Thursday, 6 October 2011

The leaning stones

There’s a huge problem in graveyards across this part of England: ancient standing gravestones are slowly collapsing and falling, and some people have been injured by them.

It’s a safety issue: and some authorities are insisting that all older standing stones be pulled up by the buried person’s descendants, and laid flat. I think that's a shame.

I’m not sure if these descendants in Upper Tean have cleverly forced this support under such a collapsing stone, or whether it’s got there, er, by accident. I think it’s probably deliberate.

The words on the stone say it holds Charlotte & John Travis. It's dated late nineteenth century.

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