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

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

Charles Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill, Mansfield, Notts.
Charles Thompson's Grave, Berry Hill, Mansfield, Notts.
This area - 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. His grave is to be found here surrounded by a circular 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 on this mound, 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."
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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  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Primary Subject of Photo
Grave 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5575 5983 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:7.9634N 1:10.0915W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5575 5983
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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