Location and general
A Cotswold village on the southern side of the valley of the
river Evenlode 1Km east of Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxon., and
2Km upstream of
Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxon. Shipton-under-Wychwood is about 8Km NNE of
Church of St Mary the Virgin
The JORDAN family
The JORDAN family of Burford, Oxon.,
owned land in Shipton.
A selection of monuments at St Marys
The GODFREY plaque
Near this place lieth the Body
of WILLIAM GODFREY of Holwell Gent.
who was buried March 31st
1706 Aged 71
Likewise ye Body of JOHN GODFREY
of Milton Gent. Who was buried
1714: Aged 58
Also the body of MARY the wife of
THOMAS GODFREY of Milton Gent.
Who was buried August the 11th
1736: Aged 37
And MARY ANNA and JANE
Her daughters. Both Infants.
Mr THOMAS GODFREY of Hailey
Late of Milton Gent. was
buried November ye 2d
1747 Aged 51.
The DAVENPORT plaque
Near this place lyeth ye body of
Mrs ANN FOX DAVENPORT late Wife
of CHRISTOPHER DAVENPORT, Gent
and eldest Daughter of
RICHARD WILLYS Knt. & Bard deceased
who dyeth the 2[?]st day of MARCH Ann Dnj 1[7?]03
And in ye [4?]2 year of her age
Ye body of Mrs Ann DAVENPORT
their Daughter who dyed the
21st day of May Ano Dnj 1699
and in the 10th year of her age
Near this place lyeth also ye bocy
of CHRISTOPHER DAVENPORT
who dyed the 5th day of December
Anno Domini 1714
Aged [5?]7 years
The MORGAN bale tomb
3 Yards East of Church, this is a Grade II listed monument. The
inscription on the eastern end appears to be "In Memory / of Henry son
of / Henry Morgan who / Departed [y?] [?]ife Feb Ye / 19th 1739 in
[55?] Year of / his age." I suspect this relates to the Henry MORGAN of
Bruern Grange (1 Km NW of Milton under Wychwood) who left a will in
1739 (proved 1740, National Archives ref. PROB 11/702). The lower
inscription on the northern face is in memory of "Henry Morgan Gent:
Originally / from Fairford Hill [?]f Southill who on ye 23 of June /
172[looked like 7 but from a photo it looks like it could be 5]
Die[?].” An inscription at Painswick, on the tomb of Mary HEAVEN reads
"In Memory of Mary the Widow of Richard Heaven of Minchinhampton Gent
Eldest Daughter of Henry Morgan of Southill Gent.
Descended of the Morgans of Fairford in this County
who departed this life the 4th day of February 1743
Aged 64 years" [source:Painswick Tombstone Conservation Project,
(http://www.painswicketc.org.uk: accessed 3 Sep 2011);
Outside the end of the Corpus Christi Chapel at the church of St Mary
stands a group of three listed tombs of the MORGAN family, one of
which, a single story bale tomb, shows noticeable stylistic parallels
to this tomb. Bigland and Bigland state that these Fairford MORGANs
descend from one John MORGAN of the Tredegar MORGAN family [An account
of the parish of Fairford in ... Gloucester: with a ... description of
the stained glass in the ... church and engravings of ancient
monuments, Ralph Bigland and Richard Bigland, 1791, pg. 15]. On the
west face, this tomb bears an armorial shield with a gryphon segreant,
consistent with the arms of MORGAN of Tredegar (i.e. or, a gryphon
Monument to Sir John Reade (c1721-1773) and his wife Hariett
|Sacred to the Memory
Of Sir John Reade Baronet
That which was to himself and others
Than an ample fortune or any titles,
A Heart constant
In undisclosed professions
Of friendship and affection
In the plain unaffected Strictness
Of true honour,
To the deserving and Industrious Poor,
To the High and Example,
To his Servants, Children, and Consosort,
Humane and tender
In a long trial of severe illness
Patient and resigned
To the Author of all things.
In his Life loved and honoured,
In his death lamented.
His Widow with tears of Gratitude
Erected this monument.
He Died November 9th 1773
to the memory
of DAME HARIETT READE.
Relict of the above sir John Reade Bart
who died on the 23rd December, 1811,
in the 85th year of her age.
was the only issue
of William Barker, Esq're
of Sunning in the county of Berks;
and by her decease that ancient family
Her long life was distinguished
by active munificence
and her benefactor at her death
and her native parish of Sunning.
Will be gratefully and affectionately
remembered by the poor.
Monument to Sir John Reade (c1762-1789)
To the memory of Sir John Reade Baronet who departed this Life Nov'r
18th 1789 Aged 27 Years
Also of two infant & twin Daughters Harriet & Louisa,
one of whom died a few days before him
And the other survived but a few Months.
He Married Jane Daughter of Sir Chandos Hoskyns Baronet, of Harewood in
the County of
Hereford, by whom he has left two sons John & George, and one
Daughter Julia surviving.
He posess'd, in an eminent degree, each social and Domestic Virtue, and
was adorn'd by an uncommon sweetness
of Manners which where peculiarly his own.
In CHARITY: he son conspicuous, nit only supplying the wants of the
Poor and Indignent with a secret and
Liberal hand, but manifesting in the sublimest acceptation of the words
THRO' the Melancholy trial of a lingering Disorder he remained
perfectly resign'd and tho' withdrawn from this
Life at so early an Age, he had greatly distinguish'd himself, as an
HUSBAND, tender PARENT, and lenient MASTER.
This sad and painful memorial of her beloved Husband is erected by his
disconsolate Widow who tho' ever
Deploring her irreparable Loss, is resign'd to the will of Heaven, and
supported by the
Glorious expectation of Reunion in the Mansions of the Blessed.
Slab to Dame Mary Reade (c1627-1703)
Dame Mary Relict
of S'r COMPTON READ of Shipton
in the County of Oxon Bar't & Eldest
Daughter of S'r GILBERT CORNEWALL
Baron of Burford in ye County of Salop
died ye 26th of April 1703
Aged 76 years
Impaled arms decorate the slab, those for CORNEWALL being a lion ramp.
on a field ermine, within a bordure engrailed bezantee
Monument to five members of the Reade family
Dame Elizabeth Reade
Sr Edward Reade Bart
Sepr the 13th 1730
Mrs Mary Farmer
Dame Elizth Reade
Henry Farmer Esqr
Febr the 14th 1719
George Reade Esq
July the 24th 1756
George Reade Esqr
Lieut General of
His Majestys Forces
March 28th 1756
Sr Thos Reade Bar.
of the Green Cloth to his
Majesty King George
Who Died Sepr the 25th
There are coats of arms above each of these inscriptions as shown
below, the whole beneath a crest of a falcon with wings expanded
proper, belled and on something resembling a log.Dame Elizabeth READE
a lozenge impaled:
Berry [Vol 2, REA] gives "Reade,
- gules, a saltier or between four garbs, bearing an
inescutcheon arg. with a hand gules (the arms of Ulster and badge of a
- or, a fess dancetty ermine between
arranged four in chief, six in base.
[Hertfordshire, and Barton, Berkshire,] gu. a
saltier, betw. four garbs or. —Crest, a falcon, with wings expanded,
ppr. belled or, statant on a reed, lying fessewise, vert.
Berry [Vol 2, HAR] gives "Harby,
[Aldenham, Hertfordshire; Adston and
Northamptonshire,] gu. a
fesse, dancettee, erm. betw. ten billets ar. four in chief and six in base.—Crest, a demi
eagle, erased, with wings expanded sa. bezantee.Mrs Mary FARMER
On a lozenge argent, a fesse sable, between three lions' heads erased, gules.
Berry [Vol 2, FAR] gives "Farmer
, [Easton-Neston, Northamptonshire,] ar. a fesse sa. betw. three lions' heads, erased, gu."Jane READE [nee NOWES]
Reade was M.P. for Tewkesbury, Glos., born 1687, and his wife Jane was
daughter of Charles NOWES of Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, a place in
which the SECKER family of Widford held property.
On an escutcheon
- gules, a saltier or between four garbs, with inescutcheon
in pretence vairy of gules and of argent;
- vairy of gules and of
Arms as for his wife, Jane READE above.
Sir Thomas Reade, Baronet
On an escutcheon
Gules, a saltier or between four garbs, bearing an
inescutcheon arg. with a hand gules (the arms of Ulster and badge of a
Quarterly, Ar. and gu.; in the second and third quarters a fret or.
Dutton (Baron sherborne) bore quarterly, ar. and gu. in the second
and third quarters a fret or, a crescent for diff. [Burke & Burke
1844, DUV ]
Monument to Elizabeth (1782-1832)
[Unfortunately not that clear on the picture]
in Christo resurgenae spe
Elizabetha ???? natu secund?
Joseph ??????MORI ?????????r ton super montem
???gro Leicesterensi Vicarii
Nata IXth Julii MDCCLXXXII mortem obitt VIth Aprilis
Vixit proba et pia,
Benevola erga alios,
Monument to Simon Wisdom
Simon Wisdom Esq.
who Died ye
Slab for Ann, wife of Robert Clarke
In Memory of
Ann Wife of Robert ClarkeGent
: who departed this life Sep
Slab for Ann, daughter of Thomas Clarke
ANNE Eldest Daughter of
THOMAS CLARKE Gent.
and of HANNAH his Wife
Died the 10th
of July 1722
Aged 16 Years
Slab for Hannah Brooked
to the Memory of
of London who
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
- Berry, William. 1828. Encyclopaedia heraldica or complete
dictionary of heraldry. Wood, Gilbert and Piper.
- Burke, John & Bernard Burke. 1844. Encyclopaedia of
General armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland, comprising a registry
of all armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time,
including the late grants by the College of arms. London: Henry G. Bohn
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