M.I. Hugh Gundry, Sidbury

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 106.


A.J.P. Skinner

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Church of St Peter and St Giles has a Norman tower topped with a spire, a Saxon crypt, a gunpowder storage room dating from the Napoleonic era and a 500-year-old font. The tower has eight bells, the earliest dating from 1662 and 1663. Both the tower and the rest of the church are Norman but the tower was accurately rebuilt in 1884. The church is a Grade I listed building. The actress Joan Hickson, known for her lead role in the television series Miss Marple, is buried in the churchyard under her married name of Joan Bogle Butler. Mr Skinner provides a memorial inscription to Rev Hugh Gundry, his wife and daughter that appears in Mr Incledon’s 1771 MS, and speculates on Gundry’s origin. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 73. M.I. HUGH GUNDRY, SIDBURY. - T. Wainwright, Esq., has kindly sent me the following from Mr. Incledon's Manuscript, 1771:

Concreditae sunt huic
Tumulo non sine spe Re
surrectionis beatas Exuviae
Hugonis Gundry Clerici
Et uxoris ejus Gratise Hasc
18 die Octobris anno 1673
Ille 5 die Decembris anno
1676 Ex.
Here lieth also Susanna
daughter of Hugh Gundry
Wife of Lawrence Horsley

This is probably the Mr. Hugh Gundery who was ejected from Maperton, Dorset, in 1662, and after his ejectment preached mostly in Devonshire, at Newton Chapel, a peculiar of Ailesbeere. (See Calamy's Nonconformist's Memorial and D. N. & Q., Vol. IV., p. 263).