Unusual Grave Monuments – St Mary’s Church of the Virgin – Beddington (Carshalton – South London) [15.11.2021]

A Large Church in Beddington Park Historically Used by the ‘Carew’ Family – the Former ‘Lords Manner!

Beddington Park is also known as ‘Carew Manor’ and once was a very large and opulent self-contained community which saw hundreds of workers employed throughout the estate. These workers were well-paid, provided with good housing, medical care and schooling for their children (the school existed within the estate itself and was regulated by the Lord of the Manor). When the workers were injured, disabled or when they were too old to work, they were allowed to retire to a self-contained elderly section of the estate where younger people were employed to meet their needs! This type of care exhibited by a privileged employer often generated levels of intense loyalty amongst his or her workers and it is evident that the Lord of the Manor allowed his workers to be buried in the same Church-yard as himself and his relatives! Around the Church grounds are a number of low brick and flint walls dating from at least the 17th century. The first grave featured second in the photographs listed below (directly adjacent to the Church building) is that of Charles Hallowell Carew (1805-1848) – Captain in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy and ‘Lord of the Manor’ at Beddington Park – and possibly of his wife – Mary Maxwell. He was the son of Sir Benjamin Hallowell-Carew (1761-1834) and Ann Inglefield (1776-1850). He married Mary Maxwell, daughter of Admiral Sir Murray Maxwell and Grace Callander Waugh, on the 12th of June 1828 at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, London, England. He was promoted to Captain on the 17th of April 1827.He died in 1848 at Beddington Park, Croyden, Surrey, England. Apparently, he designed and ran the village on his land like a self-contained ship at sea! The second grave featured in the photographs below, possesses an inscription that is far too weather-worn to decipher. It remind me of an ark!

Charles Hallowell Carew (1805-1848) and Mary Maxwell!

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