Monuments in St Martin's Church, Ruislip, Middlesex

Ruislip Church, 1300s and later.

To the west of central London Ruislip Church is a good example of an early medieval Middlesex church. It is easily accessible, on the branch of the Metropolitan line past Harrow on the way to Uxbridge. The manor of Ruislip was given to Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Bec in 1087, thus the first church was Norman (and it appears in the Domesday book). It was replaced by the current church, built to a larger scale apparently, in about 1245, and while various extensions followed through medieval times, much of the interior including the nave are essentially from this 13th Century construction.

The church achieved some importance under the Abbey of Bec until 1404, and from the mid-15th Century was connected with a powerful local family, the Hawtreys of Eastcote House, which as we shall see is reflected in the monuments. Eastcote is a couple of stations along the Metropolitan tube line from Ruislip, and though the house is gone, Eastcote House Gardens survives today as a public park, including within it a charming walled garden.

Porch with small statues.

The tower and south chapel of the church date from the 1500s, and the stone exterior was much restored in the later 19th Century, in part by the architect Ewan Christian, and in part by George Gilbert Scott in 1886.

On to our monuments. The church contains around a score of wall panels, of which the earliest and most richly carved are near the altar, in the choir. We have four from the 17th Century, the rest being mostly more modest but making a good sequence from the 18th and early 19th Centuries, the later 19th Century and into the 20th.

Raphe Hawtrey and Mary Hawtrey, mid 17th C, by John and Matthew Christmas.

In date order, then:

This website does not normally address floor monuments, but we note the rather excellent collection here, to John Hawtrey of Ruislip and his daughters and Mrs Mary Rogers, d.1705; Barbara Hawtrey, d.1680, daughter of Ralph Hawtrey of Ruislip, Robert Hawtrey, d.1681, son of Ralph Hawtrey, Edward Hawtrey, d.1689, son of John Hawtrey also of Ruislip; Richard Hawtrey, son of John Hawtrey, d.1691; Ralph Hawtrey, d.1703, son of Charles Hawtrey; Elizabeth Hawtrey, d.1709, daughter to Charles Hawtrey; also Elizabeth Rogers, d.1689 and others of that name. These have carved roundels showing the coats of arms; other floor panels include some of earlier date to the Hawtreys and others.

Ruislip Church interior, 13th C and later; Norman font predating Church; funeral hatchments in early 16th C tower.

Also in the church:

16th Century range of buildings, and chest tomb in the churchyard.

Finally, we note that the church stands in a charming old churchyard alongside the high street, flanked on two sides by 16th century ranges of timber-and-brick buildings.

15th Century tower.

With many thanks to the Church authorities for permission to show pictures of the monuments inside; their website is http://www.stmartins-ruislip.org/.

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