Monday, 13 June 2016
When William Squires died in 1781 he had amassed a small fortune, for his time. in excess of £600. He ordered that part of the sum should be used to build an impressive tomb to house his corpse. He intended that the remainder should be used to educate the local poor, but there was so little left over from the creation of his monument that his good intentions failed to reach fruition.
The 20 feet high monument is elaborately carved with many different symbols and it is thought that it was once painted to look like marble, and gilded.
It was added to the Buildings at Risk Register in 1998 but a programme of repairs and restoration in 2014 mean that it was removed from the register in 2015.
It's Grade II* listed.