Hirst family grave, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road.
The inscription on the far side of the grave reads: In sacred and loving memory of Ellen Matilda Hirst, who departed this life at 56 Brunswick Square in this parish, the 28th of February 1863 in her 27th year. Youngest daughter of John Hirst, Esqr., of Great Ropers, South Weald, Essex, a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for the county, and formerly Captain in the Royal Horse Guards. 'Blue'.
Also in sacred and loving memory of Emily Eliza Hirst, who departed this life at Great Ropers, South Weald, the 21st of September 1865, aged 47 years. Second Daughter of the above named John Hirst Esqr.
Also in affectionate memory of Frederick Hotham Hirst, Esqr., second son of the above John Hirst, Esqr.,who died at Brighton on the 3rd of March 1898 aged 83 years.
Also of Emma Hirst, eldest daughter of the above John Hirst, Esqr., who died at Brighton on the 7th of March 1898 aged 82 years.
The 1851 census shows Ellen (b. 1827), Emily (b.1819), Emma (b. 1816) and Frederick (b. 1814) living with their brother, Robert A. H. Hirst (b. 1813) at 18 Brunswick Square with 7 servants [lady's maid, cook, 2 housemaids, footman, 2 grooms].
The 1891 census shows Frederick and Emma living at 51 Brunswick Square with 5 servants [manservant, lady's maid, cook, upper housemaid and under housemaid].