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St. Mary's Church, Lenham, Kent

St. Mary's Church, Lenham

St. Mary Church, Lenham, Kent, Oct 1999

St. Mary's Church in Lenham (a few miles east of Harrietsham and Hollingbourne) has a lovely monumental Inscription for Dame Alicia Culpeper14. Dame Alicia, who died 20 Apr 1737 at age 93, was the daughter of Sir William Culpeper13 of Preston Hall, Baronet, and the widow of Sir Thomas Culpeper13 of Hollingbourne. She had three sons and four daughters, two of whom survived her: Frances Culpeper14, dowager of John Lord Culpeper14, Baron of Thoresway, and Margaret Culpeper14, wife of William Hamilton of Chilson, Esq.  Margaret arranged for the memorial and is also recognized on it, but she predeceased her mother, Alicia, by six months.

St. Mary Sign, Lenham, Kent, England, Oct 1999

1831 Topographical Dictionary
LENHAM, a parish in the hundred of EYHORNE, lathe of AYLESFORD, county of KENT, 10 miles (E. by S.) from Maidstone, containing 1959 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Canterbury, rated in the king's books at 13. 15. 2. T.F. Best, Esq. was patron in 1827. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a handsome structure, having at the west end a tower steeple, containing a good set of chimes; in it are sixteen elegant stalls, a stone confessional, and other relics of antiquity. There is a place of worship for Independents. Lenham possesses a charter for a weekly market, but it has been long disused. Fairs are held on June 6th and October 23rd, for horses and cattle. John Foord, in 1766, founded a free school for ten poor boys, and endowed it with 300, which produces an income of about 12 per annum.

Alicia Culpeper Monument at St. Marys, Lenham, Kent, Oct 1999
Dame Alicia Culpeper's Memorial
St. Mary's Church. Lenham

St. Mary's Church, Lenham
: (15 miles NE of Goudhurst).
National Grid Coordinates: TQ 899 521

Lenham Manor
Elizabeth Culpeper, eldest daughter of John Lord Culpeper, was the wife of James Hamilton who predeceased her in 1673. At her death in 1709, she gave by will the manor of Lenham, with the rest of her estates, to her son James Hamilton.

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