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Monument to Edward Selwyn

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Author: Peter Seddon
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Location

Street:Friston Hill
Town:Friston
Parish:East Dean & Friston
Council:Wealden District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN20
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Inside building
and in:Religious
Access is:Public
Location note:The Selwyn (North) Transept, Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:158
Grid reference:E2
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.
Previous location:The Chancel of the Church.

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General Information

Commissioned by: Selwyn family
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Friston.
Inscription:Right Hand Panel:

In Patris et filii memriam/Huis Amita Alius Soror / Amantissima/ JUDITHA MEDLICOTE/ Brevi, ut credit sequuluta/ Posuit hoc monumentum Anno 1706/ Sic transimus Omnes/ sic praeterit aetas/ Abi lector/ De rerum incontantia/ et vicissitudine/ et de tua morte/Puis meditare/ Eadem Juditha vixit Septuag/enaria, aberceto (?) monumento non/ ultra biennium, nata Juny 150 /1637. Obiit Decembris 180 / 1707 et non procul/ hine sepulta.

Central Panel:

Memoriae Sacrum/ Edwardi Selwyn Equitis/ Huis (?) Reliquiae hoc marmore teguntur/ Fuit Filius FRACISCI SELWYN Armigeri et PENELOPE/ Uxoris suce Filiae Kni GEORGII SHIRLEY Equitis. / de Isfield, in hoc comitatui (?), Kni Hibernia/ fummi Justiary, et MARIAE Uxori suce./ Aus illi (?) fuit EDWARDUS SELWYN Armiger/ Huis (?) Uxor ALICIA fuit Soror EDWARDI BURTON/ Equitis de South Bourn. Uxorem duxit MARIA/ GARRET viduam, Filiam ROBERTI SMITH Equitis/ Baronetti de Westham, Esexia ex Qua suscepit/ unicum Filium, GULIELMUM THOMAM SELWYN Qui/ duos Menses, non ultra Patri Supersies fuit/ et Filiam unicum PENELOPEN Qui Obijt plus minus/Sexennis/ Natus fuit. Se. 190 1638/et Objit Dec. 9. 1704/ Foris famam obtinuit, / et Provinciam quam Suscepit, ornavit, / Domi Jus et Magistratum exerant, / Benignus, Clemens, ? Sine fastu humilis./ Sine ostentatione misericors./ In Egenos benignus/ Pius/ Paer, Mantus, Frater/ Amantissimus/ Qui nunc in Pace requiescit/ ut vixit/ Expectans consumationem omniu/ et Restituionem.

Below Central Panel (on base):

FRANCIS SELWYN Esqr departed this life Aug. 20 1661: AND lys by Penelope his wife/ (Daughter of Sr Geo. Shirley Kt Ld Chief Justice of Ireland) who Dyed Jany 13th 1664./ They had for issue 7 sons, George, Francis, Thomas, Nicholas, Edward, John & John. Francis/ Dyed in Holland, Thomas in London, and John the last Son in Spain: ye rest were interred in this/ place. And 8 Daughters, Mary, who dyed in Ireland: Charity, truly so according to her name/ who dy’d in London ye 64 year of her age, full of Charity and good works: Mary,/ Pladelphia, Penelope, who dyed also in London: Alice, Judith, the sorrowfull surviving sister:/ Elzabeh who dyed in London. the rest Lye inter’d in this place. They all lived in good reputa/tion and dyed in the Christian Faith

Left Hand Panel:

Memoria Sacrum/ GULIELM/ THOMAE SELWYN/ Armigeri/ Qui Natus fuit Aug 11. 1684/ et Objit 9 Feb. 1704/ In medio feri Anni intra 20 et 21/ Aetatis sua/ Filius EDWARDI SLWYN Equitis/ Huius prope iacent Reliquiae/ In huis memoriam/ Fbit marmor ipsum, / Flebilis Omibus / Quippe, proh(?) dolor/ Qui sola sper suit/ et nunc exinita (?) / Antiquae SELWYNORUM Famliae/ Ultimus hic SELWYNRUM iacet/ Ingenio nobili/ Indole optima/ Suma Pietate/ Charus ubique

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Classification

Categories:Funerary, Commemorative, Religious
Object type1:Marker
     Object subtype1:Inscribed stone
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Crest
     Material:White marble, painted crest & helmet
     Height (cm):100
Part 2:Whole monument
     Material:White marble and slate
     Height (cm):288
     Width (cm):240

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Fair
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Other
     More details:Slight chipping on base. Painting on incised lettering very faint, disappeared in places
Date of on-site inspection:10/02/2008

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History

History:The Selwyn transept ‘ was built about the middle of the 19th century by Miss Anne Gilbert, for the purpose of providing additional seating accommodation, and also as a place to move two of the Selwyn Monuments, which up to that time had stood in the Chancel and considerably reduced its space.’ Two further monuments to Selwyn family in church- brass memorial on oak base, originally inlaid in Sussex marble, in blocked up doorway, south wall of Nave ; worn stone beneath carpet of aisle.

‘On the other side of the Transept is a large marble slab with shields of many quarterings surmounted by the crest of the family, a flaming torch held by lion’s paws. On this monument is a record of Sir Francis Selwyn, his family- a large one- and the death of his son and heir, William Thomas, “last of the ancient family”, and for whose early death and many virtues, “the marble itself might weep” (flebit marmor ipsum). Unfortunately much of the painted lettering has deteriorated to the point that it is mostly illegible.’
(Rev.A.A. Evans, Friston Parish Church: a short historical account, revised ed. 2006,
Revd. A.A. Evans, The Selwyns of Sussex, 1923, revised ed. 2002)

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Date: 10/02/2008
Author: Peter Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 10/02/2008
Author: Peter Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 10/02/2008
Author: Peter Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 10/02/2008
Author: Peter Seddon
Copyright: Creative Commons

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