Old Christ Church

Monuments and Memorials

'A neat and suitable tablet of marble ... by Mr. Marshall of Newark' was erected in Christ Church in December 1855 to the memory of the Rev. Robert Simpson, the first Perpetual Curate of the church. The Stamford Mercury recorded that the inscription on the tablet read:

To the memory of the late Robert Simpson, M.A., first Incumbent of this church, who, after a life of active labour in preaching the gospel, entered into rest at Skerton, in Lancashire, May 6th, 1855, in the 59th year of his age. This tablet is erected by the congregation of this church, in grateful recollection of the blessings they received through his ministry.

In 1860 a 'neat tablet by Mr. Marshall, of Newark' was erected in the west aisle of Christ Church, in memory of the late Dr. Thompson. According to the Grantham Journal of 29 September 1860 the inscription read:

Sacred to the memory of William Thompson, physician, a native resident, and for many years a magistrate and alderman of this town, who died at Bath on the 19th of August, 1859, aged 59 years. He is buried in the Abbey Cemetery of that city.

On 3 October 1897 a tablet was unveiled to the memory of the Rev H A Jukes 'whose seventeen years' ministry [was] held in affectionate regard by the parishioners.'

The Lincolnshire Chronicle newspaper of 22 November 1907 reported on the erection of a bronze memorial tablet to the memory of the late Mr Edward Thompson Simmons, who 'was for many years assistant overseer for the borough of Newark, and prior to that was headmaster of the Southwell (Notts) and Christ Church, Newark, National Schools.'