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Chest Tomb 30 Metres South of Chancel of Church of St Thomas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bovey Tracey, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5952 / 50°35'42"N

Longitude: -3.6673 / 3°40'2"W

OS Eastings: 282084

OS Northings: 78604

OS Grid: SX820786

Mapcode National: GBR QM.GZFL

Mapcode Global: FRA 376H.H2M

Entry Name: Chest Tomb 30 Metres South of Chancel of Church of St Thomas

Listing Date: 3 July 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1097432

English Heritage Legacy ID: 84488

Location: Bovey Tracey, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

Civil Parish: Bovey Tracey

Built-Up Area: Bovey Tracey

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bovey Tracey St Peter, St Paul and St Thomas

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SX 8278

12/45 Chest tomb 30 metres south of
- chancel of Church of St Thomas


Chest tomb. 1655. Granite ashlar. The chest has an inscription on the front, a
coat-of-arms at the east end, and a skull and crossbones at the west end. The
gable-ended cap carries another coat-of-arms and an inscription on the front; at
the east end is a thistle and at the west end a rose. On its ridge are 3 squat
obelisks, the centre one carved with a mermaid, the left-hand one with a flower and the right-hand one with a thistle. The tomb commemorates Maria Forbes (d.1655), wife of a former vicar, James Forbes, ejected from the living during the Commonwealth. The tomb is not in its original position. In 1826 it was said to be 'near the south-west wall of the church' and a drawing of 1836 shows it just south of the south-east corner of the south aisle.
Sources: Church guidebook, 1984, p.11. G P Jones, 'Notes on Bovey Tracey', 1826
(typescript in Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter, p.13). Annie Croker's sketchbook, p.8 (Devon Record Office, 2160A add. 14/PZI.)

Listing NGR: SX8208478604

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