Reports for the Yearby Oxfordshire Archaeological Society
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 Excerpt: ...May 1st, Anthony Hern, Clerk of this parish, declared that he remembered the old register, terriers, &c., of this parish being burnt out of spite to the parish by a son of Mr. Coney's, late minister of this parish, who had them in his possession. (Peter Williams) P. W., Minister." Thomas Cony was Incumbent from 1734—1759. To most visitors of this Church the Fettiplace Monuments are the great object of interest. They are contiguous on the north side of the Chancel, but to show our illustrations of them to better advantage they are printed separately and their inscriptions follow. The fine brasses, with effigies, on the floor, are to the memory of Anthony Fettiplace esquiere (in tabard), who decessyd 23rd December, 1510, and other members of the family, and there are simple inscribed brasses to Alys Fetiplas, 1530 (her will proved in 1533), and Symond Feteplas, who died in 1530. The family of Fettiplace (the name being variously spelt—Fetiplace, Feteplas, Fetisplace, Feteplace, Fitzplace, Pheteplace, Fettiplace) seem to have removed in the 16th Century from Childrey and East Shefford, in Berkshire, where they resided in the 15th Century, to Swinbrook, where Anthony is said to have built the mansion, about the year J409. Of this mansion, situate on the south side of the church, scarcely any trace remains, but an interesting episode is connected with it concerning one, Mr. Freeman, of London, to whom it was let on death of Eichard Gorges, in 1806, nephew and heir of Charles Fettiplace. Several highway robberies having occurred in the neighbourhood, Mr. Freeman and his guests at the mansion were arrested as "Gentlemen of the Road," and it is said that their trick to avoid detection was to turn their horses' shoes the wrong way round. After t...