This chest tomb located in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Bathwick, Bath, Somerset, England is a memorial to the Clark family. Cremation was not legal until 1885 therefore it would appear that four bodies were buried within the tomb. It has inscriptions on the top and all panels.
Sacred to the Memory of JOSEPH CLARK, a native of London, who died 14th December 1842 aged 73 [or5] years
Also of SOPHIA CLARK, niece of the above named and daughter of the late THOMAS CLARK Esq of Broughton near Kettering, Northants, died 25th September 1843 aged 36 years
Also to the Memory of SARAH CLARK, sister to the above SOPHIA CLARK, died 6th March 1846 aged 40 years, beloved by all who knew her.
Also in Memory of SUSAN, wife of JAMES ABBEY of Lubbenham in the County of Leicester, Esq, (and sister of SARAH & SOPHIA CLARK) died 30th April 1866 aged 63 years. She knew that her Redeemer liveth
A former Benedictine Monastery formed in the 7th century, it is reminiscent of a cathedral. The ‘Abbey Church of St. Peter’ is noted for music and includes two organs and a peal of ten bells. It is in pristine condition both inside and out.
The gothic interior hosts monuments to several notable people. Tombs, crypts and vaults of the socially prominent of the time line the walls and floors (not a resounding endorsement of Bath’s mineral waters) this practice is now forbidden by hygiene laws.
Here lies The body of Mrs. Hannah Alleyne, Wife of Thomas Alleyne, Esqr. of the Island of Barbadoes. How amiable for the many Virtues she possessed! But in none more religiously exemplary, than in the Exercise of her Patience, and entire Resignation to the divine Will during a tedious and painful Illness which She bore with a truly christian Fortitude, and died as sincerely lamented as she was beloved. February the 10th: 1762 Aged 35 years.
Stranger whosoer thou art that readest this fair tablet weep for the living and not for the dead for ‘Of such is the kingdom of Heaven’
James Montagu statue 1832
Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade Death came with timely care The opening bud to heaven conveyed And bade it blossom there.