SY8880 : Tyneham: colourful memorial in the church

taken 7 years ago, near to Tyneham, Dorset, Great Britain

Tyneham: colourful memorial in the church
Tyneham: colourful memorial in the church
This rather colourful tablet is situated in the north wall of the church and reads as shown below.

Of equal interest is the tiling along the bottom of the picture, a memorial not to the dead of the parish but containing the names of the families who were forced to leave Tyneham when the area was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence in November 1943. All the villagers had to leave to allow the area to be a military training ground and they anticipated being allowed to return some time after the war. However, it remains an Army firing range and all the buildings are in ruins - shell-shocked would be an apt word. The names Holland and Taylor are visible here, along with the end of the word Smith and the beginning of Tizzard. The frieze runs all the way around the church, which is now a compelling exhibition about the life and people of the village, and its evacuation.

Anyway, back to the inscription (the Latin phrase "et Štatis suŠ 76" means 'and in the 76th year of his life'; i.e. aged 75):

Here under relieth ye body of Iohn [John] Williams of Tyneham, Esqire [sic], sonne unto Henry Williams, Esq. who lieth here interred & died Ao ['Anno' = year] 1589, et Štatis suŠ 76 as also ye body of Iane [Jane] his wife who was sole daughter of Sir Iohn Brune of Rowner in ye county of South'ton [Southampton, or modern-day Hampshire], Knt Iohn Williams before mentioned died Ao 1627 et Štatis suŠ86. Iane his wife died Ao 1636, et Štatis suŠ 85, and left behinde her four sonnes & three daughters, of which Iames [James] Brune Williams, Esqire, lately deceased was the eldest, and father unto Iohn Williams Esqire (now living) who out of a dutiefull respect unto his predecessors before mentioned erected this memoriall Anno Domini 1641.
Henry Williams above named was son unto Iohn Williams of Herringston [near Dorchester] who departed this life Ao Don. 1549.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 31 May, 2011
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 881 803 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:37.3800N 2:10.1582W
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