Memento Mori Verses

Within the churchyard of St John the Baptist in Keele, you will find some wonderful headstones from the 18th century that feature Memento Mori verses. It was common in the 14th to 18th centuries to feature symbols and/or writings of Memento Mori upon ones final resting place. Back then, it…

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Mememto Mori in Northumberland

Once I had seen the beautiful Memento Mori headstones in Edinburgh, I was hooked and I wanted to find more. As an early birthday present, Mark took me to the wonderful county of Northumberland with an extensive list of graveyards to explore that contained listed Memento Mori headstones. Mycroft Studio…

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Flaybrick Hill Egyptian Tomb

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 ancient Egypt. Advances in railways and steam ships meant that…

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Memento Mori Headstone Help

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, but it can’t be. Also, is the vase that supports…

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Deciphering a Masonic Grave

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 tell about the deceased and their beliefs and way of…

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Meaning of Skeleton on Grave

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 the meanings of such graveyard symbols and to make an attempt…

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