A light was just at the best angle to display the engraving of a plant.

St Anne, Wyre Piddle, Worcestershire
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Wyre Piddle is a chapelry in the original parish of Fladbury. When the church was restored in 1888/9 the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings remarked “Wyre Piddle is fortunate in possessing one of the now scarce examples of the original type of English, we might almost say British, churches. The simple square cell for the altar with its narrow entrance and the equally simple but rather larger shelter for the congregation was the earliest for the Parish Church in England. Successive enlargements have in most places destroyed or all but effaced the remains of this simple plan. At Wyre Piddle it is still unchanged after perhaps eight centuries.”
A light was just at the best angle to display the engraving of a plant.
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Fanny Severn died on New Year's Day 1900.

St Andrew, Thringstone, Leicestershire 
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The Parish Church of Saint Andrew, Thringstone is a small cruciform structure built in 1862 from the designs of James Piers St Aubyn of London, the eminent Victorian church architect and restorer. The plan is unusual, having a broad nave with shallow transepts, a round-ended sanctuary and a round-ended vestry on its north side.
Fanny Severn died on New Year's Day 1900.
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A strange coincidence - a husband and wife who died on the same day but in different countries.

 St Lawrence, Effingham, Surrey
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Lawrence was the principal deacon to Sixtus II, the pope martyred by the Romans in 258. Within days, Lawrence was also put to death and his symbol is a grid iron to show that he was roasted over a fire. He became the patron saint of almoners (distributors of money to the needy) because, when he was ordered to relinquish Church property and valuables, he pointed to a crowd of poor people and said: “Here are the treasures of the Church. They convert our alms to imperishable treasures for us”.

A strange coincidence - a husband and wife who died on the same day but in different countries.

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"Twice wed. Twice Loved"

Lapley Graveyard, Lapley, Staffordshire
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"Twice wed. Twice Loved"




John Arthur Greer died during an attack on a rebel camp in what was then the Gold Coast.

Holy Trinity - Much Wenlock - Shropshire
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Much Wenlock Parish Church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and is a place made sacred by lives and prayers for more than 1300 years. The first church on this site was Anglo-Saxon, built probably about AD 680.

The present nave was built in 1150 by the cluniac monks of Wenlock Priory.

John Arthur Greer died "at the head of his men" during a night attack on a rebel camp in what was then the Gold Coast.




John Ball died on active service and was "interred within the British lines".

All Saints, Chebsey, Staffordshire
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Standing above the village on a natural mound of higher ground, the church is mostly built from reddish sandstone in the Gothic style and dates from the 12th century. The west tower dates from the 15th century, and is constructed from mostly grey with some red sandstone blocks. The external staircase turret  (on the southeast corner of the tower) at Chebsey, is an unusual feature. The church was extensively renovated in 1897 under the supervision of Staffordshire ecclesiastical architect Andrew Capper. 


John Ball died on active service and was
"interred within the British lines".
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The monumental mason made a spelling error in the word "memory".

All Saints, Chebsey, Staffordshire
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Standing above the village on a natural mound of higher ground, the church is mostly built from reddish sandstone in the Gothic style and dates from the 12th century. The west tower dates from the 15th century, and is constructed from mostly grey with some red sandstone blocks. The external staircase turret  (on the southeast corner of the tower) at Chebsey, is an unusual feature. The church was extensively renovated in 1897 under the supervision of Staffordshire ecclesiastical architect Andrew Capper. 

The monumental mason made a spelling
error in the word "memory".

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So many effective design features on a single plot!

Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire
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So many effective design features on a single plot!
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Mark Gregory died in an attempt to save two other men overcome by petrol fumes in a well.

 Ashby-de-la-Zouch Cemetery, Leicestershire
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Mark Gregory died in an attempt to save two other men overcome by petrol fumes in a well.
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An alabaster slab showing Robert Mundy (died 1526) and his two wives.

 St Helen, Ashby-de-la- Zouch, Leicestershire
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An alabaster slab showing Robert Mundy (died 1526) and his two wives.
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The church is most famous for the fine tombs to the Dingley family.

 St Michael, Cropthorne, Worcestershire
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Parts of the Chancel date from 1100, and the tower is 12th century. A spire was planned, but never built. The rest of the church is 14th century. The church is most famous for the two fine tombs to the Dingley family.

Francis Dineley (1550 - 1624) and his wife Elizabeth Bigge (1554 - 1632) are shown as effigies on a tomb chest; he in armour and she in the dress of the period. They were married for 50 years. He was killed in a duel in 1624. They had 19 children in all, 11 sons and 8 daughters, and these are shown in detail around the base of the tomb. One boy died in infancy, and 2 boys and 1 girl died as babies. Their cradles can be seen, as if flying.




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Thomas Painter was accidentally killed at Toton Sidings, Nottingham.

 Pershore Cemetery, Pershore, Worcestershire
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Thomas Painter was accidentally
killed at Toton Sidings, Nottingham.
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Eric Wynter clearly used to ride the Severn Bore.

St Peter, Bushley, Worcestershire
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The church was entirely rebuilt in 1843 by Canon Dowdeswell and consists of chancel, north and south transepts, nave and west tower and spire. The present chancel replaced a shallow original apse in 1857 and was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott. It is in the style of the 14th century and has a chapel on the south side opening to both chancel and transept. On the north the chapel is enclosed by an oak screen and on the west by one of iron supporting a rood with attendant figures.
Eric Wynter clearly used to ride the Severn Bore.
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The magnificent war memorial is located inconspicuously in the northwest corner of the church opposite the main door.

Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael, Great Malvern, Worcestershire
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Great Malvern Priory was a Benedictine monastery from1075-1540 and is now an Anglican parish church. It has the largest display of 15th century stained glass in England, as well as carved miserichords from the 15th and 16th century and the largest collection of medieval floor and wall tiles.
The magnificent war memorial is located inconspicuously in the northwest corner of the church opposite the main door.
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The memorial of the 4th Baron who died in 1687. It shows him reclining on a sarcophagus reaching towards a figure of Faith

St Mary Magdalene, Croome d' Habitot, Worcestershire
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St Mary Magdalene's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the grounds of Croome Court, at Croome D'Abitot, Worcestershire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

The original church at Croome was demolished by the 6th Earl of Coventry when he decided to replace his adjacent Jacobean house in the 1750s. Opulent monuments brought from the old church long since demolished, show the former Barons and Earls of Coventry.

The memorial of the 4th Baron who died in 1687. It shows him reclining on a sarcophagus reaching towards a figure of Faith

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"May they all rest in companionship and in God's peace".

Llanidloes Cemetery, Llanidloes, Powys, Wales
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"May they all rest in companionship and in God's peace".
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In the chancel is a wall memorial to Richard Vernon, died 1627, with two kneeling figures set within a recess.

St Mary the Virgin, Hanbury, Worcestershire
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Once the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort and later the home of monks, the present building dates from 1210. It has evolved under the patronage of two important local families, the Bearcrofts of Mere Hall and the Vernons of Hanbury Hall.

In the chancel is a wall memorial to Richard Vernon, died 1627, with two kneeling figures set within a recess.
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"five other children .... who died in their infancy"

St James, Acton Trussel, Staffordshire
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The village church was originally built in 1212. It was then enlarged and rebuilt in 1869 under the direction of G E Street, the architect being Andrew Capper. The main additions were a combined vestry and organ chamber on the north side and a new south porch. The church was re-opened after restoration in 1870 having been closed for 44 years.
"five other children .... who died in their infancy"




Montague Noel "perished at sea in the course of convoy duty".

All Saints, Chebsey, Staffordshire
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Standing above the village on a natural mound of higher ground, the church is mostly built from reddish sandstone in the Gothic style and dates from the 12th century. The west tower dates from the 15th century, and is constructed from mostly grey with some red sandstone blocks. The external staircase turret  (on the southeast corner of the tower) at Chebsey, is an unusual feature. The church was extensively renovated in 1897 under the supervision of Staffordshire ecclesiastical architect Andrew Capper. 

Montague Noel "perished at sea in the course of convoy duty".

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Each of the four Zeppelin crews have their own memorial.

German Military Cemetery, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
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The section reserved for Zeppelin Crew
Each of the four crews have their own memorial.

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Two brothers, Archange and Claudius.

St Michael, Salwarpe, Worcestershire
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This is a lovely mediaeval church is set in a conservation area, close to the River Salwarpe and the canal. It is a surprisingly large church for such a small hamlet (no doubt due to its proximity to Salwarpe Court, which has connections to King Harold and Warwick the Kingmaker).
Two brothers, Archange and Claudius.
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Barbara has two husbands - she outlived them both.

Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Powys
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Barbara has two husbands - she outlived them both.
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This is the most overgrown grave we have ever seen!.

St Gwynog, Llanwnog, Powys, Wales
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Gwynog was born in Wales in 511 A.D., the son of Gildas, 'a most ancient British historian' and a monk of Bangor. Gwynog was a pupil of St. Ffinnian, an Irish monk. Gwynog left the country to take refuge in Brittany with his father, who had stirred up the wrath of the Welsh princes - especially that of Cyr!las, who was Prince of Powys. Gwynog took orders late in life and became Bishop of Vannes, but after rousing the anger of the King he was sent into exile. He died in Angers at the age of 69, in 580 A.D., just 10 years after the death of his father. He lived in this part of Powys between 540 and 550 AD.
 This is the most overgrown grave we have ever seen!.
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