The Brent Tablet

Ambulantis in horto audiuerunt vocem Dei
In 2017 a fine carved stone tablet, originally commissioned for the Lewes garden of local historians Colin and Judy Brent in 1997, was donated by them to Lewes Priory Trust.
The stone is Hopton-Wood, a fine marble-like limestone from near Wirksworth in Derbyshire. The quotation in a crisp Roman font reads: 'ambulantis in horto audiuerunt vocem Dei' which translates from the Latin as: ‘They heard the voice of God walking in the garden’. The quote is from the first book of the bible, Genesis chapter 3 verse 8.
The work was executed by Guy Bettley-Cooke, who once worked with Judy Brent at the East Sussex Record Office and who subsequently trained as a stone cutter under David Kindersley (a former pupil of Eric Gill). He admired the work of Eric Gill and Gill’s nephew, John Skelton. Bettley-Cooke worked on the lettering of the main gates of the British Library (designed by David Kindersley) and later independently. One of his significant commissions was a memorial stone for the Earl of Cawdor. 

A ceremony to mark the generous gift was held in the herb garden on Saturday 22 July 2017. Colin Brent spoke on the history of the stone and the sculptor. A vote of thanks was given by Sy Morse Brown, chairman of the trust.

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