Abel Monument About 2 Yards West Of The South Porch Of The Church Of St Mary

14 May 2005
Abel Monument About 2 Yards West Of The South Porch Of The Church Of St Mary, Sarnesfield, Herefordshire
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

SARNESFIELD CP - SO 35 SE 2/91 Abel monument about 2 yards west of the South porch of the Church of St Mary


Chest tomb. Circa 1694, restored 1858 and 1886. Squared sandstone rubble sides with flat moulded chamfered capping and re-cut inscription:

This craggy stone a covering (is for an Architect's bed) That lofty buildings rais'd high (yet now lays low his head) His line and rules so death con (cludes are locked up in stone) Build they who list or they who (wist for he can build no more) His house of clay could hold no longer May Heaven's joy build him astronger

In Memory of

JOHN ABEL (ARCHITECT) who died in the year 1694 in the 97th year of his age.

Vivent vivas in vitam aternam Restored by subscription the year 1858

On the south side is a plaque inscribed:

Restored 1886 by The National Society for Preserving the s Memorials of the dead.

Listing NGR: SO3746250915


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1959 IOE Records taken by Alan Stoyel; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Alan Stoyel. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Stoyel, Alan

Rights Holder: Stoyel, Alan


Rubble, Sandstone, Stuart Chest Tomb, Georgian Religious Ritual And Funerary, Tomb, Funerary Site