My cemetery blog 1,000,000th reader. Wow!


When I started my cemetery-related blog back in July 2013 I hoped that I would receive about 100 page views a day - and that was pretty much what happened.  What I never expected was the subsequent rapid growth in visitor numbers that I experienced.

By July 2014 I was getting 300 page views a day, by July 2015 it was 500, by July 2016 1,100 and by July 2017 it was 1,400 a day. On one memorable Saturday in 2017 3,950 pages were viewed!

Here is just a sample of some particularly interesting graves my wife and I have discovered - 





Sir John Beauchamp was beheaded on Tower Hill and buried in Worcester Cathedral. 

The splendid tomb of Sir Giles Reed and his family is one of the finest examples in the whole country.

Remembering the Kegworth Air Disaster of 1989.

This is one of the saddest poems we have ever read on a grave!

Henry Martin Sandbach died "from the effects of wounds received while lion hunting in Somaliland".

Leonard Lewis "died from the result of an accident in this Church Yard, in the service of the Church".

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An unusual design featuring a double bass.


Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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An unusual but highly effect design for a war memorial inside the church.

 St Laurence, Measham, Leicestershire
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St. Laurence's Church was re-built in 1340 on the site of an existing chapel of ease which dated from 1172. 


An unusual but highly effect design for a war memorial inside the church.
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"Ready for the marriage of the lamb."

 Dolgellau Cemetery, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales
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"Ready for the marriage of the lamb." 
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A mother and her young son died together.

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Cemetery, Leicestershire  
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A mother and her young son died together.
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Frank was killed on the railway at Birmingham New Street Station.

 Waterside Cemetery, Evesham, Worcestershire
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Frank was killed on the railway at 
 Birmingham New Street Station.
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John Knotsford died in 1589 having been pre-deceased by his wife Jane in 1582. Their daughter Anne is shown kneeling at the foot of their tomb.

 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.
John Knotsford died in 1589 having been pre-deceased by his wife Jane in 1582. Their daughter Anne is shown kneeling at the foot of their tomb.
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In the chancel, above the sedilia, is the wall monument to Thomas Talbot, died 1613.

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).
In the chancel, above the sedilia, is the wall monument to Thomas Talbot, died 1613, with two kneelers facing each other across a prayer-desk set in a round-arched niche; three kneeling children are carved beneath and the niche is flanked by Corinthian columns, above which are putti, and at the top centre is a coat of arms.


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St George and the Dragon

St James, Birlington, Worcestershire
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Apart from the 15th century west tower, the church was rebuilt in 1871-2. The original 12th century chancel arch is now the main churchyard entrance.
St George and the Dragon
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Mary, wife of the 2nd Baron Coventry, who died in childbirth in 1634.

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.
Mary, wife of the 2nd Baron Coventry, 
who died in childbirth in 1634.


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"Missed by Skip".

St Nicholas, Grosmont, Monmouth
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The church was built in the early 1200s, at around the same time as the castle and the magnificent Norman nave has survived unrestored. The Early English chancel was reconstructed in the 1870s by John Seddon, who rescued the whole church from a ruinous state and put in the glass screen dividing chancel and nave.
"Missed by Skip".
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"How numerous are the mouldering dead" is an unusual first line to a poem.

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. 

"How numerous are the mouldering dead" is
an unusual first line to a poem.

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The ages and dates of death of six children of Richard and Elizabeth Evans make for sad reading.

All Saints, Bednall, Staffordshire
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A chapel at Bednall dates from the 12th century. The present church of All Saints dates from 1846. The original chapel consisted of a nave and chancel and a wooden bell turret at its west end. Stained glass was added in the east and west windows in 1862 and 1894 respectively. The glass in the north windows and the desk and lectern date from 1915 and electric lighting was installed in 1937.
The ages and dates of death of six children of Richard and Elizabeth Evans make for sad reading.
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We don't know the exact significance of this statue of an angel opening a tomb door.


St Padarn, Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
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Saint Padarn's Church is a parish church of the Church in Wales, and the largest mediaeval church in mid-Wales. Founded in the early sixth century, St Padarn's Church has gone through many changes, from a Welsh monastic centre (a clas), a Benedictine priory, a clas again, a royal rectory, a church controlled by Chester’s Vale Royal Abbey, and since 1538 a parish church under a vicar.

Very little is known of Saint Padarn (or Paternus to use his Latin name), and almost nothing with any degree of certainty; the earliest literary reference to him is by Rhygyfarch in about 1097.
We don't know the exact significance of this statue of an angel opening a tomb door.
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William Horton died in 1612 . The smallest of the 8 figures on his memorial is of a son who had died before him.

St James, Staunton, Gloucestershire
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The church of Saint James was originally a 12th-century church with short rectangular chancel and aisleless nave, the chancel afterwards being rebuilt and the tower and aisle added in later years. The nave windows are all of 14th-century type, apparently copies or restorations of work of that period, and the tower and spire are of late 14th-century date with a later west window. The church was heavily restored in 1860, when the chancel was rebuilt and the vestry added.
The inscription along the top of the Monument reads: William HORTON Esqvire Liethe here who died the 13 Day of November A.D. 1612 . The smallest of the 8 figures is of a son who had died before his father.
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There must be a particularly poignant back story here.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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There must be a particularly poignant back story here.


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"Missing in Mexico 1969".

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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"Missing in Mexico 1969".
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We missed U - only our second example of "text speak".

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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"Not a saint - more a fast-tracking angel".

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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"Not a saint - more a fast-tracking angel".
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The remarkable memorial to a sculptor

St Mary, Hartpury, Gloucestershire
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The present church, now dedicated to St. Mary, was built before 1100 and like all early Norman churches, would have been dark with massively thick walls and small round arched high-level window openings. During the early part of the 14th century the original windows in the nave were enlarged and the present large presbytery (chancel) and sanctuary were added to accommodate the more elaborate ceremonial of the time. The tower was built detached, but immediately adjoining the church, during the early part of the 14th century.
Patrick was a Sculptor for 70 years.
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A husband and wife who died on the same day - but several thousand miles apart.

St Mary, Hartpury, Gloucestershire
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The present church, now dedicated to St. Mary, was built before 1100 and like all early Norman churches, would have been dark with massively thick walls and small round arched high-level window openings. During the early part of the 14th century the original windows in the nave were enlarged and the present large presbytery (chancel) and sanctuary were added to accommodate the more elaborate ceremonial of the time. The tower was built detached, but immediately adjoining the church, during the early part of the 14th century.
A husband and wife who died on the same day - but several thousand miles apart.
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We love to find memorials that contain so much family history. The ages at the time of death make for a sad read!

St Idloes, Llainidloes, Powys, Wales
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The parish church of Llanidloes is dedicated to St Idloes, a seventh century saint about whom very little is known. His feast is celebrated on September 6th and this church is the only one in his dedication. Three manuscripts testify he was the son of Gwyddnabi ab Llawfrodedd who was a red-bearded knight.
We love to find memorials that contain so much family history. The ages at the time of death make for a sad read!
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An unusual mosaic showing baby Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary

St Mary, Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey
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The church is Saxon with Norman and Victorian additions, and is famous for its monumental brasses, among them the oldest in the country.
An unusual mosaic showing baby Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary



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An elaborate and colourful memorial to a former Member of Parliament.

 St Faith, Overbury, Worcestershire
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Saint Faith or "Saint Faith of Conques" (Latin Sancta Fides, French Sainte-Foy, Spanish Santa Fe) is a saint who is said to have been a girl or young woman of Agen in Aquitaine. Her legend recounts how she was arrested during persecution of Christians by the Roman Empire and refused to make pagan sacrifices even under torture. Saint Faith was tortured to death with a red-hot brazier.
An elaborate and colourful memorial to 
 a former Member of Parliament.
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An unusual boxing themed gravestone.

 Whitwick Cemetery, Whitwick, Leicestershire
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An unusual boxing themed gravestone
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