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Yarrell Tombs and Railings of Enclosure 20 Metres to North West of Nave

A Grade II Listed Building in Bayford, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7631 / 51°45'47"N

Longitude: -0.1041 / 0°6'14"W

OS Eastings: 530938

OS Northings: 208854

OS Grid: TL309088

Mapcode National: GBR KC2.JHJ

Mapcode Global: VHGPN.4YV9

Plus Code: 9C3XQV7W+69

Entry Name: Yarrell Tombs and Railings of Enclosure 20 Metres to North West of Nave

Listing Date: 20 April 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1176682

English Heritage Legacy ID: 160628

Location: Bayford, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG13

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Bayford

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Bayford

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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5/20 Yarrell Tombs and Railings
of enclosure
20M to NW of nave


Group of tombstones in railed enclosure. To members of Yarrell family
Frances d.1794, Harriot d.1796, Sarah d.1796, Francis d.1812, 7 infants
of Frances, and finally William Yarrell 1784-1856 VPLS, FZS, eminent
Victorian zoologist and author of A History of British Birds and
A History of British Fishes, buried 8 Sept 1856. White limestone head
and foot stones, sandstone headstone to William Yarrell, stone weathered
curb and original cast iron railings. 9 graves closely grouped in
rectangular railed enclosure. Rounded recumbent stone over graves in
middle of W row and middle row. Headstones to similar pattern with
moulded segmental top with paterae. Cruciform iron spears with pointed
bulbous tops in 5 bays to long sides and 3-bays to each end. Fluted
square standards surmounted by fluted urns. William Yarrell left £500 in
his will for upkeep of the family graves which survive unusually
complete with railings. Executors put up inscription in church, gave
surplus money to poor of parish, and erected a wall memorial to Yarrell
near N aisle of St. James' Church, Piccadilly, with a portrait medallion
and 2 Bewick swans as supporters, a bird he discovered and named after
his favourite engraver. (HJCK William Yarrell 1784-1856 1984, Bayford -
pamphlet available at church).

Listing NGR: TL3093808854

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