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Description: Wall with Remains of Pulpit Approximately 10 Metres to East of Convent Lodge
Date Listed: 26 May 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 255315
OS Grid Reference: SJ7986906584
OS Grid Coordinates: 379869, 306584
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6566, -2.2990
In entry for
6/38 TONG CP NEWPORT ROAD
Wall with remains of
Pulpit approx 10 metres
to East of Convent Lodge
The description shall be amended as follows:
The following sentence beginning in line 10 is to be deleted:
'Former tablet to left not now evident, inscribed: "Posteritati sacrum/impensis/
Geo. Durant AR/1821" ("Dedicated to his descendants at the expense of Geo.
The following items shall be deleted:
Gates, gatepiers and flanking walls at Convent Lodge.
(These were included with the above list entry when originally listed on
26 May 1955.)
SJ 70 NE TONG C.P. NEWPORT ROAD
6/38 Wall with remains of Pulpit
26.5.55 approximately 10 metres to
East of Convent Lodge.
Wall and wall pulpit. Wall dated 1821, pulpit probably 1765, by
'Capability' Brown. Squared and coursed sandstone with ashlar pulpit.
Approximately 40 metres long and 1.5 metres high. 2 groups of triple
quatrefoiled segmental-arched niches with carved spandrels; 8 carved
square panels including butterfly, flower, mitre, crown, circle with
cross, and shields. Alternating pierced Latin and St. Andrew's
crosses (qv. North gates with flanking walls to Tong Castle, Wall at
Tong Norton). Left-hand end pier and approximately 6 metres of the
wall have collapsed but remain in pieces on the ground, including a
square panel with a carved flower; Former tablet to left not now
evident, inscribed: "Posteritati sacrum/impensis/Geo. Durant AR/1821"
("Dedicated to his descendants at the expense of Geo. Durant, 1821").
Right-hand end pier was removed along with circa 1765 gates, gatepiers
and flanking walls,to Marston Road, Wolverhampton in the late 1970's.
Remains of central octagonal wall pulpit with chamfered base and carved
rosette at foot. Superstructure has collapsed but remains in pieces
on the ground to front and back of the wall. A C19 illustration (Griffith)
shows a coping in the form of a serpent at the base of the pulpit, this
is not evident in the collapsed remains. There was a similar structure
on a wall in Tong Norton until it was removed in circa 1890; both pulpits
were probably inspired by the early C14 refectory pulpit at St. Mary's
Abbey Shrewsbury (qv. Convent Lodge, North gates and flanking walls to
Tong Castle, Remains of Tong Castle). N. Pevsner, B.O.E. Shropshire,
p.304; G. Griffith, History of Tong and Boscobel, 1894, pp. 154-61;
D. H. Robinson, The Wandering Worfe, Waine Research Publication, 1980,
pp. 56-7; J. E. Auden, Some erroneous traditions, T.S.A.S. Vol. 49.
Listing NGR: SJ7986906584
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