The Chancel Memorials
The chancel contains a number of interesting memorials.
Dr. Matthew Kirby, DD and his wife Elizabeth. The Doctor was ejected from the living of Shepperton for some unknown reason in 1704. His wife’s charities helped to found the United Walton Charities, which administer local Almshouses.
Henry Skrine, over the vestry door, was a traveller and writer. The bas-relief is a pun – an oak tree screening (skrining) younger trees. The trees, which are bare of leaves, denote children who predeceased him.
Sir James Edward, a notable 18th century Waltonian, whose name appears frequently in Parish records as taking a prominent part in local affairs.
William Lilly, commemorated by a memorial slab on the floor, was a well-known character and foremost astrologer in the 17th century. He also practised medicine (under licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury) and was a ‘double agent’ during the Civil War. Accused of starting the Fire of London, having forecast the event 15 years earlier, he cleared his name before a Parliamentary Committee. He later became Churchwarden of this church and a benefactor to the church and needy of the area.