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Solly - Mundon Church, Essex

By George Solly

This article was originally published in the August 2001 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society.

Mundon Church, Maldon Essex is where my great great grandfather John is buried plus others. I took this picture in 1970 when it was still a (derelict) church - it's now a private home I believe. 


My 3x great grandfather, Richard, moved from Faversham to Essex in the early years of Victoria's reign. I guess Richard's son Richard kept a diary and on 3rd October 1875 writes of his brother Thomas' death. Thomas was the eldest brother to my great great grandfather John.

June 1875

Thursday 3rdFine & Warm Kate May called. Said that they brought Thomas down from his chamber yesterday to quarter in the dining room, that Mr & Mrs J Denne would leave Mundon Hall on Saturday next for home for a week. Hence all? J Denne had promised to go to Penge to attend to Mr Wood's practice for a fortnight. Kate May is going to Mundon Hall on Saturday for some days until Mary Denne comes from Lenddington
Tuesday 22ndVery Fine To Mundon Hall Forendon home to dinner. Mr Robert Day (Harlow) & his wife were expected at Mundon Hall this afternoon. John called in evening
Wednesday 23rdVery Fine Robert Day (Harlow) and his wife called on their way home from Mundon Hall, whither they went yesterday.

October 1875

Friday 1st (cont) It might not be so.
Saturday 2ndShowery & Mild Thomas wished me to call upon Messrs Buck & Freeman as Thomas seemed to think that John being his Exor in case he survived Thomas he could not hold Vardy(?) land. Thomas by a Codicil to his will empowered him to do so. John thought it might be done by letter signed by Thomas. If John should choose to take it Thomas named to a 7 years form at 40 per annum
Sunday 3rdDull & Slight Showers Dear Thomas departed this life at 10:45 pm at Mundon Hall


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