The Church Monuments Society
The Gazetter


This gazetteer sets out to list cathedrals, abbeys, churches, chapels, museums and other sites mainly in Britain and France which have interesting collections of church monuments or in some cases one outstanding monument. The gazetteer is profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings and diagrams. Descriptions and information are also given where it may be helpful, but this is kept to a minimum, the gazetteer being primarily a visual one. For Britain the list is given by county but, for ease of reference, these are the 'old' counties set in print, if not in stone, by Pevsner in the Buildings of England, Wales and Scotland series, where the most complete list of church monuments may be found. I have added where to park when visiting the church and whether the church is open or not; however, this latter may change so if you are making a special journey to visit the church, it may be advisable to write or e-mail the incumbent. I have also begun to add map references, which are especially helpful on those rare occasions when the church is hard to find; these are based on the O/S National Grid with its 'false origin', which is very simple to use.

There appears to be no equivalent to Pevsner in France but I have used as an initial guide the long out of print series Les Eglises de France, although this series does not pay as much attention to monuments as does Pevsner.  The churches in this gazetteer are listed according to region, department and commune, that is, not following precisely Les Eglises de France. The regions are those before the 2016 when their number was reduced by combination of several regions, as I feel this helps in locating the monuments. I have used the latitude/longitude system for map reference as this seems to be the principal system used in France. There is also a list of gisants of France which can be found on the internet here. I refer to this as the list in the text. As the name states it refers only to gisants - recumbent monumental effigies - so other monuments are of course not mentioned. It is by no means complete to date and there are some inaccuraces. I have found some occasional references in other books and found some monuments simply by visiting churches.


Other European countries are included but not much work has yet been carried out here.

Please note that this work is forever in progress and will expand progressively. This gazetter is part of the Church Monuments Society's website but edited separately by a former publicity officer of that society who welcomes suggestions, errors and omissions being pointed out and especially more photographs and information; the latter will, of course, be acknowledged. Please do not contact the Society's e-mail address for this purpose but rather:


Click on the links below to access the various pages. Some counties have more than one page but this link will take you to the first page; you can then follow the links. Note the dates of all the last updates are noted and the latest marked in red. Those currently being worked on are shown in green. At the head of each page is a list of the churches which follow; I've begun to mark those which contain many monuments or one outstanding monument worth seeing in bold and those containing a medieval monument in italic. I have received many photographs from interested people and have tried to acknowledge them but in the past have not done this as well as I should have like. I have been taking photographs since 2009 and cameras and my technique have both improved over the years so some of the later photographs are far better than the earlier ones; I sometimes, when I can, revisit a church and rephotograph the monuments.

I have begun a glossary to explain or clarify some of the terms used in the text. This is permantly in progress. It may be accessed here.



ENGLAND
       
County Date Material
Added
Further Information  
       
Bedfordshire 03-02-14 One church added: several monuments  
Berkshire 07-05-16 Two churches added and Aldworth complete revision  
Buckinghamshire 13-10-14 One monument added  
Bristol 01-10-12 St James' Priory added  
Cambridgeshire 18-08-17  List of all curches in county with monuments and brief notes. Not Cambridge yet  
Cheshire 08-10-12 One church with several monuments added.  
Cornwall 23-09-13 Several Monuments - including those in Truro Cathedral - added. In progress  
Derbyshire 15-04-13 Several monuments added  
Dorset 20-07-16 Dorset has now been split into two separate pages. Several churches and monuments have been added. Other improvements include Ordnance Survey references for the churches.  
Devon 11-07-16 Holcome Rogus added; improved photographs for Iddesleigh  
County Durham 21-10-11 New but few monuments at the moment  
Essex 13-10-14 One brass added  
Gloucestershire 17-05-13 Tewkesbury Abbey - many more monuments added.  
Hampshire 17-03-17 Drawing and photograph from Silchester added  
Herefordshire 20-10-16 Three wall monuments at Pembridge  
Hertfordshire 25-10-10 Two new churches and and site reorganised  
Huntingdon & Peterborough 19-05-16 New - Peterborough Cathedral only  
Kent 03-03-13 Many new churches and monuments added  
Lancashire 13-06-16 Warrington - two photographs  
Leicestershire  03-02-14 One church added  
Lincolnshire 15-09-16 A few monuments added  
London - The City
& General Introduction
..  -  .. 15 Section of the Temple Church enlarged. St Paul's Catheral added (in progress) Click here for direct link  
London - Wandsworth      
London - Westminster   A selection of monuments in St Margaret's added  
London - Kensington & Chelsea 05-10-12 Monuments held by the Victoria & Albert Museum  In progress  
Northamptonshire 10-08-16 One church - several monuments - added  
Northumberland 18-10-14 Several  monuments added  
Nottinghamshire 18-10-16 Two churches added  
Norfolk 10-09-17 Two post reformation ecclesiatical brasses added
A useful on-line guide produced by the Diocese of Norwich may be found here
 
Oxfordshire 15-07-17 Dorchester Abbey completed  
Rutland 28-08-16 England's smallest county which comes and goes - but here it stays! Two churches only.More very welcome!
Shropshire 03-11-16 Some Acton Burnell photographs added  
Staffordshire 27-08-17 Revision and more photographs at Litchfield cathedral (not yet complete)
Somerset 05-05-17 One monument added - page 3. I have also continued the list of very brief notes on church with monuments  
Suffolk 12-09-17 Several monuments added and page revised  
Surrey 21-09-13 2 churches - many monuments added  
Sussex 19-01-13 One monument only added  
Warwickshire 22-05-11 Photographs from Aston added  
Westmoreland under construction - a few photographs only
Wiltshire 22-04-17 One church - many monuments added (Edington Priory)  
Worcestershire 17-02-14 Several churches and monuments added  
Yorkshire: East Riding & York  ... -... -09 Expanded - York Minster   
Yorkshire: NorthRiding 21-03-17 Two churches added: several monuments  
Yorkshire: West Riding  27-10-16 Goldsborough - includes two fine medieval military effigies  
       


SCOTLAND

revised 11-01-10

 

WALES

Wales
has now been divided into the country's several counties. However, for the ease of cross reference, I have followed the Pevsner arrangement of the 'old' counties. Clwyd, for example, is divided into the 'old' counties of Flintshire and Denbighshire
 
Denbighshire 30-08-12 Several churches and many monuments of all periods added  
Flintshire 12-09-17 One monument added  
Gwent      
Pembrokeshire 11-08-16 One churched added (Tenby)  
       

 

WESTERN EUROPE


FRANCE
       
This section has now being revised: I have begun to  split the country is into its several regions to give one page per region at the moment. In 2014 the French parliament passed a law reducing the number of regions from 22 to 13, combining several of them, with effect from Jan 1st 2016. However I have kept the original regions at the moment for ease of reference: the pupose of regions from our point of view is hardly administrative but rather to gain an idea where the monument is roughly located, and the larger the region the more difficult this is to do.. There are small maps being added to each sections for ease of reference.
       
Centre 19-06-17 Several churches from two departments added  
Pays de la Loire 21-09-17 17th century monument added  
Ile de France 17-08-17 Drawings of all of the monuments lost in the Revolution added  
Brittany 21-10-12 Several more monuments added (mainly medieval)  
Normandy 13-06-16 Two new monuments added  
Poitou-Charentes 27-03-17 Photographs from Parthenay replaced
Burgundy 14-05-16 One church added  
Picardy 27-09-16 One fragment - a knight's head. But it's a start!  

 


ITALY

Venice
11-11-12 New

 

  BELGIUM  
  New - 12-05-16. At the moment there are few monument so only one page is devoted to this country  


Europe (Rest Of)

 

03-07-07      A small collection of photographs taken in the Low Countries and Germany by the late Dr John Physick    


MONUMENTS TO THE FAMOUS


Dr Jean Wilson   Monuments to the Translators of the Authorised Version of the Bible - the King James Bible.  
       
J  Bromilow MInspP   Monuments to the Regicides - in preparation