Minster Church is a handsome structure, built in the form of a cross.  It exhibits different styles of architecture:  the nave, which is Saxon, is the most ancient part, and is divided from the aisles by short massive columns supporting the round arches.  The chancel is Gothic, and is vaulted with stone.  There are 18 old collegiate stalls in this church;  and in the north wall of the transept, under a pointed arch, is an ancient tomb with the following inscription in Norman French, now mostly illegible;  "Ici gist Edila de Thorne que fust dna del Espine."  An engraving of this may be found in Hasted, fol. ed. vol. 4. pa. 324.  The learned Dr. Meric Casaubon was at one period of his life Vicar of Minster.

In the chancel, south side


A tablet to Mr. Henry Wooton, of Thorn, in this parish, only son of John and Eliz. Wooton; he was born at Alland Grange, 26th Sept. 1754, and died at Thorn.

Another to Mary, daughter of Robt. Knowler, Gent. of Herne, in this county, and wife of John Lewis, Vicar of this church, who died Dec. 1719, aged 44.

A monument to Wm. Belsey, Esq. late of this parish, who died Mar. 16th, 1727; and Mary his wife, who died Nov. 18th, 1750, aged 70; also Wm. their son, who died Sept. 20th, 1787, aged 79; likewise Eliz. his wife, daughter of Francis and Mary Tomlin, who died Apl. 5th, 1796, aged 86; and two sons and one daughter of the above, viz. Will. Eliz. and Thos.; also Mary Belsey, who died Aug. 21st, 1825, aged 89, daughter of the first-mentioned Will. and Eliz. being the last surviving issue of this family.

On the North wall


A monument to Charlotte Louisa, wife of Geo. Hannam, Esq. and daughter of the late John Bristow, of Calcutta, who died Nov. 24th, 1831, aged 45; also Frederic, son of the above, who suddenly lost his life by a fall from his horse, 13th Oct. 1835, aged 21.

Another to Johusa Harry, second son of Edw. Synge Cooper, Esq. M.P. for the county of Sligo, by Anna, eldest daughter of the late Harry Verelst, Esq. born June 25th, 1799, died Feb. 5th, 1819.

A tablet to Harry Verelst, Esq. of Aston, in the County of York, formerly Governor of Bengal, who died Oct. 24th, 1785, aged 54; he married Ann, co-heiress of Josias Wordsworth, of Wadsworth, in the county of York, and of Sevenscore, in this parish.

And a memorial for the Hon. Col. James Pettit, who died Jan. 21st, 1729-39, aged 42.

In the middle aisle, on the south side


A monument to Bartholomew Saunders, Gent. and Marie his wife, daughter of Henry Oxenden, late of Wingham, Esq..  Henry Saunders, Esq. their eldest son, married Jane, the eldest daughter of Thos. Paramore, Esq. and hath caused this monument to be erected.

In the north transept, on the west wall


A monument to Thos. Paramore, Esq. sometime mayor of the city of Canterbury:  he had two wives;  his second was Marie, widow of Thos. Garth, of London, Esq.;  he died 7th July, 1621.


Source:  C. Greenwood, comp.  Epitome of County History, vol. 1, County of Kent. (London, England: privately printed, 1838).


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