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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1329714



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cheshire East

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Gawsworth

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 25-Oct-1985

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 58605

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SJ 87 SE 8890 7019 1/19

GAWSWORTH C.P. (Off) MAGGOTY LANE Maggoty Johnson's Wood Maggoty Johnson's Grave



Table tomb. Dated 1773. Stone slab on C20 brick plinth. Rectangular stone raised on brick base. Inscription reads: Under this Stone/ Rest the remains of Mr SAMUEL JOHNSON/ Afterwards enobled with the grander Title of/ LORD FLAME/ Who, after having been in his Life distinct from other Men/ By the Exentricities of his Genius/ Chose to retain the same character after his Death/ And was at his own Desire buried here May 5th/ A.D. MDCCLXXIII aged 82/ Stay thou whom Chance directs or ease persuades/ To seek the Quiet of these Silven shades/ Here undisturbd hid from Vulgar Eyes/ A Wit. Musician. Poet. Player lies/ A Dancing Master too in Grace he shone/ And all the arts of Opera were his own/ In Comedy well skilled he drew Lord Flame/ Acted the part and gained himself the Name/ Averse to Strife how oft he'd gravely say/ These peaceful Groves should shade his breathless Clay/ That when he rose again laid here alone/ No friend and he should quarrel for a Bone/ Thinking that were some old lame Gossip nigh/ She possibly might take his Leg or Thigh/.

Adjoining this is a second commemorative and admonitory slab. C19. Ashlar on brick foundations. Rectangular stone slightly raised above ground. Inscription reads: If chance hath brought thee here or curious eyes/ To see the spot where this poor jester lies/ Thoughtless jester, even in his death/ Uttering his jibes beyond his latest breath/ O Stranger pause a moment pause and say/ "Tommorrow shouldst thou quit thy house of clay/ where wilt thou be my soul?/ In Paradise?/" Immortal spirit would thou then be blest/ Wailing thy perfect bliss on Abraham's breast/ Boast not of silly art or wit or fame/ Be thou ambitious of a Christian's name/ Seek not thy bodies rest in peaceful grove/ Pray that thy soul may rest in Jesus' love/ O speak not lightly of that dreadful day/ When all must rise in joy or in dismay/ When spirits pure in body glorified/ With Christian heavenly mansions shall abide/ While wicked souls shall hear the Judge's doom/ Go ye accursed into endless gloom/ Look on that stone and this and ponder well/ Then choose twixt Life and Death/ Twixt Heaven and Hell/.

Listing NGR: SJ 88890 70178

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National Grid Reference: SJ8889070178


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