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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Geoffrey Tomes was "buried where he fell in action".

 St James the Great, Long Marston, Warwickshire
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The Church of England parish church of Saint James the Great has a 14th-century Decorated Gothic nave and chancel, but was rebuilt in the 19th century.

Geoffrey Tomes was "buried where he fell in action".
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Arthur Prince of Wales - the eldest son of Henry 7th. He died at Ludlow aged 15.

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.
Arthur Prince of Wales - the eldest son of Henry 7th. He died at Ludlow aged 15.
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Two brothers who died aged 12 and 23 years.

Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Powys
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Two brothers who died aged 12 and 23 years.
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It is most unusual to see the deceased's medals depicted on his gravestone.

Llanidloes Cemetery, Llanidloes, Powys, Wales
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It is most unusual to see the deceased's medals depicted on his gravestone.
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A large marble relief panel by Chantrey to Thomas Tayler Vernon who died in 1835.

St Mary the Virgin, Hanbury, Worcestershire
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Once the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort and later the home of monks, the present building dates from 1210. It has evolved under the patronage of two important local families, the Bearcrofts of Mere Hall and the Vernons of Hanbury Hall.
A large marble relief panel by Chantrey to Thomas Tayler Vernon who died in 1835.

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William Brookes inspired the modern Olympic Games

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.

William Penny Brookes (13 August 1809 – 11 December 1895) was an English surgeon, especially known for inspiring the modern Olympic Games, the Wenlock Olympian Games and for his promotion of physical education and personal betterment.


"Just 40 years" seems clumsy - what about "Just 40 years old" or "Just 40"?

Lapley Graveyard, Lapley, Staffordshire
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A general view

"Just 40 years" seems clumsy - what about
"Just 40 years old" or "Just 40"?




George Smart was "accidentally drowned at Lowestoft" aged 18.

St Mary the Virgin, Woodford, Northamptonshire
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Much of the fabric of the church is 13th to 15th century. It was restored in 1878 when the tower was rebuilt and enlarged and a new vestry and organ chamber added.
George Smart was "accidentally drowned at Lowestoft"
aged 18.
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A memorial to 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Can you spot an error in the text?

St Mary the Virgin, Woodford, Northamptonshire
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Much of the fabric of the church is 13th to 15th century. It was restored in 1878 when the tower was rebuilt and enlarged and a new vestry and organ chamber added.
A memorial to 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Can you spot an error in the text?
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The bottom two lines of text are a most unusual comment on a person being dumb.

 Measham Cemetery, Measham, Leicestershire
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The bottom two lines of text are a most unusual comment on a person being dumb.
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The slab on the floor shows a priest and it is probably Walter Savage who died in 1518.

 St Michael, Stretton en le Field, Leicestershire
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The village's church, St Michael's, was constructed in the 14th century in an elevated position in the village; although it is currently redundant and not used for regular services, it remains a consecrated building: it is Grade II* Listed and is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. It is considered historically valuable as (with the exception of new box pews in the 18th century) the church has remained almost unchanged since medieval times.

The slab on the floor shows a priest and it is probably Walter Savage who died in 1518. 


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"Now at the 19th hole".

 Whitwick Cemetery, Whitwick, Leicestershire
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Charles Keysall died from "a long and painful illness" and his wife Penelope had a "lingering and painful illness".

 St Giles, Bredon, Worcestershire
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The Normans began the present church, around 1180, and work continued until the middle of the 13th century. It seems possible that stonemasons who were at that time working on the great Abbey of Tewkesbury were called in to lend a hand in the construction of Bredon Church. Certainly the two external turrets at the west end and those at Tewkesbury Abbey have a marked resemblance.
 Charles Keysall died from "a long and painful illness" and his wife Penelope had a "lingering and painful illness".
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Anthony and Edith Higgs died at the ages of 99 and 100 respectively.

Llanidloes Cemetery, Llanidloes, Powys, Wales
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Anthony and Edith Higgs died at the ages of 99 and 100 respectively.
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An angel stands guard over the grave of Mary who died aged 6.

 Waterside Cemetery, Evesham, Worcestershire
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An angel stands guard over the
grave of Mary who died aged 6.
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The splendid East Window by Preedy, installed in 1864.

 St John the Baptist, Fladbury, Worcestershire
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There has almost certainly been a Christian presence in Fladbury since the 7th century, but the present church, dedicated to St John the Baptist – as befits the church of a riverside community – dates predominantly from the 14th century. A particular source of interest is the work of Frederick Preedy, an able artist who combined the profession of architecture with the design, painting and manufacture of stained glass.
The splendid East Window by Preedy, installed in 1864.
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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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