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Sturminster Marshall churchyard in July - Cemetery art and photography
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Sturminster Marshall churchyard in July
Sturminster Marshall churchyard, July



Henry Cotman memorial, Sturminster Marshall
HERE LYETH THE BODY
OF HENRY COTMAN WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AGED 69 YEARS

GRIEVE NOT FOR ME MY
CHILDREN DEER - I AM NOT
DED BUT SLEEPING HERE

The year is not legible, and sadly the burial records for Sturminster Marshall are not available online. From the style I would guess very early 18th century - 1710s or 1720s.


John Barnes headstone Sturminster Marshall 1724
H S E (hic situs est)
JOHN BARNES
AGED 19 YEARS
DYED JANUARY
1724

I can't make out the last line - possibly a Latin phrase?


Cotman memorials, Sturminster Marshall
1720s headstones.

William Cotman headstone, Sturminster Marshall

Frances wife of John Barnes headstone, Sturminster Marshall
Rococo 1770s headstone.

Just ten years later, styles have become restrained & classical:

Nathaniel Ratford & Elizabeth Foss memorials, Sturminster Marshall
Headstones from 1787 & 1791.

Legg memorials, Sturminster Marshall
Headstones from the 1830s-1840s - still classical in style, and urns are a thing.

Ann Adams headstone, Sturminster Marshall
1864 headstone.

Rabbitts headstone, Sturminster Marshall
1870s restrained Gothic headstone, in memory of Charles & Harriett Rabbitts.

Fanny Foss Lock headstone, Sturminster Marshall
1880s embellished Gothic headstone.


John Grant memorial, Sturminster Marshall
Cast iron grave marker, now uprooted and leaning against the church wall. No date legible, but these sort of markers were popular from the 1860s right through to the 1920s. Since traces of the paint are still visible, this is probably a later one.

Cast iron gravemarker, Sturminster Marshall
Another cast iron grave marker - no traces of paint on this one.


Rose & Woodman memorials, Sturminster Marshall

Memorial to Corporal Helen Martin, Sturminster Marshall
All war graves are poignant, but the date on this one makes it particularly so...


Old Yew, Sturminster Marshall Churchyard
Ancient yew.

And less ancient yew:

Queen Victoria's Yew, Sturminster Marshall
THIS YEW TREE
WAS PLANTED
2ND FEBRUARY A D 1901
THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL OF
QUEEN VICTORIA
OF BLESSED GLORIOUS MEMORY

HER LEAF ALSO SHALL NOT WITHER.



Churchyard & pub, Sturminster Marshall
One of those Dorset villages where the churchyard is very handy for the pub.

Current Location: Dorset, UK

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singeaddams From: singeaddams Date: July 24th, 2018 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those yews are amazing. I want to be buried with a gothic headstone with skull and crossbones and HSE (the female equivalent) on it under a yew tree. Just frighten everybody.

But what a gorgeous place, I envy your access!
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: July 25th, 2018 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - I do love a nice skull and crossbones!

It's sad that emblems of mortality are so out of fashion - I don't suppose you'd be allowed to have them on a headstone in most English churchyards now. There are all sorts of restrictions on what you can and cannot have these days, and it makes modern memorials extremely boring.
singeaddams From: singeaddams Date: July 25th, 2018 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a shame.
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