The Grave of a Gravedigger

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The title is an assumption.... Looking at the rave of Jeptha Waller on the left, there is the distinctive shape of a spade and coffin... By all means correct me if I have thins wrong!

On the right, is the grave of his son.... I do not think I have ever seen such engravings before - on either headstone.

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lenka kocumova on February 12, 2012

Skvělé foto..LIKE..Lenka

Cindy Breen on February 16, 2012

Interesting Steve...LIKED


Steven Stoddart on February 18, 2012

Greetings Lenka - So glad to see you have dropped by :-) Thank you for the like and kind words :-)



Hiya Marion - It has been a while since I have done any graveyard shots... A good thing too some would say! These headstones were, however, unique in my limited experience and worthy of a close look...

Perhaps when my time comes, I should have a DSR and tripod carved into the stone:-)

On that cheery thought....



Free Wheels on February 28, 2012

I have taken an interest in grave stone carvings in the past. The spade and coffin could well be an indication that he was a grave digger. Tools of their trade was a common carving. However, there are meanings behind a lot of the symbols. Crossed Bones, single bones and skulls are all emblems of mortality or death. Not all carvings have a meaning they're purely decoration. L

Steven Stoddart on February 28, 2012

Hi there Mark :-) I like your new headgear... Very practical... perfect for the storage of thermos and boiled eggs...

Grand to see back - as always!

I reckon you are right with your observations.... As for the second grave, there was some information about it in the church.. The story goes that the folk that lie here were from Yorkshire and had the name of "Baines"... The bones were a play on the name...

It would seem the folk of Yorkshire were not as dour in those days :-)

Thanks for the like



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    by Steven Stoddart
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