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Tomb of John Tradescant and His Family in St Mary's Churchyard, Lambeth

Description: Tomb of John Tradescant and His Family in St Mary's Churchyard

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 March 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 204424

OS Grid Reference: TQ3062678998
OS Grid Coordinates: 530626, 178998
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4948, -0.1197

Location: 222 Lambeth Road, Lambeth, Greater London SE1 7JY

Locality: Lambeth
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SE1 7JY

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Listing Text

1. (north side)

Tomb of John Tradescant
and his family in
St Mary's Churchyard
TQ 3079 4/1089


1662 hard sandstone sarcophagus with high relief carvings on all four sides depicting
classical and Egyptian ruins, trees on the four corners and other flora and fauna
including a mythical hydra on one end. The lid slab of 1853 records the date
of the original tomb, its repair in 1773 and final restoration in 1853 with a
poem in honour of John Tradescant and his son who sought out and collected "what
is rare in land and sea in air". The Tradescants were gardeners to Charles I;
Lambeth residents, they travelled widely and returned with many botanical discoveries;
they established a physic garden in South Lambeth and their collections subsequently
went to the Ashmolean Museum.

Listing NGR: TQ3062678998

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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