Memorials and Gravestones

Someof the many memorials and gravestones

There are many memorials within the church and 119 gravestones and tombs in the churchyard. In view of the importance attributed to those located in the medieval church, it was a requirement that they be transferred in their entirety to the new church. They provide a remarkable record of events and lives associated with Charmouth. John Griffiths, for example, was surgeon to Queen Charlotte and other members of the Royal family, and a pioneer in the development of inoculation. He retired from St George’s Hospital in London to live in Charmouth, died in 1824, and has a fine tombstone in the churchyard. James Warden, Lord of the Manor of Charmouth, died in 1792 in a duel in Charmouth (shot by Norman Bond who fled the country to Barbados).

Lieutenant James Warden has the most dominant tomb in the churchyard. The inscriptions on all sides record his life achievements in vivid and glowing detail. The internal plaques are randomly placed and crumbling in the damp conditions, and external memorials are weathering badly in the severe exposed conditions.

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