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The Headless Lady

On the south wall of the nave is a brass which was once part of a memorial tablet or tomb cover. It is obviously the figure of a lady but it has been severely damaged; the head is missing and so is part of the base of the Figure. The lady wears a long dress and mantle and her hands are in an attitude of prayer. The brass is of l4th century date. The type of head dress she would have worn would have depended upon whether or not she was married and also on her social status. As we do not know who she was we cannot find out the answers to questions about her head dress. There once may have been a little dog near her foot.

The Marie de Bradehurst Chapel

    This chapel was built during the Fourteenth Century. It would have been the private chapel of the Lord of the Manor and his family. During the service the family would sit in comfort in this chapel from where they could see the altar but not have to mix with the rest of the congregation. In winter time they would probably have a fire to keep them warm.
On the walls would be the memorial tablets and brasses in memory of the dad members of their family who were buried beneath the floor. There may also have been carved figures on some of the tombs. The chapel was called the Marie de Bradehurst chapel because it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Marie) and was owned by the owners of Broadhurst (Bradehurst). The chapel was demolished in 1850. It had probably fallen into disrepair by this time. During the early Nineteenth Century it had been used for some time as the Village School.
 

The Boy who was Buried before he was Born

    If you stand in the chancel and look at the south wall, you will be facing an archway which has been filled in. This archway used to lead into the Marie de Bradehurst Chapel. On this wall are two memorial tablets which originally were on the walls of that chapel.
The one on the right is in memory of William Pigott and his family. William and his wife Jane had four sons and one daughter. All four of the boys died young; William died aged nineteen. Gervas was fourteen, Robert only a few months old when he died and Henry, apparently, died in March 1715 but was not born until December 1715. The explanation is that our calendar has been changed - read more details here. Up until 1752 the new year began on 25th March and not on 1st January as it does now. So Henry was born in December and died the following March aged nearly 3 months, but in those days it was during the same year.

Clocks

    Outside you will see the clock in the tower. The face of the clock is painted blue and the hands and numerals are gilded. The present clock was installed in 1853. The previous clock had a lozenge shaped face as can be seen in a picture of the Church painted soon after 1850. That clock probably had only one hand so the time could only be told to the nearest quarter of an hour. Before the days of radio, aeroplanes and cars exact time was not so important. If it is a sunny day, see how accurately you can tell the time by the sundial over the porch entrance. Remember Summer-time is a modern convenience so the sundial may be a whole hour wrong.

The Lightmlakers

    The memorial tablet next to the Pigott tablet is surmounted by a shield with a red lion. This tablet commemorates members of the Lightmlaker family. Saphira Lightmlaker was the sister of Dr. Robert Leighton, whose books are preserved in the Church. Saphira preferred to be called Susan. Perhaps she adopted the name Susan after reading about her namesake Saphira in the Bible (Acts Chapter 5).

Susan married a London Brewer named Lightmlaker and they lived at Broadhurst. She was widowed at the early age of 37 and lived to be 84. She was, apparently, a rather severe lady who quarrelled with the Rector, Giles Moore. The grave slabs of her two brothers, Sir Ellis Leighton and Archbishop Robert Leighton, are built into the exterior wall of the chancel.

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