THE LOVER'S STONE, ST GILES CHURCH, Bowes, Durham. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on December 6, 2011

The memorial stone is badly weather worn.

Roy Pledger on January 2, 2012

A memorial stone which was erected in the churchyard at Bowes, Durham in 1848 reads: The Lover’s Tragedy Roger Wrightson jun. & Martha Railton, both of Bowes, buried in one grave. He died of a fever & upon Tolling his passing bell she cried out, ‘My heart is broke’ and in a few hours Expired thro love. March 15 1714-15. Such is the brief and touching record contained in the parish register of burials. Tradition is that the grave was at the west end of the church directly beneath the bells. The sad history of these true and faithful lovers forms the subject of Mallets pathetic Ballad of Edwin and Emma.

The stone, which can be seen close to the west end of the church has weathered badly and the writing is almost worn away. A plaque with the wording was attached to the bottom of the stone in 2005 by the Parish Council.

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