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In 1847 George Lipscomb in his "The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham" lists the following monumental inscriptions from the Chapel of St. Martin, Fenny Stratford:
"On a slab of white marble, enchased with black, within the communion-rails, and partly beneath the table, placed there according to his own desire and directions, are the following words, to mark the grave of the pious and munificent Founder, and the generous and learned promoter of Topographical Literature, to whom the public at large is continually indebted:
Hic Situs est
Browne Willis Antiquarius
cujus et Avi æternæ memoriæ
Tho. Willis Archiatri totius Europæ celeberrimi
defuncti die Sancti Martini A.D. 1675.
Hæc CAPELLA exiguum Monumentum est
Obiit 3 Die Februarii A.D. 1760:
ætatis suæ 78.
O Christe Soter et Judex
huic Peccatorum primo
miserecors et propitius esto.
At the west end of the slab:
Arms: Quarterly 1 and 4, within a bordure. Willis. 2. Two bars Az. charged with three cross crosslets patée fiché. 3. A chev. charged with three escalops between three storks; on a fess, an inescutcheon between two cotizes gemells Gu. Motto: In coelo quies.
The ceiling is divided into forty compartments, or panels, painted and highly ornamented, having in each a coat of arms, with the name of the person to whom it belongs, on a white scroll, in the following order, beginning at the east end towards the north angle:
1. S. a cross engrailed Or. charged with four escutcheons; in fess point a lion passant Gu.; on a chief Or. a rose between two ravens, all Proper.
COLL. ÆDIS CHRISTI.
2. Party per pale of three. 1. Arg. a chevron S. between three roses Gu. 2. Gu. two lioncels passant Or. on a chief Az. a King seated on a throne, crowned, and bearing a sceptre Or.
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3. Quarterly 1 and 4, Arg. a chev. between three bugle-horns S. mounted Or. 2 and 3 Arg. a chevron between three cross crosslets fiché S.
COLL. CORP. CHRIST.
4. Az. three bucks trippant Arg.
5. Arg. two chevrons S. between three roses Gu.
6. Party per fess Az. and Or. in chief Arg. a pale charged with the Arms of France and England quarterly, between two roses Gu. in base a cross patonce between four martlets Or.
7. Arg. a cross Gu.
ECCL. COLL. WINDESOR.
8. Arg. on a chief Or. a fleur-de-lis on the dexter, separated by a line S. from a lion passant gardant; on the sinister, Or. in base, three lilies Gu. foliated Vert.
9. Party per pale Gu. and S. a swan Proper, gorged and chained Or.
VILLA DE BUCK.
10. Az. a swan Arg. gorged, chained, and crowned Or.
VILLA DE BEDFORD.
11. Az. a saltire Or.
BURGUS ST. ALBANI.
12. The same as New College.
COLL. PROPE WINTON.
13. The See of Canterbury impaling Or. two bars Gu. in fess point a trefoil slipped Prop.; in ch. three torteaux.
WAKE ARCHIEP. CANT.
14. Az. a lion ramp. Gu. on a chev. S. three escalops of the Field
WRIOTHESLEY RUSSELL DUX DE BEDFORD.
15. Quarterly 1 and 4 Arg. within a bordure S. three lozenges Gu.; 2 and 3 Or. an eagle displayed Arg.
JOHANNES MONTAGUE DUX DE MONTAGUE
16. Arg. a lion ramp. Gu. between three phæons S.
SCROOP EGERTON DUX DE BRIDGEWATER.
17. S. a lion passant gardant Or. between three helmets Arg.
JACOBUS COMPTON COMES DE NORTHAMP.
18. Paly of six Arg. and Az. over all a bend Gu.
ARTHUR ANNESLEY COM. DE ANGLESEY
19. Arg. a fess between three crescents S.
GEORGIUS LEE COMES DE LICHFIELD.
20. Quarterley 1 and 4 Az. two bars Arg. 2 and 3 Arg. three battering-rams, bar-ways Proper, armed and garnished Az.
MONTAGUE BERTIE COMES DE ABINGDON.
21. Cheque Or. and Az. on a fess Gu. five saltires Or.
WILL. CHEYNE VICE-COM. NEWHAVEN.
22. Gu. three stirrups Or. imp. Az. a fleur-de-lis Arg.
FRANCISCA SCUDAMORE VICE-COM. DE SCUDAMORE.
23. Vert. on a cross Arg. five mullets Gu.
RADULPHUS VERNEY VICE-COMES FERMANAGH.
24. Az. a lion ramp. Arg.
THO. UTHWATT ARM. VICE-COMES BUCK.
25. Arg. two bars Gu. in chief three cinquefoils.
ALEX DENTON, JUSTICIAR. DOM. MAG. DE BANCO.
26. Gu. a saltire engrailed Or.
HON. CAR. LEIGH MILES PRO. COM. BEDFORD.
27. Party per pale Arg. and S. a chevron between three rams' heads erased S. armed Or. in fess point the Baronet's badge.
JOHANNES CHESTER BARONETTUS.
28. Az. two bars Or. surtout a bend cheque Or. and Gu.
THO. LEE BARONETTUS.
29. Arg. a wyvern, it's tail nowed Gu.
MONTAGUE GERARD DRAKE ARMIG. M.P. PRO COM. BUCK.
30. Erm, a fess engrailed Gu. between three hand-grenadoes exploding Proper.
THO. CARTWRIGHT ARMIG. MILES PRO COM. NORTHAMPT.
31. Arg. a fess Gu. between four cotizes wavy Az. in chief a crescent Or.
RIC. ELLIOT ARM. CORNUBIENSIS.
32. Arg. a pile Gu. charged with a cross botony, between six crosslets fitché S.
RICARDUS CAMBRIDGE ARMIG. LONDONIENSIS.
33. In a lozenge Gu. a bezant between three demi-lions ramp. Arg.
GRACIA BENNET DOM. DE BECHAMPTON.
34. S. three pick-axes Arg. imp. Arg. three wolves passant in pale Proper. Pigot impaling Lovett.
LETICIA PIGOTT DOMINA DE DODDERSHALL.
35. Az. a lion ramp. between ten roses Arg. a martlet Or. for diff.
REV. DAV. JAMES, RECT. DE WOUGHTON.
36. Arg. a fess Gu. charged with three fleur-de-lis Or.
REV. JO. DISNEY, VICAR DE CRANBROKE.
37. Arg. a chevron bet. three roses Gu. charged with a lion statant gardant between two Bibles clasped Or.
COLL S. S. TRINIT. CAMB.
38. Quarterly France and England, within a bordure componé Arg. and Az.
COLL. S. JOHANNIS EVANG.
39. Quarterly 1 and 4, per bend indented Az. and Or. 2 and 3 Az. an eagle displayed of the Second, surtout on a bend of the First, in fess point a fretté Arg. between two martlets Or.
COLL. BUCKINGHAM SIVE MAGDAL.
40. Az. a cros potence between four lions ramp. Or.
ECCLES. CATH. DURHAM.
On shields affixed to the cornice; at the west end, over the gallery:
S. three roses Arg. on a chief party per pale Az. and Gu. a fleur-de-lis, and a lion passant gardant Or.
COLL. REGALE CANTAB.
Lozengy S. and Arg. in chief, three lilies in fess Proper.
COLL. B.M. MAGDL. OXON.
On the north side:
Gu. a fess Or. between three cross crosslets fitché S.
WILL. GORE DE TRING ARM.
Az. a church Proper.
R. POMFRET, GEN. DE NEWPORT PAGNEL.
Cartwright, as No. 30, on the ceiling, with an escutcheon of pretence, party per pale Az. and Gu. three saltires Or.
WILL. CARTWRIGHT, ARM. ET BYZANTIA UXOR. EJUS.
Arg. three Moors' heads Proper, wreathed or turbanned Or. and Gu.
REV. THO. TANNER, ARCHDIAC. NORFOLK: ÆDIS CHRISTI OXON. CANON.
Az. a cross Gu. surtout, a bend Or.
REV. DAVID TRIMNELL, ARCHDIAC. LEICESTERIENSIS RECTORIS DE STOKE.
Quarterly 1 and 4 Az. a chevron charged with three crosses potent S. 2. Az. two bars S. each charged with a crosslet fitché Or. 3. Arg. and eagle displayed Gu.
REV. MARTIN BENSON, ARCHIDIACONUS DE BERKS, RECTOR NOSTER DE BLECHLEY.
See of London, impaling Az. three storks Arg.
EDM. GIBSON, EPISCOPUS LOND.
Arg. a maunch S.
HONORAB. DOMIN. ELIZABETH HASTINGS.
Az. a cross between four martlets Or.
See of Bristol, impaling Arg. two bends S.
WILL. BRADSHAW, EPISCOPUS BRISTOL. DECANUS OEDI. CHRISTI OXON.
On the south side:
See of Armagh, impaling quarterly 1 and 4 Az. in the First a bird Arg. in the Fourth a bolt arrow erect Or. 2 and 3 Arg. five ermines, 2, 1, 2.
HUGO BOULTER, ARCHIEPISC. ARMAGH NUPER EPISCOPUS BRISTOL ET DECANUS ÆDIS CHRISTI OXON.
Party per bend crenelle, Arg. and Gu.
CAROLUS BOYLE, COMES DE ORRERY.
Arg. a fess between three lions' heads erased S.
THO. FARMOR, COMES DE POMFRET
Erm. on a fess Az. a magnetic needle pointing at a pole-star Or.
HENRICUS PETTY, COMES SHELBURNE.
On the opposite side, as before:
REV. MARTIN BENSON, ARCHIDIACONUS DE BUCK, RECTOR NOSTER DE BLECHLEY.
Arg. fretté Az. each joint charged with a bezant; on a dexter canton Az. a lions' head erased Or.
RIC. LOWNDES DE WINSLOW ARM.
Az. a fess engrailed between two cotizes Or. with an escutcheon of pretence. Dormer.
JOHANNES FORTESCUE, MILES DOM. REGIS JUSTICIARIUS ET DOMIN. ELIZABETHA UXOR EJUS FILIA ROBERTI DORMER ARM.
Quarterly 1 and 4 Erm. 2 and 3, paly of six Or. and Gu. with an inescutcheon. Benson.
LUCIE KNIGHTLEY, ARM. ET UXOR EJUS FILIA HENRICI BENSON ARM.
Az. on a bend S. three dolphins embowed Or.
GILBERTUS SYMKIN ARM.
Az. a book open; thereto annexed seven seals, all Or.
REV. EDW. WELLS, NUPER RECTOR DE BLETCHLEY.
Over the north door:
Arg. an Orle Az.
Gu. within a bordure S. charged with eight estoils wavy Or.: on a dextor canton, Erm. a lion ramp. of the Second.
COLL. S. JOHAN. EVANG.
The east window has stone mullions, dividing it into three lights, and containing the arms, on painted glass of Thomas Price, Esq. inscribed, "Restituit et Fundavit;" Arg. three ravens Proper; also the Arms of the King, of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and of Richard Reynolds, Bishop of Lincoln, and Nicholas Claggett, Archdeacon of Bucks.
On another tablet of wood, in the north aisle:
ST. MARTIN'S CHAPEL, FENNY-STRATFORD.
This Chapel was enlarged in the year 1823, by which means 460 sittings have been obtained; and in consequence of a grant from the Society for Promoting the Enlargement and Building of Churches and Chapels, 240 of that number are hereby declared to be free and unappropriated.
Richard Pain, Minister.
Benj. Lucas, Chapel-warden.
Pauncefort Duncombe Pauncefort, Lord of the Manor.
[Last updated: 7th November 2000 - Kevin Quick]