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Row of 5 Diamond Headstones, 6 Footstones and 2 Bodystones About 10 Metres West of the West Door of the Church of All Saints

A Grade II Listed Building in Brenchley, Kent

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Latitude: 51.15 / 51°8'59"N

Longitude: 0.3998 / 0°23'59"E

OS Eastings: 567941

OS Northings: 141707

OS Grid: TQ679417

Mapcode National: GBR NR2.ZWF

Mapcode Global: VHJMX.WC78

Plus Code: 9F3249XX+XW

Entry Name: Row of 5 Diamond Headstones, 6 Footstones and 2 Bodystones About 10 Metres West of the West Door of the Church of All Saints

Listing Date: 24 August 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250005

English Heritage Legacy ID: 432239

Location: Brenchley, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Brenchley

Built-Up Area: Brenchley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Brenchley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

Tagged with: Tombstone

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(south side)
15/107 Row of 5 Diamond headstones,
6 footstones and 2 bodystones
about 10m west of the west door
of the Church of All Saints

5 headstones, 6 footstones and 2 bodystones. Late C18 and early C19.
Freestone. A good group of memorials commemorating members of the same
family. The headstones are in a row, running south to north. The
southernmost commemorates Mary Diamond, died 1787 and other members of the
family with 2 footstones at the base. The headstone has an elaborately
moulded head carved with a cherub and a resurrected soul represented as a body
floating out of a coffin. The next headstone to the north has a scrolled head
and commemorates Ann Diamond, died 1828, with 2 footstones. The next
headstone to the north has a shaped head and a relief carving of cherubs and a
skull and crossbones. It commemorates Joseph Diamond, died 1753. The next
headstone to the north commemorates Frances Diamond, died 1791. The scrolled
head has a carving in relief showing a woman mourning over a tomb, a book, a
serpent eating its tail representing eternity, an inverted torch, a trumpet
and the eye of God. The northernmost headstone commemorates Joseph Diamond,
died 1804, with 2 bodystones. The head has a central oval panel flanked by
scrolls and includes a relief carving of a chalice.

An interesting group illustrating a variety of late C18 emblems of death.

Listing NGR: TQ6794141709

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