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Millionaire used children’s gravestones to decorate £2.2million mansion which inspired All Things Bright And Beautiful

Millionaire tycoon Kim Davies used children’s gravestones to decorate the historic mansion which inspired the British hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, a court has heard.

The 60-year-old property developer brought in tombstones from a derelict chapel and cemented them to the walls of the Grade II listed house, which was built in the late 16th century and given its special status more than 60 years ago because of its national importance.

The Georgian-style manor in the picturesque Usk Valley, in Monmouthshire, is where Irish composer Cecil Alexander is thought to have written the lyrics to the famous hymn.

However planners were horrified to find Davies had cut up 150-year-old gravestones with children’s names and ages on them to make “decorative stone plaques” and flagstones for a patio at the house.




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