St Mary's Church, Harefield, Middlesex - Monumental Inscriptions

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St Mary's Church, Harefield, Middlesex

A church is believed to have stood on the site of St Mary's Harefield, Middlesex before the Norman conquest. The oldest parts of the structure of the existing church date from the 12 th century but it has been much altered and restored in almost every century since then.

The most remarkable feature of the interior is the collection of mediaeval brasses, funeral hatchments and sepulchral monuments that it contains, and for which it is nationally famous (see Middlesex section of the “Buildings of England” series by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner). The most notable of the sepulchral monuments is probably that to Alice, Countess of Derby (died 1637) in the south-east corner of the chancel.

The churchyard is large and contains within itself a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in which are buried 111 Australian Army soldiers and one nursing sister who died at the No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital set up on Harefield Park in 1915. Most of the soldiers who died at Harefield appear to have succumbed to wounds sustained during the abortive Gallipoli campaign.

The transcription of the monumental inscriptions found in the graveyard and church was completed by the Hillingdon Family History Society.

Fully indexed with a location map showing the areas in the graveyard each monumental inscription was found.


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Cat. No. PBN115

ISBN: 978-1-905347-23-0