This is the first time we have seen one of the indigenous languages of Zambia.

St John the Baptist, Eldersfield, Worcestershire
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This 12th century Grade II listed church has seating for around 200 people. The Chancel arch is Norman and the north aisle and spire were added in the 14th century.
We have seen many different languages on gravestones but this is the first time we have seen one of the indigenous languages of Zambia.
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"You can blow out the candle, but you can't blow out the fire".

 Ashby-de-la-Zouch Cemetery, Leicestershire
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"You can blow out the candle, but you can't blow out the fire".
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The only example of this rank - Supply Petty Officer - in the military cemetery

Brookwood Military Cemetery 
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The only example of this rank -
Supply Petty Officer - in the cemetery
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Unusually the date and time of Joan's death are recorded on her gravestone.

 St Michael and All Angels, Appleby Magna, Leicestershire
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Appleby's parish church dates back to the early 14th century, although it is likely that there was a church on this site from Saxon times. As Appleby nestles in its valley, its tall spire is visible from every direction.
Unusually the date and time of Joan's
death are recorded on her gravestone.
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The inscription was modified to reflect the death of a second son.

 Dolgellau Cemetery, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales
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The inscription was modified to reflect
the death of a second son.
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John Hilton Shekell "was attacked with yellow fever and died at Havanna ..."

 St Peter, Pebworth, Worcestershire
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This ancient Church building stands on a mound above the village and has been enlarged and restored since it was built in the 13th century. It is entered by the North door which is a fine example of medieval work, possibly hanging on its original hinges with 15th century iron work. St Peter's Church has large ring of ten bells which is unusual for a small rural church. A closed-circuit television camera in the belfry, enables the movement of the bells to be seen in real time view on a monitor in the ringing chamber.
John Hilton Shekell "was attacked with 
 yellow fever and died at Havanna ..."

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Lillian died aged 105 having been a widow for over 70 years.

 Waterside Cemetery, Evesham, Worcestershire
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Lillian died aged 105 having been a widow for over 70 years.
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An angel stands mourning the death of Trixie aged 6.

 Pershore Cemetery, Pershore, Worcestershire
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An angel stands mourning the death of Trixie aged 6.
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The tomb of John, King of England - 1167 to 1216.

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire
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Built between 1084 and 1504, Worcester Cathedral represents every style of English architecture from Norman to Perpendicular Gothic. It is famous for its Norman crypt and unique chapter house,

As it is surrounded by secular buildings it is very difficult to photograph.
John, King of England - 1167 to 1216.
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The monument to Robert de Harcourt (died 1205). He is dressed in chain mail with a sword and helmet and holding a shield.

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire
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Built between 1084 and 1504, Worcester Cathedral represents every style of English architecture from Norman to Perpendicular Gothic. It is famous for its Norman crypt and unique chapter house,

As it is surrounded by secular buildings it is very difficult to photograph.
The monument to Robert de Harcourt (died 1205). The effigy of a cross legged knight is mid 13th century. His head rests on a pillow and his feet on a lion. He is dressed in chain mail with a sword and helmet and holding a shield.
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Three siblings died before their first birthday.

St Kenelm, Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire
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In legend, St Kenelm was a member of the royal family of Mercia, a boy king and martyr, murdered by an ambitious relative despite receiving a prophetic dream warning him of the danger. His body, after being concealed, was discovered by miraculous intervention, and transported by the monks of Winchcombe to a major shrine. There it remained for several hundred years.
Three siblings died before their first birthday.
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Beryl died as the results of injuries sustained in a flying accident.

St James, Bishampton, Worcestershire
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A sandstone and lias church. Only the 15th century tower remains intact from the original church. Frederick Preedy rebuilt the nave and chancel in 1870 reusing some of the ancient fabric.  
Beryl died as the results of injuries sustained in a flying accident.
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"Jesus called unto him to meet in Heaven with Nanna".

Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Powys
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"Jesus called unto him to meet in Heaven with Nanna".
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Two siblings died on consecutive days.

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.
 Two siblings died on consecutive days. 
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No prizes for guessing that this is the grave of an Admiral in the Royal Navy.

Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire
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No prizes for guessing that this is the grave of an Admiral in the Royal Navy.
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A most unusual design that rather reminds me of a 4-poster bed with unusually short pillars.

Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire
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A most unusual design that rather reminds me of a 4-poster bed with unusually short pillars.
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David had two wives - "Both a joy to be with."

St Leonard, Dunston, Staffordshire
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The village church of St. Leonard's is medium sized, of Neo-Gothic style and was designed by architect Andrew Capper. Between 1876 and 1878 the old chapel was finally demolished and a new church erected on the same site. It is a stone building in 14th century style and consists of nave, chancel, transepts, vestry, and a spired west tower. In 1887, a new churchyard, given by the family of a former parishioner, was consecrated, previous burials having been carried out at Penkridge. In 1907, the vestry was added and a new organ installed.
David had two wives - "Both a joy to be with."



Two new words for your vocabulary!

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.


Unusually there are no fewer than 3 sedilia (useful when the clergy needed a rest) and a piscina (for disposing of holy water) inset into the wall beside the altar.

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"... six of their children who died in their infancy."

St John, Stretton, Staffordshire
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The chancel is 12th century. The nave and transepts were rebuilt in 1860 to designs by the architect Edward Banks.

"... six of their children who died in their infancy."

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James was a church organist for 60 years.

St Mary, Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire
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There has been a church on the current site in the centre of the village since the 14th Century. This original wooden church was one of the few buildings to survive of the Great Fire in 1777. However, due to disrepair, this church was demolished and a new stone church was built in 1857. This was then extended in 1894, and is the church still currently standing. The east window was made in a medieval style by the renowned Victorian master of stained glass, Charles Eamer Kempe
Crucifixion and Saint Mary and Saint John
James was a church organist for 60 years.
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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.