Jacob Hayward – so long with pain opprest

Spare a thought for poor Jacob Hayward, whose demise appears to have been a welcome release from a long illness.

This magnificent table top memorial is one of several listed monuments in the churchyard at St Mary’s and is evidence that Jacob was a wealthy man. His will reveals that he farmed at Chaddington and Bassett Down and that he owned the freehold of Cotmarsh Farm in Broad Hinton. This very matter of fact document bequeaths his property and his money to wife Jane and daughter Mary and was signed just 12 days before Jacob’s death. There is no mention of any personal effects and just one reference to a person other than Jane and Mary.


To the Memory of

Jacob Hayward

who departed this Life

the 19th Sept. 1801

in the 57th year of his Age

I was so long with Pain opprest,

That work my Strength away,

It made me long for Endless Rest

Which never can decay


to the Memory of

Jane wife of

Jacob Hayward

who departed this Life

the 29th of Nove. 1828

Aged 71 years


Come and hear more stories of other local families with local historian Frances Bevan who will be conducting guided churchyard walks on Sunday June 3, at 2.15 and 3.15. Meet outside the Stable Room.






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