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Thomas Nepton and Ann are buried in St. Margaret’s churchyard a few yards from the Curfew Tower. Frogley in his manuscript compiled about 1900 gives us fascinating details of both the Nepton tomb in St. Margaret’s parish churchyard and also  their munificent charity which is still distributed annually. He gives us the following epitaph transcription  (not in exact order):

Beneath this Tomb are deposited the Remains of
Mr. Thomas Nepton
Formerly of this Parish, who departed this life
On the 26 th day of September 1724 in the 49th year of his age
Also of
Mrs. Ann Nepton
Wife of the above, who departed this life
On the 2nd day of May 1728 in the 64th year of her age
This tomb was repaired & beautified in the year 1825 by an order of the Court of
Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Poulterers, London
made on the 31st day of March in the same year to which Company the above named
Thomas and Ann Nepton
gave & devised considerable Estates in Trust
for Charitable purposes

The Nepton Trust Committee reported in 1825 that they had inspected the tomb and found it in a most ruinous state of decay. Accordingly a mason was instructed to carry out the  necessary repairs. Since 1975 it has been the custom of the Master of the Poulters’ Company to lay a wreath on the tomb on the annual visit.

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