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This standing wall-monument depicts Sir William Smith d.1626 (builder of the church) and his wife, Bridget. Sir William is slightly higher than, and behind, his wife. To the pious memorie of her loved and loving husband Sr William Smyth of Hill Hall in the County of Essex knight who till he was xxx yeares old followeed the warres in Ireland with such aprobation that he was chosen one of the Colonels of the Army. But his uncle Sr Thom. Smyth Chancellor of the Garter & Principall Secretary of State to two princes King Edward the sixt & the late Queene Elizabeth of famous memorie dying he returned to a faire & full inhaeritance, and so bent himselfe to the afaires of the countret that he grewe alike famous in the artes of peace as warre. All offices that sorted with a man of his quality ge right worshipfully performed and dyed one of the Deputy Lieutenants of the Shire. A place of no smalle trust and credit. Bridget (his unfortunate widow who during the space of XXXVII yeares bare him III sonnes and IIII daughters) daughter of Thomas Fleetwood of the Vache in the County of Buckingham Esq and sometimes Mr of the Mint to allay her languor and longing after so deare a companion of her life rather to expresse her affection than his merit this monument erected destinating the same to herself theire children and posteritie he lived years LXXVI dyed the XII day of December 1626. The arched recess and background are very similar to the monument to his father ...

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