Morden Church monuments, South London (border of Surrey)

Morden Parish Church, dedicated to St Lawrence, as we see it today is a brick building with a low embattled tower, built in about 1636, thus dating from the reign of Charles I, and with windows of stone, said to be preserved from the previous church on the site, though Pevsner, the architectural historian, doubts this.

Morden Church of St Lawrence, little changed in the last 170 years.

Inside, the long, low body of the Church, aisleless and with no clear division between nave and chancel (there used to be a step up), has as its most conspicuous feature the main beams of the roof, between which hang hatchments. Along the walls are the monuments we have come to see, a dozen and a half of them, some plain, but including several panels of goodly size and one with a carved portrait bust. Seven of them are to the Garth family, Lords of the Manor of Morden, and we start with them.

Interior of Morden Church, and hatchments.

Monuments to the Garth family:

We may note that there are several floor slabs to the Garth family, one being to the Richard Garth who died in 1639, Lord of the Manor and who is believed to have paid for the rebuilding of the Church. The oldest floor slab, with a brass inscription, apparently is dated 1609, but I did not see it.

Other monuments:

Modern brasses:

Modern brass to William Langhorne, d.1927.

Also in the Church:

Stained glass in East Window, and detail by Mary Chambers of Morden.

Morden Churchyard

Morden Church stands within its own graveyard, and there are a variety of headstones and tomb chests of the usual sort. Among these can be found:

Mauvillain and Schermuly monuments, and a tomb chest.

Finally, we may note that the Lych gate is particularly elegant, with curved supports to the roof.

With many thanks to Revd. David Heath-Whyte, Team Rector of Morden Parish, for permission to show pictures of the monuments inside St Lawrence; the Church website is https://stlawrencechurch.co.uk/about-us/history/.

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