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200 Frindsbury Church, Kent Church of St. Mary Aldermary. [Sept, pais. An inscribed board, at that time In the church-yard is a low stone attached to the South side of the pedestal, with a sun-dial inscribed on Church, was as honourable to the lite its surface, and near it is set up a rude rary abilities of the parochial authori- piece of stone, rough from the quarry, ties, as the repairs of which I am about in the situation and about the size of to speak, are to their good taste; the a, grave-stone. One side is painted said board offered a reward of three black, the other wbite; whether ibere guineas, and set out with this learned is any thing uncommon relating to preamble,"Whereas there has been this stone, except its appearance,

I a great number of umes depredations not ioformed.

E.I.C. commited,” &c. I visited this Church again in the Mr. URBAN,

Sept. 5. early part of last month. A thorough

SEM repair had lately taken place, and never

EVERAL houses having been was one more disgraceful 10 a parish the East of the Church of St. Mary

pulled down in Watling-street, to ever witnessed. The windows have Aldermary, part of the crypt of the all been altered into uniform dwelling- old church' has been brought to view. house windows, with a sort of square It runs North and South about fifty headed weather corpice, to give a sort feet, and is in breadth about ten feet. of “Gothic character;" the few remaining sweeps in the tracery of the There are five arches on each side,

and one at each end. The roof of the former windows, which had escaped the band of other repairers, are en- crypt, of which there are no remains, tirely knocked out, and lay scattered appears to have been vaulted and about the church-yard ; and, above all, groined; the ribs, five in number

, and the elegaut ceiling whitewashed!!! each of the arches, and finishing in a

springing from their imposts between The walls of the Church have not escaped this operation, and the whole corresponding manner at the opposite edifice now possesses as cold, up:

șide.' The key-stones of the arches comfortable, and miserable an appear.

are large, and perforated underneath, ance as could be desired in any count which they greatly resemble. From

as if to form the capitals of pillars, ery church,

and which is increased by the tops of these key-stones other ribs sash style, defying all cheerfulness, and probably sprung to the vaulting. On

the East side, about 15 feet from the diffusing that dull soporific air over the building, so foreign to an edifice of crypt, were dug up some pieces of this description, at least one that has clustered columns; which the work

men said had once been a door. escaped the hands of the inpovator.

The Church of St. Mary Aldermary To whom, I would ask, are we in.

was rebuilt about 1518, under the ausdebted for these elegant repairs? I will not charge a parish carpenter or

pices of Henry Keble, grocer and Lord mason with having superintended the Mayor, and it is probable that

the crypt wosk,—the hand of a London archi- of the Church ihen erected is now tect is plainly indicated in the whole brought to light. The great Fire of of these tasteless alterations. A care

London having destroyed this buildless survey of the building, performed by the munificence of an individual


ing, the present Church was erected perhaps by a deputy just set down by Henry Rogers

, esq. who, infuenced the coach to look over the old building, by motives of piety, and affected by and whose genius seems to have aimnthe loss of religious buildings, left ed at giving it the air of a barn. Of sool. to rebuild one church in the course " whitewash the ceilings” slood at the head of the survey, and the or

City of London; and his lady, who ders were performed, while the proper Mary's. It is of the later order of

was his executrix, made choice of St. guardians of the building supinely suf Gothic architecture. The handsome fered the havoc to proceed without an effort to resist its progress. Was no

steeple was erected with the produce humble artisan in the village to be

of the duty on coals; the altar-piece found who would have repaired with.

was presented by Jane, relict of Sir

John Smith, Alderman; and the pews out allering? Even a mason from the tunnel of the adjacent canal could only were provided at the expence of not have performed the repairs in a

the united parishes.
Yours, &c.

A. Y. worse style.


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Account of the Village of Bedfont. ,

201 Mr. URBAN,

Sept. 2. Heath, a great part of which lies in EDFONT, anciently written Be- the parish. In 1800, according to Ly

defunde, is a small pretty vil- sons, its inhabitants were about 330. lage on the great western road, 13 They now amount nearly to 900. miles from London, and adjoining Between the nave and chancel of Hounslow Heath. By a strange cor- . the Church is a fine arch of Saxon ruption, which is extremely preva- architecture, with zigzag mouldings, lent, this village is now generally much defaced and decayed by frequent known by the name of Belfound. Its whitewashing; it is 12 feet high"by 8 name is variously accounted for. wide. There is another in much betSome imagine it to be derived from ter preservation at the entrance of the Bede's fount, or Belle font, there Church, 74 feet high by 4 wide. In being a small beautiful spring of wa- the nave and chancel there are four ter still existing on the public road. very small lancet windows; others have side, which is kept clean, and much been added at different times of various valued, it being considered very effi- kinds of Gothic, all of stone. The cacious in diseases of the eyes; there West end window is very handsome, is another fine spring in the neigh- and that over the altar still contains a bourhood of this, which supplies the few panes of glass of the white rose, village generally, though it is private · which fixes its date between 1461 and property.

1483, the time of the House of York. The manor of Bedfont is mentioned There are no monuments of partiunder the name of East Bedfont (to cular note. On the North wall of the distinguish it from a hamlet called chancel is one to the memory of Mrs. West Bedfont, in the adjoining pa- Anne Sherborne, 1815, whose name

rish of Stanwell) as early as the time is endeared in the recollection of her of Edward the Confessor. In the virtues. Near it is the following coat beginning of the 14th century this of arms : Az. a fesse wavy, between manor was given by John De Neville three lions passant Or. to the priory of Hounslow. It was On the floor are the tombs of Mrs. afterwards granted by Queen Eliza- Isabel Page, 1629. Matthew Page, beth to Sir Michael Stanhope, by the gent. 1631, and - Francis Page, 1678. intermarriage of whose daughter with On that of the latter is the following George Lord Berkeley, it passed to the couplet : Berkeley family. In 1656 it was sold

A virtuous life, and a good old age, by George Berkeley, esq. (son and Perfume the memory of Francis Page.” heir to the preceding) to Algernon Earl of Northumberland, from which On the North wall of the nave is a it has regularly descended to the pre

neat marble monument to the memory sent Duke.

of Mary, wife of Henry Whitfield, The manor of Hatton, a hamlet D.D., who died in 1795 : on which appended to the parish of Bedfont, has since been placed the following has been annexed to the latter since inscription : the year 1376. The Parish Church, dedicated to

“ Henricus Whitfield, S.T.P. de Ruthe Virgin Mary, is a small ancient Ecclesiæ per annos quadraginta duos Vica

shall in Comitatu Wilt. Rector, et hujusce structure; consisting of a nave and

rius ; Vir, si quis alius, doctus, pius venechancel of one pace, tiled, with a mo- rabilis. Obiit Die Julii 9. anno salutis 1819. dern wooden spire. The nave, in- Ætatis 88." cluding the space under the belfry, lately fitted up with benches, will ac- What, however, renders the village commodate about 100 adults, of which of Bedsont so remarkable and wellonly 58 sittings, including the Sunday- known, are the two yew trees in the school boys, are appropriated as free Church-yard, cut in topiary. On one sittings to the poor. There is also a of them is the date when they assumed small gallery, containing three pews, this fictitious shape, 1704, and on the private property, and sittings behind the other are to be seen the initials of for about six singers. There has been the parish officers for that year, J. H. a great increase in the population of and J. G. R. T. John Hatchet, John this parish within the last few years Goodwin, Robert Tillyer. owing to the inclosure of Hounslow Here is no register of baptisms or GENT. MAG. Seplember, 1825.


Account of the Church of Bedfont.

[Sept. marriages of an earlier date than 1695; In 1590 Queen Elizabeth gave the that of burials commences in 1678. Rectory of Bedfont, with the advow

There is an earlier book, entitled, son of the Vicarage, to the Bishops of “Estbedfont, the Church booke of London and his successors in that see. accompts, as well for the Church, The Vicars of Bedfont since 1700 wardens and Overseers for the Poore, are here given from the Bishop of Lone as also for ye Churchraytes, according don's register. as everie house is aportioned. This 1706. Stephen Fouace. booke conteyneth all yat was conteyn. 1720. John Jaumard“, B.A. ed in a former booke in yo yere of or 1740. John Higgate. Lord, 1593, to ye yere 1627 (.... farre 1761. John Gibson. goeth ye old booke. This bouke be- 1777. Henry Whitfield, D.D. ginneth in ye yere 1628." There are 1819. William Forth Protheroe, M.A. no entries of much moment in this 1823. Robert Jones, D.D. F. R. S.L. old book.

the present vicar. In. 1593 is the following list of The view, bere given, (see Plate I.) “ Church goods."

of the Church and the yew trees, was “ In primis one new Bible.

taken by Mrs. Graham in 1824. R. T. “ It. One new surplus of holland. It. & communion cup of silver, with a


Sept. 1. « lt. a booke of common prayer.

HE following topographical re“ It. a paraphrase of Erasmus.

of « Jt. a booke of .....

St. Columb, in Cornwall, were sug“ It. a regyster boke of pay."

gested by a well-written account of In the next account is,

Padstow, in the same county, which “A great new pott of pewter, with a co- appeared in your Magazine for April, ver, for ye communion."

p. 320. The writer has traced, with In 1609 “Mr.Jewell's works" were a due reference to dates, the incidents added.

connected with those remains of anIn 1629 there are several entries of tiquity which present themselves in gifts to indigent Preachers and Minis- the town and its immediate vicinity. ters, and one to a Welsh preacher. Cornwall abounds with additional re

In 1632 to the Church goods is add- lations, which serve personally to coned “a little pay book" to write the nect the patron saints with their renames of strange preachers in. spective parishes : in many instances “It. the book of Ecclesiastical Canons." the character of these legends is doubtIn 1633 John Page gave unto the Church ful and contradictory; in the present,

a fayre grean carpet, fringed about with however, St. Columba appears to posgreene silk fringe, and embroidered, to sess a more decided claim to the atbe laid upon the communion table every tention of the provincial historian. Sabbath day."

Alluding to the existence of Pagan In 1635 a trencher plate and napkin superstition, Mr. Whitaker directs our were added, which is the last Church- attention to Tresadern, a residence property entry in the book.

near the town, as probably representThere are few parishes less indebted ing, the temple of Saturn; and we to benefactors than Bedfont.

find, according to the same authority, In the Church-yard are no tomb- a Cornish sovereign resident at Trestones or monuments worthy of note, kyninget at the commencement of except perhaps one erected about 66 the fourth century; and not far from years ago, to the memory of John Stanley, King of the Gypsies," at the

« John Goodwin" occurs in the recost of his subjects. The tomb is now

gister about this time as vicar : whose name, much decayed, and the slab fastened however, according to Lysons, does not aptogether by iron cranks, is laid upon pear in the Bishop's register. the fragments that remain, now nearly luded to. It was in the reign of Edward

+ Higher Trekyninge is the station allevel to the earth. It bore the follow- III. the property of the Arundels and the ing inscription :

Hamelys, and at a later period for some ge« Readers all, as you pass by,

nerations in the family of Jenkyn. The As you are now, so once was I ; greater part of the ancient mansion, which As I am now, so you must be,

was a building of considerable extent, was Prepare for death and follow me.”. pulled down in the reign of James the First.


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