Saint Edmund, Downham Market, Norfolk

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There are a number of wall monuments. For example, three of the 18th Century are situated in the nave on the south clerestory wall. They are similar in style, but of descending grandeur from 1752 to 1775. The western-most has the largest urns, heraldry and swags. The monuments relate to members of the Say family. Two corresponding hatchments were discovered quite recently, which originally hung opposite on the north clerestory wall. (These are presently stored in the west gallery and it is hoped that they may be restored when funds permit.)


Sacred to the memory of Thomas Scott Esq of the retreat in this parish formerly of the City of London. Merchant who died the 28th April 1821. Aged 58 years.
Possessed of an acute understanding and a retentive memory, the extensive intercourse he had held with the world in his own and in foreign countries had enabled him to acquire a stock of information and experience which joined to a kind and amiable disposition rendered his society desirable to all who had the advantage to enjoy it.  He sustained a painful illness with patience and resignation. Departing this life in possession of the Christian's sure hope and regretting only that she who raises this humble tribute to congugal affection could no longer partake of his care.
Also of Maria Anna Scott relict of the above named Thomas Scott. Who died the 6th June 1842, at the retreat aged 76 years



Radulphus Hare Baron:
hujus tecti Materiam,
ex pio erga Deum,
nec minus Benevolo
erga Rectorem affectu,
Libere Suppeditavit
Anno Dom 1702


In memory of 
Francis James
son of the Revd James Dashwood
and Sarah his wife Obit Dec. the 5th
1813
Aetat nine years.

Early remov'd from bleak misfortunes pow'r,
Secure from storms here rests a tender flower.
Short tho its bloom the opening bud began.
To promise fair when ripen'd into man.
Sleep on, sweet boy, or now with Angels sing,
For God hath call'd thee to Immortal spring!



Near this place in hope of a joyful
Resurrection lie the remains of the
Rt Hon. Lady Martha Dashwood
wife of the Revd James Dashwood A.M.
& daughter of the Rt Hon. Revd
Charles Earl of Banbury of Burford
in Oxfordshire. She departed this life
on ye 16th of Nov. 1799, aged 63 years
Vivit post funera Virtus
Also
of Mary Knollis eldest daughter of the
Hon. Revd Fra Knollis & grand daughter
of the said Earl of Banbury, who died Aug. 10th
1804, aged 28 years
Also
of Lady Mary Knollis eldest daughter of the said Earl of Banbury who died May 12th 1801, aged 81 years



To the memory of Sarah Dashwood,
daughter of the Rev David Lloyd L.L.D.
second wife and relict of the Rev James Dashwood,
formerly Rector of Doddington in the Isle of Ely,
(second son of George Dashwood,
of Peyton Hall in Suffolk, Esq.)
This monument was erected by George Henry
her only surviving son.
After years of suffering borne with exemplary fortitude
she departed this life (in humble confidence
of a joyful resurrection) on Sunday the 27th of April 1839, in the 65th year of her age.
Vive Memor Lethi


To the memory of William Say Esq
Who died Jan. 14th 1775.
Anno Aetatis 43.

Scandel to Truth, & Heaven's all feeing Eye:
That men fhould Teach, e'en monuments to Lye:
But when the Laft Dread Trump fhall roufe the Dead
Then may with Truth, this Character be read:
Without a wish to Injure, or Opprefs;
Friend to mankind, & Virtue in Diftrefs:
Studious to pleafe, & fearful to offend,
Above Detraction, or a felfifh end;
Bleft with a Hand, moft freely to beftow;
Bleft with a Heart, to flare another's Woe;
If thefe are Virtues which are rarely known;
if this be merit we fhould with our own;
Then may we fay, (but not without a Sigh)
Near to this place, thefe many Virtues, Lie.



Near this place
lieth the body of
Mr. William Say
Youngest son of Mr. Robert Say
of this parish Grocer
whom he succeeded in his trade
and having by his honesty probity and integrity
acquired a genteel fortune
and an universal good name,
he departed this life the 16th day of October 1751.
Aged 56 years
Beloved and lamented by all who knew him.
He married Hannah one of the daughters
of Mt. Thomas Ives of Watton in this County
who died the 19th day of June 1732.
Aged 29 years
and is interred near her husband.

They had issue five children, Elizabeth
and william who survived them, &
Robert Robert & Hannah who died in their infancy



In memory of Sarah wife of Thomas Wales.
Surgeon, of this parish, and daughter of the late
Thomas Garneys Esq, of Kenton in the county of Suffolk.
She died April the VIIth MDCCCXXI, aged LIV years.
Also of Mary-Ann, daughter of the said Thomas and Sarah Wales,
who died May the XXIInd MDCCCXXI, aged XVII years,
And of Susan, who died in the year MDCCXCV,
aged XXI months
Also of
Thomas Wales, Esquire, Surgeon, widower,
who died October XXVIIth MDCCCXXXIX,
aged LXXV years.
Their remains are interred under the family pew, which is held
by faculty granted by the Bishop of the Diocese.



In memory of Thomas Garneys Wales MRCS
born 9th February died 19th January 1870
and his son Thomas Garneys Wales MRCS
born 9th December 1832 died 18th August 1925.

[ This wall monument - and the one above - on the south aisle wall are for Thomas Wales, Surgeon (d.1839) and his descendants - the successive generations of doctors Wales in Downham Market. ]



Near this place are interr'd
Edward Warmoll, Apothecary
and
Elizabeth his wife.
He died August 12, 1701 aged 71.
She died January 6, 1730 aged 42.
Also Nicholas their son who died February 6, 1738
in the nineteenth year of his age.



In Memoriam
Edward Charles King Bearcroft BCL
for 12 years Vicar of Felmingham Norfolk and for
23 years previously Curate of this parish
Chaplain of the Downham Union &
Chaplain V.D. 3rd Volunteer Batt. Norfolk Regt
who died at Felmingham vicarage June 4, 1897
and was buried in the cemetery of this parish.
RIP
This tablet is erected by an old friemd.



The above and opposite window
are the bequest of Mr. James Oakes,
native of this parish who died at Madras
September 29, 1875. Aged 43 years
This tablet is erected by his
family in loving remembrance.


To the glory of God and in loving memory of Henry Oakes for 16 years Rector's Churchwarden of this Parish. This window has been erected by his sisiters, Rebecca and Ann Oakes as an appropriate memorial of one "Rich in good works". he entered into rest Dec.7, 1886 aged 66 years



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