London Riverside Churches

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: been set up as a memorial of a late vicar, the Rev. H. P. Measor. Further repairing operations are contemplated for the chancel and tower. There are finely executed figures in brass, about three feet high, and in very good preservation, of Robert Skern, who died in 1437, and his wife, Joan. They were formerly attached to the floor in front of the communion table, but are now, for fear of injury from their being trodden on, fastened to one of the pillars of the chancel. Skern, who was a lawyer, is represented in a gown. He lived in Kingston parish in a house called Downe Hall. His wife was a daughter of Alice Ferrers, Edward III.'s mistress. Another of this family, William Skern, founded a chantry, at Kingston during the reign of Henry VI. There is another fifteenth century brass, which is affixed to one of


the pillars beneath the tower. This is on a much smaller scale than Skern's, and displays figures of John Hertcombe, who died in 1488, and his wife, Katherine, who died in 1477, in an attitude of devotion. John, who is attired in the dress of a merchant, is in perfect condition, but Katherine has unluckily lost her head. Against the south chancel wall is an altar tomb, on which is a recumbent effigy in alabaster of Sir Anthony Benn. Sir Anthony, who died in his fiftieth year on September 29, 1618, had been Recorder of Kingston, and was at the period of his death Recorder of London. He is represented in gown and ruff. The gown was originally painted scarlet, but only a few slight traces of the colouring are now discernible. His widow, Jane, by whom the monument was erected, was a daughter of John Evelyn of God- stone, the Diarist's uncle. Near Benn's monument, on the same wall, is a tablet to Colonel Anthony Fane, a son of the Earl of Westmoreland, who married his daughter,...

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