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Wills Memorial About 700 Metres South East of Harcombe House

A Grade II Listed Building in Chudleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6195 / 50°37'10"N

Longitude: -3.5672 / 3°34'1"W

OS Eastings: 289231

OS Northings: 81145

OS Grid: SX892811

Mapcode National: GBR P0.BVGG

Mapcode Global: FRA 37FF.D49

Entry Name: Wills Memorial About 700 Metres South East of Harcombe House

Listing Date: 28 April 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1317863

English Heritage Legacy ID: 85271

Location: Chudleigh, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Chudleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Chudleigh St Martin and St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SX 88 SE
1/17 Wills memorial about 700m South
east of Harcombe House


Memorial comprising a table tomb encircled by a low stone rubble wall and iron
railings. 1921. Granite.
An idiosyncratic memorial to Edward Chaning Wills, Bart (q.v. Harcombe House) sited
on unconsecrated ground on a hill top rich in prehistoric cairns. The memorial
combines a conventional table tomb with a low drystone granite rubble wall
reminiscent of a prehistoric memorial, the whole surrounded by iron railings. The
table tomb, erected on a flinty mound is a large dressed granite slab set on 6 rough-
hewn granite blocks. The Wills armorial bearings and crest are carved in high relief
on the granite slab with the text "As God Wills". The inscription, carved in relief
in Lombardic script on the sides of the slab, reads " here lieth the body of Edward
Chaning Wills, second baronet, of Harcombe, Chudleigh, Devon born 25 April 1861 died
14 October 1921". The low granite wall surrounding the mound is designed to look
like an antiquity. The perimeter fence of plain iron railings wih pointed finials
has a single pedestrian gate between iron posts. The trees surrounding the memorial
suggest that it was originally associated with special planting.
The funeral is said locally to have been conducted as a pagan ceremony with a
procession from Harcombe House and the ritual slaughter of Wills' dogs and horse.

Listing NGR: SX8923181145

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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