Monday, 16 May 2016

Here lieth George

Gravestone in Rushton churchyard

The earliest 'modern' gravestones erected to the memories of individuals date back to around the sixteenth century - but few of them survive.  Though this gravestone, from Rushton churchyard, is much later (1738), it has the same shape as ones of 200 years earlier.
The quote starts "Here lieth y' body ... George" and then goes on to mention his parents (probably). We can only guess what words are missing , as the fascia is crumbling off.


  1. Ashes to ashes, as the expression goes...

  2. I've come across quite a few from around the mid 1600's