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Description: Dicky Pearce Monument,about 7m North-East of Phillips Monument in Churchyard of Church of St Mary th
Date Listed: 9 September 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 132258
OS Grid Reference: ST6848399076
OS Grid Coordinates: 368483, 199076
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6896, -2.4573
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ST 69 NE BERKELEY CHURCH LANE
(Inset, Section E) (south side)
10/117 Dicky Pearce m.onument, about 7m
north-east of Phillips Monument in
churchyard of Church of St. Mary the
Chest tomb, Dicky Pearce, died 1725. Limestone. Flat top in two
layers, top layer with tooled edge, lower layer roll moulded.
Tooled plinth and base in elongated octagon. Recessed arched panels
on all faces, with coats of arms to east and west and inscriptions
to north and south. The so-called "Jester's Tomb". Dicky Pearce
was the Berkeley Court Jester killed in revelry at the Castle
(q.v.) in 1725, although the tomb verse inscription gives the date
of death wrongly as 1728. Inscription in capitals on north side as
follows: "Here lies the Earl of Suffolk's fool/ Men call'd him
Dicky Pearce;/ His folly serv'd to make folks laugh, /When wit and
mirth were scarce./ Poor Dick Alas! is dead and gone./ What
signifies to cry?/ Dickys enough are still behind/ To laugh at by
and by./ Buried XVIII June MDCC XXVIII/ Aged LXIII years."
Listing NGR: ST6848399076
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