Historic Churches of Buckinghamshire

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Index of Monuments

Monuments - As we cannot include all Church Monuments, those listed here are selected for their importance by sculptor, designer, or the size, design, or unusual character of the monument, or the people that they remember.
They will usually be monuments inside a church, but occasionally exceptional monuments in a churchyard will be included.

 27 churches with 84 Monuments

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St Mary the Virgin Addington †1700 Monument to Sir John Busby. Cartouche with trophies and a portrait bust. Sculptor was Nicholas Bigee. (Possibly by Bigee).
The Inscription.

1753 Monument to Rev Thomas Busby, son of Sir John Busby, and Rector of Addington from 1693-1725. Putto standing by a broken column. Sculptor was John Michael Rysbrack. (Signed and dated by Rysbrack).
Putto holds a snake biting its own tail. A symbol of birth, death and re-birth.
The Inscription.

†1798 Monument to Anne Busby, born 1708, the daughter of Rev Thomas Busby. Woman kneels below 2 urns. Sculptor was Humphrey Hopper.
Closer view of Woman and Urns.
The Inscription and Arms.

1897 Monument to J G Hubbard. Sculptor was E Roscoe Mullins.

St Mary Amersham †1636 Monument to Henry Curwen (aged 14). Sculptor was Edward Marshall.
The Inscription.

†1654 Monument to William Drake.
Close-up view of William Drake.

†1698 made 1725 Monument to Montague Drake. Sculptor was Andrew Carpenter. (Signed by Carpenter).

†1714 & †1730 Monument to George Bent and his mother.
Close-up view of George Bent and his mother.

†1727 Monument to Charles Eeles.
The Inscription.

†1730 Monument detailing bequests of Elizabeth Bent. An unusual "Bequest Board" in marble rather than the usual timber.
The Inscription.

†1850 Monument to Edward Weller. Sculptor was Samuel Manning.

1888 Tower restored as a memorial to Thomas Tyrwhitt-Drake, †1888. The tower was not re-faced with flints until 16 years after the rest of the church.

St Mary Ashendon Late 13C Effigy of a late 13C Knight under a 15C arch.
Closer view of effigy with the Knight holding his sword.

†1756 Monument to John Lucas †1756, and his wife Mary †1778.
The inscription.

†1780 Monument to William Eagleton †1780, and his wife Frances †1781.
Closer view of inscription. The text at the base is identical to that on the earlier John Lucas monument.

†1798 Monument to William Croxford †1798.

†1834 Monument to William Smith †1834.

St Michael & All Angels Aston Clinton 1768 Monument to John Somner, died in 1768 aged 53. His wife Ann "caused this Monument to be erected to his memory".
The inscription plaque on the monument.

1806 Monument to Mary Minshull, died in 1806 aged 32. The Monument also records 3 other family members.
The inscription.

1828 Monument to John Hardwick Minshull, died in 1828 aged 33. The Monument also record his brother William who died in 1831 aged 36.
The inscription.

c1846 Monument to Edward Horwood. The Monument also records the deaths of his 3 children who all died between 1845 and 1849.
The inscription.

†1870 Monument to Rev Charles Eyton, Rector from 1849-1870. The Monument is also in memory of the Rector's wife, Philadelphia who died in 1880.
The inscription.

†1944 Monument to Frances Down, 1863-1944. She was the only daughter of William Minshull. The monument proudly tells us that she was a descendant of a Knight from the 3rd Crusade, in 1189-1192.
The inscription.

St Peter Astwood †1640 made 1685 Monument to Samuel Cranmer, and Mary his second wife †1684. He was a descendant of the elder brother of Thomas Cranmer, 16C Archbishop of Canterbury.
The inscription.

†1743 Monument to Margaret Lowndes. Daughter of William and Margaret Lowndes.
The inscription.

†1764 Monument to Margaret Lowndes. Wife of William Lowndes. Sculptor was John Vidler. (Probably by Vidler).
The inscription.

†1775 Monument to William Lowndes. Sculptor was John Vidler. (Signed by Vidler).
The inscription.

St Mary Aylesbury †1703 Monument to Thomas Ferrer. Sculptor was Edward Stanton.

†1749 Monument to Anne Barker Bell. Sculptor was Peter Scheemakers.

Church of the Assumption Beachampton †1598 Monument to Mathew Pigot.

†1682 Monument to Simon Benet.

St Mary & All Saints Beaconsfield, Old 1520s Tomb Recess in Chancel N Wall.

†1687 Monument in Churchyard to Edmund Waller. Sculptor was William Stanton. (Probably by Stanton).

1886 Monument to Rev Samuel Bowles †1885. Designer was Henry Woodyer.

St Margaret Biddlesden †1847 Monument to George Morgan. Sculptor was Thomas Grimsley.

St James the Great Bierton 1621 Monument to Samuel Bosse.

All Saints Bisham (Berks) early 16C Canopied Tomb-chest (brought from Anglesey by Williams family).

†1558 Monument to Sir Philip Hoby (etc). Sculptor was Cornelius Cure. (Reputedly by Cure).

†1605 Monument to Lady Margaret Hoby.

†1609 Monument to Lady Elizabeth Russell (formerly Hoby).

†1904 Monument to George Kennet Vansittart-Neale (aged 14). Sculptor was Morris Harding.

St Mary Bletchley (MK) †1442 Monument to Richard Lord Grey de Wilton.

†1616 Monument to Thomas Sparke. Sculptor was Richard Haydocke.

†1699 Monuments (Floor slabs) to Thomas Willis and his wife. They were the parents of Browne-Willis.

†1724 Monument to Catherine (Browne-Willis's wife).

St James Boarstall late 15C Tomb-chest.

1815 Wall Monument (Aubrey family).

1826 Wall Monument (Aubrey family).

†1856 Wall Monument to Sir Thomas Digby Aubrey †1856. Sculptor was John Bedford & Sons.

St Botolph Bradenham 1684 Monument to Charles West †1684. Sculptor was Edward Stanton. (Upper part of monument is possibly by Stanton).

St Peter Burnham †1594 Monument to John Wright, Vicar.

†1657 Monument to George Evelyn of Huntercombe Manor.

†1721 Monument to Bridget Friend.

1792 Monument to Mr Justice Willes. Sculptor was John Bacon 1st.

All Saints Calverton †1752 Monument to Thomas Ravenscroft. Sculptor was Jasper Latham. (Possibly by Latham).

St Simon & Jude Castlethorpe †1671 Monument to Thomas Tyrril.

St Nicholas Chearsley late 18C 3 wall tablets.

St Michael Chenies 14C-21C The Russell monuments and hatchments are not currently listed here. The Bedford Chapel is private, however the monuments are splendid and very important.

St Mary Chesham †1617 Monument to Richard Woodcocke, Vicar, his bust looks down on the altar.

†1623 Monument to John Cavendish, son of the Earl of Devonshire, sarcophagus.

†1726 Monument to Lady Mary Whichcote, a tall pyramid.

†1800 Monument to Nicholas Skottowe, mourning woman at a sarcophagus. Sculptor was John Bacon, Junior.

St Leonard Chesham Bois ? Tomb Chest.

St Mary & Nicholas Chetwode †1668 Monument to Mary Risley.

St Lawrence Chicheley 1576 Monument to Anthony Cave †1554 and his wife. Monument erected in 1576. Sculptor was Thomas Kirby.

†1635 Monument to Sir Anthony Chester and his wife.

†1697 Wall Monument to Sir Anthony Chester.

†1704 Wall Monument to Ann, wife of Sir John Chester.

1708 Chancel rebuilt in a Classical style. Built in memory of Sir John Chester's first wife, Anne Wollaston. Maker was James Oldfield. Mason working for Sir John Chester

19C Unusual monumental tiles to members of the Chester family.

St Mary the Virgin Chilton †1608 Monument to Sir John Croke & his wife. A very large canopied tomb chest.

†1755 Monument to Chief Justice Carter. A very large screen monument.

St Mary the Virgin Clifton Reynes c1300 Effigies of Thomas Reynes (1st) and wife. These are oak effigies in a recess dating from c1340.

c1330 Effigy and part of table tomb of Ralph Reynes. This is an oak effigy.

c1330 Part of table tomb of Thomas Reynes (2nd).

c1330 Effigy of Cecilia Reynes. This is an oak effigy.

c1340 Wall recess for effigy of Amabel Reynes.

c1385 Complete table tomb of Thomas Reynes (3rd) and wife Joan. This is a stone monument.

1752 Monument to Alexander Small. Monument is signed by James Andrews. James Andrews.

1752 Bust on monument to Alexander Small. Sculptor was Peter Scheemakers.

St Nicholas Cublington †1681 Monument to George Tourney.

All Saints Hulcott †1535 Monument to Benedict Lee.

†1823 Monument to Baldwyn Thorne. She died at the age of 100.

†1908 Monument to Rev Edward Bonus. A Brass Plaque.
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