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In the Chancel of this Church are six large blue marble slabs, bearing the arms of Stanhope, Masterman, and Pindar ; and also the following inscriptions.
HENERICUS MASTERMAN, ARMIGER,
VITAM MIRARI DESINE DISCE MORI.
QUICQUID D'ARCEI STANHOPE ARMS
UNDER THIS MARBLE LYETH INTERRED THE
BODY OF JOHN STANHOPE, ESQ. OF
ÆTATIS SUÆ 29.
On the same stone.
TO THE MEMORY OF THE REV. ROBT. PINDAR,
OF BRUMBY WOOD HALL, IN THIS COUNTY,
DECEMBER, 1795, AGED 55.
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF JOHN PINDAR,
AND DIED THE 22ND FEB. 1703, LEAVING
AND ONE DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH.
MAY 1641, OBIIT 1718.
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF JOHN PINDAR, ESQ.
TO THE MEMORY OF THOS. PINDAR, ESQ.
IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, WHO
1813, AGED 78.
In the middle of the Chancel is a large stone, bearing an inscription, part only of which is legible. From what remains, I conjecture that it marks the burial place of some former Vicar of this Church,
On the north side of the Chancel, partly obliterated from the decay of the stone,
HERE LYETH THE BODY
TORKSEY OF OWSTON,
A. D. 1695.
On the south wall of the Chancel is a neat Gothic monument to the me. mory
of Edward Peart, M. D. who died Sept. 10th, 1824, aged 78. It consists of a small tomb, under a stone canopy.
On the wall of the south aisle is a similar one to the memory of John Littlewood and Elizabeth his wife, bearing the following inscription :
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN LITTLEWOOD,
ALSO OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE,
OF THIS CHURCH.
On a marble tablet,
TO THE MEMORY OF EDWARD PEART OF WEST BUTTERWICK, WHO DIED ON THE Ist OF DECR. 1795, IN THE 66T. YEAR OF HIS AGE.
On a gravestone, in the south aisle,
HERE REST THE REMAINS OF MR. JAMES LITTLEWOOD,
LATE OF HIGH MELWOOD,
NOVEMBER, 1797, AGED 61 YEARS.
WIFE OF THE ABOVE, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JAMES LITTLEWOOD,
AGED 51 YEARS.
WHO DIED THE 19TH MARCH, 1806.
On a gravestone, in the middle aisle,
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF FRANCES MAW, OF EAST LOUND,
AND DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND SARAH GIBSON,
SHE WAS PIOUS, HUMANE, DevOUT, AND GOOD,
ALSO, NEAR THIS PLACE LIE HER TWO CHILDREN,
“ In the Churchyard of Oxtun,” says Leland, " half a mile from Milwood Park, I saw a 5 tumbes of the Sheffields. Young Sheffield's father is buried in the Church of Oxtun.” At this time none are to be found ; for John Earl of Mulgrave, in the reign of Charles the Second, removed the tombs, the bodies, and the escutcheons to Burton Church, on the other side of the Trent, and caused a marble Tablet to be put up in the Chancel, alluding to this strange proceeding, in the following terms, which seems rather to blazon forth his own exploits than to afford any satisfactory reason for thus disturbing the bones of his ancestors. “ These venerable remains of the five Sheffields, mentioned in the famous
Itinerary of Leland, upon the printing of the book were rescued from the danger of oblivion, and removed from Owston to this place, by the pious direction of the not degenerate heir of that antient family, John Earl of Mulgrave, who, after the famous seafight in Sold-bay, was, at twenty-three years of age, by King Charles the Second, made Captain of the Royal Catherine, Colonel of the