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Monument to Charles Sergison

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Church Platt
Town:Cuckfield
Parish:Cuckfield
Council:Mid Sussex District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:RH17
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Object setting:Inside building
and in:Religious
Access is:Public
Location note:To the left of the main altar, Parish Church of Holy Trinity
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:71
Grid reference:N4
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ303245

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Makers

Name : Thomas Adye
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Construction period:1734
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Parish Church of Holy Trinity. Cuckfield.
Description:Dark grey, veined marble sarcophagus issuing from a pyramidal shaped back slab. Surmounting the sarcophagus is a seated female figure looking at her reflection in a hand mirror that she holds in her right hand. Her left hand rests on the top of a large medallion with a profile relief portrait of Charles Sergison that is supported on her raised left knee. To her left is a naked seated cherub that also supports the medallion. At the top of the pyramidal backslab is a white marble relief of the Sergison coat of arms. The whole rests on a tomb-like pedestal that has an inscribed panel to the front.
Iconographical description:The female figure looking at her reflection in a mirror symbolises 'Truth'.
Signatures:Carved into the edge of the portrait medallion on the side of the figure of 'Truth':
Tho. ADEY. SCVLPT. IT
Inscription:Left hand side of panel on base, inscribed letters:

Near this Place lyeth Interred ye Body of
CHARLES SERGISON Efqr. Of Cuckfield Place,
who departed this life Novr.ye 26th. 1732 Aged 78.
He was initiated into ye Civil Government
of the Royal Navy in the Year 1671,
as a Clerk in one of His Majesty's Yards,
& laudably Served through Several Offices
till the Year 1719 (namely 48 Years)
35 of which as a Principal Officer and
Commifsioner to the Satisfaction of
the Several Kings and Queens, and their
greatest Ministers, and all his Superiors,
about which time the Civil Government
of the Navy being put into Military hands,
he was esteem'd, by them, not a fit person
to serve any longer.

Right hand side of panel on base, inscribed letters:

He was a Gentleman of great Capacity & Penetration
exact Judgment,
close Application to Businefs
Strict Integrity:
These Virtues compleatly qualify'd him for t/y [that] Post
which he so well fill'd, so long enjoy'd
In those who serv'd under him. Merit alone recommended
Fidelity and Diligence were rewarded,
which gain'd him Respect, Esteem and Honour.
He serv'd his Country in several Parliaments,
where like a true Patriot,
he consulted only ye real Interest of ye Nation,
without any particular views of his own.
In private Life He observ'd Justice & Probity
was Affectionate to his Relations
Peaceable to his Neighbours
Kind and Beneficent to his Servants
And in every Station an Honest Man

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Funerary, Composite, Commemorative
Object type1:Statue
Object type2:Sculpture
Subject type1:Portrait
     Subject subtype1:Head
Subject type2:Allegorical
     Subject subtype1:Head
Subject type3:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Parts

Part 1:Statuary
     Material:White marble
     Height (cm):138
     Width (cm):125
     Depth (cm):50
Part 2:Whole structure
     Material:White and grey marble
     Height (cm):380
     Width (cm):217
     Depth (cm):70
Part 3:Base
     Material:Light grey marble
     Height (cm):115
     Width (cm):217
     Depth (cm):48
Part 4:Sarcophagus
     Material:Dark grey, brown veined marble
     Height (cm):85
     Width (cm):160
     Depth (cm):44

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:21/12/2007

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History

History:Charles Sergison purchased Cuckfield Park in 1691 from Mary Clark, the last of the Bowyer family who had built the house 100 years before and it remained in the family until 1968. By 1800, the Sergison Family owned forty one properties in Cuckfield. 'Adey' is spelled 'ADYE' on most sources. Sergison had been granted the coat of arms with a dolphin crest also in 1691. Sergison was, at age 17, a junior in one of the naval dockyards and became Chief Clerk to John Pepys, the brother of the diarist. He rose to become one of the four Principals in control of the navy and he served for 48 years under William III, Queen Anne and George I. He was aggrieved by being forced to retire at 65 years old. During his retirement he collected sixty five folios of Minutes of the Navy Board, now known as The Sergison Papers and published by the Naval Records Society. He also assembled a library of books for which he had three bookcases made by the joiner who had worked for Samuel Pepys, later known as The Pepys Bookcases. His papers are now in the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He died at Cuckfield Place at 78 years in November 1732. They had no children and his estate was left to Thomas Warden II and to his late wife's sisters and nieces. A condition of the will was that Thomas Warden take the name of Sergison. His will directed that ''my body be decently interred in my burying place in the chancel of the parish church'' and ''a monument be set up on the north side of the chancel''. The Rev Daniel Walter who dominated Cuckfield for nearly half a century (1713-1761), refused permission for the erection of the monument overshadowing the altar but Thomas Warden II called a vestry meeting and enlisted the support of several inhabitants.
('A Chronicle of Cuckfield')

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'A Chronicle of Cuckfield'
     Type:Book
     Author:Wright, Maisie.
     Edition:1991
     Publisher:Mid Sussex Local History Group & the Cuckfield Museum Trust.


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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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