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and who resided at Belton ; for I have not been able to ascertain what were the arms borne by that family. It has probably been placed on the top of the Belwood tomb, to be out of the way during some alterations, or to make room for some modern interments. We are informed by Mr. Stovin, the celebrated antiquarian, that it occupied its present position in the year 1750, when he visited Belton Church ; and that at one period “it had been carried out of the Church, and lay on the south side of the chancel, under the vestry window, in the church-yard *.”

If, however, according to the opinion of some antiquarians, I am to affix a still earlier date to this monument, I think it not very improbable that it may be the effigy of Geoffrey de Wirce, who at the Conquest was the original Lord Paramount of the Isle, or of his Vassal Gilbert de Gand, who, as we learn from Doomsday Book, had supplanted the Saxon proprietor, Ulfenisc, and was living at Belton. Dugdale tells us that Geoffrey de Wirce founded no family ; but he is not able to give us any further information. He is described as living and being in possession of this fee when the survey was made, which was between 1081 and 1087. He might die at Belton shortly after without issue, and although his property would then revert to the Crown this monument might be erected to his memory.

On the north side of Belwood's tomb are two antient gravestones, on which are the following inscriptions round the edge of the stone : HERE LIETH Robert MONSOUN, Esq. LATE OF BELTON, AND WAS BURIED TILE THIRD OF August, A. D. 1521, whom GOD HATH CALLED TO HIS MERCY.

And on an inner border, “ Also here byeru MARGARET his Wife, only Daughter And Heiress or Francis Belwood, Esq. BURIED 24th July, A. D. 1570. Arms, argent a fess crenelled between three escalops—saltire and border of the third.

Close by, round the edge of another stone, is this inscription, HIC JACET CORPUS SUB HOC TUMULO JOHANIS SHEFFIELD, ARMIGERI, NUPER DE BELTOFT,

SECUNDI

* From a memorandum in Stovin's MSS. of the History of the Drainage of Hatfield Chase.

SECUNDI Fili Militis, QUI OBIIT 6 die NoyEMBRIS, Anxo. Dom. 1526, ET CORPUS Jane SLEEFORD, NUPER DE BELTOFT SENIORIS, FILIÆ Johanis SherFIELD, QUÆ OBIIT 27 DIE Nov. A. D. 1583.

Formerly, as Mr. Stovin informs us, there was in the chancel a white stone, with a double inscription about its edge, thus : Here LYEth the Body of John FERNE, Son to WILLIAM FERNE, Esq. WHO DIED THE 26th AUGUST, A. D. 1615. Here ALSO LIETU THE BODY OF Johan FERNE, WIFE TO THE SAID William FERNE, WHO DIED UPON THE THIRD DAY OF Sept. A. D. 1616.

In the north choir, round the circumference of a stone, Hic JACETWILLIAM Evers, ARMIGER. ET AGNES UXOR EJUS, FILIA ET HÆRES Willi. GARDI. NER, QUI OBIIT DIE MENSIS FEB. AGNES 16 DIE MENSIS Nov. 1500.

On two large blue marble slabs enclosed within iron rails, are the following inscriptions.

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF ROBERT RYTHER, sen.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. 18, ANNO DOM.

1693, IN THE 62ND YEAR OF HIS AGE.

ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF REBECCA BARTON, WIDOW,
ONE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ROBERT RYTHER, ESQ.

AND MARGARET HIS WIFE.
WHICH REBECCA MARRIED TO HER FIRST HUSBAND
EDWARD HARTOPP, ESQ. AND TO HER SECOND HUSBAND

JOHN BARTON, ESQ. BOTH OF LONDON,
BY NEITHER OF WHOM SHE LEFT ANY ISSUE LIVING.
THE SAID REBECCA DIED THE FOURTH DAY OF JAN. 1741,

AGED 77 YEARS,
AND IS BURIED IN ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH, HOLBORN, LONDON.

IIERE LYETH THE BODY OF ROBERT RYTHER, JUN. ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED MARCH 7, ANNO DOM. 1695,

IN THE 44TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.

In the cemetery on the north side of the chancel are the following sepulchral memorials.

IN THE MEMORY OF FRANCES THE WIFE OF
RICHARD RYTHER POPPLEWELL STEER, OF SANDTOFT GROVE,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 22ND DAY OF MAY,

IN THE 25 YEAR OF HER AGE.

HERE LIES
THE BODY OF RICHARD POPPLEWELL, ESQ.
LATE OF TEMPLE BELWOOD, WHO DEPARTED

THIS LIFE
APRIL 16, 1752, IN THE 64TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.
HE WAS SECOND SON OF ROBERT POPPLEWELL,

LATE OF TEMPLE BELWOOD AFORESAID, BY
KATHERINE HIS WIFE, ONE OF THE DAUGHTERS
OF ROBERT RYTHER, ESQ. OF BELTON.

THE SAID
RICHARD WAS SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN
IN THE YEAR 1739, AND BY ELIZABETH HIS WIFE,

ONE OF THE DAUGHTERS OF JOHN SMITH, OF
NEWLAND, NEAR WAKEFIELD, IN THE COUNTY

OF YORK, WHICH SAID ELIZABETH DIED AT
WAKEFIELD, YE 22ND OF OCT. 1751, AGED 56, AND

WAS BURIED IN WAKEFIELD CHURCH.
HE HAD THREE CHILDREN, ROBERT, KATHERINE,

AND ELIZABETH.

HIC JACET ROB. POPPLEWELL, ARM.
DAVIDIS POPPLEWELL, QUI OBIIT 24 DBRIS.

ANNO DOM. 1720,

ÆTATI SUÆ 69.
ETIAM ROBT. ROBT1. POPPLEWELL, QUI OB. LONDI.

1702, 15 ÆTATIS SUÆ.
JUVENIS MULTIS NUMERIS ABSOLUTUS.
ETIAM ROBT. RICI. POPPLEWELL, ARM.
QUI OB, 2, 7BRIS: 1719, 410. ÆTAT. SUÆ,

HERE

HERE ALSO LIES
INTERRED THE BODY OF ELIZABETH STEER,

RELICT OF ROBERT STEER, ESQ.

LATE OF SANDTOFT GROVE,
AND ONE OF THE CO-HEIRESSES OF RICH. POPPLEWELL, ESQ.

LATE OF TEMPLE BELWOOD,

IN THE PARISH OF BELTON.
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 11TH DAY OF MARCH,

IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1780,
AND IN THE 61st YEAR OF HER AGE.

HIC JACET CATHERINE, UXOR.

ROB. POPPLEWELL, ARMR.
FILIA ROBT. RYTHER, ARMR.
QUÆ OBIIT 9 JAN. 1711,

AN. 50, ÆTATIS SUÆ.
EX QUA ROBt. POPPLEWELL NATUS,
ET HIC POPPLEWELL HÆRES

SOLUS SUPERSTES.

ALSO LIETH THE BODY OF ROBT STEER,

ESQ. LATE OF SANDTOFT.
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 24TH OF OCT. 1773,

AGED 60 YEARS.

IN MEMORY OF
CATHERINE, LATE WIFE OF ALLAN JOHNSON, ESQ. OF
TEMPLE BELWOOD, IN THIS PARISH, WHO WAS THE ELDER OF
THE TWO DAUGHTERS AND CO-HEIRESS OF RICH, POPPLEWELL, ESQ.

LATE OF THE SAME PLACE,
BY ELIZABETH HIS WIFE, WHOSE MAIDEN NAME WAS

SMITH, OF NEWLAND PARK, NEAR
WAKEFIELD, IN YORKSHIRE, WHICH SAID CATHERINE DIED 31ST JAN, 1786,

AGED 66 YEARS,
AND LIES INTERRED IN THIS CHANCEL.

W. P. B. JOHNSON, ESQ:
BORN 18TH APRIL, 1788
DIED 3RD APRIL, 1831.

SACRED

SACRED

TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBT. POPPLEWELL STEER, ESQUIRE,

OF DONCASTER,
IN THE COUNTY OF YORK,

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE,
ON THE 23RD DAY OF SEPTEMBER,

IN THE YEAR
OF OUR LORD 1826,

AGED 45 YEARS,
AND WHOSE REMAINS LIE
INTERRED NEAR TO THIS

MONUMENT.

HE WAS AN AMIABLE MAN IN PRIVATE LIFE,

AND DISTINGUISHED AS A

KIND HUSBAND,
AN AFFECTIONATE FATHER,

AND A SINCERE FRIEND.

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF

JANE PENELOPE,
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT POPPLEWELL,

AND ELIZABETH STEER,
WHO DIED ON THE 17TH DAY OF

MARCH, 1826,
AGED TWELVE YEARS AND TWO MONTHS.

HER COURSE WAS GENTLE AS

THE NEW BORN BABE,

HER MIND MORE NOBLE THAN THE

TOWERING WAVE;

HER HEART WAS WRAP'T WITHIN

A CHARMING FRAME,
IT BURST; SHE DIED!!!

BUT
SPOTLESS WAS HER NAME.

On

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