Churchyard Memorials

1 Terry

[1] JOHN TERRY

[1]. Headstone with cross at top (now laid flat on ground).

In / loving memory / of / JOHN TERRY / who departed this life / Feb. 14, 1892, aged 20 years / Lost awhile our treasured love, / gained for ever, safe above.

Buried 20 Feb 1892. No other details known

[2] In / loving memory / of / GEORGE HILDER / who departed this life / June 11th 1890 / aged 632 Hilder years / Also NATHAN / son of the above / who departed this life / June 26th 1892 / aged 27 years / Also SARAH / wife of the above / George Hilder / who departed this life / September 18, 1901 / aged 74

George, bap..Halling, 15 July 1827, son of Thomas, a farmer, and Mary. Married Sarah Weller; buried All Saints 16-06-1890, aged 63; living at 14 Orchard Cottages in 1881; a cement labourer

Nathan, bap. Halling, 27 August 1865; buried All Saints 01-07-1892, aged 27; carpenter’s apprentice in 1881; living at 14 Orchard Cottages

Sarah, born c.1828, Cuxton; buried All Saints ‘from Chatham’ 23-09-1901, aged 74; living at 14 Orchard Cottages, 1881-1891

Other children: Annie F; b. v.1868, Halling; Mary, bap All Saints 6 Nov 1853; Elizabeth Ann; bap. All Saints 13 July 1856; George James bap. All Saints 10 Oct 1869 (from Halling); Ernest, b. Snodland c. 1859; aged 32 in 1891, a builder’s clerk

3 Chittenden[3] SARAH and WILLIAM CHITTENDEN

[3]. In loving memory of / SARAH CHITTENDEN / who died August 12th 1894 / aged 74 years / Also of / WILLIAM CHITTENDEN / who departed this life / October 2nd 1900 aged 79 years

[William was the second publican at The Prince of Wales from 1878 to 1900, replacing George Lurcock, his brother-in-law]

William, b c.1824, Wrotham; buried 9 October 1900, aged 79; Prince of Wales Licensed Victualler; W. Hawks officiated at funeral.

Sarah, b. c.1820, West Farleigh; bur. All Saints 17 Aug 1894, aged 74

[4.] LOTHIAN JACKSON4 Jackson

[4]. [Cross (now lost) on plinth] In loving memory / of / LOTHIAN STEPHEN / youngest son of GERALD H. JACKSON / (Rector of this Parish) / and DORA his wife

The cover for the font at All Saints was given by the Rev. G. H. Jackson in memory of his son and is inscribed: “To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Lothian Stephen Jackson, born 26 December 1886. At rest 1 March 1902.” Buried 5 March 1902.

5 Finch Smith[5] ERNEST DALBY FINCH-SMITH

[5]. [Cross (broken off) on plinth] In loving memory of / ERNEST DALBY FINCH SMITH / Rector of Snodland 1906-1909 who fell asleep January 10 1909 / aged 41 years. The souls of the righteous are in the hand of GodFinch-Smith

Died at 14 Fitzroy Square, London.

6 Barker

[6]. In loving memory of the / deceased children of / JOHN and SARAH BARKER / HENRY JOHN WESTBOURNE / died Decr 26th 1869 aged 8 months / LILLY MAUD / died June 20th 1874 aged 5 months

No record known of this family in Snodland. Henry J.W. buried 1 Jan 1870 ‘of Paddington’; Lilly Maud buried 26 June 1874 from ‘Kensington, Middlesex’.

7 Gammon (2)

[7]. ELLA MAUD GAMMON / Born April 27, 1871, Died Sept: 23, 1872 / ERNEST WILLIAM GAMMON, / LOUIS WILLIAM GAMMON, / Born May 15, 1874, Died March 16, 1875 / EVA JANE GAMMON / Born Jan: 18, 1878, / Died April 30 / 1878

[Children of John and Janememorial [10]]

8 Elliott

[8]. In / affectionate remembrance of / CHARLES WILLIAM ELLIOTT / who died Jan: 30th 1877 / aged 5 years & 9 months

Buried 6 Feb 1877. No other details in registers.

9 Gammon

 

[9]. ELIZABETH / JANE GAMMON / Born Sept. 23, 1865. Died Oct. 24, 1865 / ALFRED WILLIAM GAMMON I Born Jan. 30, 1877 / Died June 14, 1878

[Children of John and Jane – memorial [10]]

10 Gammon

[10] JOHN EDWARD GAMMON and JANE UPTON GAMMON

[10]. In loving memory of / our dear parents / JOHN EDWARD GAMMON / who died December 20th 1894 / aged 51 years / and / JANE UPTON GAMMON / who died October 19th 1906 / aged 65 years

[A baker, Constitution Hill]

[11]. [Cross on plinth – illegible]

[12-13]. Two headstones moved from position between west porch and tower during excavations in 1979. Inscriptions lost. 18th century?

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[l4]. [Cross (now lost) on plinth] [East]: In memory of / Israel May / Aged 37 Years / Police Constable of the / Malling Division / Kent County Constabulary [North]: + / Found cruelly murdered / on Sunday morning / August 24th 1873 / + [West]: He received a Public Funeral / on Thursday August 28th 1873. / The Memory of the Just is Blessed. [South]: + / Erected by Voluntary Contributions / +. A memorial (shown here) was formerly placed at the side of Malling Road and later inserted into the bank of the stream. Removed to the cemetery when the stream was put into a pipe, but it cannot now be found.

[see SHS pamphlet 20 for details] IMAY001IMay03

15 Woodruff

[15]. In affectionate remembrance of / CAROLINE / the dearly beloved wife of / THOMAS WOODRUFF / who died Octr 12th 1894 /aged 35 years.

[Thomas: a sailmaker, d.1922]

[16]. [Mostly illegible] THOMAS HULKS HUGGINS [buried 5 Jan 1850, aged 65] … ELIZA … in the …16 Huggins year of her age … WILHELMINA MILLICENT [buried 29 May 1863, aged 72]

[Thomas was probably associated with the Hulkes/Huggins families prominent in the Medway towns. He was the miller at Holborough. Wilhelmina was a servant at Holloway Court and also a midwife]

[17]. [Top missing] … also MARY ANN KING / who passed peacefully away / 27th March 1902 aged years.

[18]. [Cross (now lost) on plinth] [Inscription lost]

19 Antrum[19]. Sacred / to the memory of / RICHARD ANTRUM / who died at Sutton Valence / January 7th 1873 / aged 55 years / leaving MARGARET his widow / and 3 children surviving / viz: JOHN, MARGARET SARAH / and RICHARD. /Thy will be done. / Also of MARGARET / daughter of the above / RICHARD & MARGARET ANTRUM / who died June 13th 1859 / aged 4 years. / Also EDWARD RICHARD their son / who died Dec. 9th 1858 aged 2 years / Also of ALFRED their son / who died April 30th 1863 aged 11 months

[Licensed victualler at the Red Lion; cousin of William Kingsnorth who was the previous licensee]

[20]. In loving remembrance / of / JOHN ANTRUM / son of Richard & Margaret Antrum / who died20 Antrum May 22nd 1888 / aged 35 years / And so shall he ever be blessed

[20a: addition] [cross detached] In loving Memory / of / RUTH MARY /daughter of Wm and Maria Evans / of Holborough / Born February 11th 1871 /20a Evans Died April 17th 1893

Ruth taught at the British Schools. A book of her poems was found after she died and was published by her parents.

Evans Poems

21 Hook

[21]. [Cross on plinth] In / loving memory / of / EUSTACE HOOK / died at Delamere / Dec. 14, 1890. / Also of EVELINA AUGUSTA HOOK / beloved wife of the above / who died Sept. 2nd l892. / When the toil is over / Then comes rest at last.

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ASMus10b[22]. [Tomb chest] [North]: Sacred / to the memory of / SAMUEL, only son of WILLIAM LEE Esq. of Holborough / who departed this life August 15th 1852, aged 26 years. / Also of / CHRISTIANA, the beloved wife of WILLIAM LEE Esq. / Born July 23rd 1801, Died December 14th 1871. / Also of / WILLIAM LEE /Who departed this life September 29th 1881, aged 80.

[West & South: no inscriptions]

[East]: Sacred / to the memory of / Captain WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTS / (Royal Engineers) / Who departed this life July 25th 1848, / in his 32nd year. / Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. / Also EDITH CICELY ROBERTS / Born Octr 1873, Died Jany 2 1874. / Also of ANN ROBERTS / widow of the above / who departed this life May 18th 1881 / aged 58.

[23]. Here / lieth ye body of / JOHN PARKER / who died in 1682 / aged 29 years / Also here lieth / ye body of / DEBORAH his wife / who died May 14th 1720 / aged 68 years / Left issue one daughter / wife of James Cockle of Hallin[g]

[24]. [Flat stone, inscription lost]

[25]. [South side of stone missing] Here / lyeth ye body [of] / MARY wife of P1010210[GEORGE] /  COURTHOP … / who departed this life] … /March … [1728] / Aged 37 / Likewise ye body [of GEORGE] / their son who dy[ed] / ye 26th [February 1728]

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[26]. Sacred / to the memory of / REBECCA / wife of RICHARD PETERS / who departed this life / October 18th, 1877 / in the 84th year of her age / Also of the above / RICHARD PETERS / who departed this life / February 4th, 1881 / in the 90th year of his age / I am ready. I am ready.

[27]. Sacred / to the memory of / JOHN PETERS / died 12th April 1823 / GEORGE PETERS / died 3rd P1000967December 1845 aged 37 years / JOSEPH PETERS / died 6th September 1859 aged 33 years / MARY PETERS / died 10th May 1865 aged 36 years

 

28 Peters[28]. Sacred to the memory / of / SARAH PARKER / wife of /THOMAS WILLIAM PETERS / of this parish / who died February 17th 1850 / aged 37 years / Also / ABEL, son of the above / who died February 10th 1853 / aged 4 years / Also THOMAS WILLIAM PETERS / who died July 20th 1905 / aged 89 years / Also their two daughters / MARY died 5th January 1904 / aged 59 years / FRANCES REBECCA BEADLE / died March 12th 1905 / aged 59 years

[29]. In loving memory of / EMILY wife of / THOMAS WILLIAM 29 PetersPETERS / who died July 19th 1892 / aged 58

 

 

[30]. [Body stone] In memory of / ELIZA JANE ALLENDER / born July 24th 1854 / died Dec. 4th 1854

[31]. [Body stone] ROBERT GEORGE ALLENDER / who died Jan. 6th 1860 / aged 7 years and 4 months

[32]. [Bevelled rectangular stone] In loving memory of / ROBERT ALLENDER / born August 25th 1824 / died at Saltwood, August 23rd 1881 / ‘Until the Lord come’ / Also his wife / ELIZABETH ALLENDER / born April 2nd 1827 / died June 1st 1905 / ‘In thy presence is fulness of joy’

28 Peters[33]. In memory of / ELIZABETH / daughter of / WILLIAM and MARY GORHAM / late of this parish / who departed this life / October 16th 1861 aged 60 years / Also GEORGE son of the above / who departed this life / November 14th 1861 aged 67 years

(Children of William and Mary = memorial no. 36)

34a Perryman[34]. [East side] In memory of / ELIZH PERRYMAN / who died Feby 15th34b Wray 1825 / aged 40 years

 

 

 

[West side] In memory of / ADELA F. I. WRAY / who died July 12th 1835 / aged 3 years

E’re sin could harm or sorrow fade
Death came with friendly care
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed
And bade it blossom there

[Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

[35]. [Illegible, but two footstones are marked ‘JF 1803’ and ‘EF 1803’] [JOHN FLETCHER, buried 16 Nov 1803 and ELIZABETH FLETCHER, buried 7 Oct 1803]

(Grandparents of Thomas Fletcher Waghorn. They lived in a house on the site of the New Jerusalem church in the High Street, but John owned houses and land at Birling, Ham Hill, St Katherine’s Bank, The Plough at Halling and more.)  

37 Gorham[36]. Sacred / to the memory of / WILLIAM GORHAM / of this parish / who departed this life / … August 1820 / aged 61 / Also MARY / wife of the above / who departed this life / February 26th 1851 / aged 90 years / leaving five sons and two daughters / viz. JOHN, WILLIAM, ALEXANDER / GEORGE, MARY-ANN, ELIZABETH / and AMBROSE.

(William Gorham married Mary Fletcher – sister of Elizabeth [wife of John Goodhugh] – at Birling on 7 November 1787. He bought Woodlands Farm in 1808 and was buried at All Saints on 8 August 1820, aged 61. He was great-uncle to Thomas Fletcher Waghorn)

[37]. Sacred / to the memory of / SARAH ANN / daughter of / WILLIAM and CHARLOTTE / 37 Gorham, SarahGORHAM / of this parish / who departed this life / September 13, 1851 / aged 19 years

(Sarah Ann was baptised at All Saints, Snodland, on 13 May 1832. William [son of William – memorial 36] married Charlotte Boorman there on 1 December 1817. Having been a maltster, he was the first relieving officer for Snodland under the new Poor Law. He was buried on 11 December 1868, aged 78; Charlotte died on 8 July 1874, aged 77. Born at Headcorn, she had been brought up as a Baptist and was baptised at All Saints, Snodland on 9 May 1826).

38 Goodhugh[38]. Sacred / to the memory of / ELIZABETH the dear wife of / JOHN GOODHUGH / of this parish / who departed this life / on the 19th day of [May 1782] / aged 3. years / Also ELIZABETH, FANNY / and WILLIAM / their children whose remains / are here interred / Also of the above / JOHN GOODHUGH / born the 20th of April 1745 / who departed this life on 2nd day of December 1834 / Also … [their son] JOHN GOODHUGH / …. / ANN, JOHN and JAMES their children

(These were grandparents to Thomas Fletcher Waghorn. They were married at All Saints, Birling, on 10 July 1771. Elizabeth was the sister of Mary [Gorham – memorial 36]. John was a carpenter who held Gilder’s Farm at Holborough.]

[39]. In memory of / MARGARET / wife of / JOHN FLETCHER / who died the 20th August 1748 / 39 Fletcher, Margaretaged 51 years [Poem: 6 lines, mostly illegible]

(Margaret was the second wife of John Fletcher [memorial 40] and was born c.1697. They were the great-great-great grandparents of Thomas Fletcher Waghorn)

 

40 Fletcher, John[40]. To the memory of / JOHN FLETCHER / who died 2d March 1752 / aged 67 years / left issue one son JOHN

From mortall Life all Mortalls must Remove
The narrow Lodging of a grave to prove
But those who do in Jesus Christ Believe
The Grave shall not confine nor hell Receive

41 Waghorn, Frances[41]. Sacred / to the memory of / FRANCES WAGHORN / who died December 1848 / aged 38 years / This stone was placed here / by her affectionate brother / Lieut. Waghorn R.N.

(Frances was baptised at St Mary’s Chatham on 1 August 1810; in 1841 she was living with James Goodhugh, her uncle, at Rookery farm, but she died on 8 December 1848 at Maidstone Road, St Margaret’s Rochester, probably then the home of her sister Mary Ann.)

04142 Waghorn TF[42]. Sacred / to the memory of / THOMAS FLETCHER WAGHORN / Lieutenant / who departed this life / January 7th 1850 / aged 49 years / Also of HARRIET / widow of the above / who departed this life / January 19th 1856 / aged 54 years

(Waghorn was baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Chatham, on 16 July 1800 and died at his London home in Islington. Harriet was his second wife, daughter of James Martin, the miller at Holborough. She was baptised at Birling on 27 September 1801 and married at All Saints, Snodland, on 8 December 1834. She died at Tunbridge Wells.

by Day & Haghe, published by Leggatt & Co, after Charles Baxter, lithograph, published 1837
by Day & Haghe, published by Leggatt & Co, after Charles Baxter, lithograph, published 1837

43 Southgate[43]. In memory of / ELIZABETH daughter of / WILLIAM and FRANCES / SOUTHGATE who died the 24th / of September 1819 aged 8 years / Also WILLIAM son of the above / who died the 14th of June 1828 / in the 21st year of his age / [Poem – 9 lines – mostly illegible] / Also the above / FRANCES SOUTHGATE / who departed this life July 18 1855 / aged 82 years

(William Southgate ‘of St Saviour’s, Surrey’ married Frances Manley at All Saints, Snodland, on 29 February 1792. They lived in Southwark, where he was a butcher. She was the daughter of John and Frances Manley [memorial 45])

44 Manley, Stephen[44]. Here lieth the body of STEPHEN MANLEY of this parish. He died Oct. ye 8th 1763 aged 62. Here also lieth the body of ELIZH MANLEY, wife of Stephen Manley. She died Jan. ye 1st 1769 aged 65 years. Left issue one son JOHN MANLEY. Here also lieth four of their children who died in their infancy viz. STEPHEN, THOMAS, AMY and ELIZH. WILLIAM their son died Aug. 7 1762, aged 29 years

Farewell vain world I know enough of thee
And now am careless what thou sayth of me.
Thy smiles I court not, nor thy frowne I fear
All cares are past, my head lies quiet here.
What faults you know, take care to shun
                                                                   And look at home, enough there’s to be done.

(Lived in Mulberry Cottage, High Street, inherited from his father William. He was a maltster and owned land in Birling and Snodland.)

45 Manley, John[45]. Sacred / to the memory of / JOHN MANLEY / who died the 4th of Octr. 1797 / aged 62 years / Also FRANCES / wife of the above / died the 29th of May 1822 / aged 83 years

(He was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth [memorial 44] and married Frances Comport at Halling on 30 April 1765. He inherited Mulberry Cottage, but also acquired much other property which caused him to become bankrupt. He too was a maltster. His daughter Frances [memorial 43] married William Southgate.

46 Unknown[46]. [Headstone – inscription lost – 18th century]

 

 

 

 

47 Dartnell[47]. IHS / In memory of / ELIZABETH DARTNELL / who died 6 Feb. 1872 / aged 83 years / A sinner saved by grace : signed and / sealed in the blood of Christ / Also WILLIAM / son of the above / who died 18th December 1893 / aged 76 years

 

48 King[48]. In loving m[emory of] / LEV[I KING] / who died M[arch 11th 1895] / aged 3[2 yea]rs / Though he is gone h[e i]s never forgotten / Memory can nev[er] fade. / Loving thoughts do always … / round the spot where he is laid.

(He was publican at the Red Lion and after his early death this continued to be managed by his wife Laura. Her parents were also in the trade.)

[49]. [Body stone – no inscription]

Wray tomb[50]. [Chest tomb] Here lye the Bodies of Geo: David & Joanna, Sons & Daughr of Geo: Wray of Paddlesworth by Joanne His Wife [Thomas] July 9 1709 Agd 22 yrs Geo. d. April 14 1712 Agd 21 yrs David March 3 1696 Agd 4 yrs Joanna Feb. 1693 Agd 9 yrs Here lyeth the Body of Elizh Wife of Nicholas Wray of Paddlesworth who died June 6th 1729 Aged 33 years Also Jane Wife of Nicholas Wray died March ye 11th 1734 Aged 33 years Here also —The Body of the above said Nicholas Wray of Paddlesworth who died Aug. ye 24th 1745 Aged 54 years left issue one son and 3 drs. George,Eliz., Jane and Frances. On the North Side (some letters illegible) Mems. of Hammond [Wray] [died 1675; his wife Mary died 1681] 167-1681

(The inscription is lost apart from a couple of words, but was recorded in the mid-nineteenth century in British Library, Add. MS 41799. The Wrays farmed at Paddlesworth between the mid-17th and the mid-18th centuries.)

MEMORIALS MOVED TO THE BOUNDARIES

These are subject to change. The original list was made in 1984 when the memorials were covered with foliage. They are easier to read now that has been cleared away and one or two others have emerged through clearance. One or two are not now in the order made in 1984, but we have left that unaltered here; a few stones have broken or deteriorated further.

51a Woodhouse[51]. [Damaged plinth] In loving memory of / GERALD FREDERICK / Eldest son of / FREDERICK W . and 51b WoodhouseCONSTANCE WOODHOUSE died at Holborough Court / Sunday 27 Decr 1891 / Aged 13 years and 5 months

In two parts: one at N wall and the other by the church (W end) Frederick William Woodhouse was a J.P. and lived at Holborough Court between at least 1891 and 1899. Gerald Frederick was the couple’s ‘eldest son’. By 1901 the couple were living in Hertfordshire, where Frederick is described as a Marsala Wine Grower’.

[52]. [Cross (now detached) on plinth] [Much illegible] JOSEPH EVAN[S] / SMITH / Born at Horsha[m] [Worcester]shire 181[4] / Died at Snodland / Feb. 7 1907 [aged 93] In / Memory of / ANNE NORTON SMITH / Born ………. / Gloucestershire / Died at Snodland Jan 15 1897 [aged 82]

[53]. [Illegible] ….FLORENCE….

54 Peters[54]. In memory of / ANN daughter of / WILLIAM and MARY PETERS / who departed this life / the 15th of September 1826 / Aged 13 Days / Also SARAH Daughter of the / above departed this life / the l7th of September 1826 / aged 15 days

William Peters was born c.1793 at Aldersgate, London. He married Mary Lilley. By 1823 he was in Snodland as agent to Poynder and Hobson, limeburners. In 1846 he briefly took up farming at Halling, but then moved to Wouldham to establish his lime works. This was said to have been the largest in the world at one time. The twins were baptised at All Saints on 12 September 1826. William died in 1867, bequeathing the works to his sons Joseph, Edwin and Henry.

[55]. In memory of / JANE wife of / ARMIGILL HADLOW / died November hadlowscan24th 1797 / Aged 31 years / Also JAMES their son / died July 4th 1790 / Aged 6 years & 7 months

Armigill Hadlow was baptised at All Saints on 25 March 1749. He married Jane Wood there on 2 June 1781. He was a tailor. He was buried at All Saints on 6 May 1819, aged 70. There were at least four men of this name in the area. James was baptised at All Saints on 25 December 1783

56 Joynson[56]. In memory of / WILLIAM, Son of / WILLIAM and ANN / CATHARINE JOYNSON / who departed this Life / the 23rd of September 1827 / aged 5 weeks

William Joynson came from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to lease the paper mill from the Spong family of Aylesford. He remained here for ten years from 1823 to 1833, when he moved to St Mary Cray, where he made his reputation as a fine papermaker. By 1865 he was employing 630 people there. He died on 6 December 1874 and his estate was valued at ‘under £500,000’.

Children: William: baptised, All Saints, 11 September 1827; buried 29 September 1827; Edmund Hambrough: baptised All Saints, 19 September 1828; Ann Catherine: born 31 January 1830, baptised 9 February 1830, Ebenezer Chapel, Chatham; Mary: baptised All Saints, 9 October 1833; Emma: baptised St Mary Cray, c.1837

[57]. [Thin headstone – no inscription visible]

58 Thomas[58]. In loving memory of / ELIZA / the beloved wife of the late / GEORGE THOMAS / of Spratts Brook Farm, Tunbridge Wells / who died May 22nd 1900 / aged 78 years

Eliza, daughter of Armigill and Mary Ann Hadlow, was baptised at All Saints on 28 April 1822. She married George Thomas on 14 June 1842, two weeks before her father was buried there. She inherited his property, which comprised six cottages in the High Street [only two now remain at 88 and 88a. She built the three shops opposite Waghorn Road in 1878 (in place of two of the cottages) and lived there herself according to the 1891 census.

59 Gowar[59]. Sacred / to the memory of / FANNY / wife of / RICHARD GOWAR / who departed this life / the 17th day of Octr 1857 / aged 79 years / Also of the above / RICHARD GOWAR / who departed this life / on the lst day of August 1861 / aged 77 years / left issue 2 sons and one daughter / WILLIAM, AMBROSE and ELIZA

60 Randell[60]. In / loving memory / of / ANN wife of / WILLIAM RANDELL / Born Oct. llth 1829 / Died Oct. 7th 1889 / Also of WALTER son of / WILLIAM & ANN RANDELL / who died March 2nd 1875 / aged l0 years & 5 months

[61]. [Illegible] ….JOHN HODGES….

[62]. [In] Memo[ry] / of / RICHARD JUPP / Died 11th April 1846 / aged 69 years / Also AMELIA / wife of the above / Died 11th April 1850 / aged 66 years

[63]. [Damaged] [In memory of / ELI]ZABETH wife of / EDWARD HAWKS / who departed this life / February 18 1871 / aged 72 years / Also the above / EDWARD HAWKS / Died Octr 28 1875 / aged 85 years

64 Peters[64]. Sacred / to the memory of / CHARLES son of / RICHARD & REBECCA PETERS / who departed this life / December 8th 1877 / aged 37 years / Also RICHARD son of the abo[ve] / Richard & Rebecca Peters / who departed this life / November 5 1884 / aged 63 years

[65]. In affectionate + remembrance of / MARIA the beloved wife of /65 Martin GEORGE MARTIN / who departed this life / November 27th 1884 / aged 59 years

Afflictions sore long time I bore
Physicians were in Vain
Till God did please to give me ease
And free me from my pain

 

66 Ansley[66]. [largely illegible] In loving remembrance of / ELIZA ALICE ANSLEY / … Alfred and Mary Norman /fell asleep July 2nd 1892

 

 

 

 

 

[67]. In memory of / JAMES WOODING / who died April 27th 1868 / aged 78 years / Also P1010002of FRANCES / wife of the above / who died March 18th 1877 / aged 85 years

Be ye also ready for in such an hour
As ye think not the Son of Man cometh

 

 

 

 

[68]. In / loving memory / of / PETER BROOK / died November 11th 1873 / aged 60 years / Interred at East Peckham / Also ELIZA / beloved wife of the above / died June 21st 1892 / aged 70 years

[69]. In / affectionate remembrance of / JOSIAH GAY / who departed this life / 22nd P1010001August 1861 aged 22 years / Also ROZETTA THWAITES / who died 15th December 1878 / aged 29 years / Also WILLIAM HENRY GAY / their beloved father / who died 1. November 1879 / aged 62 years Also DIANA / their darling mother / who died 14th May 1881 / aged 62 years

[Non-conformist family, well-known for their music making]

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[70]. In / loving memory of / WILLIAM GEORGE / son of / THOMAS and ANN MOORE / born November 19th 1862 / died April 8th 1888

Death has taken many a loved one
From our homes and fond embrace
But the hour of joy is coming
When we’ll meet them face to face.
Healing balm for wounded spirit
For the hour will soon appear
And within his glorious kingdom
We shall meet our friends so dear

[71]. Sacred / to the memory of / MARY / the beloved wife of JOHN DAY / who died July P10009982nd 1858 / aged 28 years / leaving issue 2 sons / WILLIAM & GEORGE / ‘In the hour of death and the / day of judgment the Lord have / mercy on us’ / Also of SARAH DAY / mother of the above / JOHN DAY / who departed this life / 21 April 1873 / aged 82 years

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[72]. [broken plinth] …BERNARD EDWIN / the much / beloved child of / EDWIN & LILLY BLANCHE / PERRIN of Wouldham / who died Sept. 2nd 1880 / aged 11 months

[Lily was the daughter of the Snodland postmaster, Walter Rumble, and she and her husband ran the post office in Wouldham after their marriage]

[73]. [Fragment] ….GEORGE DAY / who departed this life /… WILLIAM DAY / who departed this life / …

[74]. Sacred / to the memory of / FREDERICK / youngest son of / GEORGE & MARTHA P1000996JURY / late of Maidstone / who died April 6 1865 / aged 27 years …[facing on stone gone] [GEORGE JURY] / who died May 10th 1867 / aged 66 years / Also of MARTHA his widow who died Decr 4th 1872 / aged 69 years

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[75]. In / affectionate remembrance of / GEORGE HENRY / son of / WILLIAM & SOPHIA MOORE / who died July l4th 1864 / aged 15 months / Also / FREDERICK JOHN MOORE / who died June 9th 1866 aged 6 months

[Non-conformists; see [77]]

[76]. In loving memory / of / FRANCES FREEMAN PEMBLE / wife of ISAAC PEMBLE / whoP1000994 entered into rest April 10th / 1890 aged 75 years / … loved her much no tongue … / … much we loved her. And … / God loved her too and thought … / make her home with him / Also of the above named / ISAAC PEMBLE / who died March 15th 1896 / aged 83 years

 

 

 

 

P1000993[77]. In / loving remembrance of / WILLIAM MOORE / born April 10 1829 / died March 5 1883 / Also / SOPHIA / the beloved wife of the above / Born November 9th 1835 / Died April 14th 1888

[Non-conformist family; builder and victualler at the Bricklayers Arms]

[78]. [Fragment] [MARY] / wife of / GEORGE CAPON / who died Dec 15th 1892 / aged 63 years / Also the above named / GEORGE CAPON / who died March 18th 1903 / aged 74 years

Gone from us but not forgotten
Never shall thy memory fade
Loving thoughts shall always linger
Around the spot where thou art laid

[George was a shoemaker]

P1010032[79]. [Fragment] In / loving memory of / GEORGE FIELD / who departed this life / June 18 1886 / aged 58 years / Now the labourer’s task is o’er / Also of MARY his wife / who died Sep. 13 1913 / aged 74 years

[George was a cement labourer]

[80]. In affectionate remembrance of / LYDIA / the beloved wife of / AMBROSE CRICK / P1000992who died September 8th 1887 / aged [54] Also the above / AMBROSE CRICK / [who died] Oct. 18 1901 / aged 78

[Ambrose worked in the paper mill]

[81]. In memoriam / ELIZA MARY BRACE / of Camden Town London / Born Octr 26th P10009911809 / Died Septr 16th 1877

No trace of her is known in Snodland records. She seems to have been a seamstress.

[82]. In affectionate remembrance / of / JOHN WALTON / late Master Tailor R.E.P1000984Chatham / who died December 31st l886 / aged 51 years / Also JOHN JONES of Northampton / who died May 13th 1889 / aged 78 years / Also of ELIZA ANN / wife of John Walton / and daughter of John Jones / who died Sept 4th 1933 / aged 88 years

[John Walton was in Snodland by 1881, presumably having retired from the Royal Engineers]

[83]. In loving memory / of / WILLIAM KINGSNORTH / of this parish / died 5th Novr 1883 Aged 81 / P1000985Lord have mercy upon us / Also SARAH, wife of the above, / died 21st June 1884 aged 69 years

[Licensed victualler at the Red Lion; also proprietor of houses in Mill Street; built and retired to Meadow View Villa]

P1000986[84]. In memory of / SARAH LURCOCK / who died 26th March 1876 / aged 59 years / Whosoever liveth and believeth / shall never die / Also of GEORGE LURCOCK / who died October 17th 1880 / aged 58 years

[George a former gardener, was the first publican at the Prince of Wales from 1870 to 1874]

[85]. In memory of / ELIZA wife of / WILLIAM P1010030EVANS / who died Aug. 27 1875 / aged 65 years / Also of / WILLIAM CHARLES EVANS / son of the above / who died at Monte video / South America / on the 10th Feby l885 / aged 38 years / Also of / the above named / WILLIAM EVANS / who died Jan 23rd 1896 / aged 75 years

 

 

 

[86]. [Fragment] …ALLEN CHARLES….

P1010007[87]. Sacred to the remembrance of / REBECCA wife of / JAMES HEWITT / and daughter of the late / RICHARD and REBECCA PETERS / Died April l5th 1886 / Also JAMES HEWITT / husband of the above / departed April 23rd 1897 / aged 77 years / I know that my Redeemer liveth

[James was a grocer/baker at Holborough]

 

[88]. In / affectionate memory / of / ELIZA beloved wife of / … SETH PUDNEY / who fell asleep Jan. 31st 1890 / aged 57 years

MEMORIALS RECORDED , BUT NOW LOST

Rev, Carey wrote ‘In the course of the winter [of 1867] the old ground was levelled, and some of the more unsightly stones were laid flat’

[89] . In Memory of Mr. WILLIAM HUGGINS of Chatham, joiner, son of Mr. WM. HUGGINS of this Parish, died the 8 of July 1768 Aged 71 years

[90]. In memory of Mr. WM. CRAFT of this Parish who departed this life the 23rd of Nov. 1775 Aged 34 years Also Mr. WM . WINGATE who departed this life the l2th of Sept . 1792 Aged 47 years Eliz [ELIZABETH] TOWNSEND departed this life 14th Sept. 1808 Aged 58 years Likewise five of their children
O cruel Death that would no longer spare
My tender Husbands and your Fathers dear
Great is the loss to those they left behind
But they, we hope, eternal joys will find

[91]. In memory of Mr. JOHN BRAIN of this Parish who departed this life 23rd September 1801 aged 58 years – left Issue two sons: WILLIAM and JOHN
After a short but sharp Affliction here
I take my leave of Wife and Children dear
Low here I be in this soft Bed of Dun
Waiting for the Resurrection of the Sun.
Also SARAH wife of the above, who departed this life 6th September
1808 Aged 61 years – Also three grand-children died in their infancy

P1000155[92] In Loving Memory of / AMY and ADA / Twin children of / TOM and ELLEN HILDER / AMY died 1867 aged 7 months / ADA died 1875 aged 7 years / R. I. P.

Extant, but removed by Gerald Edgeler to his own home when the church surrounds were being dug out. Amy and Ada would have been his aunts had they lived. The graves were east of the church entrance porch.

[93] . ‘Small square stone’ [near the market cross steps] [Grave of Henry Dampier Phelps – Rector of Snodland, 1804-1865]

[94]. In Memoriam / IHS / Elizabeth relict of / Charles Robert Jolliffe / Commanded SS William Hutt / Who departed this life / 8th of May 1889 aged 76 / Also Isabella Drummond / Who died 6th of January 1890 aged 73 / Eldest and third daughters of / Lieut. John Alexander / Mc Donnell Drummond / H.M. 56th Regt of Foot and his wife / Elizabeth Chaplesson / Also Amelia Henrietta Drummond / Sixth and youngest daughter / Of the above who died 28th July 1892 / Aged 72 deeply regretted / Through life an example / of kind affection / and faithful attachment / as daughter sister and friend. / ‘Blessed are the dead that / Die in the Lord.’

Recorded by Maude Midsummer Hook. The three sisters are all buried at All Saints, although Amelia was a devout Swedenborgian and commissioned two windows at the west end of the church, St John of Jerusalem, in Snodland High Street. She was the governess of the Hook children and companion to their mother, Anna Maria Hook.

Notes from the Sexton survive between 1785 and 1796 and mention the following stones:

STEPHEN MANLEY, buried 13 October 1763 [extant, no. 44]

WRAY tomb [extant, no. 50]

JANE GOFFE. Jane, wife of John Goffe, buried 25 November 1730; another Jane Goffe was buried 18 October 1736.

ANN HADLOW. Anne, wife of William Hadlow, buried 31 December 1780 [there were also burials of children named Anne]

MR GILDER. Could be EDMOND, died 8 October 1770; or JOHN, buried 21 June 1783

WILLIAM TURNER. Buried 20 December 1714

SANDERS. Probably William, buried 39 August 1686

WENMAN. Probably WILLIAM, buried 6 December 1784 and MARTHA [same grave], died 15 November 1791

The Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser  for 5 October 1893 includes Snodland as one of a number of ‘Sunday Visits to Kentish Churches’ by an anonymous clergyman. In his account he included details of the following churchyard memorials, many of which have disappeared. He was particularly assiduous in recording the verses, and new details extracted from his comments are given here. Numbered memorials are those listed above.

[42] THOMAS FLETCHER WAGHORN

[41] FRANCES WAGHORN

[38] JOHN GOODHUGH

[22] WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTS; ANN ROBERTS; SAMUEL LEE; WILLIAM LEE]

[51] GERALD FREDERICK WOODHOUSE: ‘A beautifully chiselled marble cross, overlooking a bijou garden, blooming with flowers, and enclosed with a marble edging’

[Lost] ‘Simple, laudatory and comforting are the lines on the memorial stone erected in loving memory of ELIZA ANN, the beloved wife of William JOY, who died in August 1891, aged 46:

Her feet were always ready to run,
Her hands so willing and free,
Now life’s task is over and done,
Oh God we leave the rest to thee.’

[80] ‘A stone raised in affectionate remembrance of LYDIA, the beloved wife of Ambrose CRICK, who died September 8th, 1887, aged 54, is inscribed with a verse, which in itself is wrested from the beautifully poetic composition of Sir John Suckling, and constitutes an outrage upon his literary memory. It runs

There was a hand we could not see
That beckoned her away,
There was a voice we could not hear
Forbid her longer stay.

The original verse for felicitousness of idea and aptness of expression has few equals in the English language. It reads thus

I hear a voice you cannot hear
Which says I must not stay,
I see a hand you cannot see
Which beckons me away.’

[Lost] RICHARD UNDERDOWN, died 14 April 1885; ‘a neat and well-engraven stone has been raised, … ‘immortalised by an epitaph which betrays a singular confusion of ideas:-

Not gone from memory, but gone from love,
But gone to his Father, in heaven above.
Thy will be done seems hard to say
When those we love are called away.
‘Tis hard to check the burning tear
That trace our faces o’er
But could we hear his gentle voice,
He’d bid us weep no more.
Nothing in my hand I bring.
Simply to Thy cross I cling

[Lost] ‘A pretty stone, in loving remembrance of GEORGE FRANCIS WELLS, who died 9th March 1886, aged 36 years, is simply inscribed:-

He is gone from those who loved him best,
Gone to eternity’s beautiful rest.
And oh I pray when life is o’er,
We may meet in heaven to part no more.

[Lost] EDWARD BAKER, died February 8th, 1892, aged 81; FRANCES, his wife, died July 1892.

Sleep on in peace, while angels guard thy dust,
Until the Lord of Glory shall come down
To claim from earth the bodies held in trust,
And deck each brow with an unfailing crown.

[Lost] ‘To the loving memory of CHARLES, the youngest son of James and Jemima FOSTER, of this parish, who died 12th May, 1878, aged 13’

Here worldly cares his mind oppressed
His days on earth were few;
His love to Jesus he expressed,
Then bid the world adieu.

[Lost] ISABELLA, youngest daughter of Mrs Thomas WOODLAND, died May 12th, 1878

Though many foes beset her around,
And feeble is her arm,
Her life is hid with Christ in God,
Beyond the reach of harm

[14] ISRAEL MAY

[Lost] [JANE], the beloved daughter of Thomas and Rebecca PINK, of this parish, who died March 13th 1871, aged 5 years

I take this little lamb, said Jesus,
And lay it on my breast,
Protection it shall find in me,
In me for ever blest

[Lost: 94] A marble stone of splendid design looks down on a pretty flower plot. Edged with marble. AMELIA HENRIETTA DRUMMOND

[21] EUSTACE and EVELINA AUGUSTA HOOK

[76: PEMBLE] Verse to add:

We loved her, ah, no tongue can tell,
How much we loved her and how well.
God loved her too and thought it best
To take her home with Him to rest.

[70] WILLIAM GEORGE MOORE

[77] A headstone adjoining [the above]: WILLIAM and SOPHIA MOORE

[88] ELIZA and SETH PUDNEY. Verse to add:

A light from our household is gone,
A voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

[Lost] ELIZA ADAMS, died 27th July 1832. ‘This stone is erected by the Rev. H. Dampier Phelps, Rector of Snodland, in grateful acknowledgement of her dutiful and faithful conduct in his and his family’s service for the long period of 30 years.’

[Lost] [ELIZA] wife of William WOODING, who died 6th May 1891, aged 60, and WILLIAM who died on 25th December 1892.

No one knows how much we miss thee,
None but aching hearts can tell,
Earth has lost them,
Heaven has gained them
Jesus hath done all things well.