The Friends of St Laurence

Thomas Blackwell tomb repairs

Published: June, 2022

The large and currently unsightly, dilapidated double stone tomb chest in the churchyard is the grave of Thomas Blackwell who died in 1779 when he reputedly weighed 32 ½ stone. The work of restoring the tomb involves cataloguing, dismantling and cleaning of each individual broken piece of stone before using stainless steel rods to stitch them back together for re-assembly. It will be a great day when we are finally allowed to remove the orange plastic netting that has shrouded the tomb for many years!

We are very grateful to The Leche Trust for their kind donation of £2000 towards this project.

Cracked stone slabs

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