Upon a flat stone, the following inscription, to the memory
of Mr Lyford, a distinguished vicar of Sherborne at the beginning of the
Here lyeth the
Mr William LYFORD
Minister of Sherborne
who died the third day
of October, 1653; in hope
of eternal life, which
God, that cannot lye,
promised before the world
began, Tit I 2,
aetatis suae 56
Thomas CRANE, his grandson died May 26, 1716
LYFORD, daughter of William Lyford,
died Feb 19, 1639, aged 2
daughter of William and Elizabeth Lyford,
Died April 27, 1676, aged 27; also
Sarah, wife of
Robert Hort, died Sept 25, 1754
and Robert HORT himself, died Sept 30, 1762.
A flat stone to Arthur CHICHESTER, second son of Edward,
Viscount Carrickfergus, who died in March 1632. The inscription, in Latin,
but too much worn to be made out.
Here lyeth the
of Ann, wife of the rev.
Edward COTES, Vicar of this town,
who departed this life,
the 21st day of August, A D 1776
discharged her duty
In each respective station of life,
as a daughter, wife, parent and friend,
and has left to her sex a pattern
of filial, conjugal and social virtue.
the body of the
Rev Edward COTES,
LL B Vicar of this town.
He changed this life for a better, the 11th
of July, 1780, aged 56.
The integrity of his heart
Will one day be known
the body of Mr John FISHER,
gent, who dyed
January 23, Anno Dom 1658.
lyeth the body
of John FISHER, gent, son of
the abovenamed John
Fisher, gent, who dyed the
4th day of December, anno
Dom, 1707, in the 63rd yeare
of his age.
lyeth the body
of Mrs Dorothy FISHER,
wife of the said last named
Mr John Fisher, who dyed
The 14th day of September,
Anno Dom, 1724,
aetatis suae 81.
FISHER, gent, son of Francis and Penelope, died October 12, 1734, aged 12.
wife of Digby SHUTTLEWIRTH, clerk and Francis; their son Francis died Oct
23, 1744 aged 5 and Martha died June 30, 1747, aged 35.
sister to the above Martha, and relict of the Rev Peter Smith, died Aug 4,
1791, aged 74.
FISHER, buried Jan 20, 1657.
FISHER, gent, died March 28, 1703; with Martha his wife. Also Francis, their
son, died Nov 15, 1728; and Penelope, wife of Francis, died Aug 18, 1730
of James LACY, Vicar, died July 6, 1705, aged 43.
resteth the body of the
reverend Mr James LACY,
who departed this life July 13, 1743,
in the 78th year of his age.
He was vicar of this church
almost 50 years, in the course of
which he constantly approved
himself a good and faithful servant
to his Master, and justly
attracted the love and esteem
of the flock committed to his
charge, who trust he is gone
to receive the reward
of his labours.
the body of the
Rev Mr John LOOP, who died
10 Nov, 1749, aged 41;
having been vicar of this
church about five years.
ROMAYNE, lieutenant in Sir Robert Rich’s Dragoons, died Feb 17, 1656.
SCURRAH, gent, died Feb 25, 1747; and Ralph his son died 1729; also Susannah
died Apr 11, 1774 aged 74.
HODGES, serjeant at law, died Aug 16, 1693; and Hugh his son died May 21,
1712, aged 46.
FISHER died May 8, 1634.
wife of Anthony MITCHELL, died Jan 12, 1664, aged 22 and Elizabeth WILSON,
of Mold, co Flint, spinster, died Jan 15, 1755, aged 34.
COLES, esq died Jan 24, 1780, aged 49.
EASTMONT, daughter of John and Dorothy, died Oct 24, 1705; and Carew, son of
Carew Mildmay esq, and Dorothy, daughter of John Eastmont, born May 8, …
died Aug 19, 1720; with Francis MILDMAY their son, and Eastmont-Hervey
MILDMAY, born March 26,… died Jan 19, 1722; Gawen-Hervey MILDMAY, their son,
born Aug 27, 1724, died March 27, 1725; also John EASTMONT, gent, died March
4, 1618; and Dorothy EASTMONT, died Dec 25, 1686.
EASTMONT, daughter of John and Dorothy, died Sept 28, 1681; with Francis,
her brother, died March 14, 1712, aged 64.
of Hugh HODGES, serjeant at law, and daughter of John Eastmont and Dorothy,
died March 18, 1685.
Elizabeth, wife of Hugh HODGES, their son (no date).
HODGES, died May 15, 1653.
LEE, died June 13, 1677.
relict of Stephen BEATON, died Dec 17, 1762; and her sister Sarah MANSELL
died March 2, 1771.
died Jan 28, 1629; Joan, his wife, died Nov 12, 1678.
AVOKE, died Dec 31, 1713; Dorothy AVOKE, died Feb …, 1698.
EASTMONT, son of John, died Feb 19, 1684; and Anne Hervey MILDMAY, died Apr
VOUCHER, died Aug 29, 1717; Ann, his wife, died Nov …, 1758.
of Robert and Grace FRY, died May 19th, 1762.
of Robert and Rachel GOADBY, died Jan 28, 1756.
of Edward PARKER, Captain in the 31st regiment, died Oct 20,
1781, aged 43; also Edward PARKER, died Apr 13, 1792, aged 65 years.
LAVLY, wife of Francis Lavly esq of Weeke Abbis, died Aug 26, 1638, aged 82.
memorie of Francis LAVLY, of Weeke
Abbis, esquir, who dyed the 26 day of February,
An’o D’ni 1630, aetatis suae 87.
HENCHMAN, AM, Vicarius de Sherborne,
Obiit 5 Januarii
Aetatis suae 38,
HENCHMAN, died Jan 27, 1683; Agnes HENCHMAN, died Sept 16, 1691; Elizabeth
HENCHMAN, died Oct 16, 1691.
of Valentine SMITH, and daughter of John Jeanes, died April 8, 1647
daughter of Joseph STEVELEY, died Nov 6, 1717; with four of their children:
died Oct 6 1722
Sarah, died Sept 20, 1726
John, died Sept 20, 1729
James, died Sept 26, 1729
Charles, their eldest son died Nov 18, 1729, with Eleanor Mason, their
daughter, died Dec 18, 1768, aged 45.
wife of Samuel NAPPER, died Oct 27, 1693; Charles, their son, died Nov 6,
1702, also Samuel himself, died Sept 26, 1722; and Samuel his son, died
March 8, 1744, aged 50; also Agnes, wife of the above Samuel Napper, who
departed this life Dec 5 1750, aged 51.
BIDWELL, died May 8, 1720
LAMBERT, died Oct 21, 1786
of John KELLOWAY, died May 5, 1702, aged 2 years and three months.
BUCK, died Feb 29, 1704-5
HURD, gent died June 26, 1642
RIDGEWAY, of Burton Bradstock, died Sept 11, 1691
son of William WESTON, esq, of Stalbridge Weston, Co Dorset, died Sept 18,
RODBERT, daughter of Samuel and Agnes Napper, died Jan 6, 1768 aged 34
of Thomas LAMBERT esq, died Jan 22, 1749, aged 18; Grace LAMBERT, his
sister, Dec 23, 1754, aged 20; and Thomas LAMBERT, their brother, Dec 6,
1755, aged 20.
ALLAMBRIDGE, died Nov 8, 1719; also Elizabeth, daughter of John and Ann
Allambridge, died April 3, 1715, aged 21. Judith, wife of George ALLAMBRIDGE,
died Sept 24, 1754, aged 26; and George ALLAMBRIDGE, died June 14, 1782,
stone lies Johanna ALLAMBRIDGE, obiit 17 Dec, 1795, aet 85.
In the nave
are flat stones for:
C A CUTLER,
died 23 Nov 1793
died Jan 2, 1720; and Mary, wife of William DIBBENS
wife of Robert OKE, died……1754, aged 35; and Robert himself, died 9 Dec,
1788, aged 65
In the North Transept
DEERING, died Jan 27, 1787, aged 64
FOX, burned, Nov 24, 1691
COLLINS, died 29 April, 1677, and Sarah Auncy, died Oct 16, 1780, aged 49
gent Nov 6, 1730; and Mrs Mary KILSBY his kinswoman, who lost her sight at
nine years of age (no time of her death is mentioned)
COWTH, son of John and Dorothy Cowth, of this town, died Nov….1670, aged 77,
blind 7 years.
DERBIE, died Feb 26, 1784; and Love DERBIE, died Nov 22, 1786
daughter of Benjamin and Sarah, died 4 April, 1707; and Benjamin and Henry
their sons. Benjamin died Oct 14, 1715, Henry died Aug 13, 1718; also
Benjamin their son, died 9 April, 1740, aged 22
Benjamin and Sarah themselves; Sarah died Sept 14, 1742; Benjamin died Jan
5, 1757, aged 77
altar are slabs for:
BRISTED MA Rector of St Anne’s in Lewes, and of Slaugham, died Jan 25, 1785,
in the 87th year of his age.
Bristed = father of the Rev Nathaniel BRISTED, late vicar of Sherborne,
Rector of Bishop’s Candel, and for some years under-master of the grammar
ROMAYNE, died Nov 13, 1642
Mors mihi lucrum
On a slab in
a frame ledge:
bodies here do rest, their souls ascended, to live a life with God ne’er
will be ended.
BROWN, died July 1709, aged 79; Izot his only wife died March 1717, aged 82;
Dorcas, first wife of James his son, died Oct 19, 1791, aged 29; Dorcas,
daughter of James and Dorcas, died 1689, aged 4; Mary, second daughter, died
1701, aged 15; George, first son by his second wife, died 1692, aged 26;
Mary, his third wife, died 1701, Joan, his fourth wife; Joseph, third son;
Joan died 1721; Mary, died 1732, aged 59.
tablet, to the memory of Samuel VOWELL, esq late of this town, Captain in
the Eastern Dorset local militia, is erected by the officers of that corps,
as a sincere testimony of their friendship and esteem. He departed this life
on the 11th day of May, 1812, whilst the regiment was embodied at
Blandford, aged 41 years.
the memory of Benjamin VOWELL, who departed this life Nov 11, 1829, aged 50.
the memory of Pemberton METHUEN, third son of the Rev T A Methuen M A Rector
of All Cannings, Wilts, who died March 25, 1835, at the age of 41, of
scarlet fever. His mother and youngest sister were cut off soon after by the
the memory of Samuel WHITTY, who died Nov 2, 1833, aged 73; and of Mary his
wife, the daughter of Simon PRETOR, who died April 26, 1802, aged 44. Also
of their three sons, Samuel who died Oct 4, 1799, aged14 months. Pretor who
died April 14, 1811, aged 16 years; Thomas who died March 7, 1820, aged 23
years; and of Elizabeth, widow of the above Samuel Whitty, who died Sept 23,
1835, aged 60.
In a vault
beneath this tablet are deposited the mortal remains of John HILLYAR, of
this town, who died Jan 26, 1818, aged 70 years; also of Mary his wife, who
died April 13, 1820, aged 77 years. Also of Mary CARRY, sister of the above
John Hillyar, who died January 31, 1823, aged 73 years. Also of John HILLYAR,
jun son of the above john and Mary Hillyar. He entered into rest May 18,
1826, aged 51 years.
On a brass
in the south aisle:
of the Rev John PARSONS, fellow of Worcester College, Oxon, Vicar of
Sherborne, Rector of Oborne, and Perpetual Curate of Castleton, son of the
Rev Francis Crane Parsons, Vicar of Yeovil; died at the Vicarage, Sherborne,
July 1, 1854, aged74, after a ministry of this parish of rather more than 52
years. By his exertions and influence the restoration of this church was
begun, and to a great extent completed, the nave and transcept having been
re-opened in their present state Aug 13, 1851.
memory of Daniel PENNY, a native and inhabitant of this town, who departed
this life December 27, 1863, aged 92 years.
Mary, his wife, deceased the 13 December 1851, aged 72 years. They lie
buried outside this south door with their two sons and daughter; Henry, aged
41, John-Lampard, aged 17; and Mary-Watts, aged 32 years.
memory of Elizabeth BOWEN, the beloved wife of William HIGHMORE M D, who
died the 20 day of February, in the year of our Lord 1840, aged 39 years.
Also of three of their children, namely, Sophia-Caroline, Edward-Adolphus,
and Harriette-Anne, who died in infancy.
of Thomas ENSOR, of Sherborne, who died April 14, 1850, aged 76 years; also
Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas ENSOR, died May 24, 1840, aged 60 years. The
above were interred in a vault beneath this church, and this tablet is a
tribute of affection from their surviving children.
A brass on
the floor of the ambulatory:
spot were interred the mortal remains of Ethelbald and Ethelbert his
brother, each of whom in his turn succeeded to the throne of Ethelwulf their
father, King of the West Saxons, and were succeeded in the kingdom by their
youngest brother Alfred the Great.
chapel, in the corner between the south and west windows:
resteth the bodie of
Johan WALCOT, late wife of
John WALCOT, of Castletone,
Esq, deceased eldest daughter of Sir Henry
Winston, of Standish, in the County of Gloucester, knt. And
One of the coheirs to
Her brother Henry WINSTON esq
Who departed this life the 24th of July, 1630.
In the south
aisle, on an altar-tomb:
HUDDINOTT, died Aug 5, 1767, aged 33
John HUDDINOTT, sen, died March 6, 1776, aged 71
Joanna, his wife, died Nov 29, 1775
medici,qui obiit 1
Die Nov 1703, aet 47
In the south
transept is a very superb monument for the last Earl of Bristol:
wife was Alice, the daughter
And heir of Robert BOURNE, of
Blake Hall, in the County of Essex, esq
She was married the 26th of May, 1656
Dyed in May 1658
wife was Rachel, the daughter,
And one of the coheirs of Sir Hugh
WINDHAM, of Silton, in the county
Of Dorset, knt.
Who processed his affection entire,
With whom he lived in perfect
Friendship and confidence, and to
Whom he left the utmost proofs of their reality.
She died 16th February, 1708
John Lord DIGBY of Sherborne, and Earl of Bristol,
titles to which the merit of his grandfather first gave lustre,
and which he himself laid down unsullyd.
He was naturally inclined to avoid the hurry of a public life,
yet careful to keep up the port of his quality;
was willing to be at ease, but scorned obscurity:
and therefore made his retirement a pretence to draw
himself within a narrower compass, or to shun such expense
as charity, hospitality, and his honour called for.
His religion was that which by law is established,
And the conduct of his life showed the power of it in his heart.
His distinction from others never made him forget himself or them.
He was kind and obliging to his neighbours, generous and condescending
to his inferiors, and just to al mankind.
Nor has the temptations of honour and pleasure in this world
strength enough to withdraw his eyes from that great
object of his hope, which we reasonably assure ourselves he now enjoys.
He dyed Sept XII an Dom MDCXCVIII
south wall, on a black marble tablet fixed to the wall under the great south
window, surmounted by a flaming urn, is this inscription
Robert, second son,
and Mary, eldest daughter, of
William Lord DIGBY
April 21, Anno Dom 1726, aet 34
Mary died March 31, Anno Dom 1729, aet 39
taken out of the family vault of the Digby family, the day the Earl DIGBY
was buried, Oct 3, 1793:
of Bristol died Sept 12, 1698
Countess of Bristol died Feb 16, 1708
DIGBY, esq son of the Right Hon William Lord Digby, died April 21, 1726
late daughter of the Right Hon William Lord Digby, died March 31, 1729, aged
Hon Jane Lady DIGBY died Sept 10, 1733, aged 69
daughter of the Right Hon William Lord Digby, died Oct 1,1738, aged 32
The Hon Mrs
Catherine DIGBY died April 13, 1745, aged 41
John DIGBY (He was insane may years) eldest son of the Right Hon William
Lord Digby, died March 18, 1746, aged 61
Lord DIGBY, Baron of Geashill, in the kingdom of Ireland, died Nov 27, 1752,
Edward DIGBY died July 15, 1764, aged 26 days
(this was the mother of the above Edward, who has been buried before; but
taken up and brought to Sherborne, and buried with his mother) youngest
daughter of the Hon Charles FIELDING, and wife to Henry Lord DIGBY, died
January 19, in the year of our Lord 1765, aged 23
Hon Henry DIGBY, Earl of Digby, Viscount Coleshill, Lord Digby of the
kingdom of Ireland, lord lieutenant and custos rotulorum of the county of
Dorset, and of the town of Poole, died Sept 25, 1793, aged 62
Hon Mary Countess of Digby, died Feb 26, 1794
On a white
lozenge on the floor:
CUTHBERTI JOHNSON, M D
ob Feb 27,1770, aet suae 12