Hayes Parish Church Monuments, Middlesex

The monuments in the medieval church of St Mary the Virgin, Hayes, Middlesex include two altar tombs, the grand early 17th Century monument of Sir Edward Fenner of Hayes with a reclining figure, and a fair selection of early and later panels, about two dozen in all. First a word on the Church itself:

Church building:

St Mary’ Church in Hayes, of ancient date, is a broad, low building of flint and Reigate stone with a lofty tower. The fabric is of the 13th, 15th and 16th Centuries, with the usual 19th Century restoration, in this case in 1873, by the important Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott (coincidentally his son Oldrid Scott restored the eponymous Hayes Church in Kent at a similar time). The most prominent feature is the 15th Century tower, with the base being older apparently – the battlements at the top are likely from Gilbert Scott’s time. For the rest, we can walk around the exterior to see the narrow, buttressed chancel, broader nave, and porch.

Hayes Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Middlesex.

Inside, the impression is of greater breadth than appears from outside. The Chancel is the main part of the oldest work, being of Early English style and dating from the 13th Century, and with some Norman stones within it. The nave is 15th Century, and its barrel-shaped roof, panelled and somewhat coloured, may be of that date. All the roofing is of wood and most atmospheric.

The monuments are mostly panels along the walls of the nave; we look at them in date order.

Monuments

Arts and Crafts panel to William Randall, d.1901.

Brasses

The ancient brasses of Sir Walter Grene and Thomas and Elizabeth Higate, set on altar tombs, have been noted at the top of this page. Also notable are:

Also in the Church

Reredos tryptich, with one of the Fellowes-Prynne paintings.

Hayes Churchyard

The Church sits within its large graveyard, with many trees, and some decent monuments of the usual outdoor types, with a scattering of urns, crosses, wooden weatherboards, and the odd carving, for example withered branches, flowers, ledger stones and tomb chests. A feature is the lych gate, with a fine roof.

Hayes War Memorial crucifix, and lych gate.

With many thanks to Fr Nicholas Wheeler for permission to show pictures of the monuments inside the Church; the website is https://www.achurchnearyou.com/st-mary-hayes-middlesex/.

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Nearby in Middlesex: Harmondsworth Church // Harlington Church //Uxbridge Church // Hillingdon Church // Perivale Church

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