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Dicky Pearce Monument,about 7m North-East of Phillips Monument in Churchyard of Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade II Listed Building in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6896 / 51°41'22"N

Longitude: -2.4573 / 2°27'26"W

OS Eastings: 368483

OS Northings: 199076

OS Grid: ST684990

Mapcode National: GBR JX.4NLL

Mapcode Global: VH87K.CS8N

Entry Name: Dicky Pearce Monument,about 7m North-East of Phillips Monument in Churchyard of Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 9 September 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1090613

English Heritage Legacy ID: 132258

Location: Berkeley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL13

County: Gloucestershire

District: Stroud

Civil Parish: Berkeley

Built-Up Area: Berkeley

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Berkeley St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text

ST 69 NE BERKELEY CHURCH LANE
(Inset, Section E) (south side)

10/117 Dicky Pearce m.onument, about 7m
north-east of Phillips Monument in
churchyard of Church of St. Mary the
Virgin.

GV II


Chest tomb, Dicky Pearce, died 1725. Limestone. Flat top in two
layers, top layer with tooled edge, lower layer roll moulded.
Tooled plinth and base in elongated octagon. Recessed arched panels
on all faces, with coats of arms to east and west and inscriptions
to north and south. The so-called "Jester's Tomb". Dicky Pearce
was the Berkeley Court Jester killed in revelry at the Castle
(q.v.) in 1725, although the tomb verse inscription gives the date
of death wrongly as 1728. Inscription in capitals on north side as
follows: "Here lies the Earl of Suffolk's fool/ Men call'd him
Dicky Pearce;/ His folly serv'd to make folks laugh, /When wit and
mirth were scarce./ Poor Dick Alas! is dead and gone./ What
signifies to cry?/ Dickys enough are still behind/ To laugh at by
and by./ Buried XVIII June MDCC XXVIII/ Aged LXIII years."


Listing NGR: ST6848399076

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