Edward and Hannah Seaward monument - St Martin - Exeter, Devon
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N 50° 43.411 W 003° 31.798
30U E 462591 N 5619213
Quick Description: Memorial monument to Edward and Hannah Seaward in St Martin's church, Exeter.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/12/2022 11:20:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM15WZT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoRams
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Long Description:
Memorial monument to Edward and Hannah Seaward in St Martin's church, Exeter.

It is located on then the east wall of the tower, made of white marble, and is part of a group brought here from St Paul’s church when it was demolished in 1936. It features cherubs bearing symbolic objects at each side and a pelican at the top, and the arms of Seaward and Broking.
Reputedly commissioned from Italy, to Edward Seaward (d.1703), who was Mayor and Alderman of Exeter, and his wife Hannah née Broking, with a long inscription in Latin.

Sir Edward Seaward, Mayor in 1691 was buried in St Paul's churchyard in 1703. He is remembered for his work as governor at the old hospital and workhouse, and as the principal benefactor of Berry (Bury) Meadow.

Lady Seaward was daughter of Nicholas Brooking.

The inscription on the monument reads -
Ob honorem viri nobilissimi Edwardi Seaward equitis, qui patre
Johanne Seaward Damnonio e curia Clistensi, Divi Georgii generosa
ibidem natus v calend novemb. anno mdcxxxiv post Christum mdcciii
kal Mart diem obiit supremum. Uxorem Hannam Nicholai Broking
hujus loci civis, gentem habentis filiam duxit, ex qua nati sunt Nich-
olaus, Edwardus, Johannes et Hanna, quibus omnibus patrem Deus
superstitem esse voluit. Summo magistratui in civitate nostra praefuerat
ab eadem delectus in regni senatum nostrorum militum Tribunis, et
primus Trrwxeiu} summa liberalitats ab se donato praefectus quos omnes
honoris gradus rite et Pervigili administratione, laude cumulatus tenuit
et implevit. Excellebat abstinentia erat moribus, vitaque sanctissimus
et tanta munificentia ac pietate ut tanquam si id sibi negotii crederet
solum dari, bonitatem et humilitalem, ejus erga se quam plurimos
sentire indigentes egregie. Sed quantum potuit occulte sine teste, sine
ullo conscio studuerit. Hinc multos illos quos in hac urba habitavit
annos, magna autoritas apud cives, nobili nomen, laus omnium bono-
rum maxima.
Approximate Age of Artefact: 1703

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