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Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial
Grace Darling Memorial

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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. The monument was restored in 1885, and again in 1893 by Frederick Richard Wilson. Later restorations were carried out by Hicks & Charleswood.

Grace Darling Memorial




Portland stone, sandstone & cast iron


H 300 x W 300 x D 125 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by public subscription

Work type

Tomb or mausoleum


Grace Darling Memorial Charitable Trust

Work status


Listing status

Grade II* (England and Wales)

Unveiling date


Listing date



at all times

Inscription description

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


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Located at

Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh

NE69 7AE

Located in the churchyard of St Aidan's Church.