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Chest tomb approximately 11 metres south east of chancel of Church of St Swithun

A Grade II Listed Building in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8515 / 51°51'5"N

Longitude: -2.2718 / 2°16'18"W

OS Eastings: 381376

OS Northings: 217021

OS Grid: SO813170

Mapcode National: GBR 0JT.VWP

Mapcode Global: VH94B.KQVJ

Plus Code: 9C3VVP2H+H7

Entry Name: Chest tomb approximately 11 metres south east of chancel of Church of St Swithun

Listing Date: 15 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1271740

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472436

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2

County: Gloucestershire

District: Gloucester

Town: Gloucester

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hempsted with Gloucester, Saint Mary de Lode and Saint Mary de Crypt

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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ST SWITHUN'S ROAD, (north side (off))
Chest tomb approximately 11 metres south east of chancel of Church of St Swithun

Chest tomb of Captain John Freeman, an officer in the Royalist army, in the churchyard of the Church of St Swithun (qv). Mid C17. A chest of dressed and carved stone slabs. The cover slab with projecting moulded edges is supported on a slab at each end, carved with projecting, foliated volutes and a central escutcheon in an oval, foliated frame relief, and a slab on each side with volutes carved in low relief at the ends. On the south side slab a Latin inscription which in translation reads: "Here lieth John Freeman, Captain of Horse, son of John Freeman, of Bushley, in the County of Worcester, Gentleman, pierced through by the stroke of a gunner's bullet at the siege of Gloucester, in the camp of the King".

John Freeman said to have been killed during a sortie by the Parliamentary defenders of the city in 1643, it is believed that his funeral was attended by Charles I.

Listing NGR: SO8137617021

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