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Saturday 13 April 2013

Regency Style Tombstones

John Winston  ~  John Winston
Is the most legible name on both of these stones, but it looks as though another name beginning with the letter 'M' appears above it on the left, all other information on these stones is not fully legible

On first appearances the inscriptions on these headstones look as though they could be easily read, but the lichen has made it almost impossible.
I believe these headstones to be in a Regency Style and whilst I have seen others of this period with flaming urns and obelisks, I have not seen them carved in such deep relief and in so much detail. I especially like the round name plate which appears to be hanging on the obelisk, shame it's not now legible.
The name Mr. John Winston appears on both headstones, but as is often the practice, a husbands name may appear larger than that of his wife's, even when it is her monument. Mr. Winston must have been a wealthy man, as these monuments are grandly embellished and also because they are quite close to the church door ~ prime location was more desirable and so came at a higher cost.

 St. Mary's Church, Eaton Socon, Cambridge

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