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Litton Cheney Churchyard in November - Cemetery art and photography
Litton Cheney Churchyard in November
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The churchyard at Litton Cheney, a small Dorset village tucked away among the springs and streams of the Bride Valley, below the chalk downs.

St Mary's, from the churchyard, Litton Cheney
St Mary's Church, 14th/15th century but heavily restored in the 19th century, on a hill above the village.

The churchyard has some wonderful late 17th & early 18th century table tombs and headstones:

Sarah Hodder table tomb of 1698, Litton Cheney
Inscription of 1698.

Skull & longbones, Litton Cheney 2
Inscribed skull & longbones.

Winged cherub head, Litton Cheney
Inscribed winged cherub head, probably early 1700s.

Early table tomb, Litton Cheney
Skull & longbones on a 1690s table tomb.

Skull & longbones, Litton Cheney

John and Sarah Bartlett headstone, Litton Cheney
Longbones & hourglass ornamentation.

Elizabeth Meadway 1685 headstone, Litton Cheney
NO DO 1685

Mary Barge headstone 1723, Litton Cheney
Lyeth ye Body of
Mary ye Daughter of
John and Catherine
Barge who Departed
this life ye 11 day of
November AD 1723

You virgins young
that passeth by
This house of clay where
in I ly.."

One of the letter Ns inscribed backwards!

Damara Roberts headstone, Litton Cheney
1718 headstone on the left, 1704 on the right.

James & Elizabeth Hawkins headstone 1767, Litton Cheney
1767 headstone.

Ann Barge headstone, Litton Cheney
1782 headstone in a much earlier style.

Jane Clements headstone, Litton Cheney
Dated 1864.
"This stone is erected
in affectionate remembrance of
wife of Samuel Clement
who was brought up in the family of
the Rev James Septimus Cox
... She lived as their faithful friend
and servant for ....years."

Memorial to Job Legg, Litton Cheney
1893 memorial to Job Legg, local brewery owner, with some seriously hefty ironwork.

John Groves memorial, Litton Cheney
A cluster of memorials to the Legg family.

Sarah daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Legg, Litton Cheney

Legg family memorials & railings, Litton Cheney

Celtic cross, Litton Cheney

Reynolds Stone memorial, Litton Cheney
Memorial to Reynolds Stone, the engraver and painter, who lived in the Old Rectory next to the church.

Let the winter come and go...
20th century slate headstone with a cat's tail curling round one corner, and on the other side...

Beloved man, Litton Cheney
... the rest of the cat!

Litton Cheney Churchyard in November

Anna Henvill brass of 1681, Litton Cheney
Brass plaque on the wall of the church, inscribed:

Heere lyeth the body of Anna Henvill,
daughter of Richard Henvill of Looke in
this county Gent, and Margaret his wife,
who exchanged this life for a better one the 8th
day of September Anno Domi 1681 In the 25th
yeare of her age.

Beneath this stone in a darke dusty bed
(lamented much) a virgin rests her head
And such an one who (dying) hath bereft
the world of that worth as scarce in it is left
Of a sweet face but of a sweeter minde
and a sweet fame (dying) shee left behinde
Smitten by death even in her blooming age
and height of beauty shee went off ye stage
Of this frail world, this with grief wee see
that such rare creatures seldom aged be
For why the Angels want such company
to joyne with them in heavenly melody
With whom in heaven shee doth now possess
the fruit of vertues lasting happiness.

Current Location: Dorset, UK

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absintheforest From: absintheforest Date: November 23rd, 2018 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful images and fascinating engravings. The more recent gravestone with the carved cat was absolutely lovely.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: November 24th, 2018 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)

I loved the cat headstone, especially since the inscription on it - "beloved man" - seems to have been chosen by the cat.
From: kittenkilldare Date: December 1st, 2018 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or perhaps the man was so wonderful that even the presumably aloof cat loved him. (And I say that as a cat "owner" ;D )

Fantastic location. I can't believe you get to live someplace so beautiful.

Edited at 2018-12-01 12:23 pm (UTC)
low_delta From: low_delta Date: November 23rd, 2018 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting plaque. I wonder if it is original to that time, or whether it was created later.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: November 24th, 2018 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd say definitely original to the time, with that wonderfully eccentric 17th century spelling!

There's another smaller brass beside it, for another member of the Henvill family:

Ralph Henvill brass, Litton Cheney
singeaddams From: singeaddams Date: November 27th, 2018 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew, that looks like gold. What beautiful plaques! Oh, it's all beautiful.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: November 28th, 2018 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the patina on the plaques is gorgeous... Result of three hundred-odd years of polishing!
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