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Tome Stone Under Centre of Queen Annes Walk

A Grade II Listed Building in Barnstaple, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0792 / 51°4'45"N

Longitude: -4.0614 / 4°3'41"W

OS Eastings: 255697

OS Northings: 133115

OS Grid: SS556331

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.DBY3

Mapcode Global: FRA 26C8.KK1

Entry Name: Tome Stone Under Centre of Queen Annes Walk

Listing Date: 19 January 1951

Last Amended: 29 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385371

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485833

Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Barnstaple

Built-Up Area: Barnstaple

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Barnstaple St Peter and St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


BARNSTAPLE

SS5533SE THE STRAND
684-1/7/248 (South West side)
19/01/51 Tome Stone under centre of Queen
Anne's Walk
(Formerly Listed as:
THE STRAND
Tome Stone, in centre of front of
Queen Anne's Walk)

GV II

Stone used for striking merchants' bargains. Early C17, on a
baluster probably of 1909. Round, weathered flat-topped stone
with 3 names incised round its edge; these have been
mutilated, but are believed to read IOH(N DEL)BRIDG MAIER
(RIC)HARD FERIS XM NIC(HOL)AS DELBRIDGE ALDERMAN. 4 oval
recesses have been cut into the top of the edge, apparently at
random, destroying part of the inscription. The stone is set
between 2 columns of Queen Anne's Walk (qv) and protected by
C20 railings front and back.
Richard Feris was mayor in 1632 and John Delbridge in 1633;
However, the XM is difficult to decipher and a John Delbridge
was also mayor in 1600 and 1615. The first reference to a tome
stone appears to be in 1606. A very rare and significant
survival, other examples surviving outside the Exchange in
Bristol.
(Lamplugh L: Barnstaple: 1983-: 56, 155; Baxter J & Baxter J:
Barnstaple Yesterday: 1980-: PL 17).

Listing NGR: SS5569733115

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