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John Hampden (c.1595–1643)
1911 or before
H 340 x W 170 x D 170 cm (E);
Plinth: H 510 x W 170 x D 170 cm (E)
gift from an anonymous Buckinghamshire family represented by James Griffin
Grade II (England and Wales)
22nd June 1911
at all times
front bronze plaque: IN COMMEMORATION OF THE / CORONATION OF THEIR MAJESTIES / KING GEORGE V & QUEEN MARY / 22nd JUNE 1911 / THIS STATUE WAS PRESENTED / TO THE COUNTY OF BUCKINGHAM / BY JAMES GRIFFIN / OF FOLLY FARM / LONG MARSDON / THE REPRESENTATIVE / OF AN OLD BUCKS FAMILY; rear bronze plaque: JOHN HAMPDEN / BORN 1594. DIED 1693 / MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WENDOVER 1625-1629. / FOR BUCKS 1640-1643. / HE TOOK PART IN THE BATTLE OF AYLESBURY 1st NOVEMBER1642 AND WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED ON CHARLGROVE FEILD 8th JUNE 1643. HE DIED AT THE GREYHOUND INN AT THAME 24th JUNE, AND WAS LAID TO REST IN GREAT HAMPDEN CHURCH 25th JUNE 1643. / MR JOHN HAMPDEN WAS ONE THAT FRIENDS AND ENEMIES ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE MOST EMINENT FOR PRUDENCE, PIETY, AND PEACEABLE COUNSELS HAVING THE MOST UNIVERSAL PRAISE OF ANY GENTLEMAN THAT I REMEMBER OF THAT AGE.” / RICHARD BAXTER. 1615-1691; inscription on Hampden Jewel: “AGAINST MY KING I DO NOT FIGHT / BUT FOR MY KING AND KINGDOM’S RIGHT.”; inscription on front stone reads:THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID / BY THE DONER MR JAMES GRIFFIN / ON THE CORONATION DAY OF / KING GEORGE & QUEEN MARY / JUNE 22nd 1911; inscription on back stone: THIS FINE STATUE WITH ITS / PEDESTAL AND STEPS WAS MOVED / TO THIS POSITION OF PROMINENCE / FROM ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION / AT THE TOP OF THE MARKET SQUARE / FEBRUARY / APRIL 1988