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SEARCH OF

GRAVESTONES

OLD AND CURIOUS.

With One Hundred and Two Illustrations

BY

W. T. VINCENT,

PRESIDENT OF THE WOOLWICH DISTRICT ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY; AUTHOR OF "THE RECORDS OF THE WOOLWICH DISTRICT," ETC., ETC.

LONDON:

MITCHELL & HUGHES, 140, WARDOUR STREET.

1896.

IN SEARCH OF

GRAVESTONES

OLD AND CURIOUS.

Frontispiece .

[Illustration: AN EARLY SAMPLE AT HIGHAM.] (Page 11.)

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. OLD GRAVESTONES 1

II. THE EVOLUTION OF GRAVESTONES 9

III. ARTISTIC GRAVESTONES 20

IV. PROFESSIONAL GRAVESTONES 31

V. A TYPICAL TRAMP IN KENT 35

VI. MORE TYPICAL TRAMPS 43

VII. EARLIER GRAVESTONES 49

VIII. REFORM AMONG THE GRAVESTONES 57

IX. PRESERVING THE GRAVESTONES 62

X. OLD GRAVESTONES IN IRELAND 78

XI. OLD GRAVESTONES IN SCOTLAND 84

XII. OLD GRAVESTONES ABROAD 91

XIII. VERY OLD GRAVESTONES 97

XIV. THE REGULATION OF GRAVESTONES 105

INDEX 111

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

EARL STANHOPE, F.S.A.,

LORD LIEUTENANT OF KENT,

PRESIDENT OF THE KENT ARCHÆOLOGICAL SOCIETY,

ETC.,

THIS COLLECTION OF

OLD AND CURIOUS GRAVESTONES

IS BY SPECIAL PERMISSION

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.

ILLUSTRATIONS OF GRAVESTONES.

AN EARLY EXAMPLE AT HIGHAM

1 AND 2, NEWHAVEN

3, WIDCOMBE; 4, NEWHAVEN; 5, LEWES

6, PLUMSTEAD; 7 AND 8, DARTFORD

9, FRANKFORT; 10, EAST WICKHAM

11, RIDLEY; 12, HOO

13, ERITH; 14, HIGH HALSTOW

15, FRINDSBURY; 16, HIGHAM

17, SHORNE AND CHALK

18, MEOPHAM; 19, STANSTEAD; 20, OLD ROMNEY

21, CRAYFORD; 22, SHOREHAM

23, LEWISHAM; 24, HORNSEY

25, TEDDINGTON; 26, FINCHLEY; 27, FARNBOROUGH

28, CHISELHURST; 29, HARTLEY

30, WEST WICKHAM; 31, HORNSEY

32, HORTON KIRBY; 33, CLIFFE

34, DARENTH; 35, KINGSDOWN

36, FAWKHAM; 37, SWANSCOMBE

38, ASHFORD; 39, COOLING

40, HENDON; 41, EAST WICKHAM

42, SNARGATE; 43, EAST HAM

44, WILMINGTON; 45, WANSTEAD; 46, SOUTHFLEET; 47, WILMINGTON

48, LEWISHAM; 49, BUNHILL FIELDS

50, WOOLWICH; 51, LONGFIELD

52, LYDD; 53, BERMONDSEY

54, RICHMOND; 55, RIPLEY

56, COBHAM; 57, BARNES

58, FRINDSBURY; 59, SUTTON AT HONE

60, BROMLEY; 61, BECKENHAM

62, GREEENFORD; 63, WEST HAM

64, LEE; 65, ORPINGTON

66, ST. MARY CRAY; 67, ST. PAUL'S CRAY

68, FOOT'S CRAY; 69, BEXLEY

70, BARKING; 71, WOOLWICH

72, DEPTFORD; 73, WEST HAM

74, AND 75, WANSTEAD

76, WALTHAMSTOW; 77, BROXBOURNE

78, STAPLEFORD TAWNEY; 79, SHORNE

80, BETHNAL GREEN; 81, PLUMSTEAD

82, CHESHUNT; 83, HATFIELD

84, NORTHOLT; 85, TWICKENHAM

86, HIGH BARNET; 87, KINGSTON ON THAMES

88, SWORDS

89, DROGHEDA

90, BANGOR; 91, MUCKROSS AND QUEENSTOWN

92, INVERNESS; 93, BRAEMAR

94, STIRLING

95, BLAIRGOWRIE

96, LAUFEN

97, NEUHAUSEN

98, HEIDELBERG; 99, LUCERNE

100, THE BRESSAY STONE; 101, LUNNASTING AND KILBAR STONES

PREFACE.

I am a Gravestone Rambler, and I beg you to bear me company.

This Book is not a Sermon. It is a lure to decoy other Ramblers, and the bait is something to ramble for. It also provides a fresh object for study.

Old lore is an evergreen tree with many branches. This is a young shoot. It is part of an old theme, but is itself new.

Books about Tombs there are many, and volumes of Epitaphs by the hundred. But of the Common Gravestones the quaint and curious, often grotesque, headstones of the churchyard there is no record.

These gravestones belong to the past, and are hastening to decay. In one or two centuries none will survive unless they be in Museums. To preserve the counterfeit presentment of some which remain seems a duty.

Many may share the quest, but no one has yet come out to start. Let your servant shew the way.

I begin my book as I began my Rambles, and pursue as I have pursued.

WILLIAM THOMAS VINCENT.

[Illustration: FIG. 1. NEWHAVEN.]

[Illustration: FIG. 2. NEWHAVEN.]

IN SEARCH OF

GRAVESTONES

OLD AND CURIOUS.

CHAPTER I.

OLD GRAVESTONES.

I was sauntering about the churchyard at Newhaven in Sussex, reading the inscriptions on the tombs, when my eyes fell upon a headstone somewhat elaborately carved. Although aged, it was in good preservation, and without much trouble I succeeded in deciphering all the details and sketching the subject in my note book... Continue reading book >>




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