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Wide stone with oval flanked by two astragals curving down on the shoulders; there grooves forming a border round the entire edge; from line 7 to the end in italics; the surface mottled but the inscription clear

to the memory of
John DEAN,
who died at Hemsted in this parish
April 12th A.D. 1809
aged 57 years.
He lived in the service of
Thomas Hallett HODGES, Esqr and of his son
nearly thirty four years, and by his
integrity and fidelity justified the
confidence reposed in him.
This stone was erected by
Thomas Law Hodges, Esqr to record his
esteem for an old and faithful servant.

Haslewood p79

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