Funerial Hatchments at St. Swithun's

The Funeral Hatchments at St. Swithun’s Church

There are well over 100 funeral hatchments in Sussex churches and although overlooked by both parishioners and the casual visitor, there are four in St. Swithun’s church.

A funeral hatchment is a lozenge (diamond) shaped board showing a coat of arms.

The word “hatchment” is actually a corruption of the word “Achievement” and is a painted, full colour representation of a person’s coat of arms.

They are usually for a member of the gentry although they were occasionally used for the funeral of a member of the local clergy.


Church Monuments
Webpage icon As poor as a Church Mouse
Webpage icon Constance Kent and the Mosaic in St Swithun's Church
Webpage icon Hon. Spencer Perceval, K.C. (1 November 1762 – 11 May 1812)
Webpage icon The Church Pulpit