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Group of six Kipping headstones approximately 4 metres south of the nave of the Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Tonbridge, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2231 / 51°13'23"N

Longitude: 0.3393 / 0°20'21"E

OS Eastings: 563449

OS Northings: 149700

OS Grid: TQ634497

Mapcode National: GBR NQ7.8LZ

Mapcode Global: VHHQ1.TJQ7

Plus Code: 9F3268FQ+6P

Entry Name: Group of six Kipping headstones approximately 4 metres south of the nave of the Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 19 February 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1070437

English Heritage Legacy ID: 179482

Location: Hadlow, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, TN11

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Hadlow

Built-Up Area: Hadlow

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Hadlow

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Group of six Kipping headstones approximately 4 metres south of the nave of the Church of St Mary

Group of six headstones. Dated between 1718 and 1781 in memory of members of he Kipping family. All are sandstone upright slabs with variously shaped heads and stand between approximately 800mm and 1.3m high. They all face east and are inscribed with Roman serif upper and lower case lettering. The group is made up of two rows of three headstones.

The best front row left: its head is carved in low relief with a biblical or allegoric scene. It features a bearded figure holding a spade and with his other arm up in resolve against the pleas of a kneeling woman. To left a mother holds a baby with two crosses behind and to right another figure holds a shroud. The inscription begins in Gothic lettering and includes some italics. It records the deaths of Henry Kipping and his wife Grace in 1781 and their daughters Grace (1775) and Sarah (1767).

Front row centre in memory of William Kipping (d. 1781), its head carved with a winged cherub's head amongst flowing foliage. Front row right another good one in memory of Mary Kipping (d. 1777), its head carved with children reading books.

Back row headstones all have curvilinear shaped heads with recessed panels. The left one has projected scrolled ears; it records the death of 17 year old John Kipping in 1732. The middle one is small and narrow and commemorates six year old Ann Kipping (d. 1718). The right one has a double head. It is barely legible and only John Kipping (d. 1734) can be read although it includes his wife and daughter.

Listing NGR: TQ6344949700

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