History of St Bartholemew's Church Tong

St Bartholemew's Church Tong is in Tong.

From 1410 to 1430 St Bartholemew's Church Tong was constructed. There are, however, significant differences in the arcading of the aisles suggesting that parts of the building are earlier, with an earlier church having been incorporated into the current building.

On 25 Nov 1410 Isabel de Lingen 1370-1447 (40) was granted a Royal License to found a Collegiate Church at St Bartholemew's Church Tong by Henry IV King England 1367-1413 (43) at a cost of £40.

After 1446. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monument to Fulk de Pembridge of Tong Castle -1409 and Isabel de Lingen 1370-1447. She the foundress of the church. Camail and Jupon Period. His head rests on a Great Helm with his crest of a Turkish Woman with plaited hair. At his feet a lion, at her feet a fawn albeit no longer with its head. She in widow's clothes with a barbe. Note the curious chain attached to the bottom of her dress.

After 1451. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. The Stanley Monument to, on top, Thomas Stanley -1576 and Margaret Vernon 1540-1610, below, their son Edward Stanley 1563-1632. The monument was originally beside the high altar.

The two epitaphs at each end of the monument are believed to have been written by William Shakespeare Playwright 1564-1616:

Ask who lyes heare but do not weep He is not dead he doth but sleep This stoney register is for his bones His fame is more perpetual than these stones And his own goodness with himself being gone Shall lyve when earthlie monument is none

Not monumental stone preserve our Fame Nor sky aspyring pyramids our name The memory of Him for whom this stands Shall outlive marble and defacers hands When all to tyme's consumption shall be geaven Standley for whom this stands shall be in Heaven

Around 1660 Gilbert Soest Painter 1605-1681. Portrait of William Shakespeare Playwright 1564-1616. Around 1670 Pieter Borsseler Painter 1634-1687 (possibly). Portrait of William Shakespeare Playwright 1564-1616 known as the Chesterfield Portrait.

After 1451. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monument to Richard Vernon aka Pembridge 1389-1451 and Benedicta Ludlow 1391-1427. Early Plate Bascinet and Gorget Period. He with an Lancastrian Esses Collar. Chest of sandstone with twenty-three niches containing, alternatively, twelve angels with shields, and eleven apostles. His head rests on the Vernon Horses Head Crest. She wearing Esses_Collar and mitred Crespine Headress. Scabbard with IHS. Possibly the work of Sutton and Prentys.

On 24 Aug 1451 Richard Vernon aka Pembridge 1389-1451 (62) died at Haddon Hall. He was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

On 30 Jul 1467 William Vernon 1416-1467 (51) died at Haddon Hall. He was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

On 17 May 1494 Anne Talbot 1445-1494 (49) died at Shrewsbury. She was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

In 1510 Henry Vernon 1445-1515 (65) commissioned the Golden Chapel to be constructed on the south side of St Bartholemew's Church Tong. 'Golden' referred to the gilding of the fan-vaulted ceiling with three pendants. The memorial on the wall is to Arthur Vernon 1482-1517 (28) Rector of Whitchurch.

After 1515. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monument to Henry Vernon 1445-1515 and Anne Talbot 1445-1494 in a wide Burgundian arch between the south aisle and the Golden Chapel. Fluted Period. Angels Supporting Pillow.

On 13 Apr 1515 Henry Vernon 1445-1515 (70) died at Haddon Hall. He was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

After 1517. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monument to Richard Vernon 1477-1517 and Margaret Dymoke 1500-1545. Fluted Period. Angels Supporting Pillow. The alabaster chest was once used as the altar. He with an Lancastrian Esses Collar and Tudor Rose Pendant. Chest with Bedesmen. Note the swirling tail at his feet which may indicate the work of Harpur and Moorecock of Burton on Trent.

In Aug 1517 Richard Vernon 1477-1517 (40) died. He was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

After 1600. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monuments to the Skeffington family.

In or after 1624. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monument to Mrs Ann Wylde nee Harries who died in childbirth aged sixteen in 1624.

On 01 Jul 1657 Elizabeth Harries 1597-1657 (60) died. She was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

After 01 Jul 1657. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Monument to Elizabeth Harries 1597-1657.

After 1780. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. The Durant Monument to George Durant of Tong Castle 1734-1780 and others. The monument has been attributed to John Bacon 1740-1799, Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841 and Richard Westmacott 1775-1856.

1831. Henry Pierce Bone Painter 1779-1855 after John Jackson Painter 1778-1831. Portrait of Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841 in black morning suit, blue waistcoat with gold fob-seal, standing beside the bust of William Hyde Wollaston, F.R.S. (1766-1828) on a plinth signed, dated and inscribed on the counter-enamel 'Francis Chantrey Sculptor. R.A. London 1831. Painted in Enamel Around 1834. Martin Archer Shee Painter 1769-1850. Portrait of Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841. Around 1834. Martin Archer Shee Painter 1769-1850. Portrait of Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841. 1818. Thomas Phillips 1770-1845. Portrait of Francis Leggatt Chantrey 1781-1841. Half-length aged 37, holding a modelling tool, his left arm on a marble head; bald head with dark hair at sides, hazel eyes, dark complexion; voluminous grey coat, white filled shirt open at neck and fastened with brooch; statuette of Lady Louisa Russell in left background.

On 04 Aug 1780 George Durant of Tong Castle 1734-1780 (46) died. He was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

On 24 Apr 1783 Maria Durant 1779-1783 (3) died. She was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

On 18 Mar 1800 Marianne Durant 1799-1800 died. She was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

On 22 Aug 1815 Mark Hanbury Durant 1808-1815 (6) died. He was buried at St Bartholemew's Church Tong.

After 1902. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. The East Window was designed by Kempe in 1902 copying from the 15th CEntury design of the West Window and the East Window at Haddon Hall.

After 25 Jan 1951. St Bartholemew's Church Tong. Memorial to Charles Arthur Mander 2nd Baronet 1884-1951 and Monica Claire Neame 1888-1964.

Transactions of Shropshire Archaeological Society 3rd Series Volume VIII 1908 Documents Relating to Tong College. The King to all those who shall see, or hear of these our letters, greeting. Know ye that of our special favour, and for the sum of £40- paid into the Treasury of our Chancellor, we have granted and given permission on our own behalf, and, as far as is in our power, on behalf of our heirs, to Isabel, relict of Fulke de Pembrugge, Knight, to Walter Swan [Shaw], clerk, and to William Mosse, clerk, that they may have authority to acquire from our beloved in Christ, the Abbot and Convent of Shrewsbury, which is in our patronage, the patrons of the Church of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, of Tong, in the County of Salop, and diocese of Lichfield, the advowson and patronage of this same Church of Tong, which is held from us in cabile; to be possessed and held for ever of us and our heirs by its due and accustomed services by the same Isabel, Walter, and William, their heirs and assignees; an annual pension of six shillings and eightpence accruing from the fruits and emoluments of this same Church of Tong, which the same Abbot and Convent and their predecessors have been wont to receive from it, being reserved to the same Abbot and Convent and their successors.