Chilton Dorney  Drayton Beauchamp  Hillesden  Lillingstone Dayrell  Middle Claydon Stoke Mandeville  Stowe  Whaddon   Wing

Chilton - St Mary the Virgin
Church open during daylight hours. Park in street outside SP 686 116


Sir John (1608) & Elizabeth Croke (1611) Alabaster, in the Croke chapel. The two sons in scarlet robes of judges are Sir John, who was speaker of the House of Commons in the reign of Elizabeth I, and Sir George who was one of the two judges who sat in the judgement against Charles I in the Ship Money case of John Hampden.

Above: Edward Croke (1626) One the sons of the above. Floor slab with inlaid brasses.
Above & Right:
Elizabeth Tyreil (1631) & Baby Dorothy. Attributed to William Wright
'Here lyeth Elizabeth Tyreil late wife of Sir John Tyreil of Heron knight and daughter of Sir John Croke (the above) of Chilton knight who had one daughter Dorothy who dyed in her infancie and the said Elizabeth died the 16th of Frebruary Annon Domini 1631 being the 57 yeare of her age. Her parent lie in the fabulous _ on the opposite wall.

Edward Croke's Epitaph
Ave Viator
Stay here thou gentle passanger and view this young mans character. Here lyes the body of a sonne next to his sire that to God is gone.
the next step forward grandsire holdes and great grandsire third place enfoldes their virtues speake their prayses best, and heare their bodyes quiet rest.
Vale lector
reader now passes and thee who liveth well shall go to blisse and so runnes a holy course as these have done whome i rehearse.
When as he views this character will wish hee were inheritor unto such worthyes men that were renowned whilst they lived heere.
Hic iacet Edward Croke qui obit 4 day February 1626.

Dorney - St James

Sir William Gerrard (1606) & Elizabeth (Roe). Alabaster. It was erected by Sir William's widow and completed by her son-in-law, Sir John Kederminster, whose name appears at the bottom.
Drayton Beauchamp
St Mary the Virgin
Open during daylight hours. Located in the middle of a field: to park you have to open the field gate and drive up the church lane. When there only spaces for two cars . SP 901 118

Left: Thomas Cheyney (1368) Sieldbearer to King Edward III
Henry Fazakerley (1531) Priest. Brass
Right: William Cheyney (1374)  The brother of Thomas

Above & Right: William Lord Cheyney, Viscount Newhaven (1728) By William Woodman. The seated figure of Lady Newhaven (1731) was added after her death by William Woodman the Younger

Hillesdon - All Saints
Open during daylight hours. Limited parking on street outside SP 685 287
Alexander Denton (1576) son of Thomas Denton (q.v.). Signed by Thomas Kirkby. His first wife was Anne Williston who died in childbirth; she has a monument in Hereford Cathedral where she lies with effigies of her baby and  husband. His secnoond wife Mary Martin is recorded on this monument; she died in 1574 Sir Alexander (1739) and Lady Agnes Denton (1753) Originally erected for Alexander's first wife Catherine (1733), who is represented by the lion footed black marble sarcophagus in the centre of the monument, on it large obelisk. Signed by Henry Cheere.  On the left is the bust of Alexander & on the right that of his second wife Agnes. 'Sacred to the memory of Thomas Isham (1676) late of Middle Temple London gent only sonne of Thomas Isham of Pinchley in the county of Bucks knight. He deceased July 7th in ye 30th year of his age.
Leaving behind him a great example of kindness to his relations, fidelity to his friends and charity to all ye knew him. in coelo quies.'
Thomas Denton (1558) and Margery Mordaunt MP and lawyer in Tudor times. By Richard Parker. His wife was first married to Edmund Fettisplace of Besselsleigh, Berkshire, and she in depicted with him and their children on a brass in All Saints, Morcham

Lillingstone Dayrell
The Church in the Field
Open during daylight hours. Limited parking outside the church. SP 705 398
Above & Below Left: Paul Dayrell (1556) & Dorothy (1571) She was his third wife. Note the small figures of nine sons and six daughters keeling on the side of the tomb chest.
Above:  Paul and Margaret Dayrell (1491) Brass fixed to black marble top of a recessed tomb
Paul & Dorothy Dayrell's Epitaph
Heare Dorethie dothe lie in grave with many children blessed, who sure to husbands three a faithful will did rest that idleness and careless life did shunne and loved no waiste, whose liberall pursse the poore yet everywhere did taiste. Gode's servante heare she lived of whom the world said well his soule and whence it came with God is gone to dwell. This epitaphe I Haddon wrote upon my mothers grave whose onli help did give by learning as I have.

Middle Claydon - All Saints
The church is in the grounds of Claydon House; see National Trust for opening times. SP 719 253
Some Brasses
Alexander Anne (1526) priest Isabella Giffard (1523) Roger (1542) & Mary Giffard  The brass was created in their lifetimes but the dates of death was not added. Their 13 sons and 7 daughters are shown below.

The Verney Monument 1653

Sir Edmund (1642) & Dame Margaret (1641) Verney; their son Sir Ralph (___) and his wife Mary (1640)
This monument of datk and white marbles was set up by Sir Ralph in memory of his father, mother and wife. These three busts were modeled from paintings  that hung in Claydon House. When he returned to England in 1653 he signed a contract with the sculptor Edward Marshall to make the monument for £130; it took three and a half years to construct and was finished and unveiled in 1653.
Edmund Verney (1590-1642)  fought for the Royalists in the Civil War, becoming standard bearer, and was killed at the Battle of Edgehill. His body was never recovered, only his gauntlet covered hand, which had been hacked off, being found; this hangs with his helmet in the chancel.
Ralph Verney (1613-1696) He declared for Parliament in the Civil War, but refused to sign the Solomn League and Covenant and was forced into exile. He was imprisoned on his return to England but three years later was fined and released.
Sacred to the memory of the ever honoured Sir Edmund Verney who was Kings Marshall 16 years and the standard bearer to Charles the first in that memorable Battle of Edgehill on the 23 of October 1642. Killed then in the two and fiftieth year of his age.
And in honour of Dame Margaret his wife, eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Denton of Hillesden knight by whome hee had six sonnes and six daughters. She dyed at London on ye Strand, and was buried here on ye 7th of April 1641 in the 17 years of her age.

Also the perpetuall honour and memory of that most excellent and incomparable person Dame Mare sole daughter and heire of John Blacknall of Abingdon in ye county of Berks esq and wife of Sir Raphe Verney (eldest sonne of the said Sir Edmund and Dame Margaret) by whom she has three sonnes and three daughters wherof only Edmund and John are living.
She deceased at Blois in France on the 19th day of May 1650 being about the age of 34 yeares and was here interred on the 19th of November following, where her said husband at whose charge and by whose appointment this monument was erected intends to be buried.

Margaret Gifford (1539)  Alabaster

Top Far Left: Emily Fremantle (1877) She was the wife of Rev W R Fremantle, who was rector here and later Dean of Ripon.
Top Centre Left: General Sir Harry Calvert  (1826), First Baronet Also his wife Caroline (1806)
Top Centre Right: Unnamed but Gifford arms. Dated by RCHM c 1540
Top Far Right: Uriah (1608) & Lettice Verney 'I...made this monument for myselfe and my wife Lettice Verney...with whom I had issue of one sonne Edmund Verney ...
Left: Catherine Verney (1827)

Stoke Mandeville The Three Children of Edmund Blundendell
'Crvell death by mortall blades/ Hath slain fovre of my tender babes
Wherof Mary Thomas  and Dorathye/ Within this place ther bodies lye.
But God which never man deceaved/ Hath ther soules to Him receaved
This death to them is greatest gayne/ Increasing their joy freeing them from payne
O Dorathye my blessed Childe/ Which lovingly lyved and dyed myld
Thou wert my tenth even God's own choys/ In thee exceedingly I did reioyse
 Upon Good Friday at night my doll depted/ Adew my sweet and most trvehearted
My bodye with thine I desire should lye/ When God hath appointed me to dye
Hoping through Christ he will provide/ For my soul with thyne in heaven to abide
And I your father Edmund Brundenell/ Until the resurection with thee will dwell
And so adew my sweet lambs three/ Until in heaven I shall you see
Such is my hope of Richard my son/ Whose body lieth buried in Kings Sutton
Note this rather grainy photograph was taken through the window of the church which was unfortuanly found locked. Amanda felt it was worth showing this lovely monument.
The church is locked SP 834 104

Brought here from the old church. Dated c 1600
Church of the Asumption
In the grounds Stowe Gardens; the church is the only remaining part of the medieval village. See National Trust for opening details SP 676 373
Anna Saunders (1454) Brass 14th Century Civilian Effigy

Martha, Lady Prenystone (1620 age 25) & Hester (1612 <1) White marble effigt in shroud. The infant daughter is shown at her feet. She died of smallpox.  She lived with her husband, Thomas, at Bruce Castle, Tottenham, which was leased from the 3rd Earl of Dorset, whose mistress she became in 1619. The monument was erected by her father. Attributed to Nicholas Stone
Shut in the sepulchre lyes the ashes of faire Penyston, who lov'd by the most worthy of her time remov'd to heav'n, so to fraw up hir lovers eyes to the divine beawtie of that deitie, wherein she may love all that love hir, and not sinne.

Whaddon - St Mary
Above: Margart Myssenden (Hodges) (1612) with her son shown as a skeleton

Above: 'Here lyeth Thomas Pygott in the countey of Buk late sergeant at lawe & Agnesand Elizabeth one of the daughters & Hyeres of John Iwardeby esquyer hys Wyffes which Thomas dyed the 24 day of February the yere of oure Lorde 1520 and the seyd Elizabeth dyed the ...day of...the yere of oure Lord...on whose souls Jesu have mercy'. The brass is on the back plate of the tomb structure which consists of tomb chest and canopy, a design common in early 16th century. Purbeck marble.
Wing - All Saints
 Above: Robert, 1st Lord Dormer (1616) & Lady Elizabeth Dormer Saller figures of their children kneel along the base. Attributed to Nicholas Johnston
Open during daylight hours; refreshments served around 10 am on Saturdays. Limited parking in nearby streets. 
 SP 880 225

Above & Immediate Right: Sir Robert Dormer (1552). This monument may have been made for at leasr 15 years later for for his son Sir William (1575) . The brass on the back panel refers to his grandaughter Jane who was the wife of the Duke of Feria, a titled not conferred on him until1567. His wife, Jane, chose to live abroad because of the Catholic intolerance during Elizabeth I's reign and is buried in the Charterhouse in Louvain.
Anna Sophia Dormer (1694/5) Died of smallpox at 22 Perhaps by James Hardy Henry Fynes (1758) Merchant. By Louis Francois Roubiliac John Neale (1677)
Sir William (1575) and Dame Dorothy (1613) Dormer. They had several children wo are represented on the lower part of the monument. Sir William's first wife was Mary Sidney but she is not represented on the monument. Although a Catholic family, they outwardly conformed but sheltered priests during the reign of Edward VI. Dame Dorothy married Sir William Pelham. after the death of her husband. The photographs of the Dormer monuments were taken during their restoration in 2011


All the photographs and much of the information on this page were kindly supplied by Amanda Miller of Amanda's Arcade, to whom grateful thanks. Except Whaddon by Jean McCreanor

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