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Parson's Steeple (20 Metres North East Steeple House)

A Grade II Listed Building in West Camel, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0302 / 51°1'48"N

Longitude: -2.6041 / 2°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 357736

OS Northings: 125822

OS Grid: ST577258

Mapcode National: GBR MQ.HG26

Mapcode Global: FRA 56FD.9BP

Plus Code: 9C3V29JW+39

Entry Name: Parson's Steeple (20 Metres North East Steeple House)

Listing Date: 16 August 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1345995

English Heritage Legacy ID: 262761

Location: West Camel, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: West Camel

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Parson's Steeple (20 metres North-east Steeple House)


- II

Commemorative obelisk-type monument. Late C18. Local stone cut and
squared, roughly coursed. Rectangular plan base with sloping buttress on
South side; semi-circular arched deep recess on North side, with impost
corbels, occupying half the total 6 metres height of the monument; taper
starts on East and West sides only from springing level to about 30Omm
width at the top; any termination now missing. In the recess a shaped
niche where the inscription stone, described as "long since lost" in
1953, was set: it read "In memory of Henry Parsons, who died 24th
September 1794 aged 84". Parsons was a noted eccentric who lived at
Naish's Farm (qv), and built this monument during his lifetime,
planting trees and shrubs around it. He was by legend, buried here
without sacred rite: no record exists in the parish registers. (E.M.
Garrett, The Story of West Camel, unpublished MS in Yeovil Reference
Library, 1953).

Listing NGR: ST5773725822

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