St Peter's Church, Petersfield, Hampshire
The church is Norman, 12th C and a bit later, and with a 19th Century workover, but with much of the walls and
pillars and doors remaining as they presumably must always have been, including one whole wall to the chancel
– rather excellent. From outside we see a tall nave, low castellated tower, and two low aisles,
also with castellations, and a porch which is apparently 19th C but absolutely fits with the older structure.
The monuments are mostly fairly modest plaques, but form a nice span from a couple of the 17th Century
through to the 20th Century. We start our survey with the locally dominant Joliffe family,
and two other significant families, and then revert to our normal date order:
- Catharine Jolliffe, d.1731, wife of John Jolliffe,
also referring to John Jolliffe, d.1771, - presumably the executor of Sir William Joliffe,
who paid for the statue outside the church in the square –
with short Latin inscription on a black shaped panel, white stone border, acting as apron and with two
large carved ogee brackets, one on each side, almost acting as pillar tops. These support a shelf in
streaky white, dark, and orangey marble, with a big shaped panel above bearing wreaths and fronds,
with a central oval opening in which stands a Greek pot, finely formed, and with a little flame. On top,
a pedimentally curved roof supporting the arms.
- Jane Jolliffe, d.1775, daughter of John Jolliffe and wife Mary,
after a long illness, after her parents tried to revive her in the milder Climes of France and Italy.
With a poem. Erected by brother Thomas Samuel Jolliffe. Almost square marble panel,
with side pilasters, roofless pediment, apron with coat of arms and a small wreath.
- George Jolliffe, d.1799, Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, son of William Joliffe,
who also became the local MP, who ‘bravely met an early but signally distinguished Death on Board
His Majesty’s Ship the Bellerophon, in the glorious and triumphant Contest with the superior Navy of France
in the Bay of Aboukir on the Coast of Egypt’. Marble panel with delicate leafy border, outer frame of pale
and dark marble, a curved panel at the top showing a mourning woman in a hood in front of and surrounded by
Naval accoutrements – crossed flags, cannon and loading rod, anchor, rope, cannonballs,
little barrel etc. Beneath, and apron showing a low relief of the ship Bellerophon in battle, with little
lion head brackets on each side. (If you want to see more examples of ship sculpture, see this page.)
- William Jolliffe MP d,1802, who represented Borough of Petersfield, a little oval plaque,
unornamented, put up by his son Hylton Jolliffe ‘His Death was occasioned by an Accident awful as unforeseen’.
- Thomas Samuel Jolliffe, d.1824, with Latin inscription, white marble panel with delicately
carved fronds to the side as slightly receding pilasters, unusual, on little brackets which could be pots.
Top has a blank pediment above a shelf, entirely broken (ie roofless). Beneath, an apron with little shield
enclosing the coat of arms.
- Hylton Jolliffe, d.1843, Colonel of the Coldstream Guards, and MP.
Marble with attached Corinthian pillars, blocky shelf on two brackets below, shelf above,
high enough to leave space underneath for shield of arms supported by two lions rampant.
The tablet is by the obscure Samuel Colecom of Merstham.
Noble monuments to Catharine Jolliffe, d.1731, by Huskisson, and to George Jolliffe, d.1799.
- John Sainsbury, d.1792, and wife Elizabeth, d.1800, of Bentley, Hants,
with a Classical scene in high relief of two figures mourning over an urn on a pillar. The one,
a young woman, embraces the urn and leans her head on it while her hand holds the arm of her husband,
who rests his head on one hand, his other embracing her (see picture below). Touching and well composed – superior work.
It is the work of Flaxman, no less, and dates from 1801.
- William Blunt, d.1827, of Buriton, and wife Ann, d.1840, second daughter of
Thomas Sainsbury of Newcourt House Devon.
Flaxman's empathetic monument to John and Eliz. Sainsbury.
- Charlotte Hoper, d.1807, wife of Moses Hoper, of London, Gentleman,
and daughter of Richard Andrews of Petersfield. With receding pilasters, curvy pediment with two mourning
cherubs beside a proportionately large draped pot, in lowish relief, shield of arms below with tied palm
fronds, on a grey backing with rising to an obelisk. Signed by R. Blore. The Blores, father and son,
were prolific statuaries, with memorial tablets in churches across the country (see this page).
- Betsy Andrews, d.1811, wife of Samuel Andrews, daughter of John and Elizabeth Andrews of
Petersfield, and Samuel Andrews, d.1855. Panel with corners snipped off,
separated from plain fluted pilasters by band of serpentine, draped pot above on black obelisk shaped
backing, curved apron below with fronds.
- Richard Andrews, d.1816, wife Mary Andrews, d.1826, and four offspring,
erected by his only surviving child Elizabeth Ann Andrews. As a casket end with fluted pilasters,
a narrow stemmed pot on top sheltered by a small palm tree, oddly lopsided in growth, and beneath
an apron with shield of arms. All on a shaped black backing, with two small brackets.
- Jane Andrews, d.1855, daughter of Samuel and Susan Andrews, plain panel with dark veined marble
surround on black base panel.
Charlotte Hoper, by Robert Blore.
We also note the octagonal font, of obvious antiquity, but how old?. Also the altarpiece,
a triptych with mosaic and painting of Christ and angels in lovely bluey green arts and crafts colours,
conceivably by Marriott.
With thanks to the Church authorities for kind permission to include pictures from inside the church; their site is
St Peter's Petersfield.
St Peter's from the Square.
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