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Offline sc0ttie

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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018, 16:36:08 »
I took this of the shell covered vestry in St James Church

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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2012, 20:47:16 »
A few more pictures.




Part of the original flooring (?) hidden beneath the pulpit.





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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012, 17:27:32 »
Moreton Thorpe Knight was the Chairman of the family tug firm J P Knight Ltd (Knights tugs) based in Rochester and lived in the house in the grounds of Cooling Castle

J P Knight still have offices in Chatham Historic Dockyard after moving from offices opposite the North Foreland Public House in Rochester some years ago

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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2012, 13:32:11 »
A few pics from a recent visit...





The doorway behind is blocked, but the fine Mediaeval door is still in place.


14th century benches with fleur-de-lys terminations at their ends. These are some of the earliest church seats in existance in England (sorry abouth the photo quality).


13th century font

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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2009, 22:50:04 »
Taken from a leaflet about the Comport Graves

Eliza Elizabeth Rose Baker D Aug 11 1854 aged 5 months
Sarah Ann Rose Baker D July 2 183? aged 3 months
John Rose Baker D June 9 183? aged 1 month

Children of John Rose Baker and Sarah Ann daughter of M Comport of Decoy House

William Comport D May 12 1??1 aged 8 months
William Comport D June 7 1??3 aged ? months
James Comport D Oct 15 1??? aged 4 months
Francis Comport D June 7 1775 aged 1? months
William Comport D March 9 1779 aged 8 months
Elizabeth Comport D Oct 5 1779 aged 3 months

All the above born at Cooling Court and Cooling Castle

nb maths on the last two does not add up

Sarah Elizabeth - daughter of George Comport of Galtons D 1779 aged 3 months
(poor photo)                                                            D Nov 1800 aged 3 months
Elizabeth - daughter of M Comport of Decoy d 1782 aged 12months
Mary - daughter of Michael and ? Comport born in Cooling Castle died in infancy.

Note that I took a poor photograph of the leaflet and the ? after the italics are due to the photograph whereas the ones before are in the type script on the leaflet.


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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2009, 22:30:44 »
The Victorian vestry on the south side is rather bare but covered in shells similar to the grotto's at Margate.






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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2009, 22:23:01 »
The Victorian vestry on the south side is rather bare but covered in shells similar to the grotto's at Margate.

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Re: St. James, Cooling
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2009, 22:17:43 »
Thats quite sad  :(

Thanks for adding these pics though, another bit of history with a story behind it worth investigating!

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St. James, Cooling
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009, 20:35:11 »

The churchyard of this church is believed to have been the setting for the first meeting between the convict Magwitch and young Pip in Charles Dicken's 'Great Expectation', and the little stone 'lozenge' gravestones are known as 'Pip's Graves'. The church dates from the late 13th century and is impressively spacious inside. There are wonderful carved stone seats in the chancel and a set of rather primitive wooden benches in the nave.


These lozenge shaped gravestones are for the children of the Comport family.
All references suggest they were all under two years old at death.
The cause of death was probably marsh fever,or as we now know,malaria.













 

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