Description: Tomb of Nicholas Wood, 32 Metres to South of Church of St Nicholas
Date Listed: 15 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 303162
OS Grid Reference: NZ3534347331
OS Grid Coordinates: 435343, 547331
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8196, -1.4515
NZ 34NE HETTON FRONT STREET (east side)
8/6 Tomb of Nicholas Wood,
32 metres to south of
Church of St. Nicholas.
Tomb, c.1855. Sandstone, Gothic style altar tomb. 3 cusped-arched panels by
one, flanked by coped buttresses supporting frieze, with simple flower decoration,
and cornice. Inscriptions 'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF MARIA FOSTER, WIFE OF
NICHOLAS WOOD ESQ. OF HETTON-LE-HOLE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY 24, 1855
AGED 56 YEARS' 'ALSO OF THE ABOVE NICHOLAS WOOD F.R.S. WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 1865 AGED 70 YEARS'. Historical note : Nicholas Wood was engineer to
the Hetton Coal Company, at whose Minor Pit in 1820 was sunk the first shaft to
reach the coal beneath the limestone of Durham. With George Stephenson he
designed the Hetton railway, opened in 1822, to transport the coal to the Wear;
in 1825 his A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads and Interior Communications in
General was published.
Listing NGR: NZ3534347331
Source: English Heritage
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