20 Things to See in the Church

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  1. Look at the building itself and you will see that there is a strange contrast between the stone tower some 600 years old and the nave in red brick. This was because the original nave, weakened by neglect and the digging of vaults fell down on 9 April 1713 and was replaced by a building in the style of the time which was paid for by a subscription among local people.
  2. Hard to notice and read, this slab is over the grave of the Countess of Elgin, formerly governess to King George IV's daughter Princess Charlotte who would have been Queen of England (instead of Queen Victoria) had she not died in 1817.
  3. This screen has the arms of the former borough of Twickenham. It is in memory of Dr. John Rudd Leeson, our first mayor (1926), his widow Caroline, a much-loved lady who gave the desk on the front pew on the left in his memory and their son, Spencer Leeson, Bishop of Peterborough.
  4. The bell ropes you can see here are connected to the eight bells in the tower; the oldest, 'John' could date from about 1540.
  5. Grinling Gibbons was probably responsible for this memorial to the Ashe family who lived in East Twickenham in a house demolished c. 1930.
  6. Here is a key to the meaning of the east window which you can see well from this spot.
  7. Go through the double door and you will see an ancient German chest (misleadingly called an 'Armada Chest') which used to contain parish records.
  8. The worn slab on which it rests is in memory of Andrew Whittingham who died in 1691. Now go through the door to your left.
  9. This slab is in memory of Richard Burton, cook to King Henry VI, who died in 1443. It is the oldest memorial in the church.
  10. This fine door, made by the Richmond craftsman Francis Vernon, originally gave entry to the vestry in the base of the tower, after the rebuilding of 1714-15.
  11. A 'first edition' on a memorial. John Dryden wrote the poem in memory of Lady Francis Whitmore on this monument and it appeared here before it was published.
  12. We can see what some local residents looked like in the memorial to Francis Poulton, a distinguished lawyer who died in 1642 and his wife Susan.
  13. There are no obvious memorials to vicars in the sanctuary but you will find two here.
  14. Note the elaborate carving, now gilded, beside the altar. It was also the work of Francis Vernon (see 10).
  15. Curates commemorated: The Rev'd John Addison Carr died in 1828 (he is buried in the north aisle) and you can read here of his virtues. Opposite is an aumbry (where the consecrated bread and wine are stored) in memory of a much-loved curate of this century, the Revd. 'Archie' Raven, who founded our flourishing Scout Troop in 1908.
  16. Sir William Humble lived in the house at the corner of Cross Deep (the site now occupied by Addison Court). He died in 1705.
  17. Here is a memorial window to Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia who died in 1677. There is a memorial to his brother, the cavalier general Lord Berkeley of Stratton opposite the Ashe Memorial in the base of the tower. Among other memorials of American interest is the tomb in the churchyard of General Tryon, Governor of North Carolina and New York.
  18. The stone marked 'P' is the grave of Alexander Pope, the poet who died in 1744. If you look in the north (left-hand) north gallery you can see the large memorial with medallion portrait which his admirer Bishop Warburton had put there as he thought Pope's own memorial to his parents and himself too insignificant. This memorial is in the gallery at the end nearest the altar.
  19. Sir Godfrey Kneller's arms are in this window. He was a distinguished portrait painter who lived in Whitton and was churchwarden when the old building fell down. He is buried just below the window but there is no memorial to him here as Pope had already put his father's memorial in the spot Sir Godfrey wanted.
  20. Look up into the right hand gallery and see the splendid case of our new organ built in 1995 by Harrison & Harrison of Durham. Why not come and hear it at a Sunday Service?