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Mainprise Tomb Circa 10 Metres South West of Church of St James

A Grade II Listed Building in Hamsterley, County Durham

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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

Grade: II

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

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Listing Text

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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