ST. MARY'S ROTHERHITHE
By
Jennifer Carnell

St. Mary's Parish Church, Rotherhithe, London.
Photographs taken on 22 September 2012.
I visited the church because my ancestors, the Saward family, were residents of Rotherhithe in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and some of them were buried in the vault.
James Saward, a solicitor, was the Town Clerk for the parish of Rotherhithe, and his father, also called James Saward, was a sea captain based in Rotherhithe. Their descendants include James Townsend Saward, actors Kathleen Harrison and G.P. Huntley, fashion seller Mr. Freedom - Tommy Roberts - and clergyman and academic Dr. Gareth Vaughan Bennett.


A memorial tablet inside the church. The inscription reads:
'Sacred to the Memory of Ann Davies.
The Beloved Wife of James Davies,
Daughter of James Ford, corn merchant of this parish
Who died 2nd December 1852, of yellow fever, at Bahia, in South America,
Aged 32 years, Much Loved and Respected.
This tablet was erected by her affectionate husband.'

'Sacred to the Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Barrow, wife of Captain Thomas Barrow of this Parish,
Who departed this life, the 21 of November 1775, aged 62 years.'
'Captain Thomas Barrow, husband of the above who departed this life the 5th of July 1789 aged 72 years.'

'Sacred to the Memory of Harriet Stephenson Simson, late wife of Thomas Simson of this Parish.
Who departed this life, the 5th of April 1827, in the 21st year of her age.
The remains of the above are deposited in the vault beneath together with her infant son Charles Carter Simson, who died 12th January 1827 aged 10 months.'

'This tablet is erected in memory of Mr. Robert Speck whose remains are interred in the vault beneath this Church and who departed this life on the 30th of May 1839 aged 44 years.
Also to Mrs. Ann Leggett, who died on the 22nd January 1840 in the 85th year of her age.
And of Mrs. Sarah Speck, relict of the above, who died on the 21st of January 1859 in the 76th year of her age and is interred at Nunhead Cemetery.'
Robert Speck was a shipwright, who lived in Goldsworthy Place, and was buried on 7 June.

'Everilda Brachen of Sutton Coldfield
Second daughter of Richard and Anne Bracken of a family of that name formerly settled at Goodham Scales Westmoreland.
Died in Christian faith and hope while on a visit at the Rectory of this Parish assisting to relieve the sufferers from the cholera September 12 1849 aged 47.
Her body is buried in a vault under the chancel.'

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