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Monument of the Month

Chelsea Old Church has many monuments for those who died from 1532 onwards, some for famous people from Thomas More to Henry James, some below for those who lived and worshipped at Chelsea but do not get a mention in all the guidebooks.
December 2018 Denyer FamilySacred to the memory of John and Martha Denyer. Their Remains are interred in Millman Chapel in the South Aisle.Their daughter Elizabeth Dennis Denyer bequested the family’s  collection of 25 early editions of the English Bible to the Bodleian Library. They included Cranmer’s 1540, Tyndale’s New Testament 1536, and Erasmus’ Testament 1540.

November 2018 100 years since the end of World War One, no monuments in the Church now for those parishioners who died in that war and there must have been several. VC's were awarded to seven men from the borough during that period.

October 2018 Mary Astell 1666 –1731 More Chapel, was one of the first English women to advocate the idea that women were just as rational as men, and just as deserving of education. First published in 1694, her Serious Proposal to the Ladies for the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest presents a plan for an all-female college where women could pursue a life of the mind.
After withdrawing from public life in 1709, she founded a charity school for girls in Chelsea as a token of the
 
Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, organizing the school's curriculum herself

September 2018 Mathew Squire 1800 south aisle wall

An elliptical tablet of white marble, inscribed as follows with unfortunate wording

Near this Spot is Interr'd the remains of Matthew Squire Esq Rear Admiral of the Red of his Majesty's Royal Navy who departed this Life 22 January 1800 Aged 55 Years his Virtues are to well known to be recorded here being sincerely regretted by all his Friends.

August 2018 Magdalen Herbert 1568-1627, More Chapel, was a pious and beautiful women, she bore seven sons and three daughters, She moved to London where she became the friend and patron of John Donne, who stayed at her house in Chelsea and dedicated his 'Holy Sonnets' to her.

July 2018 Margaret Roper 1505-1544, More Chapel, originally interred in More family vault, daughter of Thomas More, gave early indications of extraordinary intellectual abilities and deep devotion to God, she was proficient in Greek and Latin, prose and verse, philosophy and history, and had a thorough knowledge of music, arithmetic, and sciences.

Thomas More was concerned that women who publicly exhibited their intelligence would harm the public’s acceptance of educating girls: “since erudition in women is a new thing and a reproach to the sloth of men,” women should maintain ”appropriate modesty”. However Margaret was a prolific writer and creative translator, but only a portion of her work has survived.  Her Latin and Greek verses, her Latin speeches, her imitation of Quintilian, and her treatise, The Four Laste Thynges are lost. She became the first non-royal woman to publish a book she had translated into English.

June 2018 University Women dedicated to Margaret Roper, Magdalen Herbert, Mary Astell, Elizabeth Blackwell, located in the More Chapel.This tablet is dedicated by University Women of Crosby Hall & by members of the Chelsea Society. 
Crosby Hall, built in Bishopsgate 1466 and transferred in 1926 to Cheyne Walk, was faithfully reconstructed by the architect Walter Godfrey. It stood isolated, without an obvious use, until the 1920’s, when it was incorporated in a residential hostel built by the British Federation of University Women. The residents dined under the great oak roof where More had entertained the great of Europe. More information about the four influential women commemorated later.

May 2018 Anne Chamberlyne 1667-1691, monument destroyed in 1941 but a story to tell.

In an adjoining vault lies Anne, the only Daughter of Edward Chamberlyne, Doctor of Law’s, born in London, 20 January 1667, who having declined marriage at 23, and aspiring to great achievements unusual to her sex, and age, on 30 June 1690, on board a fire ship in man’s clothing, as second Pallas, chaste and fearless, fought valiantly six hours against the French, under the command of her Brother.

Returned from the engagement and after some few months married John Spragg, Esq., with whom, for sixteen more months, she lived most amiably happy. At length, in childbed of a daughter, she encountered death 30 October 1691. This monument, for consort most virtuous and dearly loved, was erected by her husband. Snatched, alas, how soon by sudden death, unhonoured by progeny like herself, worthy to rule the Main!

April 2018 Patricia Casson 1914 -1992, garden

The engagement is announced between Lieutenant John Casson, R.N., son of Mr Lewis Casson and Miss Sybil Thorndike, the famous actress, and Miss Patricia Chester-Master, of Shanghai. 4 April 1934.

Patricia Casson’s father-in-law, Lewis, was a famous actor and director, more relevant to CoC at present is that he also helped his father build pipe organs  

She edited 'My Dear One' a book published in 1984 that was a collection of love letters between Sybil Thorndike's parents: Agnes Bowers and Arthur Thor

March 2018 David Heatly 1803 Agent Victualler. south aisle
David Heatly, the agent victualler for the fleet, wrote to Nelson offering to supply live oxen and agreed for 40 live oxen to be ready on Friday week next – also for 3 or 400 chests of lemons.

During the Corsica campaign between 1794 and 1796 Heatley had spent most of his time travelling round the western Mediterranean, buying cattle through the British consul John Udney, arranging for the use of bread ovens in Naples and on Elba, and even dealing with the Pope through the British consul at Rome.

February 2018 Thomas Hurd and Frederica and Samuel Hurd, south chancel
Captain Thomas Hannaford Hurd (d1823) was an officer of the Royal Navy, who rose to the rank of captain, becoming the second Admiralty hydrographer, a Superintendent of Chronometers and a Commissioner for the discovery of longitude. Hurd Peninsula is named after him due to his role in the discovery of Antarctica.

Frederica (d1824), was the daughter of Lieutenant-General William Wynyard. She married Samuel Proudfoot Hurd in 1815 at St. Luke's, Chelsea

January 2018. Paul Bedford (1792?–1871), was an English comedian, south aisle
The first printed mention he played Don Guzman in Giovanni in London. Then playing with Kean in Richard III which appears in his "Recollections". Bedford accepted an offer from Sir Henry Bishop for Drury Lane, his first appearance as Hawthorn in 'Love in a Village'. Bedford played Bernhard, head ranger of the forest, in Soane's version of Der Freischütz. Soon afterwards he was promoted to Caspar in the same opera. Through successive managements Bedford kept a position chiefly due to his vocal capacity. In 1833 he joined, still as a singer, the company at Covent Garden under Macready, appearing in Fra Diavolo, Gustavus III, and other operas. 
During many years he played second low-comedy parts at the Adelphi, Bedford was a sound and trustworthy actor of the rollicking sort. His figure and his voice formed a conspicuous portion of his stock in art. Recalling his singing in Adelphi farces, in a whole series of which he appeared, one is apt to forget that he obtained reputation in Lablache's great character of Don Pasquale. He had been above fifty years on the stage. He died of a dropsical at Lindsey Place, Chelsea, and was buried in Norwood Cemetery

December 2017. Richard Stewart-Jones located north aisle

His memorial reads as follows:
“In memory of Richard Stewart-Jones who honoured God and made the rebuilding of this church his ardent cause. He believed that what is right is never impossible and what is beautiful is worth fighting for, even to death. Merry in spirit and kind in deed, he was loved by a multitude of friends. He died in 1957, aged forty three years.”

His obituary in the Times of 26th September 1957:

“Mr Richard Stewart-Jones, who died suddenly in London on Sunday at the age of 43, was well known in Chelsea for devoted work on behalf of numerous causes, especially the Chelsea Society, of which he was honorary secretary for several years, and the affairs of the Old Church, whose restoration after bombing he worked so hard to bring about “

He was the owner of several of the architecturally well-known houses at the western end of Cheyne Walk, including most of Lindsey House. His wife Emma Smith said, "We met on New Year's Eve 1950 and married four weeks later. And I'm so glad we got married so quickly and got in two wonderful children." Her book, Maidens' Trip, was first published in 1948 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Her second, a novel called The Far Cry, was published the following year and was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize

November 2017. Mary Bolney located in South Aisle west
Near this Place Lyes the Body of
Mrs Mary Bolney Widow, late of Little
Chelsey, Daughter of Bartholow Smith
Esqre of the Soke in Winchester. She was
twice Married, first to John Wybarnd Esqre.
of Hawkwell in Kent by whom she had
2 Sons & 3 Daughters, & afterwards to
Geo Bolney of Bolney Esqre by whom
3 Sons & 6 Daughters, & died in the 88th
Year of her Age Anno Domini 1716. 

Mary Bolney outlived both her husbands and had 14 children but that is about all there is recorded about her, her brother became a priest, then one of the four Bishops appointed in the reign of James II. Her family (Smith) were Recusant (defined as English Roman Catholics of the time from about 1570 to 1791 who refused to attend services of the Church of England and thereby committed a statutory offence), but she seems to have broken the family mould and been buried under the auspices of the Church of England here at Chelsea Old Church


October 2017. Benjamin Dodd Esquire located in South Aisle
Tablet of black marble and two small drops of the same with the inscription:
Sacred to the Memory of Benjamin Dodd Esquire of this Parish who died on the 10th of November 1796 Aged 70 Years   This was a Man
'A Man' obviously but presumably refers to;
This was the noblest Roman of them all.
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
He only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, “This was a man.” 
Mark Anthony talking of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

September 2017.  William Frend De Morgan located in Lawrence Chapel

William Frend De Morgan (16 November 1839 – 15 January 1917) was an English potter,tile designer and novelist. A lifelong friend of William Morris, he designed tiles, stained glass and furniture for Morris & Co. from 1863 to 1872. His tiles are often based on medieval designs or Persian patterns, and he experimented with innovative glazes and firing techniques. Galleons and fish were popular motifs, as were "fantastical" birds and other animals.  Near the beginning of his career De Morgan was commissioned to install the tiles in the Arab Hall of Leighton's house, designed by architect George Aitchison also he was commissioned by P&O to provide tile decorations for twelve new liners

In 1872, De Morgan set up a pottery works in Chelsea where he stayed until 1881

His inventive streak led him to spend hours designing a new duplex bicycle gear and also lured him into complex studies of the chemistry of glazes, methods of firing, and pattern transfer.

William De Morgan turned his hand to writing novels, and became better known than he ever had been for his pottery. His first novel, Joseph Vance, was published in 1906, and was an instant sensation in the United States as well as the United Kingdom. This was followed by An Affair of Dishonour, Alice-for-Short, and It Never Can Happen Again. The genre has been described as 'Victorian and suburban'.

http://www.demorgan.org.uk/de-morgans/william-de-morgan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_De_Morgan

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August 2017. Leonard Henry Courtney, located in the garden on south wall

Leonard Henry Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith PC (6 July 1832 – 11 May 1918) was a British politician, academic and man of letters, Courtney was born at Penzance, Cornwall. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was Second Wrangler (second highest undergraduate score in mathematics) and first Smith's prizeman (£25 awarded for the best performance in a series of examinations), and elected a fellow of his college.  

He and his wife Catherine were one of the foremost of the so-called Pro-Boer Party during the South African War. He was known as a stubborn fighter for principle, and after finding that the government's Reform Bill in 1884 contained no recognition of the scheme for proportional representation, to which he was deeply committed, he resigned office. Courtney was a prominent supporter of the women's movement through the influence of his wife and sister-in-law. In his earlier years, he was a regular contributor to The Times

In May 1918, aged 85, he was living at 15 Cheyne Walk at the time of his death. He left effects totalling £56,672 2s 6d. The peerage became extinct.

In 1919, the now widowed Lady Courtney hosted the first meeting of the Fight the Famine Committee at 15 Cheyne Walk. The Save the Children Fund was to develop from that committee

Source: wikipedia


Denyer
Mary Astell
Mathew Squire
Magdalen Herbert
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Margaret Roper
University Women




Patricia Casson


David Heatley

Hurd

Paul Bedford
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Richard Stewart-Jones



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Mary Bolney
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Benjamin Dodd
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William Frend de Morgan

William Frend de Morgan


Leonard Henry Courtney

Leonard Henry Courtney