Category: Deciphering Headstones

Flaybrick Hill Egyptian Tomb

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The Victorian age was marked by discovery! Scientists and missionaries set off around the globe bringing back stories of far-away lands and ancient cultures. The discovery and translation of the Rosetta Stone in the mid-19th century unlocked the secrets of…

Memento Mori Headstone Help

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This striking Memento Mori headstone pictured below was taken at St Cuthbert’s in Edinburgh.   There are elements of this image that we haven’t worked out yet. We don’t know what is above the hourglass and it looks like a modern day light bulb,…

Deciphering a Masonic Grave

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Mark and I came across this wonderful headstone in the graveyard of Bakewell Parish Church in the heart of the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire. It’s a clear example of a headstone with a meaning as it has a story to…

Meaning of Skeleton on Grave

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On a recent trip to Edinburgh, I was amazed at the Memento Mori headstones that I found in Greyfriar’s Churchyard, but the headstones I found in St Cuthbert’s graveyard are simply the best that I’ve ever seen.  The graveyard mortality symbols carved into these magnificent and beautiful headstones led me to write up…