Parish Church Ledgerstones

John Roadley

What are they?

Parish church ledgerstone plan

Parish church ledgerstone plan

Ledgerstones are the flat stones placed over a grave inside a church, usually incised with the name and dates of the deceased. TOver 250,000 survive, mainly in parish churches, and most date from the late seventeenth to the late eighteenth centuries. The stones used are often from a local or regional source and the carving of the letters and any decoration is of high quality and a readily visible demonstration of the letter cutter’s art. A family group of ledgerstones may well be their only visible memorial, if their house has disappeared.

Where are they?

In Harston’s church we have five ledgerstones on which the inscriptions are legible. These repesent the Hurrell family in the 18th century and are located at the eastern end of the north aisle and in the chancel. There are other stones on which only a few letters are decipherable. These are in the north aisle, the eatern end of the south aisle and possibly forming the steps to the chancel. The locations are shown on the plan above.

Who are they?

Grave of Ann Hurrell daughter of Allen & Margaret Hurrell

 1.  Ann Hurrell

The inscription reads ‘Here lieth the body of Ann the daughter of Allen Hurrill and Margaret his wife who died Decem. ye 24th 1727’

 

Ann’s brother Gregory is buried in grave 3 below and her parents and brother Allen junior in grave 4

The stone lies west to east and measures 61 cms by 91 cms

 

 


Grave of Anne daughter of Gregory Wale died 1702

2.  Anne Wale

The inscription reads ‘Anne ye daughter of Gregory Wale Gent 1702’.

 

Ann was the sister of Margaret Hurrell nee Wale who is mentioned on several of the ledgerstones

 

The stone lies east to west and measures 53 cms by 79 cms


Grave of Gregory son of Allen & Margaret Hurrell

3.  Gregory Hurrell

The inscription reads ‘Gregory the son of Allen Hurrell and Margaret his wife died March ye 21 1721

 

Gregory is the brother of Ann in grave 1 and Allen Junior in grave 4

 

The stone lies east to west and measures 81 cms by 54 cms.


Grave of Allen Hurrell x 4. Anne and Margaret

4.  Allen x 4, Anne and Margaret Hurrell

This stone has been damaged – the top line is missing and part of the lower section completely removed and infilled. Consequently not all of the inscription is visible. Fortunately the inscription has been recorded and would read :

‘Anne the wife of Allen Senr Gent who was buried Jan 28 1712 Aged 56 years.

Allen Hurrell Senr Gent who was buried November 10 1740 Aged 80 years.

Allen Hurrell Gent son of Allen Hurrell Gent and Anne his wife who died March 21 1745 Aged 56 years.

Allen Hurrell Jun son of Allen Hurrell Gent and Margaret his wife who died July 19th 1746 Aged 18 years.

Margaret wife of Allen Hurrell and daughter of Gregory Wale Esqre who died 20 May 1762

Allen Hurrell Esqre who died Sept 17 176- Aged 41 years

Grave of Allen Hurrell x4, Anne and Margaret

Grave of Allen Hurrell x4, Anne and Margaret

The stone lies west to east and measures 169 cms by 95 cms


Unknown grave

5.  Unknown

The only legible inscription reads ‘the body’

The stone lies east to west and measures 105 cms by 48 cms


Unknown grave (

6.  Unknown

Only two chisel markings are visible on this stone but a report produced in the early 20th century ststed that’ on a large slab half covered by benches is an inscription similar to that on a tablet ot the wall to Hitch’ At the time, the seating in the church faced west and benches would have stood on this stone,

The stone lies south to north and measures 180 cms by 97 cms


Grave uncovered when replacing floor 2021

7.  Unknown

A ledgerstone was uncovered in 2021 when a new floor was being laid in the church and it has now been recovered. Only a few letters were visible and, so far, it has proved impossible to determine whose gave this was.

The stone is in the north aisle and lies east to west

This page was added on 11/01/2022.

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