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Turvey Church Monuments

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Here are details of the various memorials and monuments to be found inside the church.

The famous Mordaunt Tombs have their own dedicated page, with lots of pictures.

The Lady Chapel Brasses

The oldest dates from about 1500 and commemorates another member of the Mordaunt family.  The second is in honour of a priest of about the same date, and the third is to Alice Bernard who was the daughter of John Chubnall of Astwood.  This brass dates from about 1606.

Here is a picture of Alice's brass and a transcription of the words on it - in their original form!

Here lieth ye body of Alice Bernard, the wife of Richard Bernard Esquire, the daughter of John Chybnoll of Astwood Esq: Who depareted this life ye 24th of April, 1606 Beinge of ye age of LXIII Yeares in remembrance of whose vertues and religious piety her husband Richard Bernard hath laid this monument.

Mordaunt Tombs

Monuments to Turvey’s Rectors

Three previous rectors are commemorated in the church.

Legh Richmond (1772-1827) is on the floor of the present chancel, in line with John 1st Lord Modaunts' tomb.  There are tablets to both Richmond and his wife Mary (died 1873 aged 95) and to their sons Nugent and Wiberforce and two other children who died young. There is also a brass with the names and dates of death of Leigh Richmond's children.

The Rev Erasmus Middleton  (the Rector before Leigh Richmond) and Richard Rands

(rector from 1669-99) are buried behind Lewis, Lord Mordaunts' tomb in the North aisle.

The picture below is a brass tile inlaid in the steps of the altar with Middleton's

initials on.  Click it to enlarge.

Other Monuments in Turvey Church

There are also monuments to members of the families of Higgins, Clark-Jervois and Carter.

Charles Longuet Higgins Monument

This is the monument to Charles Longuet Higgins, above the North door of the Sanctuary.

There is a lot more information about this remarkable Turvey gentleman on his own page on this site.

Click on the picture to enlarge.