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Monument to Anne Frewen

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Church Lane
Town:Northiam
Parish:Northiam
Council:Rother District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN31
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Object setting:Inside building
and in:Religious
Access is:Private
Location note:The Frewen Chapel, Parish Church of St. Mary
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:64
Grid reference:B3
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 Behnes
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Thomas Frewen, her husband.
Construction period:c1844
Installation date:1844
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Frewen family
Description:Affixed to the east wall of The Frewen Chapel. A white marble bust of Anne Frewen atop an inscribed plinth.
Signatures:Signature to bottom right of outer aspect of plinth:
W. BEHNES
SCUR. LONDON.
Inscription:Inscription to front of plinth, black painted incised letters:

IN THE VAULT BENEATH LIES THE BODY OF / ANNE, THE WIFE OF THOMAS FREWEN, ESQRE. OF BRICKWALL. / SHE WAS THE ELEVENTH OF TWELVE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM WILSON CARUS WILSON, ESQRE. M.P. / BY HIS WIFE MARGARET, DAUGHTER AND SOLE HEIR OF BENJAMIN SHIPPARD, OF NATLAND / AND WAS BORN AT HER FATHERS SEAT, CASTERTON HALL, WESTMORELAND, JULY 19TH. 1803. / SHE DIED AT BRICKWALL, AT THE BIRTH OF HER SIXTH CHILD, (A STILLBORN FEMALE INFANT) FEBRUARY 18TH. 1844, / LEAVING FIVE YOUNG CHILDREN, MARY, SELINA, JOHN, LATON, AND ELEANOR, / TO DEPLORE THE LOSS OF A TENDER MOTHER. / HER DISPOSITION, NATURALLY MILD AND GENTLE, WAS IMPROVED BY A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, / AND IT PLEASED GOD IN HIS INFINITE MERCY, TO CALL HER IN EARLY YOUTH TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF HIMSELF. / HER RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES WERE DEEP-SEATED BUT UNOBTRUSIVE, AND THOUGH SHE FELT STRONGLY, / SHE WAS DIFFERENT IN HER PROFESSION LEST THROUGH THE INFIRMITY OF HUMAN NATURE, / RELIGION MIGHT BE DISGRACED BY AN INCONSISTENT WALK. / FOR HER STATION IN LIFE, SHE WAS VERY MODERATE AND SELF-DENYING, / AND EVER READY TO MINISTER TO THE TEMPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WANTS OF HER FELLOW CREATURES. / IN PROSPERITY SHE WAS MEEK AND HUMBLE, PATIENT AND UNCOMPLAINING IN ADVERSITY AND IN SICKNESS, / AND DESIGNED IN THE HOUR OF DEATH: HER LAST WORDS WERE “THY WILL BE DONE!” / THOMAS FREWEN ESQRE. ERECTS THIS MONUMENT / TO COMMEMORATE HER MANY EXCELLENCIES, AND HIS OWN IRREPARABLE LOSS. / THOU ART GONE TO THE GRAVE, WE NO LONGER BEHOLD THEE, / NOR TREAD THE ROUGH PATHS OF THE WORLD BY THY SIDE; / BUT THE WIDE ARMS OF MERCY ARE SPREAD TO ENFOLD THEE, / AND SINNERS MAY HOPE, SINCE THE SINLESS HAS DIED. / “WHAT SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? SHALL TRIBULATION, OR PERSECUTION, / OR DISTRESS, OR NAKEDNESS, OR FAMINE, OR PERIL, OR SWORD; NAY, IN ALL THESE THINGS WE / ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS, THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US.” / “QUICQUID EX ILLA AMAVIMUS, QUICQUID MIRATI SUMUS MANET”.

Incised letters on banner underneath shield at base of plinth, the Frewen family motto (It is not mine (i.e. my nature) to change):

MUTARE NONEST MEUM.

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Classification

Categories:Commemorative, Funerary
Object type1:Marker
     Object subtype1:Inscribed stone
Object type2:Sculpture
     Object subtype1:Inscribed stone
Subject type1:Portrait
Subject type2:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Bust

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Object Parts

Part 1:Bust with integral plinth
     Material:White marble
     Height (cm):85
     Width (cm):50
     Depth (cm):30
Part 2:Whole monument
     Material:White marble on grey marble background
     Height (cm):220
     Width (cm):125
     Depth (cm):30

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:20/05/2008

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History

History:The Frewen Chapel was designed and built above the Frewen Mausoleum in 1845, by the architect Sydney Smirke. It is built from soft, porous sandstone.
(Green, Anthony. ‘A Short Guide to the Parish Church of St. Mary, Northiam’.)

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:‘A Short Guide to the Parish Church of St. Mary, Northiam’.
     Type:Book
     Author:Green, Anthony.
     Publisher:Parish Church of St. Mary. Northiam.


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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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