SK5559 : Charles Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill, Mansfield, Notts

taken 8 months ago, near to Forest Town, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Charles Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill, Mansfield, Notts.
Charles Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill, Mansfield, Notts.
The plot of land - said to be the highest point above sea level in Mansfield - hosts the solitary grave of Charles Thompson, an C18th merchant and philanthropist, within an otherwise undeveloped open space. This is a view from Southwell Road West (the A6191). Thompson's grave lies deep beneath the ground surrounded by this stone wall. Although Charles Thompson, a successful cloth trader and local philanthropist (1714-1784), was born in Mansfield he spent much of his life outside of Nottinghamshire and the British Isles. Once, whilst in Lisbon, there was an earthquake and churches, amongst other buildings, tumbled and graves were upturned revealing bones and bodies. Upon his return to Mansfield, and as a result of this incident, Charles apparently decided that he would make arrangements for his body to be buried 18 feet down, so he could rest undisturbed by such occurrences. 33 years after his quake-proof burial here Mansfield, it seems, was struck by a "thoroughly authenticated earthquake of 4.2 on the Richter scale on 17 March 1816." 100-150 metres beyond the grave's circular boundary wall pedestrians find themselves on Berry Hill Lane.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Grassland  Suburb, Urban fringe  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5575 5984 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.9688N 1:10.0914W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5575 5988
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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