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Latitude: 54.6729 / 54°40'22"N
Longitude: -1.8044 / 1°48'15"W
OS Eastings: 412712
OS Northings: 530882
OS Grid: NZ127308
Mapcode National: GBR HGVD.4P
Mapcode Global: WHC50.8T02
Entry Name: Mainprise Tomb Circa 10 Metres South West of Church of St James
Listing Date: 26 November 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1121614
English Heritage Legacy ID: 111877
Location: Hamsterley, County Durham, DL13
County: County Durham
Civil Parish: Hamsterley
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Hamsterley
Church of England Diocese: Durham
11/75 (inset) Mainprise tomb circa
10 metes south-west
of Church of St.
Headstone. Circa 1785 to John Mainprise of South-side and members of his
family to 1820. Sandstone ashlar slab c. 1.4 metres high, with shaped top.
Pecked top panel with low-relief paired skulls under winged head and crown
with motto ITA VITA. Acanthus and palm leaves at sides over incised scrolled
wing heads flanking Greek inscription. Long, well-cut inscription begins
'What lies buried & neglected/beneath your feet contiguous to this Stone/was
formerly JOHN MAINPRISE'. Rear inscription in Hebrew and verse 'Consider Man
weigh well they Frame/The King the Beggar are the Same/Dust form'd us all,
each breathes his Day, Then sinks into his native Clay'. Eroded line of Greek
below, and inscriptions to other members of family.
Listing NGR: NZ1271230882
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