10,592 inscriptions from 22 churches, including one dating all the way back to 1189, exclusive to Findmypast.
This collection of monumental inscriptions, provided by West Middlesex Family History Society, covers the years from 1485 to 2014 and includes transcripts for each entry. While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include the following details:
- Full name
- Birth year
- Death year
- Monument type
- Inscription – may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. This can be incredibly helpful as it can provide you with the names and dates of your ancestor's next of kin, including their relation to one another.
- Description link – links you to a PDF document hosted on an external website that includes histories, images, and burial ground plans for the churches represented in this collection.
- Memorial reference
- Position reference
Sir Hans Sloane in the Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions
In the records, you will find two inscriptions from Old Church in Chelsea for Hans Sloane. Sloane was an Irish-born physician from County Down. Throughout his life, he collected items about natural history, books, drawings, manuscripts, coins, seals, and other curiosities. His collection, which he donated to the state, formed the foundation for the British Museum.
In the records, you will find two results for Sir Hans Sloane. One refers to his own monumental inscription and the second result is form a monument erected in his memory by the Friends of the British Museum.
Sir Sloane's headstone states, 'In memory of Sir Hans Sloane, President of the Royal Society and of the College of Physicians who in the year of our Lord 1753, in the 92nd year of his age, without the least pain of body and with a conscious serenity of mind ended a virtuous and beneficent life. This monument was erected by his 2 daughters Eliza Cadogan and Sarah Stanley'.
The second result for Sir Sloane is a monument erected in Old Church, Chelsea, in honour of Sir Hans Sloane and paid for by the Friends of the British Museum. According to the Chelsea Old Church website, at the unveiling ceremony the vicar said, 'We have given this great man the best spot we could find. The new plaque is beside the tomb of the family of the squire who picked up the crown at the battle of Bosworth and presented it to the knight who then handed it to the new Tudor King.
'The tablet is within a few feet of the tomb which Thomas More prepared for himself and his wives and opposite the capitols designed here in Chelsea by Holbein himself. It's near the spot where Henry VIII stood with Jane Seymour, where Lady Jane Gray received communion every Sunday, where the "illegitimate" and endangered Princess Elizabeth said her private prayers and where James 1 stood as godfather. It's a handshake away from the pulpit where Wesley preached when Anglican pulpits were closed to him'.