Tomb 6 is in memory of Philip West from Dyrham who died in 1770 aged 56 years. Philip was reputed to be the son of the master mason involved in the building of Dyrham Park.
Nimbus Conservation, the company that undertook the tombs and memorials conservation, were extremely surprised to discover a beautifully preserved, near perfect panel dating from 1770 when working on this tomb that was on the point of collapse.
The panel was facing inwards and sheltered from the elements; it’s a mystery as to why it was placed that way but could possibly be because it was slightly damaged and not considered good enough for display.
Plenty of photographs of the panel were taken before it was put back in place, possibly to be rediscovered in another 250 years!!
Further research into the life of Philip WEST revealed he was baptised on 18 October 1713 at Dyrham, one of nine children born to Philip WEST (1669-1738) and Elizabeth (1673 – 1744). Philip WEST the son, married first Mary WEST by Licence at Corsham on 13 April 1739. Mary died 22 Aug 1745. Philip later married Sarah SERMON at Dyrham on 12 January 1754. He died on 4th March 1770 living at Dyrham, but was buried at West Littleton.
From the Probate Administration 1770 –“Philip WEST – on the thirty first day (March) Admon. of the Goods Chattels and Credits of Philip West late of Hinton in the Parish of Dirham in the County of Gloucestershire dec’d was granted to Sarah West widow the Relict of the dec’d having been first sworn .. duly to Administer. “
Another Philip WEST living in Dyrham married a Sarah SLOPER in 1776. Records show a Sarah WEST was buried on 2 June 1790, abode West Littleton; and the other Sarah WEST described as wife of Philip of the parish of Dyrham was buried on 2 March 1802. It is unclear which Sarah was the wife of Philip buried in 1770.
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Researched by Ann Ballard - http://www.family-history-connections.co.uk