St Leonard's Church, Cotheridge (Berkeley Monuments)

Recent Photograph of St Leonard's Church (Berkeley Monuments) (Cotheridge)

The BERKELEY family lived at Cotheridge Court, opposite the church, and were its patrons for over 300 years, from 1615 to 1949.

The inscription on the left hand memorial reads:

Sacred / To the Memory of /
William BERKELEY Esq of
of Cotheridge Court
who departed this life
on the 15th of November 1869
in the 85th Year of his Age.
Deeply Lamented
by his Affectionate Widow
and Children

Additional Note: William BERKELEY died Dec 1/4 1869
aged 85 registered Martley 6c 164 (FreeBMD)

It wasn't possible to get close enough to the right hand monument to take a photograph of sufficient clarity to be able to read the inscription fully - this is my best attempt:

In / Affectionate Remembrance
of / Harriett Elizabeth
wife of the
Rev. William Comyns BERKELY
of Cotheridge Gent.
[remainder of plaque not readable]
In / Memory of the
Rev. William Comyns BERKELEY
Graduate of
Jesus College Cambridge
Late of the Manor
and ?Parish of Cotheridge
Who died August 7th 18??
In the ?? Year of his Age
Also of
Herbert Bowyer BERKELEY
Youngest son of the above
Born 25 March 1851
Died 15 May 1890
Buried in ?Algiers

Additional Note: William Comyns BERKELEY died Sep 1/4 1885
aged 75 registered Martley 6c 123 (FreeBMD)
He married Harriet Elizabeth, daughter of John Bowyer NICHOLS,
in 1844, and died 7 Aug 1885, aged 75, at Cotheridge Court. (Cambridge Alumni)

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

Image contributed by Rosemary Lockie on 24th July 2008.
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