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Latitude: 50.6808 / 50°40'50"N
Longitude: -4.2503 / 4°15'1"W
OS Eastings: 241114
OS Northings: 89207
OS Grid: SX411892
Mapcode National: GBR NR.6D2J
Mapcode Global: FRA 17Z8.PZL
Plus Code: 9C2QMPJX+8V
Entry Name: Palmer Headstone About 37m North of the West Tower of the Church of St Nicholas
Listing Date: 21 January 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1165023
English Heritage Legacy ID: 90760
Location: Broadwoodwidger, Torridge, Devon, PL16
Civil Parish: Broadwoodwidger
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX 48 NW
8/58 Palmer headstone about 37m north of
- the west tower of the Church of St
Headstone. Late C18. "engraved by William Ambrose, Stowford" carved on the back.
Slate segmental-headed headstone commemorating Thomas Palmer, died 1789.
Delightfully detailed carving of 3 scenes in the head . In the centre death as a
skeleton holding an arrow draws aside the bed curtain of the bed where the dying man
lies with "welcome death" inscribed on a scroll emerging from his mouth. A clock is
carved above the scene with the verse "Let every youth prepared be/least death should
strike so young as me/". Scenes on either side show angels consoling Thomas Palmer's
parents with inscribed scrolls: the right-hand scene has a dialogue with the kneeling
father whose scroll is inscribed "Oh my son", the angel's scroll with "grieve not for
it is the Lords doing". The verse below the inscription includes "Just in my
youthful blooming age/God took me from this earthly stage/It was by a putrid Fever
sore/Not long when seiz'd before I was no more/". A particularly attractive example
of a highly personalized headstone of rustic craftsmanship.
Listing NGR: SX4111689191
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