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Latitude: 53.1795 / 53°10'46"N
Longitude: -2.894 / 2°53'38"W
OS Eastings: 340349
OS Northings: 365082
OS Grid: SJ403650
Mapcode National: GBR 79.3RK4
Mapcode Global: WH88F.JB4W
Entry Name: Coplestone Memorial Overleigh New Cemetery
Listing Date: 5 August 2002
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1350324
English Heritage Legacy ID: 490134
Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH4
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Electoral Ward/Division: Handbridge Park
Built-Up Area: Chester
Traditional County: Cheshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire
Church of England Parish: Chester St Mary without the Walls
Church of England Diocese: Chester
05-AUG-02 Coplestone Memorial, Overleigh New Cem
Memorial to Frederick Coplestone. Headstone of Portland stone, 1934, by Eric Gill. Arched upper section with high relief carving of St Francis and the birds; plain raised border. Lower section with inscription panel, with shield, set between pilasters; raised base.
HISTORY: this memorial commemorates Frederick Coplestone CBE, JP (d.1932), a newspaper proprietor, and his son, the submariner Lieutenant-Commander Frederick Lewis Coplestone RN (d. 1914), and his son-in-law Commander A.F. Coplestone-Boughey RN (d.1916 at Jutland). It is a notable work of Eric Gill, displaying his distinctive sculptural style; Gill was a Catholic, and the Franciscan imagery is in keeping with his intense religious views. Fine cemetery monuments of this period are few indeed: this is an outstanding memorial, by the foremost carver of his day.
SOURCES: Chester Chronicle, 15th December 1934; David Peace, 'Eric Gill: The Inscriptions' (1994), 143.
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