Thomas died a young man, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, who survived him by forty-two years. Elizabeth set up a charitable trust which each Christmas levied a rent charge of fifty shillings on the Unicorn Brewhouse in Holborn from the Drapers' Company. After a deduction of four shillings in the pound for land tax, and after any further voluntary contributions had been made, the money was used to buy beef for the poor of the parish. In later years, when inflation had begun to impoverish the trust, bags of coal for the most needy were bought instead. Remarkably, the trust remained in operation until 1999, when the government deemed that the administration of such trusts had become uneconomic. At its close, the capital stood at just over £50, and was donated to the Help the Aged charity.
(Waldron: Portrait of a Sussex Village; Russell, Parker & Chidson, p. 46)
Rev. Francis Offley
LIST OF BURIALS IN WELWYN CHURCHYARD, LIST OF MEMORIALS WITHIN THE CHURCH AND NAMES FOUND ONLY IN THE 1906 RECORD OF MEMORIALS
Translation: Here lies (hic situs est) Francis Offley AM fourth son of Thomas Offley esquire of Possingworth in the county of Sussex, and Elizabeth who was the daughter and sole heir of Richard Bathurst of Finchcocks near Goudhurst in the county of Kent. Fellow of All Souls College Oxford. And then for four years rector of this church. Outstanding for his temperament, learning and sweet nature he lived a placid and peaceful life, far from arrogance and meanness, a priest truly worthy of respect. He died on 14th June 1730, aged 65. His youngest brother, Hugo Offley erected this monument.
Wall tablet. 032 N. Aisle. W. wall.
Mary Broadmead Somerville MBE
Still living, unmarried.
Lt. Mark Fownes Somerville
Killed in action, unmarried.