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Latitude: 54.6775 / 54°40'39"N
Longitude: -1.5946 / 1°35'40"W
OS Eastings: 426239
OS Northings: 531457
OS Grid: NZ262314
Mapcode National: GBR KG9C.K1
Mapcode Global: WHC53.GPWJ
Entry Name: Brass Tomb Approximately 4 Metres South of Chancel of Church of St John the Evangelist
Listing Date: 14 June 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1121438
English Heritage Legacy ID: 112251
Location: Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16
County: County Durham
Civil Parish: Spennymoor
Built-Up Area: Kirk Merrington
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Merrington
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ 23 SE, 6/44 (inset)
SPENNYMOOR FRONT STREET
Brass tomb c.4 metres south of chancel of Church of St. John the Evangelist
Chest tomb. To 3 children, John, Jane and Elizabeth Brass, murdered 1683;
tomb restored 1789 'by subscription', in reality by George Wood. Sandstone
ashlar; slab with moulded edges on roll-moulded corner slabs, with rusticated
panels in style of coursed masonry. Long inscription records murder by their
father's servant, Andrew Mills, and his execution and hanging in chains, and
Reader remember Sleeping/we were Slain
And here we sleep till we must/rise again
Whoso sheddeth Man's Blood
By Man shall his Blood be shed
Thou shalt do no murder
Word 'executed" scatched out, supposedly by the culprit's family.
Source: W. Fordyce, History and Antiquities of the County Palatinate of
Durham, 1857, Vol. I, p.581.
Note. Fragment of stone inside church bears part of the original inscription.
Listing NGR: NZ2623931457
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