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Tomb of Amon Wilds

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Location

Street:Church Street
Town:Brighton
Parish:Brighton
Council:Brighton & Hove City Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN1
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Object setting:Outside building
and in:Religious
Access is:Public
Location note:In the eastern churchyard of the Parish Church of St. Nicholas
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:162
Grid reference:E7
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.
OS Reference:TQ3104

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Makers

Name : Amon Henry Wilds
     Role:Designer

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General Information

Commissioned by: Amon Henry Wilds
Installation date:1833
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Parish Church of St. Nicholas. Brighton.
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Building listing:II
Description:A rectangular brick and stone base with a tall table-tomb surmounted by a large scrolled moulding with a shell niche flanked by paterae. There are inscriptions on the face and on the rear of the tomb and the whole structure is tightly surrounded by a rusting metal railing.
Inscription:On the front of the tomb:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / MR. AMON WILDS / DIED SEPTEMBER 12TH 1833 AGED 71 YEARS / A REMARKABLE INCIDENT ACCOMPANIES THE PERIOD AT WHICH THIS GENTLEMAN CAME TO SETTLE IN BRIGHTON / THROUGH HIS ABILITIES AND TASTE THE ORDER OF THE ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE OF BUILDINGS IN BRIGHTON / MAY BE DATED TO HAVE CHANGED FROM ITS ANTIQUATED SIMPLICITY AND RUSTICITY; AND ITS IMPROVEMENTS / HAVE SINCE PROGRESSIVELY INCREASED. HE WAS A MAN OF EXTENSIVE GENIUS AND TALENT AND IN HIS / REPUTATION FOR UPRIGHTNESS OF CONDUCT COULD ONLY MEET ITS PARALLEL

On the rear of the tomb:

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. SARAH WIFE OF MR. AMON WILDS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY 3RD 1822 AGED 37 YEARS

ANN HNUTER RELICT OF AMON WILDS
WIFE OF THOMAS HUNTER
DIED MAY 19TH 1867 AGED 80 YEARS

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Commemorative, Funerary
Object type1:Relief
Object type2:Building
     Object subtype1:Mausoleum
Subject type1:Figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Base
     Material:Brick and stone
     Height (cm):75
     Width (cm):250
     Depth (cm):125
Part 2:Decorated tomb
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):165
     Width (cm):180
     Depth (cm):65

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Fair
Risk assessment:At risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, deterioration
     Condition 2: Abrasions, cracks, splits
     Condition 3: Biological growth
     Condition 4: Surface spalling, crumbling
     More details:The base is severely corroded with cracking to all sides. A shrub is growing over the top of the tomb. The metal railings are severely rusted. The inscription is badly weather worn.
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Broken or missing parts
     Condition 2: Loose elements
     Condition 3: Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
     More details:The base is crumbling exposing the brickwork under the render. Some bricks are missing and others falling away from the main structure.
Date of on-site inspection:17/10/2007

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History

History:Amon Wilds (Hastings, January 1762 - Brighton, 12 September 1833). The ammonite design used on the tomb was adopted by Amon and Amon Henry Wilds probably because of its pun on their names. The design was used by them on several architectural projects in Brighton, the surrounding area and London. The tomb was renovated by The Regency Society in the 1950s. The Montpelier and Clifton Hill Society are planning a monument to Wilds and his son in the Seven Dials Area of Brighton.

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
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