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From transcripts by the Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group[1].
Numbering is the same as that done by the DARG, so there are four parts to number 14 - 14, 14a, 14b and 14c
Also see: St. Giles' Monumental Masons

  1. The Garlands / or Maidens Garlands / between / 150 -200 years old.

  2. In Dei Gloriam / This window is given / as a New years / offering by the / Rev W. R. MELVILLE / Rector of this parish / Jan 1st 1873.
    (Gritstone tablet under stained glass window)

  3. In this Church / lie the mortal remains of / SUSANNAH ELIZABETH / relict of JOHN HUSSEY DELAVAL / Baron DELAVAL / of Seaton Delaval and Fordcastle / in the county of Northumberland / she departed this life at Matlock / August 29 AD 1822 / aged 59 years.
    (Alabaster tablet on Slate surround)

  4. In memory of / MARY wife of the Revd JOHN WOLLEY (late HURT) / Vicar of Breaston Co Nottingham / & eldest daughter & coheiress of the late / ADAM WOLLEY Esquire of Matlock / she died 3rd May 1844 aged 45 / Her faith was sincere & evident / but without ostentation / Respected for her superior sound judgement / Beloved for her amiable qualities by all who / knew her, especially her poor neighbours / amongst whom she was ever affable & benificient / She left a husband & seven children / to lament the loss of one of the / most affectionate of wives & mothers / Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
    (Slate tablet)

  5. Sacred / to the pious memory of / Mr ROBERT CLIFFE / late of the Wold in this parish born in Farnley in / the parish of Leeds in the county of York Febry / the 22d anno 1620 and died March the 24th 1696 / aged 76 years. He was thrice married first to DOROTHY the daughter of Mr THOMAS PRIME of / Weston in this county by whom he had no issue / secondly to ELIZABETH eldest daughter of Coll. NATHANIEL BARTON Of Caldwell in this county / who died of and with her first child thirdly / to MARGARET the soul surviving daughter to / ROGER WOMBWELL of Wombwell in the county / of York Esquire who was his sorrowful and / mournful relict by whom he had three sons / and one daughter, first WILLIAM born July the / 31st 1679 secondly NATHANIELL born December the 11th 1680 thirdly MARTHA born June the 24th / 1682 and died November the 5th 1693 fourthly / JOHN born January the 4th 1683 he was the most / pious, the kindest and mercifullest of men, the best of / fathers, the kindest of masters & the lovingest of / husbands As for your fathers, where are they and do the Prophets live for ever.
    (Metal tablet)

  6. To the glory of God / and in loving memory of / WILLIAM BELL HUNTER M.D. / ELIZABETH BEATTY his wife / who entered into rest on / Decr 2nd 1894-July 6th 1912 / This window is dedicated / by their only child.
    (Metal tablet under stained glass window)

  7. Sacred / to the memory / of / ADAM WOLLEY Esquire of Matlock / who died the 21st day of / July 1827 aged 69 years / also of ANNE WOLLEY his wife / who died Jany 17 1849 / aged 74.
    (Alabaster tablet)

  8. "Here lyeth the bodies of ANTHONIE WOOLLEY and AGNES his wyeffe wch ANTHONIE dyethe iiij daye of September in the yere of our Lord mºdºlxxviij (aged) lxxij on whose soules God hathe taken mercy on".
    (Altar tomb - Inscription from "Cox")

  9. This tablet erected by AUGUSTUS GORDON Esq / (formerly of His Majestys 33rd Regt) / and HENRIETTA his wife / late of Everton in the county of Nottingham / in memory of their beloved children / SARAH ELIZABETH died April 5th 1834 aged 7 / EMMA MARIA died April 19th 1834 aged 9 / ROBERT SPRAGGING died April 21st 1834 aged 3 / CYRUS AUGUSTUS died May 1st 1834 aged 6 / They were born at Everton and died at Matlock Bath / Their remains are deposited in the north part / of this Churchyard / They were lovely and pleasant in their lives / and in their death they were not divided. II Sam.1.13.
    (Alabaster tablet on Slate surround)

  10. Near this place were intered the remains of ADAM WOLLEY of Allen Hill in this parish and of GRACE his wife / He was born in the year 1558, married at / the parish Church of Darley on the first day / of October 1581 and after continuing in wedlock / with his said wife for the long period of / 76 years, died in the month of August 1657 in the / hundredth year of his age / She was born in the year 1559 and died in the / month of July 1669 aged 110 / And for the purpose of recording so extraordinary / but well authenticated an instance of longevity / and long continuence in the state of wedlock, their / great, great, great, great grandson ADAM WOLLEY / of this parish Gentleman caused this memorial / to be erected in the year 1824.
    (Slate tablet)

  11. Mr THOS HINCKESMAN / Rector / GEORGE SOWTER / GEORGE BRADLE Churchwardens 1724 / Mr JOSHUA HAYWARD Chief / bennefactor to this gallerie / Anno Dom MDCXI GEORGE TAYLOR Pr Clerk / Walt pucit de Wirksworth.
    (Handwritten text in glazed frame)

  12. JOSEPH SLADEN / Memorial / 1885-1923.
    (Inscription on door)

  13. To the glory of God and in memory of MARY / ASTON GOODWIN died Sept 17th, 1922 also her son / Flight Sub. Lieut GODFREY JOHN WHITEHOUSE / GOODWIN R.N. killed in France March 12th 1918.
    (Metal plaque on Wooden Font cover)

  14. Benefaction or Charity Boards:
    THOMAS JOHNS / late of Matlock, yeoman gave by / his last will dated the 28 day of / Febr 1667 the sum of two pounds / and four Bibles to ye value of one / pound to be paid out of ye rents / of these lands viz Janckin Flat / Causey Lane Meadow & Dich-lands / situated within Matlock to be distri / buted to ye poor by the Minister / Churchwardens and / poor for / ever.
    (Wooden Charity board)[2]

    14a WILLIAM WALKER / Late of Riber yeoman left by his / last will dated Febr the 27 day Anno / Dom 1631 the sum of ten shillings / yearly to be paid out of his estate / called Hillock Cliff Matlock to be / distributed to ye poor by ye Minister / Churchwardens & overseers of / the poor or ye major part of them / for ever / DANIEL CLARK late of Matlock yemd gave by / his last will dated June ye 20th 1726 ten / shillings yearly for ever to be paid out / of his whole estate into ye hands of JOHN / WOOLLEY & GEORGE SOWTER & their heirs / sucksessily together with ye over-seers / of ye poor to be distributed to 20 of / ye poorest familys in ye parish.
    (Wooden Charity board)

    14b GEORGE SPATEMAN late / of Cliff House in the county / of Derby gent gave by his / last will the sum of 80 pounds / to ye use of a Free School in / Matlock for ye education of / poor children & like wise gave ye / sum of 20 pounds for ye use of / the poor of Matlock parish, for / ever, to be distributed by the / overseers of ye poor. This will is / dated the 27 March Anno Dom 1647 / which sum is laid out in / house & land at Alfreton.
    (Wooden Charity board)

    14c ANTHONY WOOLLEY / late of Matlock gent gave by / his last will dated July the 17 anno / dom 1668 towards ye maintainance / of a Free School in Matlock, five / pounds per annum for ever & that / a peece of land be set apart by his / executors and upon default here / of to be paid out of his estate at Riber / JOSHUA BRADLEY late of Matlock / left by his last will dated March 15th 1738 / ten shillings a year to be paid into ye hands / of Mr WIGLEY HAYWARD, Mr JOHN WOLLEY / & their heirs successively out of the rents / of a Close called Allcock lying in Matlock / Bank to be then distribution amongst 20 / of the poorest families of Matlock.
    (Wooden Charity board)

  15. In memory of / HENRY EDWIN BAILEY / of Matlock / who entered into rest on / Easter eve March 31st 1888 / aged 49 years / Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty. Isaiah xxxiii.17. / His servants shall serve him / and they shall see his face. Rev.xxii 3.4. / The clock & chimes in the tower of this / Church were dedicated Easter 1889 / and were the gift of MARY ANNE BAILEY / as a memorial of her husband.
    (Metal plaque)

  16. This window is dedicated / to the glory of God and in memory of / EMILY P.WOOD / the beloved wife of RANSOM E. WOOD / who died at Matlock July 15 1874 and is intered in this Churchyard / also in remembrance of their children / MARY SOPHIA, EMILY PHOEBE, ELLEN and CHARLES NOBLE / intered in Greenwood Cemetery Brooklyn N.Y. USA.
    (Alabaster tablet)

  17. In memory of / ELINOR CHRISTIAN KEWLEY / born 16th Feb 1837 / died 6th Sept 1916 / For many years Superintendent of the Girls / Sunday School in connection with this Church / This tablet is placed by the teachers and scholars / as a token of affectionate remembrance.
    (Alabaster tablet)

  18. Valiant in fight / Sacred / to the memory / of the / Matlock men / who fell in the / Great War / 1914 -1919 / Remember them / O Lord our God / Faithfull unto death.
    (Almost all the names are on the War Memorial on High Tor - See Surnames A - J and Surnames K - W)

    G. BONHAM-CARTER.
    J. R. LEACROFT[3].
    F. D. STONES.
    G. C. STONE.
    See Matlock's First World War Casualties not listed on the Memorial

    E. ELLIS.
    R. PICKFORD.
    T. B. REYNOLDS.
    See Matlock Bath Memorial

    (Three Gritstone tablets in wall)

  19. In memory of LOUISA JANE relict of / JOHN GREAVES of The Rocks / Matlock and 3rd daughter of THOMAS / and JANE LEACROFT of Cliffe House / Matlock who departed this life on / the 3rd March 1880 aged 89 years / In memory of RICHD BROOK LEACROFT / of Matlock 3rd son of RICHD BECHER / and MARY ANN LEACROFT who / departed this life 8th April / 1874 aged 51 years[3].
    (Stained glass window)

  20. To the memory / of / Capt W. CUMMING / of the 83d British Regt / and 9th Portuguese Caçadoros / who / having fought in the Battles / of / Oporto, Talavera, Buzaco / and Fuentes de Onoro / fell in an attack on the French outposts / near Bayonne / October 9th 1813 / in the 30th year of his age / This tablet was erected by his brothers / in whose esteem and affection he had / That place, to which firmness / of mind and urbanity of / manners, justly entitle / their possesser.
    (Slate tablet)[2] - (See Biographies to find out about his family)

  21. In memory of / GEORGE EDWARD STATHAM / Choirmaster of this Church / born January 22nd 1854 / died November 25th 1893.
    (Metal tablet in Vestry)
    In memory of / LUKE ROBINSON STATHAM / for many years Organist of this Church / born January 31st 1849 / died December 23 1899.
    (Metal tablet in Vestry)

  22. In memory of / JAMES NORTHAGE JAMES Esq / late of Ireton Wood / in this county / who died on the 22nd of May 1840 / aged 71 years / also of / MARY widow of the above / who died on the 25th of September 1843 / aged 74 years / Their remains are deposited in a vault / with the Altar rails / of this Church.
    (Ornate Alabaster tablet on Slate surround)

  23. The East window was erected in 1969 / to the memory of the BAILEY family / of the Butts Matlock 1838-1938.
    (Wooden tablet)

  24. In memory of RICHARD BECHER LEACROFT Esq who died Nov 21st 1862 aged 67 years son of THOMAS & / JANE LEACROFT Cliff House Matlock & nephew of the Rev GEORGE HOLCOMBE DD Prependary of Westminister / who married CATHERINE daughter of FRANCIS HURT Esq Alderwasly and was Rector of this parish upwards of 50 of years[3].
    (Stained glass window)

  25. AMDG In memory of her beloved husband / JOHN GREAVES of The Rocks Matlock / these windows are dedicated by LOUISA J. GREAVES.
    AMDG In loving memory of THOMAS LEACROFT / of Cliff House Matlock JANE his wife and / their children GEORGE FREDERICK & CORBETTA[3].
    (Stained glass window)

  26. 1939-1945 / The names of the fallen / The / Book of Memory / wherein are written the names / of the men of Matlock whose / lives were laid down in the / cause of human freedom during / the Second World War / Requiescant in pace / The silver memorial lamp which burns / before the Altar of this parish Church was / given by the people of Matlock in recognition / of a debt which can never be paid.
    (Leather bound book)

  27. In memory of MARGARET HARRISON died March 6th 1918.
    (Carved in Wooden panelling by Communion rail)

  28. Hic iacet HEN/RICUS SMITH quo/ndam istius Ecc/lesiae Rector qui/ mortem obiit Anno Doni 1640 / Divinus Medicus Musicus
    (Brass tablet)[2, 4]

  29. Memoriae Sacrum / JOSEPHI FERN, A.M., Hujus Ecclesiae Rectoris / viri pietate, religione, moribus antiquis / qui numeris laboribus non annis confectus / Fatis concessit / Septimus Id. Aprilis, Anno MDCCXVII, Aetatis LXIII / Aere Christianae 1717. Hic Janae uxoris pietissimae/ cineres juxta appositae {appositi ??} / GODFRIDI WATKINSONI de Brampton generosi filiae / quae matura caelo, marito prius occupavit 8vo calendas Augusti / Anno MDCXIV., / Aetatis 49. / Enumerosa prole / quam uteri foecundi uxor peperit / manibus etiam hic justa fiuntb MATTHAEAE, SAMUELIS, ELIZABETHAE, SUSANNAE / JOSEPHI, alterius ELIZABETHAE, et JANAE / MARIAM, GODFRIDUM, ANNAM, SARAM / huic familiae fati violantia nondum invidit.
    (Metal tablet)[2, 5]

  30. This lectern is a memorial to / WILLIAM HARRISON MD.JP. / of Dean Hill / in this parish / who entered into rest 28th January / l896 / Psalm CXIX.2.
    (Brass plaque)

  31. In loving memory of / WALTER KIRKLAND / who fell asleep / August 3rd 1899.
    (Brass tablet)

  32. To / the memory of / a beloved husband / father mother / brother and sister / this window / is with grateful affection / dedicated / by L. J. GREAVES / November 28th 1859.
    (Alabaster tablet on Slate surround)

  33. Here lies interr'd / JESSE GWYLLYM / wife to / Capt THOMAS GWYLLYM / of Burfield Hereford / and daughter to / THOMAS DUNBAR Esq / of Liverpool / who died on the 26 March 17-- / in the 21 year of her age / Snatch'd ere her prime and in her bridal hour / And when kind future with her lover smil'd / And when high flavor'd her fresh opening joy / And when blind man pronounced her bliss comply.
    (Metal tablet)

  34. In memory of / HENRY RYLANCE / infant son of / the Revd W. R. MELVILLE MA. / Rector of Matlock / died October 19th 1842.
    (Alabaster tablet)

  35. Under this stone are deposited / the remains of the Reverend / LAWRENCE WHITAKER / late Curate of St Mary's in / Nottingham / In which Church a marble monument is erected / to his memory / he died at Matlock Bath the 4th day of / June 1769 in the 46th year / of his age.
    (Metal tablet)

  36. The Chantry Book / In loving memory of / THOMAS and FLORENCE BODEN / and their son-in-law GORDON KNOWLES / Matlock Parish Church[2, 6].

    January
    4 WILLIAM ALFRED ECOB
    7 PHILLIP ROSLING
    11 LILIAN THOMPSON
    18 EDITH OAKLEY
    18 MARY ELLEN STATHAM
    19 PETER WILLIAM COOKE
    29 KATHLEEN MARION LOVEDAY
    July
    5 EMILY BUNTING
    14 BERTHA WILSON
    26 JANE PRICE
    27 GERTRUDE ROSLING
    February
    8 CLARA HANNAH STATHAM
    16 ALYS MARY WALLIS (1994)
    August
    8 ELLEN CONSTANCE JOHNSON
    19 FRANK BUNTING
    March
    6 LYDIA MARJORIE SMITH
    10 CISSIE POULTNEY
    12 GEORGE WILLIAM BONSALL
    (1979)
    5 ANNA THOMAS
    17 SARAH KEYTE
    22 JOHN WILLIAM HARDY
    26 ELIZABETH JAYNE HALLOWS (1986)
    28 GORDON KNOWLES
    September
    7 ERNEST STATHAM
    12 HILDA BOWLER
    27 ARTHUR WOODCOCK
    27 MAY HUNTER
    27 HANNAH MANDER
    April
    9 GEORGE CECIL OAKLEY Priest
    17 FLORENCE BODEN
    19 JOSEPH BUTTERWORTH Priest
    24 JOYCE ELSE
    October
    21 THOMAS RAYMOND GREATOREX
    22 JOHN WILLIAM HARDY
    27 JAMES HENRY THOMPSON
    May
    5 ALICE ADELA BALGUY
    17 SARAH ELIZABETH ELLIOTT
    20 JOYCE CULSHAW
    22 WILLIAM ROSLING
    29 HENRY HERBERT LOVEDAY
    30 GEORGE HENRY WRAGG
    November
    4 LIZZIE OAKLEY
    7 MICHAEL NICHOLAS HAYWOOD
    9 EILEEN BUTTERWORTH
    14 GEORGE ROBERT OAKLEY Priest
    24 WILLIAM WOOD
    29 PEGGY SAVILLE
    June
    8 THOMAS BODEN
    10 CYRIL ELSE
    14 CLINTON GEORGE WALTON (1994)
    19 INEZ OAKLEY (1994)
    23 GEORGE ARTHUR WILSON
    30 HAROLD GEORGE CATTEE
    December
    4 ALFRED CLAUDE GURNEY
    13 EVELINE WAIN
    14 ELIOT GEDYE


  37. In dei gloriam / This window was given in commemoration of the rebuilding of this Church / by the younger members of the family of the Revd W. R. MELVILLE, Rector of this parish 1871.
    [Has A. GIBBS Artist 48 Marylebone Road London]
    (Stained glass window)

  38. To the glory of God and in memory of CATHERINE / SOPHIA OXENDEN LEACROFT 2nd daughter of THOMAS / and JANE LEACROFT of Cliff House died 10 Jan 1876 aged / 88 also of JOHN STAPLES K.C.M.C. Lord Mayor of London / 1886-1887 eldest son of JOHN and MARY ANN STAPLES / of Belmont Salisbury died 16th Jan 1888 aged 72[3].
    (Stained glass window)

  39. Ad majorem Dei gloriam / et in piam memoriam / CHARLOTTAE / EDWARDI SHEFFORD LYTTEL / conjugis dilectissimae/ quae / in brachia sempiterna Christi / transmigravit/ a.d.quint. Id. Oct. MCMXV / Et Laetati sunt quia requiescunt / et deduxit eos in portum optabilem.
    (Alabaster tablet)[2]

  40. To the memory of / HANNAH / wife of GEORGE KNOWLES / of Matlock Bank / who died on the V of May MDCCCXXXVI / in the LXIV year of her age / "Blessed are the dead / who die in the Lord" / also of the above named / GEORGE KNOWLES / who died on the XXIII of Octr MDCCCXLIX / in the LXXX year of his age.
    (Alabaster tablet on Slate surround)

  41. In affectionate remembrance of / GEORGEANA the beloved wife of EDWIN AUGUSTUS GEORGE JEWITT / and daughter of WILLIAM HENRY GOSS / who died at Matlock 3rd November 1889 aged 34 years / and is interred in Winster Churchyard.
    (Metal tablet)

  42. List of Vicars.
    The full list, with additions from Cox, can be found under Rectors of St. Giles Church, Matlock (includes mini biographies of some of the rectors).
    (Wooden tablet in porch)

[1] Matlock St Giles' MIs have been transcribed by the Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group and the transcripts from inside the church are published here with their written permission. I am extremely grateful to them.

[2] Transcript corrected Jun 2010 with the help of The Revd John Drackley (author of the Church Guide 2006) to whom I am also very grateful. He has added (April 2011) that cleaning of the Cumming memorial in 2008 has revealed that the monument was erected by his brothers, as opposed to brother as originally transcribed.

[3] See : Pedigree of Leacroft

[4] Cox, J Charles (1877) "Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire Vol II" Chesterfield: Palmer and Edmunds, London: Bemrose and Sons, 10 Paternoster Buildings; and Derby. The first transcript of item No. 28 provided, and subsequently corrected, was extracted from Cox.

[5] Item no. 29, which is almost illegible today, has been amended to take in a corrected version of the transcript included in Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited. This inscription is so low down that it can only be read by kneeling on the floor and using a strong light!

[6] Revd Drackley also points out that a great many more names have been added to the Chantry Book (item No. 36 in the list) since these transcripts were done, so the list provided here is incomplete.