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Palmer Headstone About 37m North of the West Tower of the Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Broadwoodwidger, Devon

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Coordinates

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

Entry Name: Palmer Headstone About 37m North of the West Tower of the Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 21 January 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1165023

English Heritage Legacy ID: 90760

Location: Broadwoodwidger, Torridge, Devon, PL16

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Broadwoodwidger

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text

BROADWOODWIDGER BROADWOODWIDGER
SX 48 NW
8/58 Palmer headstone about 37m north of
- the west tower of the Church of St
Nicholas
GV II*
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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