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Houghton-le-Spring, Tomb of Bernard Gilpin



Religious Ritual and Funerary


Altar Tomb

Post Medieval



The tomb is located in the south transept of St. Michael and All Angels Church. It is a freestone altar tomb with ornamental circular and square chainwork on the long sides, the Gilpin arms of a boar and oak tree on the west face. The inscription reads 'BERNARD GILPIN RECTOR HVIVS ECCLIOE OBIIT QVARTO DIE MARTII AN DOM 1583' {Bernard Gilpin, Rector of this Church, died on the 4th day of March in the year of Our Lord 1583}. The epitaph reads 'SEE HERE HIS DUST SHUT UP WHOSE GENEROUS MIND NO STOP BEFORE IN HONOUR'S PATH COULD FINDE. TRUTH, FAITH AND JUSTICE, AND A LOYALL HEART IN HIM SHOW'D NATURE, WHICH IN MOST IS ART'. Bernard Gilpin known as 'the Apostle of the North' was Houghton rector from 1558 to his death in 1583. He was knocked over by an ox in Durham Market Place. He became sick in February 1583 and died on 4 March. In 1884 (should actually have been 1883) a 300th anniversary clock was installed on the church.




Paul Lanagan, 2011, Bernard Gilpin's Tomb,; Eva Carter, 1947, Tales of the North Country; Paul Brown, 1938, The Third Friday Book of North Country Sketches; Robert Surtees, 1908, History and Antiquities of the County of Durham; Georgina Battiscombe, 1947, Bernard Gilpin

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