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Description: Brass Tomb C.4 Metres South of Chancel of Church of St.john the Evangelist
Date Listed: 14 June 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 112251
OS Grid Reference: NZ2623931457
OS Grid Coordinates: 426239, 531457
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6775, -1.5946
NZ 23 SE SPENNYMOOR FRONT STREET
6/44 (inset) Brass tomb c.4
metres south of
chancel of Church
of St. John the
Chest tomb. To 3 children, John, Jane and Elizabeth Brass, murdered 1683;
tomb restored 1789 'by subscription', in reality by George Wood. Sandstone
ashlar; slab with moulded edges on roll-moulded corner slabs, with rusticated
panels in style of coursed masonry. Long inscription records murder by their
father's servant, Andrew Mills, and his execution and hanging in chains, and
Reader remember Sleeping/we were Slain
And here we sleep till we must/rise again
Whoso sheddeth Man's Blood
By Man shall his Blood be shed
Thou shalt do no murder
Word 'executed" scatched out, supposedly by the culprit's family.
Source: W. Fordyce, History and Antiquities of the County Palatinate of
Durham, 1857, Vol.I, p.581.
Note. Fragment of stone inside church bears part of the original inscription.
Listing NGR: NZ2623931457
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Source: English Heritage
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