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Memorial Title

Capt J Meynell

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial to Capt John Meynell at Kirk Langley, Derbyshire.
Images
Memorial Inscription Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
St Michael's Church
Church La
Kirk Langley
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE6 4NG

NGR:
SK 28646 38858
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The church is on the south side of the road. The memorial is inside, against the south wall of the chancel.
Type
Overall type: Tablet.


Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.

Description:

A plain, oblong, freestanding tablet of light brown and grey alabaster bearing an incised inscription in upright capital roman lettering coloured black.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Tablet Alabaster 1620 875 210 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
HERE LIETH THE BODY OF GODFREY
MEYNELL LATE OF WILLINGTON ESQR
WHO MARRIED DOROTHY DAUGHTER
OF JOHN WHITEHALL OF YELDERSLEY
GENT: BY WHOM HEE HAD 9:SONNS
AND 3:DAUGHTERS: AND DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 21TH: OF APRILL: 1667:
ABOUT THE 77TH: YEERE OF HIS AGE.

IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN JOHN MEYNELL,
ELDEST SON OF ABOVE AND OF THIS PARISH.
KILLED AT BURTON-BRIDGE 1647
FIGHTING VALIANTLY FOR KING AND COUNTRY.

IN MEMORY OF THE REVD THOMAS MEYNELL AM.
PREBENDARY OF LICHFIELD AND FORTY FOUR YEARS
RECTOR OF THIS PARISH
YOUNGER [...] SON OF THE ABOVE GODFREY MEYNELL
HE MARRIED KATHERINE DAUGHTER OF THOMAS LANE ESQR.
OF BENTLEY IN THE COUNTY OF STAFFORD.
AND DIED AUGUST XXII.MDCCVII HAVING HAD 5 CHILDREN VIZ:
GODFREY, KATHERINE, DOROTHY AND SUSANNA.
AND SARAH WHO
DIED AN INFANT.

[Some T, E and H characters have an unusual ligature on the inscription, but all are transcribed as individual letters]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First English Civil War
(1642-1646)
Totals
Action Battle of Burton Bridge
(4 July 1643)*
Number died 1 1
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 1 1
*See Comments below.
Administration
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council

Local authorities:
Historically: Kirk Langley Parish; Derbyshire County.
From WW1: Kirk Langley Parish Council; Belper Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Kirk Langley Parish Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
13th February, 1967: The church was listed Grade I, Heritage List for England number 1109095.

28th June, 1995: The church lies within the Kirk Langley Conservation Area designated on that date.

25th June, 2017: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition.
References
Comments
The Battle of Burton Bridge took place on 4th July, 1643 when Royalist forces defeated the Parliamentarians. No record has been found of any skirmishes or other engagements in 1647 although the memorial clearly states that year.

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