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Tome Stone Under Centre of Queen Annes Walk

A Grade II Listed Building in Barnstaple, Devon

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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

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


684-1/7/248 (South West side)
19/01/51 Tome Stone under centre of Queen
Anne's Walk
(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
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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