Officer of the British Postal Museum and Archive can find no trace of Mr Gray.)

Memorial to George and Thomas Antill

Near this Place rest the Remains of GEORGE ANTILL;
Who Departed this Life the 25th December 1788;
Aged XXVILL Years.
Also THOMAS ANTILL, who Died Oct.30th 1823,
Aged 61

South Wall

Memorial to George and Elizabeth Jackson

A wall plaque now partly obscured by the modern tea-making facility:

Near unto this place lyeth interd the bodies of
GEORGE JACKSON; Gentleman and ELIZABETH his wife:
He dyed ye 5th day of September 1684, in the 68th Year
Of his age, she dyed the 4th day of August 1707,
In the 89th year of her age.
Reader consider hence thy frail estate
Though thy days be prolonged thou still must dye
Fear God and his just laws thyen imitate
That thou with Him may'st live eternally

Mors mihi munus erit

(The last line of the above translates as: Death will bounteous show)

Memorial to Sir John Borlase Warren and family members

Also to the Memory of
Born at Stapleford
2nd September 1753
Died at Greenwich,
27th February 1822

Sacred to the Memory of
eldest and last surviving Son of ADMIRAL SIR JOHN BORLASE WARREN Bart. K.B.

and CAROLINE his wife, third Daughter of GENERAL SIR JOHN CLAVERING, K.B.
He was born 12th August 1788, and lost his Life
Most gallantly leading his troops into Action, after the landing at Aboukir, in Egypt;
On the 8th of March 1801.
His afflicted Parents have raised this Marble,
The Monument of his Virtues and their misfortune.

Bacon Jnr. Scupltor

Upper and lower sections
of the monument

Monumental Tomb to members of the Tevery family

This inscription is in Latin and has lost its white infill and is not very legible in places. A translation is:


The reward for your delay will be to know who is laid here. A man whose happy birth enabled him, on his own behalf to Increase in virtue; to be, for his progeny, a credit to his family; And for his country, a treasure of public virtue. A judge so wise in his own province, that among the greatest Men of law he was considered as an oracle and patron of what was Fair and just; That among those close to him he seemed the guardian spirit of the poor. A man who most blessedly sought; In his Friendships, trust In his dealings, humanity; In his morals, integrity. Always a generous host, and at the same time a careful father. Gervase Tevery, knight, most noble scion and heir of the Paschals of Stapleford and of the Creveceurs, following his Ancestors both in life (which he left on August 14th A D 1639, In the 65th year of his age) and in death rests peacefully here among the shades of his forebears. To his spirit, and to his worth memory, this monument, unequal as it is to such great virtues, was set up with many tears and dedicated by his sorrowing widow Anna, who, sprang from the ancient stock of the Ashbys of Quenby in Leicestershire, bore him one son and three daughters: John, in the very bud of youth, and Elizabeth in its flower, both taken by fate while yet unripe; Maria, married to Brian Palmes, knight; and Anna, who survives him and is the heiress.

Note: There seem to be at least two translations. This one is not the one on the wall at the side of the tomb. The one above seems to be a freeer, more poetic translation, whilst the one on the wall is more literal.

Written underneath memorial is:

C.TEVERY and Family removed here 1877

Monument with coat of arms.

Inscription in Latin written in Lombardic text. It translates:

Here lies John Teverey, son and heir of Robert Tevery and Katherine Chaworth; one who loved his friends; a friend to the poor; fair, easy of manner, kindly, he added to his family's wealth; he married Anne Crevequer, daughter and heiress of John Crevequer of Twitford; by her he had three children who, on the day he died (for others were previously deceased) were yet living: Gervase, Anna, and Katharine; leaving these children in the year 1580 on the 17th March, his wife left this earth (for the company of the blessed?) and then when he had completed sixty six years of his life and reached the year of grace 1603, he died from disease, an ungentle death.

Centre wall

Memorial to some female members of the Warren family

Near this Place rest the Remains of MARY WARREN
who departed this life the 15th Day of the year
of Our Lord 1783: Fourth and youngest Daughter of
BORLASE WARREN Esq., of Stapleford, in the County of
Nottingham (who represented the said town in several Parliaments)
by ANN his wife. Daughter of SIR JOHN HARPER Bart. of Caulke Hall in the County of Derby, who married ANN Daughter
to the Rt. Hon. LORD WILLOUGHBY of Parham.
In the same Vault lie the remains of FRANCES WARREN, Second
Daughter of the above BORLASE WARREN Esq., by ANN his wife,
who departed this life the 27th of July 1784.

Here, too, reposeth with the Ashes of her Sisters, the mortal part of ELIZABETH WARREN, who closed a Life of Piety & Benefice on the 13th of March 1794.

East Wall

Memorial to Thomas and Millicent Whiteley

Sacred to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Whiteley
Born at Stapleford, 1790
Died Septr, 17th 1860
Also of MILLICENT, his Wife,
Born at Stapleford 1789
Died August 28th 1860

This tablet was erected by the employees of Messrs. Whitely
Stevens & Co. to testify their admiration for character of Mr.
Thomas Whiteley and their appreciation of his efforts to extend
the lace trade of this place: and also in token of their esteem
and gratitude to his son Mr. JOHN WHITELEY, and to Mrs.
John WHITELEY, for their generous gift to this church of the
Memorial East Window.

Foot of original chancel steps

Memorial to Robert & Katherine Tevery.

The inscription is too worn to read except for the date 1571. It is in Latin and is recorded by Thoroton.