Brass to the two infant sons of Rev John and Grace Rogers –
To one side of the main doors in the tower porch is a dull framed brass, originally on the south chancel wall: it commemorates Jonathan, first-born son (d. 1650), and John, second son (d.1652) of the priest assigned to St Mary’s during the Commonwealth – Rev John Rogers – and his wife Grace. After the restoration of Charles II, Rogers was ejected as an “intruder”. He ended his days across the river from Barnard Castle, preaching to a congregation that gathered in Startforth Manor House. Two short sorrowful verses commemorate first Jonathan, who lived just two weeks, and then John, who died aged 7 months.
“Hee peep’d into the world, where hee could see, /Nought but confusion, Sinne and misery
Thence scap’d into his Sav’ors armes thus hee /Gott Heaven, for fourteene dayes mortality.”
“Bles’d Soule, Thy name did mind of God’s grace /Thou wast his gift, whose love shew’d us thy face
But hee that gave, did take in seven moneths space /Thou found’st in Fathers armes a resting place.”
Photo credit: Martin Stuchfield, “The Monumental Brasses of County Durham” (2002)