James Edward Nightingale.

The church plate of the county of Dorset. With extracts from the returns of church goods by the Dorset commissioners of Edward VI. 1552 online

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black letter (J, for 1573. The maker's mark, the letters HS
combined, probably that of Henry Sutton, as in O.E.P. under the
date 1570. On the cover is inscribed the date 1573. Round the
bowl is engraved a single band of foliated and intersecting strap-
work, with some ornamental work on the base. — A Paten, 6\\n.
diam., with the hall marks of 1822. It is inscribed with the
sacred monogram, and " Glory to God in the Highest, &c. ;" also,
" This Plate was presented to the inhabitants of Fifehead
Magdalen co. Dorset by the Rev'' Edward Peacock Vicar of the
Parish A.D. 1822." He was for 29 years vicar, and died in 1848.

GiLLiNGHAM (with East Stour, West Stour, and Milton). —
An Elizabethan Chalice with its Paten cover, on which is engraved
the date 1574. Height, 8in. and ifin. respectively. This is an
interesting cup, as it is the earliest and, with one exception, the
only example with an inscribed date, of no less than fourteen
similarly-marked chalices, almost all found in the northern part of
the county, on the left bank of the Stour. This, like all the rest,
bears no regular hall marks, but has the town or maker's mark,
^^>\ as seen in the annexed illustration. The stem varies
^§y considerably from the conventional Elizabethan type ;
the usual knot in the centre of the stem is replaced by a sort of
flange, with a cable moulding, close up under the bowl. In this
respect it is more like the few existing examples made in the time
of Edward VI. Instead of the foliated strap-work usually found
engraved on the bowls of Elizabethan cups, these have a broad
belt of interlaced strap-work alone, without foliation. — Chalice
No. 2, 7|in. in height. It has a plain bowl with baluster stem,
and bears the hall marks of 1633, the maker's mark E S with a


pellet above, enclosed within a fringed oval. This maker's mark
is found in 1652, on a porringer said to have been given by
Oliver Cromwell to Lady Falconberg. Beneath the foot is
engraved the letter G. — Paten No. i, 8|in. diam., with a foot.


The hall mark is for 1643, the maker's mark I W with an oval
objedt in base, apparently a tun. The same maker's mark is
found on the "Blacksmith's" Cup of 1655, engraved in O.E.P.
It is inscribed " The gift of Mr. Robert Thorne, of the parish of
Gillingham, Dorset." — Paten No. 2, 8|in. diam., with foot. It is
of the Britannia standard of 1 7 1 4, the maker's mark L O with a

key above and a pellet in base for Nath. Locke. This piece has
also an engraved G, the same as on chalice No. 2. This might
represent the donor, but more probably the initials of the town. —
Flagon No. i, 8Jin. high, with flat cover. It bears the hall mark
of 1681, and the maker's mark T'E under a coronet, with three
pellets in base, all within a shaped shield. It is inscribed, "Ex
dono Dorothea; Dirdo viduce Relictse Christopheri Dirdo generosi
nuper de Milton super Stower infra banc parochiam de Gillingham
quEe obiit 18° die Januarii. Anno dom. 1678." The hall mark
shows that this flagon was not given until three years after the
death of the donor. — Flagon No. 2, ii|in. high, with domed
cover. The hall marks are of 1735, the maker's mark being I E
under a rose, that of John Edwards. It is inscribed " The Legacy
of Mrs. Frances Dirdo, who dyed Jan^' 18, 1733, aged 34." Above
this, a lozenge bearing the Dirdo arms, A chevron between three
ostriches, impaling tltree cross-crosslets botonee in betid, for White.
Mrs. Frances Dirdo, of Milton-upon-Stour, was the youngest of
fifteen children of Henry Dirdo, Esq., and Dorothy White his
wife. She desired a monument to be erected to her memory in
Gillingham Church, which was done at a cost of ^300. It is a
large marble erection, with three full-length female portrait effigies.

East and West Stour. — The Churches here were wholly or
partially rebuilt about the year 1840. The vessels now in use at
both churches are entirely electro-plated. Nothing is now known
of the disposition of the old plate. In the Museum at Salisbury
are preserved an old Flagon and a paten on foot, of pewter, which
formerly belonged to West Stour Church. These two objects
were discovered walled up in the church there by the Incumbent
in 1863, and deposited by him in the Museum in 1881. The
flagon is not of the usual tankard shape, it has a plain cylindrical
body tapering upwards, a form found also in modern plate, it has
not been much used, and bears no marks or inscription. The
paten is of the 17 th century type.

At Milton, a new Church was built a few years ago. An
electro-plated service was subscribed for at a cost of ^^15.

Kington Magna. — Chalice, 7iin. high, inscribed with the
sacred monogram, without hall marks, but apparently of the pre-
sent century. The Paten, Flagon, and Alms-dish are described
as "plated."

Marnhull. — An Elizabethan Chalice, jjin. in height ; the
bowl is slightly bell-shaped, with knot and cable moulding at
top of stem. The only mark found is

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