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Tablet in the Wall of the Vicarage Garden, Kirdford

Description: Tablet in the Wall of the Vicarage Garden

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 May 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 300565

OS Grid Reference: TQ0183126633
OS Grid Coordinates: 501831, 126633
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0301, -0.5492

Location: Kirdford, West Sussex RH14 0ND

Locality: Kirdford
Local Authority: Chichester District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: RH14 0ND

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Listing Text


Tablet in the Wall of
the Vicarage Garden


Memorial tablet. This tablet was erected in the south-west angle of the wall of the
Vicarage Garden at the nearest point to the former Black Bear Inn in 1850 by the then
Vicar of Kirdford, the Rev J F Cole, who found a slip of paper in the Vicarage Garden
with these words on it:-
"Degradation of drunkenness. There is no sin which doth more deface God's image
than drunkenness. It disguiseth a person and doth even unman Him. Drunkenness
makes him have the throat of a fish, the belly of a swine and the head of an
ass. Drunkenness is the shame of nature, the extinguisher of reason, the
shipwreck of charity and the murder of conscience. Drunkenness is hurtful to
the body. The cup kills more than the cannon. It causes dropsies, cartarrhs,
apoplexies. It fills the eye with fire, and the legs with water, and turns the
body into a hospital."

Listing NGR: TQ0183026632

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Source: English Heritage

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