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Monument to George John, 5th Earl De La Warr & Elizabeth, Countess De La Warr

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Location

Street:B2110 Withyham Road
Town:Withyham
Parish:Withyham
Council:Wealden District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN7
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Object setting:Inside building
and in:Religious
Access is:Private
Location note:The Sackville Chapel, north east corner of the Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:13
Grid reference:M8
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.

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Makers

Name : William Tyler
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Lady Mary Sackville-West, Countess of Derby, and Lady Elizabeth Sackville-West, Duchess of Bedford
Construction period:c1870
Installation date:1870
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Earl De La Warr
Description:The monument is affixed to the west wall of the Chapel. It is a sculptural relief of a seated female figure holding out a wreath in her right hand. The relief sits on a plinth that holds an inscription with scroll work at either side.
Inscription:To the front of the monument, carved letters with gold gilt (the verse is from the hymn by Cardinal John Henry Newman, ‘The Pillar of the Cloud’):

IN MEMORY OF GEORGE JOHN EARL DELAWARR / WHO DIED A.D. MDCCCLXIX. / IN MEMORY ALSO OF HIS WIFE ELIZABETH COUNTESS DELAWARR BARONESS BUCKHURST / WHO DIED A.D. MDCCCLXX / THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY THEIR CHILDREN /

So long thy power hath blest me sure it still
Will lead me on
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Funerary, Commemorative
Object type1:Sculpture
Object type2:Relief
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Seated

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Object Parts

Part 1:Whole monument
     Material:White and grey marble
     Height (cm):220
     Width (cm):160
     Depth (cm):20

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:22/02/2008

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History

History:George John Sackville-West, 5th Earl De La Warr (26 October 1791 - 23 February 1869) was the son of John Richard West, 4th Earl De La Warr and Catherine Lyell. He married Lady Elizabeth Sackville, Baroness Buckhurst of Buckhurst (11 August 1795 - 9 January 1870), the daughter of John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset and Arabella, Duchess of Dorset. They had nine children including Major General Sir Charles Richard Sackville-West, 6th Earl De La Warr (13 November 1815 - 23 April 1873) and Reginald Windsor Sackville-West, 7th Earl De La Warr (21 February 1817 - 5 January 1896).

The Sackville Chapel was added to the church by Richard Sackville 5th Earl of Dorset (16 September 1622 – 27 August 1677). On 16 June 1663, the whole church was largely destroyed after a lightning strike. The heat generated was so great that even the bells melted. The original Sackville monuments were completely destroyed. The church was rebuilt but did not reopen until 1672 and the rebuilding of the Sackville Chapel was not completed for another eight years. The chapel is unusual in that it does not come under the jurisdiction of the Bishop but is privately owned by the 11th Earl De La Warr, who is patron of the church. The church was given a Grade I listing because of the monuments.
(Source: ‘The Sackville Chapel’, with kind permission from Countess De La Warr)

William Tyler was a sculptor well employed from 1878 to the end of the century, chiefly on portrait busts, amongst others, C.W. Cope R.A., Lord Carlingford, the Earl of Iddesleigh (for the Guildhall) and Matthew Arnold the poet. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1878 and 1993. (Royal Academy Library)

This entry is included in the database with kind permission and support from Countess De La Warr.

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'The Sackville Chapel'
     Type:Book
     Author:Countess De La Warr, & Innes-Smith, Robert.
     Publisher:English Life Publications Ltd. Derby.

Source 2 :
     Title:'Historical Notices of the Parish of Withyham in the County of Sussex, With a Description of the Church and Sackville Chapel'
     Type:Book
     Author:Sackville-West, Reginald Windsor.
     Page:58-100
     Publisher:John Russell Smith. London.


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