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On the 1604 trail

Aug 24th Day 9 - 1604

Day 2 August 13th - stone slab 164

Readers of  GP churchonline will be familiar with the rectangular stone that was found in the tower base. We originally thought it had the numbers 164 on it – which it has, but later found a small o between the  6 and 4 making it 1604. You can just make it out in the top picture.

Our venerable historian Bert has been doing a bit of research through his collection of wills from Gp and wonders if it could be a coffin lid or stone marker for one ” Dr Belley” who was vicar general to the Bishop of Lincoln and died in Great Paxton Bert thinks in 1604. He lived in a manor house in the village with his wife and family and both his and his wife’s will give details of what  they bequeathed to their children – a son and three girls.  Maybe this important gentleman was buried in the tower base – or his stone later moved there? Bert is off to a record office next week to check out the details in the burial  register…. fascinating.

Our contractors are having a well earned rest till Thursday when they will be  back on site.

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