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
© 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