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Hopper Tomb Approximately 2 Metres South of Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barnard Castle, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.5416 / 54°32'29"N

Longitude: -1.9233 / 1°55'23"W

OS Eastings: 405061

OS Northings: 516265

OS Grid: NZ050162

Mapcode National: GBR HH0X.DQ

Mapcode Global: WHB4L.F3DN

Entry Name: Hopper Tomb Approximately 2 Metres South of Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 29 January 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201335

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388789

Location: Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Barnard Castle

Built-Up Area: Barnard Castle

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Barnard Castle with Whorlton

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


770-1/6/160 (South side (off))
29/01/86 Hopper tomb approximately 2 metres
south of Church of St Mary


Chest tomb to George Hopper of Black Hedley, Northumberland,
d.1725. Sandstone ashlar. Richly carved and moulded. Plinth
with ovolo and cavetto mouldings supports 4 angle piers, with
plinths and cornices, and intermediate slabs on north and
south sides. Piers have symbolic foliage and flowers; side
piers rise as niches into sides of chest, with flanking and
end carved panels. North niche contains high relief figure of
gentleman in detailed early C18 dress with sidecoat and hat,
and masks, possibly portraits, on returns of pier; south niche
contains skeleton. Chest panels on north have memento mori
with knots, tassels and drapery, and elaborate initials;
inscriptions on north: `Here stands my statue carved in stone/
to mind ye liveing I am gone' and `he cometh forth like a
flower and it...'. On west: `Blessed are the dead who die in
the Lord/ I know that my redeemer liveth'; on east carved
flowers; south niche has eroded inscription round skeleton;
coat of arms at left; and angels with trumpets and crown at
right, and `Revelations Chapter 2.v.10 - 'be thou faithfull
unto death and I will give thee a crown of life'. Gadroon
moulded cornice to top with enriched corded moulding to edge,
and raised fielded top with acanthus leaves and putti on wide
border; inscription: 'Here lyeth the body of George Son of
Humphrey Hopper of Black Headly in Northumberland and
Derwentwater, Gentleman, who departed this life March the 30th
A.D. 1725 aged 23.'

Listing NGR: NZ0506116265

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