Church monument dated 1667 mentions C.H.

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Church monument dated 1667 mentions C.H.

Post by huntertitus » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:07 pm

I was photographing a church in Hammersmith, West London a year or two ago and noticed this inscription on a monument to James Smith who died in 1667. It mentions his being involved with the school so I thought it might interest some people on here. If I knew how to attach a photo I would!

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Re: Church monument dated 1667 mentions C.H.

Post by sejintenej » Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:13 pm

There seems to be a lot about him on the internet.

There is a (not too good) photo at:
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8475/809 ... 64d7_n.jpg
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What you saw is referred to in John Strype's survey:
In the Church of Hammersmith you have these Monuments.

CHancel South Side, a Black and White Marble Altar Tomb for Edmund Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave. Erected by Mariana his Countess, tempore Jacobi I.

Monuments.

J. S.

Pe. le Neve, Esq;

Sheffield and Bp. of London. Their Coats in the Glass Windows of the Chancel. Likewise of the Earl of Bedford, and the City of London.


North Ile of the Chancel. An Altar Tomb for James Smith, Citizen and Salter of London: Fined for Sheriff, 1667. Aged 80.


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From Wikipedia
James Smith (1587–1667, alias James Smyth) of Hammersmith, Middlesex, was an Alderman of the City of London a member of the Worshipful Company of Salters and a Governor of Christ's Hospital in London.[3] His monument survives in St Paul's Church, Hammersmith. He was the grandfather of Sir John Smith, 1st Baronet, of Isleworth.

The inscription you saw reads:
"To the lasting memory of James Smith, Esq. Cittizen and Salter and sometimes Alderman of the Citty of London, who fined also for the Office of Sheriff and was one of the Governors of Christ's Hospitall of the said Citty. A good benefactor to his country in erecting Almes Houses for ye releife of the poore in the Parish of Cookeham, near Maidenhead, where he was born. He was also very liberall to the poore Children of Christ's Hospitall, and to the said Company of Salters, and very free in many other charitable uses for the good of the poore. He had the blessing of many Children, whereof five by Mary, his first wife, deceased ; and by his second wife, Sarah, now living, fifteen, who, out of love to her deceased husband, hath erected this monument. He dyed the 10th of October, 1667, and in the 80th yeare of his age. Here also lyeth the body of Sarah Smith, widow of the abovesaid James Smith, the only daughter of Robert Cotton, late of West Barn Holt, in the County of Essex, Gent, deceased, and one truly joyned to her husband, not only in conjugal love and virtue, but also in bountiful charity, having largely augmented the guifts of her late husband, and then changed this life the 29th of January, 1680, and in the 76th year of her age".

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There is a little more at:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=to9 ... 67&f=false

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Not easy to read but he built almshouses and arranged for many money payments at:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7h0 ... th&f=false
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