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12213


S Tyneside


Whitburn Parish Church, stone coffin


Whitburn


NZ46SW


Religious Ritual and Funerary


Funerary Site


Coffin


Medieval?



Structure


Hutchinson (p. 13) refers to an old stone coffin with a lid bearing a pair of scissors (or shears?) being found during the 1867 restoration of the church, and placed in the churchyard. This is presumably the coffin and lid of coarse sandstone now lying to the east of the south porch. Both have the same distinctive shape with the head semi-circular and slightly shouldered (2m x 0.54m x 0.37m). There is now no trace of any carving on the lid, which is broken into several pieces. The coffin is unusual because the head cavity is almost conical in section. The edges of the lid are rounded. There are no parallels in County Durham. The coffin may be post medieval.


4054


6166


NZ40546166



Peter F. Ryder, 1985, The Medieval Cross Slab Grave Cover in County Durham, Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland Research Report No. 1, p 119; J. Hutchinson, not dated, The Story of the Parish Church, Whitburn

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