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The Benefice of Potton, Sutton and Cockayne Hatley
Sutton and Cockayne Hatley
Our three churches are:
St Mary’s Church, Potton
All Saint’s Church, Sutton
St John the Baptist’s Church, Cockayne Hatley
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The South Aisle The south aisle is rich in monuments. A number of these are to another member of the Cust family, Robert Needham Cust, and his wives and family; there is a particularly impressive memorial to his wife Maria Adelaide. Other monuments represent more recent owners of the estate: F G Lomax, squire in the early part of this century; and the son of J A Whitehead, whose remarkable COPO enterprise filled the parish with the orchards for which it was once famous. The most striking monument is the one opposite the north door. Sir Patrick Hume was Master of Hounds to James VI of Scotland and followed him into England when he became James I of England. He died in 1621 and his wife, formerly Elizabeth Cockayne, erected the monument. It comprises two kneeling figures with armorial decorations. The monument now blocks the south doorway; prior to the restoration, the monument was in the north aisle. On the west wall of the south aisle is a monument to Judith Porteous. She was the daughter of Thomas Cockayne, of the Soham branch of the family, and was married to Robert Porteous, rector of Cockayne Hatley 1735-1754. A remarkable family tree links Robert and Judith with George Washington and the present Queen!
On the east wall of the south aisle is a painting presented to the Church in 1978 by Miss Rosemarie Cockayne, a painter who belongs to another branch of the family who once owned the estate, and who presented it as a tribute from the present to the past. The east window of the south aisle is blocked up but may be seen from the outside to be a good fifteenth-century window of three lights with tracery.
The Churchyard The churchyard lies to the south of the Church building. The majority of the larger headstones date from the nineteenth century and mark the graves of families who held the tenancies of farms on the estate: the names of Tongue, Hart and Folbigg among others mark uniform headstones, as many as six in a row. Two monuments are particularly striking. Near the Church stands a stone in the shape of a Celtic cross to the memory of Henry Francis Cockayne Cust, eldest son of Henry Cockayne Cust. Further off is the monument of the nineteenth-century poet and man of letters, W E Henley. The monument had begun to lean dangerously and was re-set in 1993. Also commemorated is Henley's daughter Margaret who, being able to describe her father's friend J M Barrie only as his "fwendy", is said to have inspired the character of Wendy in Barrie's Peter Pan. Margaret died in 1894, aged only five. Henley himself, a giant of a man who had the misfortune to have a leg amputated, was the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island, written by his friend R L Stevenson. However, the village has only a slight claim to fame, as neither Henley nor his daughter lived here. It was at the suggestion of Harry Cust, a great friend of Henley's that Margaret was buried at Cockayne Hatley. Henley himself died in 1903, aged 54, and was buried with his daughter.
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There are no History Pages for Sutton Church but here are some notes explaining the
INTERESTING FEATURES OF THE CHURCH
|Parochial Church Council|
|Clergy and Local Ministry Team|
|Vision for Action|
|The Week in Our Church|
|Walk of Witness 2015|