Danvers Tomb at Church of St Leonard, Main Street, Swithland (Grade II*)

Geo: 52.7103, -1.1796
Date ListedWed 1st June, 1966
CategoryStatutory Listed Building
AddressDanvers Tomb at Church of St Leonard Main Street Swithland LE12 8TJ
GradeGrade II*
Grid ReferenceSK5552312834
Volume, Map, Item286, 4, 88
WardRothley & Thurcaston
Conservation AreaSwithland

Large table tomb of 1745, by John Hind. Slate with brass inscriptions and wrought iron railings with alternating straight and spear head finials and urn corners. E of E end of Church. To Sir John and Lady Danvers and a third outside churchyard and so that Sir John?s dog could be buried with him. Block shaped sarcophagus of the finest quality with two reliefs illustrating accompanying texts: ?When you I sailed to India, east and west, But aged in this port must lye at rest?: a ship and a church under a hill; and ?Be cheerful, O man, and labour to live, The merciful God a blessing will give:? ploughing and building. Swithland with its slate pits was the centre of the slate engraving craft and the tombstone trade flourished in the C18 and C19. The Hind family was prominent and is commemorated in further table tombs in the churchyard.

The description above describes the salient features of the building as it was at the date of listing. It is given in order to aid identification; it is not intended to be either comprehensive or exclusive.

Statutory Listing covers all parts of the property and its curtilage, ie all internal and external elements whether described or not.