THE WATERY GRAVE, Kirkby Malham, North Yorkshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 5, 2012

Colonel and Mrs John Harrison lived at Kirkby Malham in the Yorkshire Dales in the 19th century. The two were separated for long periods due to the Colonel’s frequent overseas service, with the result that his wife Helen decided that as water had separated them for much of their married life, so it should in death. So she arranged for their burial plot to be situated in a corner of the old churchyard at Kirby Malham where a small stream runs. This stream would separate the double plot. Helen died in 1890 and she was buried on the south side of the stream. John died in 1900 and when the gravedigger attempted to dig the grave in the other plot on the north bank, he hit impenetrable rock. The result was that John had to be buried with his wife and so they were in fact united. The stream still runs through the plot which is marked by a stone kerb and a very fine marble cross.

Bobsky. on January 14, 2013

Hello Roy Great story that sits well with your photograph of the cross.L/1. Regards Bob

Roy Pledger on January 19, 2013

Yes there are some very interesting church stories. I have added a similar one to your 'Village Church Group' - Ayot St Lawrence - a very interesting village church in its own right. Roy.

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