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Marston in 1799


Croke memorial on wall

Gentleman’s Magazine, 1799 Pt 2, pp. 1097–8

10 December 1799,: by “Mr Urban”:

The parish of Marston, in Oxfordshire, is Northward from the city of Oxford, and the church is about a mile and a half from Magdalen bridge. The church is a plain building, consisting of a nave, two aisles, a chancel, and a square tower. The annexed rude sketch is a North-west view; a Southern cannot so well be commanded, on account of a large walnut-tree growing in front of the chancel. The following epitaphs are the only existing memorials of eminent persons contained in the church.

On a flat stone in the chancel is the following inscription:

O vir, quicunque es, pusillu’
Hoc terrae quo meum tegitur
Corpus mihi ne invidas?

Ex Luc: cap 6° Vers. 26
Vae vobis cum laudaverint
vos omnes homines

UNTON CROKE
Serviens ad legem, obiit
28° die Januarii, ano D’ni
1670, annoq’ aetatis 77o

And on a small brass plate, inserted in the same stone, is the following:

“My flesh shall rest in hope
Ps. xvi. ver. 10
Hereunder resteth, in hopes of resurrection, the
body of Anne, the wife of Unton Croke,
serjeant at law, who was married to him 8th of November
1617, and left him and ten children the 10th day of
June 1617, and in the 69th yeare of her age.”

On a marble fixed against the wall [the following inscription is then transcribed in the magazine]:

On the floor, on a small stone:

“Carolina Croke, died 19th of July,
in the year of our Lord 1670, and in the 36th yeare of her age.”

In the nave, on a plain stone, is the following short inscriptions:

“M.S.E.
Walterus Barry
de civit. Nov. Sarum,
Qui obiit Oxon’
die Aprilis 22o
1722

On a stone in the South aisle, to the memory of Robert Loder, who died in 1768, is the following specimen of monumental poetry:

“I would have my neighbours all be kind and mild
Quiet and civil to my dear wife and child.”

This living is a vicarage of but small value, not, as I am informed, more than 26l. per annum, which the present worthy incumbent, the Rev. Dr. Curtis, of Magdalen College, distributes mostly, if not wholly, among the poor of his little flock. The service of the church the Doctor performs every Sunday. His sermons are well attended; and his parishioners are as much edified by his good example as by his excellent discourses. Some of the young farmers have studied psalmody; and they attend the service very regularly. The instrumental part of the divine harmony consists of a bassoon and two clarinets.

© Stephanie Jenkins

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