Invasive ivy cleared from Grade II listed tomb

Removal work reveals extent of damage


Revealed - the Grade II listed tomb at St Mary's, North Mymms - September 30, 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Revealed - the Grade II listed tomb at St Mary's, North Mymms - September 30, 2018
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Piles of ivy lie alongside the tomb of a former vicar of St Mary’s, the Reverend John Alkin, who served the parish of North Mymms for the entire first half of the eighteenth century. The monument, which is listed by Historic England and described as a 'Chest Tomb', is now visible; in August it was completely covered.

Six weeks ago the tomb was covered in ivy


Photograph of The overgrown Grade II listed tomb at St Mary's Church, North Mymms - August 11, 2018 Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The overgrown Grade II listed tomb at St Mary's Church, North Mymms - August 11, 2018
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Attention was drawn to the spread of the ivy on August 11 when the North Mymms History Project was logging the 45 listed monuments in the parish. North Mymms News carried an article entitled Historical North Mymms tomb engulfed in ivy.

Earlier in the summer the restoration of another listed tomb in St Mary's churchyard was completed. That repair cost several thousand pounds and took two years. That, too, had been covered in ivy.

There were fears that the ivy covering the tomb of the Reverend John Alkin might have caused similar damage.

Extent of damage caused by ivy now visible


Church officials at St Mary's decided to raise the issue of how to deal with the problem at the parochial church council meeting earlier this month. The damage caused by the ivy can now be seen.

Photograph of Damage to the south side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Damage to the south side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of Damage to the west side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Damage to the west side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of Damage to the north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Damage to the north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Tomb of "special architectural and historical interest"


Historic England describes the tomb as being of "special architectural and historical interest". The listing continues:
"Chest tomb. C18. About 35 metres SE of E end of Church. Gadrooned corners. Fielded panels. Moulded cornice." 
Now those details can be seen. Below are more photographs of the tomb following the removal of the ivy.

Photograph of The south side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The south side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of The north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of The north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of The north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The south side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of The north side of the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The west side of the tomb - September 30, 2018

Photograph of The ivy that had been covering the tomb - September 30, 2018  Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The ivy that had been covering the tomb - September 30, 2018





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