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Description: Tomb of Katherine Babington, Wall and Statues Approx 20 Yds West of Harnham Hall
Date Listed: 22 August 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 238548
OS Grid Reference: NZ0734980440
OS Grid Coordinates: 407349, 580440
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1183, -1.8863
NZ 08 SE
Tomb of Katherine
Babington, wall and
statues approx 20 yds
west of Harnham Hall
Tomb with garden walls and statuary. The tomb is 1670, the walls probably of
similar date, the statues C18. The walls are partly random rubble and partly
bedrock. The tomb, set in the wall has random rubble facade with ashlar door
surround; its interior is cut from the solid rock. Statues sandstone.
Wall, approx 40 yds long and approx 15 fthigh with flat coping and, set on top,
three Janus-headed busts.
To left the tomb. The doorway has continuous chamfered surround with rounded
shoulders. Interior is tunnel-vaulted and has 2 inscriptions; one, in stone,
Here lyeth the Body of Madame Babington
Who was laid in this Sepulchre the 9th of
My time is past as you may see
I viewed the dead as you do me
One day you'll lie as low as I
And some will look on thee.
the other, painted on wood, looks later but is recorded in the early C19.
In hopes of future bliss contented here I lie
Though I would have been pleased to live, yet was not
displeased to die .....
Katherine Babington was a dissenter who is said to have arranged to have the
vicar of Bolam pulled from his pulpit, an act for which she was excommunicated
and denied churchyard burial.
Mackenzie: History of Northumberland, 1825.
Hodgson: History of Northumberland Vol I, Part 2.
Listing NGR: NZ0734980440
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Source: English Heritage
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