Saturday, 29 July 2017

Headstones



Bit of a change this week as I have not visited any churches to write about in a while but the last few I did visit I took some interesting photos of the engravings on the headstones.




You may remember this one from a few weeks back, the headstone shows a skull and most likely dates to the early 1800's The earliest headstones I have come across date to the early 1600's





These from a churchyard in Caversham date from the 1700's




Recently in Wales I came across some interesting ones  like these hands on a headstone that had fallen over and no doubt will be lost soon







 Moving on you can see some wonderful engravings on the headstones. The next few are from a couple of churchyards in Wales
On the left a Romany caravan telling you he was a Romany Traveller





A winding path on the left and the good shepherd on the right












Small Celtic cross on this headstone




An open book with cross and another good Shepherd 















a Regimental motive  of the South Wales Borders
 Liked this one of a winding road




 Above a window on the world, right a fisherman the person liked fishing I presume




 I'm guessing the person was a Shepherd














Another window and a rose around a cross

















Hands releasing a dove








and a the last from Wales a shepherd with his sheep and dog




Now we travel to my local churchyard and some of the motives and engravings on the headstones there. This one had a red rose on the top























Above a robin to the Left and a Pigeon on the Right
When I spotted this headstone of a hound chasing a hare I who's it was. I remember the guy walking his whippets for years around the village and he commented on ours. He always seems a fit person to me  and I was shocked when I heard he passed. He also kept Pigeons, it was a fitting engraving on his headstone




No often you see a butterfly on one




I suspect this is a rose painted blue for a forget me not





























Above the angel with the wreath is off my best friends parents grave. I've not seen him in years but I always remember him looking at the headstone. Right top Mary watches over this grave and right a Welsh dragon tells you where the person came from




Above a rose this one is on my parents headstone, when my Father dies in 1980 Mum went to choose a headstone and wanted this black one with the rose on

 As I was going I noticed a headstone with a heart in the top and inside was this Dove, I thought it looked quite sweet. I will return another time with some more headstone engravings.
Do have a good weekend




4 comments:

  1. When I was back in the UK, my kids were amazed at how old the grave stones were in some of the Churches - and when we went into places like Your Minster they were even older!

    Shame we never worked out that we could have done a blog meet!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  2. I like those personal engravings of fish, dogs, caravans, etc. Though the shiny black is a devil to photograph!

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  3. ...Bill, your first stone is something that I've never seen here. The newer stones with the laser engraving and color are very popular here too. The last one is very sweet!

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  4. These are beautiful and unusual. The one with the wagon made me realize I don't know the distinction between Romany travellers, Gypsies, and travellers, so I go off to read about the subject now. Thanks, Bill!

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