The Friendship Urn, (try clicking the full screen icon
on your browser) - suggest you read the text while this large photo is downloading
replica urn (Portland Stone colour) pictured in The
Old Vicarage garden on the plain central section of the pedestal
The Bampfylde Friendship Urn was erected in 1786 by Coplestone Warre
Bampfylde, the owner of Hestercombe House near Taunton,Somerset, and designer
of its landscape garden, in honour of his great friends : Henry Hoare of
Stourhead and Sir Charles Tynte his neighbour at Halswell - two great landscape
garden designers. The Latin inscription on the pedestal to the original
urn names these two and the translation continues ..." It is to be
wished that this urn be sacred to the memory of a long esteemed friendship.
Earth has not borne such shining spirits as these, nor any with whom I have
closer bonds". The inscription, which is from Horace; Satires, 1.5,
equated the lost friends with Virgil, of whom Horace was speaking.
The original urn had been moved to The Orangery in the 1963 for safekeeping.
It was in a very battered condition with several parts missing completely.
With the help of an old engraving we were able to carve a new urn to the
original design that Bampfylde had commissioned. This urn is now erected
on a copy of the original pedestal (a Palladio design) in its original position
across the valley from The Mausoleum in the newly 'rediscovered' Landscape
Gardens. From this carving we have produced the cast replicas which we are
now able to offer for sale.
The urn : £435 (no U.K. VAT to pay)
The full 3 part pedestal (optional) : £310
(no U.K. VAT to pay)
Plain central section (hollow) of pedestal : £115 (no U.K.
VAT to pay)
(as shown in the large photograph above)
Subject to a minimum order of 2 urns or 2 pedestals
at a time the following discounts will apply: Less 7½% for up to 5 urns or
pedestals. Less 10% for
6 or more urns or pedestals.
- * * The lid can simply be removed to allow the
urn to be planted up if required * *
- The urn comes in 4 sections for ease of assembly, complete with Stainless
Steel fixings. The fixings allow the option to permanently fix the urn
onto the pedestal, a gate pier, wall or patio if required. If fixing permanently,
the square section base stone may be discarded if not required, but unless
permanently fixed this stone is required for stability. - The urn cannot
be fixed permanently to the plain central stone of the pedestal using the
fixings supplied, but other fixings can be used for this.
- The pedestal comes in three sections ( we did not feel it necessary
to supply any fixings for assembly).
- Colour : We have two basic colours 1) Portland Stone, which
can probably best be described as 'off white'.(See the large photo of The
Friendship Urn - or look at some of our carvings in natural Portland Stone
on the 'What we do' page). 2) Bath Stone, best described as a light buff
or honey colour (not that awful custard colour you often see described
as Bath Stone colour!) See the Pope's Urn photograph. Other colours such
as Red Sandstone and Forest of Dean can be produced for orders involving
- Sizes : overall size of the urn including all 4 stones is 530mm
(21") diameter x 1076mm (42½")height. Overall height of
urn if you choose to discard the 381 (15") x 381 x 83mm (3¼")
height square sectioned stone is 993mm (39"). Overall size of the
optional 3 part pedestal is 655 (25¾") x 655 x 975mm (38½")height.
If you opt for placing the urn just on the plain central stone (as in the
photo on this page), the size of this is 483 (19") x 483 x 585mm (23")
* * The overall dimensions in inches are rounded up or down to
the nearest half inch. * *
- Payment : We hope to be able to accept Visa/Delta shortly, but
at the moment only the following methods of payment are acceptable - cheques
in pounds sterling and drawn on a U.K. bank account, International Money
Orders, and travellers cheques in pounds sterling. Payment in advance is
required and should be made out to "Exmoor Stone" and sent to
Mel Morris Jones, The Old Vicarage, Kilmersdon, Bath, BA3 5TA, UK.
- Delivery : can be arranged at very competitive rates - anywhere,
Worldwide. Please enquire for a quotation.
As an example - you could have 12 Friendship
urns delivered to an address in Dorset for only £30 !! Price correct
as of 24/7/99.
carved Bath Stone 'Friendship Urn' in place at Hestercombe Landscape Gardens.Visible
across the valley is The Mausoleum, whilst out of sight further up the
path on the far side is the Pope's Urn.
have a look at The Pope's Urn ?
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