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Over the door of the bede-house built by R. Hudson are his arms ; Per chevron emhatilcd
Argent and Gules three escallops counterchangsd ; Crest; a griffin s head erased Argent gorged with a mural
crown Gules charged ivith three escallops of the first. These arms are also now in the window of
the South aisle of the church nearest the West end.

In addition to the ^iS 6s. Sd. out of the rectory each year, R. Hudson's bede-house
receives £^ a year for the rent of land at the back of the buildings, the same sum for rent of
three acres in Ongar Lees, and £1 for rent of garden.

{b)

According to Mr. North, the old churchwardens' accounts do not extend
to 1631, and therefore contain no entry relating to the purchase or gift of the
second silver cup.§

(c)

The Rev. Simon Henley, the donor of the paten, was the son of the
Rev. John Henley, M.A., vicar of Towcester, Northants., by Anna, his
wife, and was born at Towcester on 12th Aug., 1664, being baptized on
gth Sep. II Simon Henley was admitted to Benet College,^ Cambridge, in
1679, from whence he took his B.A. degree in 1683, and M.A. in 1694. He
passed most of his clerical life at Melton, for in 1687 he was curate to the
Rev. John Dowell, vicar of Melton, who died in 1690, and was then appointed
as his successor. This post he occupied for forty years so faithfully that he
is "said to have been one of the best parish priests in England, a pattern of
sanctity and of the pastoral care."** He died on 5th June, 1731. Mr. Henley



• Vide Reports cf Commissioners for Charities, Vol. xvii., p. 441. f Registers of Chiswick begin in 167S.

Parish Register. § I should mention that I have failed to find the original documents. || Parish Register.

H The common name until recently of Corpus Christi College. '* See Nichols, Vol. ii., p. 259.



l68 THE CHURCH PLATE OF LEICESTERSHIRE.

married at Melton on ist Nov., 1691,* Arabella Dowell, the daughter of
his predecessor, by Mary, his wife; by this lady he had a son, John, the
celebrated "orator Henley," born on 3rd Aug., 1692 ; a daughter, Arabella,
baptized on 19th Feb., 1693-4, who married Richard Saunders, on 4th Nov.,
1718 ;* a daughter, Elizabeth, who died unmarried in 1740, bequeathing the
interest of £10 to as many poor widows in Melton ; and another daughter,
Mary, baptized on 23rd March, 1697-8, who was married on 4th Oct., 1720
to Mr. William Wright, of Melton.* The donor of this paten and his
wife, who died on 17th Dec, 1734, aged 70, were buried in the South transept
of this church, an inscribed slab marking their graves.

The first flagon was purchased in accordance with the following clause in
Samuel Hartopp's will, made on 27th Jan., 1635, and proved in Leicester
in 163S " / give unto the church of Melton ten pounds to buy a piece of plate for
the communion tabled Samuel Hartopp was the second son of Valentine
Hartopp of Burton Lazars, by his wife Anne, the daughter and heir of
William Goodman of Goadby, and was baptized at Melton on 9th April,
1584.* He was descended from the same ancestor as the other members of
this ancient Leicestershire family, and was first cousin to Sir Edward Har-
topp, 1st Bart, of Buckminster and Freeby, and to his younger brother
George, founder of the Hartopps of Little Dalby.f Samuel Hartopp
married Bridget, the daughter of William Mason of Egmanton, Notts.,
who apparently died before her husband, leaving no surviving issue. He
himself died without issue, on 15th March, 1635, ^.nd was buried o^ the 2ist*
in accordance with his wish, expressed in his will, next to his elder brother Sir
William Hartopp, Knt.,| at the entrance to the South transept in Melton
church : over his grave is a large slab bearing a short Latin inscription. §

Samuel Hartopp left to Mr. Cawdrey, vicar of Melton, £2 ; the same sum to the poor
of Burton Lazars, and £^ to the poor of Melton. His lease at Kneesall, Notts. ,|| he
bequeathed to his nephew, Sir Thomas Hartopp, Knt. ; and legacies in money or plate to
his servants, and to the following members of his family : sister-in-law Lady Mary Hartopp;
sister Mrs. Streete, and her children Anna and Joane ; brother-in-law Nicholas Stringer,
and his son Nicholas; nieces Anna Jobson and Elizabeth, wife of John Cooperley.

The arms which Mr. Hartopp bore were, without the difference, the same as those
granted to his cousin the ist Bart., of Freeby, by Sir 'William Segar, Garter; which were
subsequently adopted by all branches of the family, the chevron being afterwards tinctured
Ermine. Owing to the donor's will not having been proved until 1638, this church did not
obtain his gift until three years after his death.

• Parish Register, f For pedigrees see Nichols, Vol. ii., pp. 128, 267; and rullica. of Hurl. Soc. Vol. ii.,pp. gand 196.

J Buried 20 Feb., 1622-3. 5 Nichols by mistake gives " Gulielmi " instead of " Samuelis."

II Which perhaps came to him through his wife.



FRAMLAND III.) BURTON LAZARS. l6g

As far as I know this flagon is the oldest piece of church plate in Leices-
tershire, for the purchase of which money was be(|ueathed by will.

(0
Mrs. Greene, the donor of the second flagon and the alms dish, was
Mary, the daughter of Roger Waite, mercer, of this town, by Anne, his
second wife, and was baptized at Melton on 30th July, 1671.* Her father,
a man of some consequence, was churchwarden in 1656; ten years later we
find him issuing a ^d. token bearing the device of three bugle-horns taken out
of his arms. Roger Waite died on loth July, 1693 ; his wife Anne on nth
May, 1 7 17. Their daughter Mary was married, first, to William Parker,
Esq., barrister-at-law : secondly, at Melton, on 24th Sep., i6gg, to Charles
Greene, widower, Lieut, in Col. Bayley's regiment,* afterwards Lieut. -Col.
in the Earl of Peterborough's dragoons : he died at the disastrous battle of
Almanza in 1707, when Charles, King of Spain, assisted by the English and
Dutch, was defeated by his rival, King Philip, assisted by the F>cnch.
After the death of her second husband, Mrs. Greene retired to this her
native town, where she lived for the remainder of her life ; which came to a
close in 1739. She was buried on the 7th of May, in the nave of Melton
church, where, in the middle of the large West window, a monument was
placed to her memor}-, at the top of which are the same arms as those on her
gift of plate : this monument was moved when the window was restored in
1850, to its present position on the West wall of the South transept. f This
lady helped to pay for the third church bell here in 1728.

In her will dated 23rd Oct., 1738, and proved P.C.C. with a memorandum dated 25th
Oct., on 15th Aug., 1739, Mrs. Greene, left to John Brown, of Melton, clerk, and Will.
Reeve, gent., of Melton, ^500 in trust, for the benefit of her cousin, Phillis Waite, for life,
then to Mary Hopkinson, daughter of Will. Hopkinson, of Upton, Northants, gent. :
;£'30o in trust for the benefit of her godson, Charles Green Say; £50 in trust for benefit of
Martha Taverner, for life, then to poor of Melton, as her trustees and the minister for time
being think well:^ To Phillis Waite, silver salver with arms of late husband. Will. Parker,
engraved upon it: To Thomas Cave, curate of Melton, ^5 and all her books on divinity:
To Mr. Hardy, minister, of Melton, £"5 and a £^ piece of William and Mary. To new pew
the parish church of Mellon £"200. Very many legacies in money, plate, and furniture.
Trustees appointed executors.



BURTON LAZARS.

Silver Cup. Weight 8 oz. Height 6| in. Diam. of the bowl 3^ in.
of the foot 3f in. Height of stem 3^ in. Date 1798.

» Parish Register. f For inscription vide Nichols, Vol. ii., p. 255. J Subsequently invested in the purchase
of £6y OS. 7d. 3 per cents. ; the interest being distributed by the vicar.



I70 THE CHURCH PLATE OF LEICESTERSHIRE.

Hall marks, i. Capital Roman C in a square shield. 2. Leopard's head crowned in a
rounded shield. 3. Lion passant in a plain oblong. 4. Head of George III. 5. W B., a pellet
between, in a shaped oblong.

This cup has a straight-sided bowl, rounded off below, with a bell-shaped lip : a straight
round stem with a small moulding for a knob, and a plain round foot. Upon the bowl is ;
" Drink ye all of it."

Silver Cup. Weight 7.5 oz.

Just like the first.

Silver Paten with a foot. Weight 5.6 oz. Diam. 6J in. Diam. of
foot 3 in. Height of foot 2 in. Date 1706.

Hall marks, i. Court hand L. 2. Lion's head erased, 3. Britannia. 4. C. O. a long
object and three pellets above, a rose between two annulets below, in a shaped shield. The
mark of Robert Cooper.

This paten is flat with a small raised edge. The foot is a hollow drum, swelling out into
a plain moulding. In the centre is the sacred monogram with a cross, within a circle of glory.
Underneath the paten is " Tlie gift of George Burton to Burton Lazars a Hamhlett of Melton
Mohraw."

Silver Paten with a foot. Weight 5.5 oz.

Exactly like the last.

Silver Flagon. Weight 41.7 oz. Height loj in. Diam. at top 3f in.;
at the foot 5^ in. Date 1790.

Hall marks, i. Small Roman P in a square shield. 2. Leopard's head crowned in an
oval shield. 3. Lion passant in a plain oblong. 4. Head of George III. 5. R S in a
plain oblong. Mark of Robert Sharp.

This is a straight-sided flagon narrowing to the top, with a round top to its lid. In front
is this inscription : " The gift of Philip Burton, Esq'e-, to the extra parochial church of Burton Lazars,
Augt- 1790."

George Burton, the donor of the two patens, owned a property in this
parish and was the lessee of the manorial rights of Burton Lazars under the
Bishop of Ely.* He died on i8th Jan., 1758, aged 73, and was buried in this
church ; on the South wall of which is a white marble tablet to his memory.
By his wife Elizabeth Campion, who died on 24th April, 1739, aged 54, he
had fourteen children, of whom the eldest surviving son was Philip Burton,
the donor of the silver flagon, who inherited his father's property in this
parish, but lived principally in Hatton Garden, London, and in Eltham, co.
Kent. He practised for some years as a solicitor and died on 17th Nov.,
1792, aged 81, and was buried in Eltham churchyard, where there is a large
monument over his grave. By his wife Felicia, who died on 30th Jan.,
1791, aged 78, Philip Burton had an only daughter, Felicia Elizabeth,
the wife of George Home, D.D., Bishop of Norwich.

• Nichols. Vol. ii., p. 268.



FRAMLAXD III.] SYSONBY. 171

FREEBY.

Silver Cup and Cover Paten. Weight of cup 7.1 oz. Height 6;; in.
Diam. of bowl 3J in.; of foot 3^ in. Height of stem 2| in. Date 1568.
(Plate ii.)

Hallmarks, i. Small black letter L in a plain shield. 2. Lion passant. 3. Leopard's
head crowned ; each within a line shaped to the stamp. 4. A globe showing lines of latitude
and longitude.

This is a pretty cup with a deep bowl nearly straight-sided in the lower part, swelling out
higher up into a bell-shaped lip. The stem is evenly-balanced, being divided in half by a
round moulding on a fillet, from whence it swells out into vertical edges, the reed ornament
being round the upper one. The foot, which is a low one, is rounded off into a flat sloping
edge. Round the bowl is a narrow moulding and an engraved band divided by three hour-
glass curves. This cup was originally parcel gilt ; plain traces of gilding are still to be seen
round the ornamental band and round the knob and vertical edges of the stem.

Silver Cover Paten with a foot. Weight 2.3 oz. Diam. 4 in. Diam.
of foot i^ in. Height of foot J in. Date 1568. (Plate ii.)

Hall marks the same as those on the cup.

This is a plain cover of the usual Elizabethan shape.

Pewter Flagon. Height 10^ in. Diam. at the top 4 in.; at the
foot 4f in.

No marks.

This is a straight-sided flagon narrowmg towards the top. It has a rounded lid sur-
mounted with a knob, a plain handle, and thick solid purchase.

Pewter Dish with a foot. Diam. 8J in. Diam. of foot 4g in. Height
of foot 3 in.

Marks, i. On the top " F.C.," for Freeby church. 2. Underneath, out of a ducal crown
a nigger's head side-face, "James Anderton " round it, within an oval, repeated twice.

This is a flat dish with a raised gadrooned edge, standing on a hollow stem swelling out
into a foot with a gadrooned edge ; the same ornament running round the top of the stem.

Pewter Basin. Diam. g^ in. Depth i^ in.

Marks, i. On edge, " Fneby Parish 1816." 2. On back, X crowned. 3. ''Superfine hard
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