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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1385371
English Heritage Legacy ID: 485833
Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31
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
SS5533SE THE STRAND
684-1/7/248 (South West side)
19/01/51 Tome Stone under centre of Queen
(Formerly Listed as:
Tome Stone, in centre of front of
Queen Anne's Walk)
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
(Lamplugh L: Barnstaple: 1983-: 56, 155; Baxter J & Baxter J:
Barnstaple Yesterday: 1980-: PL 17).
Listing NGR: SS5569733115
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