Memorial Inscriptions – Cotes

These pages contain selected memorial inscriptions from the churchyard or interior of All Saint’s Church, Wing. Any bits in brackets I’m not 100% sure of as it’s hard to see in the photos. If you’ve visited Wing you’ve probably got photos or notes about the gravestones for your families. If so, please share them by emailing me (the higher the resolution the better). For more surnames, please check the Memorial Inscription Index.

Memorial to Thomas Cotes of Wing
Honest old Thomas COTES, that somtime was porter at Ascott Hall, hath now (alas) left his key, lodg, fyre, friends and all to have a roome in heaven. This is that good mans grave. Reader, prepare for thine, for none can tell but that you two may meete tonight, farewell. He dyed the 20th of November 1648. Set up at the apoyntment and charges of his frend Geo HOUGHTON.

photo © Alex Coles July 2005

Charles Cotes memorial in All Saints Church Wing
The Bucks Herald, 4 February 1905, page 5

Memorial to Mr Charles Cotes – On Thursday afternoon [2 Feb], in the Parish Church of Wing, and in the presence of a large congregation, a memorial to the late Mr Chas. Cotes, of Burcott House, who died on the 22nd November, 1903, was dedicated by the Ven. Archdeacon of Buckingham. The deceased gentleman, whose loss has been deeply deplored by all classes of people, was for many years a great benefactor to the village of Wing, liberally supporting the Church, the Schools, the Flower Show, and the poor, and in many ways contributing to hospital and other charitable institutions, local and general. The late Mr Cotes was a Justice of the Peace for Buckinghamshire, and a member of the Board of Guardians of the Leighton Buzzard Union. The work a few years ago of improving and enlarging the churchyard was so much approved by Mr Cotes that he was more than once led to subscribe largely to the funds raised to defray the cost. He was always ready, not only with money, but with his advice and knowledge, and not only in Wing, where he made a point of personally and systematically making himself acquainted with the needs of the sick and poor of the village and vicinity, but throughout the county of Bucks his loss has been keenly felt. The memorial dedicated on Thursday took the form of a restored Lady Chapel, a new stained east window, and a brass tablet fixed upon the north wall of the Chapel, inscribed as follows:-“In memory of Charles COTES, who in the midst of the world lived the better life for God and for his neighbour, his many friends mourning his loss have caused this [St Katherine’s] Chapel to be restored for the worship and glory of Almighty God a.d. 1904″. The Rev. F.H. Tatham, Vicar, and the Rev. L.H. Loyd, a former incumbent of Wing, took part in the service.

St Katherine's Chapel in All Saints Church Wing Buckinghamshire

St Katherine’s Chapel in All Saints Church – Charles Cotes’ memorial is on the pillar on the left-hand side of the photo.

photos © Alex Coles September 2013