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Pair of Headstones About 9 Metres South West of the Nave of the Church of St Andrew

A Grade II Listed Building in Yarnscombe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9938 / 50°59'37"N

Longitude: -4.0512 / 4°3'4"W

OS Eastings: 256144

OS Northings: 123600

OS Grid: SS561236

Mapcode National: GBR KR.KMHZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 26DH.9HC

Plus Code: 9C2QXWVX+GG

Entry Name: Pair of Headstones About 9 Metres South West of the Nave of the Church of St Andrew

Listing Date: 16 February 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1168205

English Heritage Legacy ID: 91895

Location: Yarnscombe, Torridge, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Yarnscombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Yarnscombe St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 56 23
13/279 Pair of headstones about 9 metres
- south west of the nave of the
Church of St Andrew


Pair of headstones or footstones. Probably early C19. Slate. Pair of square-headed
headstones without dates or names but inscribed with long verses. The southern stone
has a border, the verse written as from a dead women to her family: ... "Pray be
cool, do not lament/All must submit you see/When God doth please your life to
call/Come here and sleep by me". The northern headstone has quarter suns cut in each
corner and the verse eulogises a dead man, including "Now like the sun set in eclipse
he lies/And like the sun is soon again to rise".
The tradition of stones with verses with neither name nor date is also found at St
Giles in the Wood, the neighbouring parish. The earliest examples are probably C18.

Listing NGR: SS5614423600

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