Floor Slab – Robert & Lydia Nettleton
Blue slate stone with incised inscription commemorating Alderman and Mayor Robert Nettleton, his wife Lydia (née Blaydes) and seven of their thirteen children. The inscription emphasises Lydia's heritage: that her mother Ann was a daughter of Rev Andrew Marvell and sister of the MP and poet Andrew Marvell, whose statue can be seen nearby outside the Old Grammar School. They had married at St Mary's Church on 9 April 1674.
Six of the children buried with them are: Mary (1676-8), Lydia (1680-1700), Robert (1684), Isabel (1690), Andrew (1691) and William (1699-1700).
Inscription and donor(s)
ALDERMAN, SOMETIME MAYOR OF THIS TOWN
WAS HERE INTERR'D 8TH MAY 1706
HE HAD BY LYDIA HIS WIFE THIRTEEN CHILDREN
SEVEN OF WHICH WERE BURY'D IN HIS GRAVE.
SHE WAS DAUGHTER OF MR JAMES BLAYDES
AND ANN HIS WIFE, DAUGHTER TO
THE REVEREND ANDREW MARVELL
AND SISTER TO ANDREW MARVELL ESQ.R,
WHO ABOUT TWENTY YEARS SERVED THIS TOWN
AS MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT