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A canopied tomb in the decorated Gothic style with a carved recumbent figure of the saintly heroine holding a stone oar by her side. Carved relief seaweed forms the decoration under the mattress on which she lies. The tomb, commemorating Grace Darling (1815–1842), has three arches supported by metal colonettes and is topped by metal finials. The figure of Grace Darling suffered erosion from the effects of the sea, and was replaced, by the same artist, Charles Raymond Smith, in 1885.
Portland stone, sandstone & cast iron
H 300 x W 300 x D 125 cm
commissioned by public subscription
Tomb or mausoleum
Grace Darling Memorial Charitable Trust
Grade II* (England and Wales)
at all times
incised in Roman letters on the base on the east face: worn lettering, indecipherable, followed by 1838; incised in Roman letters on base on west face: C. R.SMITH; incised in Gothic letters on the north face: Died–20th Oct 1842–Aged 26 years; incised in Gothic letters on the south face: Grace Horsley Darling Born–24th Novr 1815; raised Roman letters on bronze plaque on base on the south face: GRACE HORSLEY DARLING / BORN–NOV. 24TH 1815 / DIED–OCT. 1842 / AGED 26 YEARS