MIs at Myddle St Peter (2)

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Above can be seen three more memorials to members of the Atcherley family which can be found inside the church of Myddle St Peter. The monument on the left is made of wood painted to give the appearance of stone, whereas its neighbour is a marble tablet. Below are more detailed views.

The wooden tablet is topped with the arms and crest of the Marton Atcherleys. The heraldic descriptions of these are as follows. Arms: Gu., on a fess. engr. arg., betw. three griffins heads erased or., as many crosses pattée fitchée sa. Crest: A demi-bustard couped gu., wings elevated or., in the beak a lily arg., slipped vert.

Below the Atcherley arms and crest is the MI, dedicated to Robert Atcherley (baptised 8 Jan 1730/1) who died “without issue,” Robert’s uncle Richard Atcherley (baptised 30 Oct 1705, who died unmarried), Robert’s brother Richard Atcherley (baptised 24 Feb 1732/2) plus that Richard’s wife Jane (née Hughes), and finally the daughter-in-law of Richard and Jane, Elizabeth Atcherley (née Edwards).

SACRED.
To the Memory of
Robert Atcherley Esqr. of Marton
who Died Octr. 10th. 1758
in the 28th. Year of his Age.
Also
Richard Atcherley Esqr. of Wem
who Died April 12th. 1766
in the 61st. Year of his Age.
And of
Richard Atcherley Esqr. of Marton
who Died April 22nd. 1766
in the 34th. Year of his Age.
Likewise of
Jane Atcherley his Widow, who Died
May 30th. 1773 in the 37th. Year of her Age.
Also of
Elizabeth Widow of the Late
Richard Atcherley Esqr.
of Marton.
She Died on the 27th. day
of September 1836
Aged 61 Years.

Atcherley arms and motto

The marble tablet is also topped with the Atcherley arms and crest, plus the family motto, SPE POSTERI TEMPORIS – in hope of the latter time.

Richard Atcherley, 1763-1834: M.I. at Middle

Below the arms and crest is the MI, fading and not easy to read, dedicated to the last of the original line of Marton Atcherleys (see On this day: 27 February 1834). The inscription, the first few lines of which are shown above, reads:

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
RICHARD ATCHERLEY ESQUIRE,
OF MARTON
IN THIS PARISH.
HE WAS BORN AT MARTON
ON THE 13TH DAY OF OCTOBER 1763,
AND DIED THERE
ON THE 27TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1834.
HE WAS A MAN
OF INTEGRITY
AND SINCERITY
HE MAINTAINED THROUGH LIFE
A STEAD UNPRETENDING
SENSE OF RELIGION,
AND LOOKED FOR
THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST.

IN AFFECTIONATE AND GRATEFUL
REMEMBRANCE OF HIM
THIS STONE IS ERECTED
BY HIS NEPHEW
DAVID FRANCIS ATCHERLEY
SERJEANT AT LAW.

The final monument is the most recent, dedicated to one of David Francis Atcherley’s grandsons:

In Loving Memory of
RICHARD TOPPING BEVERLEY ATCHERLEY,
Born at Prescott, Canada, October 15th. 1866,
Died at Chester October 7th. 1909,
Second son of Lt. Col. Francis Topping and Emma Arabella Atcherley.
In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to Eternal life,
through Our Lord Jesus Christ.
R.I.P.


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