Memorials at St James'

Memorials within St James'

Memorial locations

Transcribed by J A Gibbs in 1933 (and annotated in 1944). Some of these monuments are described in Manning & Bray’s “Surrey” vol II(1809).

See also details of burials in the churchyard. Also see Inscriptions on Moveables.

Monuments without photographs were destroyed/removed by enemy action in August 1944.

James, 1st Baron Abinger

James Scarlett, Burial Register C432. The glass of the east window of the chancel erected 1856-57, partly shattered by an explosion on the common May 1942, completely destroyed 3 Aug 1944. James died 1844, his eldest son died in 1861.

The East window erected to the memory of James 1st Baron Abinger by his eldest son.

Sarah Lady Abinger

Burial Register B011.

In memory of Sarah Lady Abinger younger daughter of George Smith Esqre of Ashtead in this County, Chief Justice of Mauritius widow of Robert Campbell 2nd Baron Abinger. Born October 13th 1803 died June 3rd 1878. She was buried in a vault in the NE angle of this churchyard. "At evening time it shall be light".

Jane Alexander

Burial Register A1162. In the nave, seven paces from the chancel and from the south wall. Buried 24 Feb 1723.

Here under lyeth the body of Mrs Jane Alexander wife of the Rev Charles Alexander late Vicar of Oakwood Chapel who departed this life the 20th day of February in the year of our Lord 1723. Aged 76 years.

Frances Carleton Bayley

To the beloved memory of Frances Carleton Bayley died Dec XV AD MDCCCLXIV aged LXXII years. "In peace".

Montagu Bayley

A brass on the south wall (organ chamber) beneath a lancet stained glass window. Not in Burial Register.

In honorem Dei Dono dedit Montagu Mayley 1857. The Rev Montagu Bayley AM who to the glory of God gave this window AD 1857 died in the peace of God March 24th AD 1859 aged 34 years. "In thy light shall we see light".

Anna Maria Beddingfield

Burial Register A1002. In the north chancel. Buried 24 Jun 1708. Not in Burial Register..

Here lyeth the body of Anna-Maria Bedingfield daughter of Mr Thomas Bedingfield deceased June the 22 1708.

Mary Beddingfield

Burial Register A1015. Mrs Bedingfield buried in the chancel 14 May 1710, daughter buried 29 Mar 1711.

Here lyeth the bdy of Mrs Mary Bedingfield wife of Mr Thomas Bedingfield deceased May ye 12th 1710. Here lyeth also the body of their daughter Mary deceased March ye 12th 1721.

Robert Campbell

Burial Register X092. Buried 29 Jun 1861. Memorial removed for safety 3 Aug 1944.

In memory of Robert Campbell 2nd Baron Abinger born Sep 5th 1794 died June 24th 1861 at Abinger Hall. This tablet was erected by his widow. "Save us Oh God of our salvation and gather us together."

Herbert William Carpenter

Burial Register X0126. On west wall of north chapel.

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of My Dear Husband Hebert William Carpenter 7th Queens Regiment Schoolmaster of Abinger Council School Who Gave his Life for his Country September 7th 1918, aged 33 years "He was Strong in Faith giving Glory to God"

Herbert William Carpenter

John Corfe

Burial Register A1211. Nave. Seven paces from the west wall and from the north wall. Maybe John Corfe buried 5 Apr 1729.

Here lieth the body of John G... son of Robert G... Gentn and Elizabeth his wife who departed this life the 2nd of April in the year of our Lord 1729 in the 20th year of her age. "Grieve not for me because my race is run. It is the Lord and let his will be done".

Thomas Crawley

Burial Register A0778. Against the (north) east wall under the altar. Buried 7 May 1685. Elizabeth married in Abinger 29 Nov 1683, buried 5 Mar 1687.

Here lyeth the body of Mr Thomas Crawley Rector of this Parish son of Francis Crawley Esqre. Cursitor Baron of his Majesty's Exchequer. He departed this life the 4th day of May anno Dom 1685. Here also lyeth ye body of Mrs Elizabeth Crawley relict of ye said Thomas Crawley and daughter of Dabriel Ottley DD Chaplain to his Majty King Charles ye 2nd who dyed March 1687 (or 1688).

Anne Hill

Burial Register X0122. Nave West Window, destroyed 3Aug1944.

To the glory of God and in loving memory of Anne Hill this window was given by her son TP Hill Rector 1880.

Daniel Dibble

Burial Register A0944. In the Patron’s Chancel. Daniel, of Darkin, buried 8 Apr 1702. Susanna buried 26 Feb 1709/10

Here lies the body of Daniell Dibble Gent. who deceased ye 4th of Aprill (sic) 1702. Aetatis suae 84. Here also lies the body of Susannah the wife of Daniel Dibble Gent. who deceased February the 22nd 1709/10. Aetatis suae 87.

Anne Hill

Burial Register X0122. Nave West Window, destroyed 3Aug1944.

To the glory of God and in loving memory of Anne Hill this window was given by her son TP Hill Rector 1880.

Thomas Prince Hill

Burial Register B267.

To the Glory of God and in memory of Rev Thomas Prince Hill for 39 years rector of this parish 1877-1916. During whose time the church was restored and much beautified. This tablet is erected by his parishioners in token of their appreciation of his long and faithful ministry in their midst. "he being dead yet speaketh".

Florence Bayley & Walter Ker

The lectern was dedicated in this church 8 Oct 1899 to the Glory of God and the beloved memories of Florence Bayley and Walter Ker her only son who fell in action May 1897 aged 22. Given by her daughter and sisters AD 1899.

Thy word is lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Flora Louise Lugard

On north wall of North Chapel. Removed for safety at ruining of the church 3Aug1944.

To the sacred memory of Flora Louise Lady Lugard DBE beloved wife of Frederick Dealtry Lord Lugard who died at Little Parkhurst January 25th 1929. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you". And of Colonel the Right Honourable Frederick John Dealtry Baron Lugard GCMG CB DSO PC Hon DCL Oxford & Durham; Hon LLD Cambridge, Glasgow & Hong Kong; a Commander of the Legion of Honour; Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II; Sometime Governor-General of Nigeria, who died at Little Parkhurst April 11th 1945 aged 87. Soldier, explorer, administrator. "All I did was to try and lay my bricks straight"

Flora Louise Lugard

Alastair Ian MacKenzie

Burial Register B231. On north wall of north chapel. Sculpture by Albert Toft.

"He Giveth His Beloved Sleep". Alastair Ian MacKenzie. Son of Sir Alexander MacKenzie KCSI. Placed Here by his Mother.

Alastair Ian McKenzie

William Anthony Mitchison

Frolbury, Abinger. On war memorial. Brass tablet removed 3Aug1944.

To the Glory of God and in loving memory of William Anthony Mitchison Lieut Royal Engineers killed in action near Ypres 20th Sept 1917 aged 24.

Gilbert Francois Montriou

Burial register B616.

Gilbert Francois Montriou ... Baron Campion ...MCMXLVIII

Gilbert Francois Montriou 1958

Reginald and Mary Nicholson

On north wall of north chapel. Born Reginald Popham Lobb. Private Secretary to Lord Lugard (his neighbour in Abinger) in Nigeria, retired as Colonial Secretary to Cyprus in 1929.

In Loving memory of Reginald Popham Nicholson CMG CBE 1892 - 1950. And Mary Eleanor Nicholson 1892 - 1968. Of Tallboys, Abinger Hammer.

Reginald Nicholson

Robert Offley

Burial Register A1400. Against the (south) east wall under the altar. Buried 19 May 1743.

Under this stone is interred the Body of the Reverend Mr Robert Offley near fifty three years Rector of this Parish and oldest prebendary of the Cathedral Church of Durham greatly esteemed and beloved for his benevolent Charity and Hospitality. He exchanged this life for a better the 10th day of May 1743

JSW Powell

Burial Register X0038. Removed for safety 3Aug44. He carried out the restoration in 1857.

Sacred to the memory of The Rev JSW Powell for 27 years rector of this parish and Rural dean. resigned 1877 and died at Brighton February 25 1881. His remains lie in a vault in this churchyard. "Them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him - 1 Thess 4.14." This tablet is erected by his parishoners and friends who valued his faithful ministry. "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth"

Emma Redgrave

In west wall of north chapel.

In affectionate remembrance of Emma, wife of Gilbert Redgrave. She spent many happy hours in Abinger and died at Sydenham Jan 4th 1914 in the 64th year of her age.

Frances Margaret Redgrave

In west wall of north chapel.

In Affectionate Memory of Frances Margaret Redgrave. Elder daughter of Richard Redgrave RA CB Born September 26th 1945 died March 7th 1932. And of Evelyn Leslie Redgrave younger sister of the above. Born November 29th 1849 died March 23rd 1932. "They were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in their death they were not divided"

Gilbert Bacon Redgrave

Burial Register B334. Born 1884, buried in the churchyard.

In Loving Memory of Gilbert Bacon Redgrave Major RAF. Younger Son of GR Redgrave and Emma his Wife who died October 23rd 1924 Aged 40. "Thou hast made me glad through Thy works"

Gilbert Bacon Redgrave

Richard Redgrave RA

Richard Redgrave RA, HM Inspector-General of Art Schools, Surveyor of the Crown’s Pictures. Declined a knighthood in 1869. Painted many local scenes. Buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.

To the dear memory of Richard Redgrave CB, RA born 30 April 1804 died 14 December 1888 who spent thirty-six summers looking through nature to nature's God. "Make him to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting" Te Deum.

Richard Redgrave

Rose Redgrave

West Wall of the Patron’s Chapel (North Chapel). Glass designed and executed in 1902 by Professor Wilfred Moira of the Royal School of Art, Kensington. This glass was destroyed 3 August 1944

St Margaret. Giving thanks to God for Rose W Redgrave born Oct 3 1811 died Novr 23rd 1899. At Rest.

William Robinson

Burial Register A2133. A white marble tablet with grey marble back, east side of door, removed 3Aug1944. Buried 15 Mar 1803

Sacred to the memory of Commodore William Robinson of the Bombay marines who in the year 1774 commanded a small squadron fitted out by the Bombay Government for the purpose of exploring the coast of the Indian Ocean from the mouth of the Indus to the Persian Gulph a survey which had not been attempted since a similar voyage was undertaken for the same purpose by Nearchus in the time of Alexander and to which Dr Vincent the learned translator of the voyage of Nearchus acknowledges himself to have been much indebted in the performance of that work. Having obtained an honourable independence in the service of the East India company he retired to Abinger Hall in this parish. He died in London March 1803 aged 57 years and is buried in a vault in this church. This simple tribute is offered to his memory by one of those who were indebted to the kindness of his disposition for many of the enjoyments of their childhood and is also intended to fulfill what would have been the wishes of others who can now no longer express them but who would have cordially joined in this record by their sense of his worth as a man and of his service as a friend.

Richard Ronzier

Burial Register X093. In the Rector’s Chancel. Captain Richard Ronzier buried 18 Jan 1744. Mary Hamilton not in register but Elizabeth Hambleton from Tottenham High Cross, Middlesex buried in Chancel – paid for the ground £2.2.0. Richard buried 27 Aug 1757. William buried in the Chancel 7 Oct 1800 paid £5.5.0 for the ground.

Richard Ronzier Esq. obiit Jan ye 11th 1744 aetatis suae 73. Mary Hamilton daughter of the above died Feb 17, 1782 aged 65 years. Mr Richard Ronzier died Aug ye 18th 1757 aged 45 years. Willm Hamilton Esq of Tottenham in the County of Middlesex husband of the above named Mary Hamilton died Sept 29 1800 aged 73 years.

James Henry Lawrence Scarlett

Burial Register X095. On south wall. Of Abinger Hall buried 22 Jun 1845 in his 16th year.

In memory of James Henry Lawrence Scarlett younger son of Lord Abinger born Janry 19 1830 died June 15th 1845. "I shall rise again".

James Yorke Scarlett

On north wall of north chapel. See also family vault. His life is in the Dict. of National Biography. See also Fortescue’s Hist. of the British Army Vol XIII.

General the Hon. Sir James Yorke Scarlett GCB. Born Feb 29.1799. Died Dec 6. 1871. He was the Second Son of James first Lord Abinger, entered the army a Cornet in the 18th Hussars AD 1819. Lt Col of the 5th D.Gds AD 1840. In command of the heavy Brigade of Cavalry in the Crimea AD 1854. On Oct 25th of the same year led into action that gallant force which gained a victory over the Light Russian Cavalry at Balaclava was wounded twice in the celebrated charge. On his return to England he was appointed Governor of Portsmouth and afterwards Adjutant General and to the command of HM Troops at Aldershot. He died at Bank Hall in Lancashire and was buried at Holme Chapel near Burnley in that Co.

James Yorke Scarlett

James Scarlett

Burial Register C432. On north wall of north chapel. James Scarlett lived at Abinger Hall from 1810 (or 1814). See also family vault.

James Scarlett first Baron Abinger whose remains rest in a vault at the N.E. angle of this Churchyard. Born in Jamaica Dec 15. 1769. Died at Bury St Edmunds April 7. 1844. Lineally descended from an ancient family of English Gentry, James Scarlett was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and called to the Bar. In the honourable profession of the Law he deservedly gained the highest reputation and celebrity. He took office on two occasions as the Kings Attorney General; and in 1834 accepted the post of Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer and was raised to the Peerage. He died in in discharge of his duties whilst judge of Assize.

James Scarlett

Louise Henrietta Scarlett

To the beloved memory of Louise Henrietta wife of Sir James Scarlett knight of Abinger Hall in this parish daughter of Peter Campbell of Kilmory in Argyle Esqre. She departed this life on the 8th day of March AD 1829 in the 58th year of her age. Her remains are deposited in a vault in the north east angle of the churchyard. Her devotion as a wife her affection as a mother her unaffected piety and the rectitude of all her actions and sentiments live in the recollections of her husband her children and her friends.

James Scarlett

John Carby Thompson

In memory of John Carby Thompson of Inholm obiit Jul VI MDCCCLXXII

Edwin Waterhouse

A brass by the New Vestry given by his widow (1920).

This vestry was erected in memory of Edwin Waterhouse of Feldemore who died 17th September 1917

Ann Worsfold

In the nave ten paces from the gallery front and seven from the south wall. Buried 15 Jan 1704. Burial Register A0967.

Here lieth the body of Ann Worsfold wife of John Worsfold who departed this life the 17th day of January in the year of our Lord 1704 aged 57 years. Here lyeth the body of Ann the daughter of ...

Henry Worsfold

One pace beyond the gallery front and eight paces from the north wall. Burial Register has only Henry Worsfold of Ockley yeoman buried 17.3.1724.

Here lyeth the body of Henry Worsfold yeoman who departed this life the 11th day of March 1721 in the 59 year of his age

Margaret Worsfold

Burial Register A1099. In the nave three paces from gallery front and seven from the south wall.

Here lyeth the body of Margaret the .. David Worsfold who departed this life ... 1718 in the ... year of her age.

Thomas Worsfold

South Wall of Nave, West of Door, destroyed 3Aug1944. Burial Register A1632. Dorking, buried 27 Jun 1785

In a vault underneath lyeth the body of Mr Johannes Worsfold of Folles Green in this parish who departed this life August ye 15th 1761 aged 41 year. Here also lyeth the body of Mrs Elizabeth Worsfold widow of the late Mr John Worsfold of the same place who departed this life April ye 8th 1763 aged 80 years.In the same vault also lies interred the body of Mr Richard Rowzier who departed this life the 9th day of May 1767 aged 22 years. Here also lyeth the body of Mrs Elizabeth Rowzier who departed this life June 17th 1785 aged 63 years.

In a 3-glass Window

Destroyed 3Aug1944.

Fides. Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life. Caritas. The end of the commandment is char(ity) out of a pure heart [and of a good conscience and] of faith unfeigned - Timothy I 1.5 Spes. And now Lord what is my hope truly my hope is even in thee.

In a 3-glass Window

East end of Patron’s (North) chapel. Destroyed 3Aug1944.

SCS Petrus Apost., SCS Jacobus Apo., SCS Johannes Apost

North Wall of the Nave

Brass plate in carved wooden frame at west end of north wall. Badly damaged 3 August 1944.

In grateful memory of those who went out from this [ecclesiastical] parish and fell in the war of 1914-1918. Pte Ernest Andew Bone 3rd Surrey Rifles, Lt Cpl Herbert W Carpenter 7th The Queens (RW Surrey Remt), 2nd A_M Russell C Forehead Royal Air Force; Pte George Gadd 1st The Sherwood Foresters; Pte Thomas Holloway 1st Hampshire Regt; Cpl Herbert William Hunt 4th Yorkshire Regt; Grace King Dames des Cantine Anglaises; Lt William A Mitchson Royal Engineers; Lt Walter Selwyn Orpen Xth Lancashire Fusileers; Pte A E Smith 4th Royal Fusileers "Death is swallowed up in victory".

Charitable donations and bequests to the poor.

A framed inscription (5′ x 4′) on the east wall. Henry Spooner buried 7 Jan 1614. Rev J T Lawes rector 188-1821, died 1828.

Year 1613. Henry Spooner of Abinger yeoman by will dated the 5th day of January 1613 left the Poor of the Parishes of Abinger and Ockley one annuity or yearly rent of 20/- to be issued out of his tenemants and land in Abinger called Yard Land to be distributed yearly in equal proportions to the parishes of Abinger and Ockley on the Feast day of all saints. Annual interest 10/-.

The Poor of this Parish are entitled to a portion of Mr Smith's Charity the annual amount of which varies. It is due at Michelmas and is to be distributed according to the Trust deeds and Will in Clothes Bread and Flesh on Sundays.

1817 Dame Mary Evelyn bequeathed £500 to be laid out in the purchase of 3 per cent Bank Annuities. The interest to be distributed annually on Easter Sunday in Bread. One moiety to the Parish of Abinger the other to the parish of Wotton at the discretion of the Rectors. Total of 3 per cent stock purchased 598.16.6 annual interest£8.19.7. Trustees (1828) for Abinger: Rev H J Ridley AM, Rector; Edmund Lomax Esqre, Churchwarden, For Wotton: Hon & Rev J E Boscawen AM, Rector; Lee Steere Esqre, Churchwarden.

1828 The Rev J T Lawes AM formerly Rector of the Parish of Abinger left to John Evelyn Esqre his executors administrators and assigns £100 upon trust that he or they do invest the same in his or their own name or names in the public stocks or funds of Great Britain and upon trust that he or they do or shall once in every year for ever after his decease pay and apply the dividends and yearly proceeds there of unto such and so many of the poor industrious persons being Protestants and members of the Established Church resident in the parish of Abinger and at such manner as the said John Evelyn his executors &c with the assistance and advice of the Rectors of the said parish of Abinger for the time being shal think fit provided that the same be paid to such only of the said poor persons as shall not be receiving parochial allowance or in furnishing such comforts as cannot legally be supplied by the Parish officers. 1829 Rev H J Ridley AM Rector, Mrs Anne Evelyn relict of JNO Evelyn Esqre, Trustees; Mr William Baker, Mr Richard Johnson, Churchwardens.

Mr Lawes bequeathed the like sum of £100 for the same purposes after the decease of his widow.

Memorials Outside the church

South Porch

Completely destroyed 3.8.1944.

To the Glory of God this porch was erected by the Farmers of Abinger AD 1857. "Of thine own have we given Thee".

Outside the South Wall of the Churchyard

This Village Green is dedicated to the memory of those from the Parish of Abinger who fell in the Great War 1914-1918.
John Beckett, John Foord
Andrew Earnest Bone, Russell Forehand
Eric Brady, George Gadd
Ben Bliss, Thomas Holloway
Herbert W Carpenter, William Herbert Hunt
Frank Charman, Grace King
Henry Charman, William Mitchinson
George Cooper, Mark Moore
Edward Jack Curtis, John Muggeridge
Henry Elms, Walter Selwyn Orpen
Charles H Etherington, Albert Edward Smith

The land was purchased and endowed by their friends and neighbours and placed in the custody of the Abinger Parish council in the year 1920.
"Pereunt et Imputantur"

Wall memorial
Some background on those here inscribed. A facsimile of this stone and inscription is on the Clock House facing the green at Abinger Hammer and another on the YMCA hut (1920) facing the green at Forest Green. Transcribed by John A Gibbs 1933 as recorded in “Abinger Church and Churchyard Inscriptions 1934

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