Nicholas Pelham

Sir Nicholas Pelham (d.1559) and his wife, Ann (née Sackville) are depicted on a splendid Renaissance memorial on the north wall. They are shown kneeling facing each other in prayer with their ten children as mourners below. The inscription commemorates Pelham’s defence of Seaford in 1545 against a French expeditionary force which had previously burnt the village of Brighthelmstone (Brighton today). It contains a pun on the name Pelham.

..HIS BRAVE EXPLOIT IN GREAT KING HENRY’S DAYES
AMONG THE WORTHYES HATH A WORTHIER TOOMBE;
WHAT TIME THE FRENCH SOUGHT TO HAVE SACK’T SEAFOORD
THIS PELHAM DID REPEL THEM BACK ABOORD…

Pelham Memorial

Pelham Memorial