Description: Danvers Tomb at Church of St Leonard
Date Listed: 1 June 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 189144
OS Grid Reference: SK5552312834
OS Grid Coordinates: 455523, 312834
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7103, -1.1796
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SWITHLAND MAIN STREET (South Side)
SK 51 SE
4/88 Danvers Tomb at Church of
Large table tomb of 1745. By John Hind. Slate with brass inscriptions and
wrought iron railings with alternating straight and spear head finials and
urn corners. E. of E. end of Church. To Sir John and Lady Danvers and 1/3
outside churchyard and so that Sir John's dog could be buried with him.
Block-shaped sarcophagus of the finest quality with 2 reliefs illustrating
accompanying texts: 'When young I sailed to India, east and west, But aged
in this port must lye at rest': a ship and a church under a hill; and
'Be cheerful, O man, and labour to live, The merciful God a blessing will
give:' ploughing and building. Swithland with its slate pits was the centre
of the slate-engraving craft and the tombstone trade flourished in the C18 and
C19. The Hind family was prominent and is commemorated in further table tombs
in the churchyard.
Listing NGR: SK5552312834
Source: English Heritage
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