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Loders Churchyard in April - Cemetery art and photography
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Loders Churchyard in April
Daffodils, Loders Churchyard



Loders Churchyard in April
The church of St Mary Magdalene in Loders, Dorset. Quite a grand church for such a small village - there used to be a priory next door, where the manor house now stands.

Loders Churchyard II


Loders Churchyard III


1708 table tomb, Loders Churchyard
TO THE MEMORY
OF JOHN MARSH BURIED
JULY THE 21
AND MAUD HIS WIFE
BURIED SEPTEMBER
THE ...7TH 1708

ALSO
OF THEIR CHILDR
EN ROBERT AND
KATHARINE BURIED
JULY THE 15TH AND ELIZA
BETH BURIED SEP
TEMBER THE 6TH 1708.


1777 table tomb, Loders
Sacred to the Memory of
Mary Wife of Geo. Knight
Jun'r of this Parish Who
departed this Life the 30th
of January Anno 1777
AEtatis 32.


Marsh memorial, Loders
A brass plaque on what looks to be the remains of a destroyed table tomb:

Underneath lie the Remains of
John Marsh of Wooth in the parish of
Netherbury, Gent, who died Dec 16th 1765
Aged (60?) Years. And of Elizabeth his Wife
who died Feb 22nd 1760 Aged .... Years. And also
of George Marsh who died Dec 25th 1755
Aged 22 Years, Robert Marsh May 1st 1756 Aged 24
And of Richard Marsh Aug 8th 1750
The sons of the above named John & Elizabeth

Reader pause, reflect, amend
Life has no length, eternity no end.



A handful of 18th century table tombs have survived in the churchyard, but any early headstones must have been cleared away and destroyed during the 19th century to make space for new burials.

Porch, St Mary Magdalene, Loders
Fragment of an early headstone - late 16th or early 17th century from the style - in the porch.


In turn, the 19th century memorials are now being removed to make space for new burials; but instead of the headstones being destroyed, they have been moved to stand against the churchyard walls.

Robert Brown & Harriet Short memorials, Loders Churchyard


Budden & Walbridge memorials, Loders Churchyard
Also of the above DAVID BUDDEN
who departed this life
June 16th 1856
Aged 43 Years

Also of JANE ELIZABETH their daughter
who departed this life August 28th 1860
Aged 13 Years


Sometimes though, moving a headstone out of context would remove valuable information.

Forsey & Langford memorials, Loders Churchyard

Also of Robert, Loders Churchyard
Immediately beside the headstone in the preceding photo, which is to the memory of William, Catherine & Mary Langford. Not much of the inscription survives, but the online parish burial registry for Loders has the following entries:

Robert Langford, buried 5th April 1825, died at Clapham, aged 33.
George Langford, buried 28th April 1828, died at Clapham, aged 26.



Gerrard headstones, Loders Churchyard
Headstone on the left:

In
Memory of
MARY Wife of
JOHN GERRARD
Who departed this Life
Dec 19th 1807 Aged 55 Years
Also of the said
JOHN GERRARD
Who departed this Life
July 18th 1815 Aged 78 Years
Also of ELIZABETH
Their Daughter
Who died in Infancy
Also of WILLIAM
Their Son
Who died Jan 5th 1843
Aged 55 Years.

So teach us to number our
days that we may apply
our hearts unto wisdom.

Headstone on the right, left hand inscription:

In Memory
of MR HENERY GARRARD who
departed this
Life June 8th
1764 Aged
76 Years

The inscription on the right hand side is later and much fainter, for Ann, wife of HENRY GARRARD, who died Oct 1796.


Ivied, Loders Churchyard
Being able to afford a set of iron railings around your families' headstones may mean that they are less likely to be disturbed... but the ivy may yet doom you to obscurity.



Sarah Pearce & William Knight memorials, Loders Churchyard
1930s crosses.


Jackdaw passing, Loders Churchyard


Loders Churchyard in Spring

Child-eating Gargoyle, Loders Church
Oh, and beware the gargoyles.

Current Location: Dorset, UK

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low_delta From: low_delta Date: April 7th, 2018 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: April 8th, 2018 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome!
pigshitpoet From: pigshitpoet Date: April 8th, 2018 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)

; '

i hope daffodils will grow on my patch when i'm gone..
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: April 8th, 2018 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I like seeing daffodils in a churchyard, dancing around in the sunlight and generally refusing to be melancholy..
pigshitpoet From: pigshitpoet Date: April 9th, 2018 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

; ) egg-xactly!

yellow is a cheerful colour, so spring like! and the shapes of daffodil blossoms are elegant and unassuming...
at least that's what i feel when they come out in spring
is that what you mean?
singeaddams From: singeaddams Date: April 9th, 2018 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't desecrate the graves! That's valuable history being churned up. Meanwhile, these are nice spring photos. I love your nature scenes (esp the bird) in between the markers. And the gargoyles are priceless!
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: April 10th, 2018 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - I hate to see historical evidence disturbed. I can only hope someone is at least recording all the headstones before they move them...

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