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Darnley Chest Tomb About 3 Metres North of the Vestry of the Church of St Lawrence

A Grade II Listed Building in Bidborough, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1668 / 51°10'0"N

Longitude: 0.2373 / 0°14'14"E

OS Eastings: 556520

OS Northings: 143213

OS Grid: TQ565432

Mapcode National: GBR MPC.SYQ

Mapcode Global: VHHQ6.2X9Y

Entry Name: Darnley Chest Tomb About 3 Metres North of the Vestry of the Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1248828

English Heritage Legacy ID: 430578

Location: Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3

County: Kent

District: Tunbridge Wells

Civil Parish: Bidborough

Built-Up Area: Southborough

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: St Peter with Christ Church and St Matthew Southborough and St Lawrence Bidborough

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


11/8 Darnley chest tomb
about 3m north of the
vestry of the Church of
St Lawrence


Chest tomb. Circa 1803, by Sir Richard Westmacott (Pevsner, 2nd edn., 1976),
restored in 1956 (Skinner). Portland stone.

An elegant sarcophagus raised on stone blocks, the chest with shallow diagonal
reeding and a moulded lid. Scrolls decorate each end of the lid with, in the
centre of each scroll, a finely carved life-size putto head with wings carved
back over the chest and meeting tip to tip. Rectangular inscription panels on
the long sides of the sarcophagus, roundels at each end. The main inscription
commemorates Mary, Countess of Darnley, died 1803. The Dowager Countess of
Darnley lived at Great Bounds (demolished) in Bidborough parish from 1790
until her death. She paid for a west gallery in the church "for the use of
the children of the Sunday School", which survived until the addition of the
south aisle in 1876.

A very high quality churchyard monument.

Newman, John. West Kent and the Weald. Buildings of England series (1976

Skinner, F.A., Bidborough, a Parish History (1986 edn.).

Listing NGR: TQ5652043213

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