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

taken 1 year ago, near to Forest Town, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill Lane, Mansfield, Notts.
Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill Lane, 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 the entrance to the site from Berry Hill Lane. His grave lies deep beneath the ground in the area - ahead - surrounded by the stone wall ahead. Although Charles Thompson, a successful cloth trader and local philanthropist (1714-1784), who 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 Southwell Road West.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Grassland  Suburb, Urban fringe  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Gateway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5573 5972 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.9042N 1:10.1106W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5573 5972
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