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[1772, p. 416.]
The above inscription [illustration omitted] I have exactly copied from a plate of brass, of the same size, found some years since in repairing the church of Ashbourne, in the county of Derby, but now affixed to a table of black marble against one of the pillars of the church. As no one of your antiquarian correspondents, that I know of, has thought proper to convey it to your useful repository, I beg leave to present it to the public through your means.

Yours, etc., RD. GREENE


[Page 18] [1822, Part II., pp. 578, 579.]
During a tour which I have been making in this neighbourhood, so fertile in natural beauties, in crossing the country from Ashbourne to Derby, tempted by the fertility of the adjoining villages, I digressed considerably from the direct road to the left, absorbed in pleasing reveries, to which the fineness of the weather and the season of the year so naturally gave rise, when my attention was arrested by the egress of a number of well-dressed people, chiefly of the higher order of peasantry, from a small building, which, from its appearance, might have been taken for a stable, and its being attached to a farmhouse gave colour to the supposition. Imagining it was a Methodist meeting, it being Sunday, I was proceeding slowly on my way, when I was overtaken by an intelligent farmer, with whom I have some acquaintance, and who, to my great astonishment, gave me to understand that the obscure building which I had just passed was a Chapel of the Established Church, and that the cause of its erection was not less singular than the situation and style of architecture seemed to indicate. The popular, and indeed the only account he had ever heard assigned was "that one Brown, a man, as it should seem, of bad character, having occasion to go a journey very early, went to catch his horse, when he by some means caught the devil who broke loose, and vanished in a flash of fire." This is stated to have been the cause why the said Brown erected the chapel upon the place where the transfiguration took place, and endowed it with twelve pounds for ever, secured upon the field and the one adjoining, to be given to the resident clergyman of Mugginton, the adjoining parish, for preaching a sermon on the last Sunday in every month throughout the year.
This account, strange as it appears, is the only one I could procure, and it seems certain that this chapel owes its existence to some mental delusion of the nature above detailed ; for within a few years the following lines were plainly visible :

"John Brown being full of years, and full of evil,
Instead of haltering his horse, he halter'd the Devil."

From whence it is always called Halter Devil Chapel.

Yours, etc., WM. JAMES.

[Whilst the heading for this note from William James is Ashbourne, the article must be referring to the Intake Chapel at Hulland Ward - see Kelly's 1891 Directory entries for both Hulland and Muggington.]


[1791, Part II., p. 790.]
I send you a copy of the monumental inscription in Ashover Church on the widow of Immanuel Bourne, rector and patron of that place. Her husband was buried at Aileston, in Leicestershire, as mentioned in Mr. Nichols's "Collections" for that county, p. 543, and therefore has no monument in Ashover Church. Several of his descendants are buried at Ashover, and the Rev. Lawrence Bourne,

  [Page 19] of Dronfield, in this county, the great-grandson of Immanuel, is the present patron and rector of Ashover. The inscription is in the chancel, on a large slab of freestone, part within and part without the rails of the altar.

"Here lieth the body of JEMIMAH BOURNE, the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Beckingham, of Tolson Beckingham, in the county of Essex, and Dame Elizabeth his wife, and the relict of Immanuel Bourne, late rector and patron of this church who died June the 19th, 1679, aged 79."

Yours, etc., A. W.

I see an inquiry in your last magazine (p. 504) for the epitaph of Immanuel Bourne, at Ashover, in the county of Derby. I was there a year or two since, but find no such person mentioned in my notes. It appears from a mural tablet in the chancel that Obadiah Bourne, died April 8th, 1710, æt. 64, and his widow, January 19th, 1711. I transcribed the following, which is at the service of your correspondent :

"Near this place lies interred REBECCA, wife of OBADIAH BOURNE, A.M., Rector of this parish, and daughter of John Lynch, esq.,* of Grove, in Kent, who departed this life Aug. 31, 1754, æt. 62."

There is a grandson of this match now living in orders, on whom the late Dr. Robert Lynch, M.D., of Canterbury, entailed a part of his estate. ...

Yours, etc., N. S.

[1791, Part II., p. 998]
I send you copies of the other monumental inscriptions in Ashover church relating to the family of the Bournes, formerly resident in that parish. The church at Ashover is a large, handsome structure, and, much the credit of the present very respectable curate, the Rev. James Mills, and the inhabitants of the parish, it is kept in a superior degree of neatness to most village churches in the kingdom. It contains two other curious monuments, the one for Thomas Babington, Esq., of Dethick, the great-great-grandfather of Anthony Babington, Esq., who was attainted of treason, and executed in 1586, for the share he took in Ballard's conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth, and the other for James Rolleston, Esq., of the Lea (both in this parish), which monuments, together with the church, are well deserving of a minute description; but as a gentleman eminently qualified for the design has undertaken shortly to give the public a full and particular account of the history and antiquities of the county at large, 1 think it unnecessary at least, if not improper, now to attempt such a description.

[Page footnote]
*Father of John Lynch, D.D., Dean of Canterbury, who was father of Sir William Lynch, K.B., who died 1785, and of John Lynch, D.D., now Archdeacon of Canterbury.

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In a manuscript volume of "Collections relating to the History of Derbyshire," made by Thomas Brailsford, gent., of Seynor, in this county, about the beginning of the present century, frequent references are made to the " Chartulary " of William Briewer, the great favourite of King John, or of his son, William Briewer, jun. Permit me to inquire of your numerous antiquarian and topographical readers whether this " Chartulary " is known to be at present in existence, and, if so, where it may be resorted to. Permit me also to inquire where the manuscript collections of the late Dr. Vernon, rector of St. George's, Bloomsbury, are now deposited; likewise whose property the collections of St. Lo Kniveton,* which lately formed a part of the Yelverton MSS., are now become.


On a very heavy and ill-executed mural monument on the north side of the altar in the chancel of Ashover :

"M.S. Hic jacente propinquo OBADIAH BOURNE, A.M, Patronus et Rector fidelis. Et Elizabetha conjux illi non immerito charissima Piam animam efflavit hæc Aprilsi II°. Anno Salutis humanæ 1710°. ætatis sure 64°. Ille ipsam sub-secutus est Januarii 19°, Anno proxime sequenti, ætatis sure 81°. Monumentum hoc justæ gratitudinis ergo posuerunt filii."

On a marble slab within the rails of the altar :

"LAURENTIUS BOURNE, de Marsh Green Chirurgus haud frustra inter primos habitus, Ob. 19° Decembris A.D. 1749, æt. 73. Martha conjux pia ob. 12° Februarii A.D. 175J, æt. 65. Maria filia ob. 10° Martii A.D. 1743, æt. 24."

On a freestone slab on the north side of the altar, the letters run with lead :

"Here lyeth the body of ANNE WIGLYE, wife of Joshua Wiglye, Gentm. Grandchild to Immanuel Bourne, late Rector of this Church, who departed this life May the 19°. 1674."

On a marble slab near the middle of the chancel :

"GEORGIUS, filius Obadiæ et Rebeccæ Bourne, obiit Julii primo, 1748, ætatis vicesimo primo Magnæ spei juvenis."

On three different slabs of marble near the middle of the chancel :

I. "REBECCA BOURNE, died August the 31, 1764, aged 33 years."
2. "REBECCA BOURNE, August 31, 1754."
3. "OBADIAH BOURNE, died October the 6th, 1763, aged 80 years."

[Page footnote]
* These form a part of the magnificent collection of the Marquis of Lansdowne. - EDIT.

Elsewhere on this web site:

Ashbourne, Church Street

St. Oswald's - Exterior

Inside Ashbourne Church

Ashover Parish Church