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Brass Tomb Approximately 4 Metres South of Chancel of Church of St John the Evangelist

A Grade II Listed Building in Kirk Merrington, County Durham

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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

Grade: II

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

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Listing Text

NZ 23 SE, 6/44 (inset)

(North side)
Kirk Merrington

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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