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Memorial by Peter Scheemakers on the south wall. There is a fine marble bust above the monument, with this inscription on the plinth:

P. Scheemakers, Sculpr,
Anno Domini 1750.

Beneath the inscription are these Arms: Quarterly, argent and gules, a fret or; impaling Arg. a cross sa. between four Cornish choughs ppr. Crest: A Cornish chough rising ppr. The panel between reads

Near this place are deposited the Remains of
the Rt Honble Sir John NORRIS of Hempstead,
who after fifty years faithful service in
the Royal Navy, attained the supreme Command,
with the rank of Admiral of the Fleet &
Vice Admiral of England.
It is but bare justice to his memory to say,
since so much at least may be said
with the strictest truth,
that there never breathed a better Seaman,
a greater Officer, a braver Man,
a more zealous Wellwisher
to the present Establishment,
nor consequently a truer Englishman
than this Sir John NORRIS.

Haslewood adds: Curiously the date of his death is not given, but Hasted III p 83 says, Sir John Norris, Knt, died May 13, 1749, leaving issue by Elizabeth his wife, dau. of Matthew, Lord Aylmer, 4 sons, of whom John Norris Esq., his eldest, succeeded him here, and resided at Hemsted.

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