41 Elenor? John ?

Date recorded:  9/9/09


Here Lyeth the body of Elenor ?
John & …..Th..
Life May The II 1720


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Earliest date (of death):  1720 (possibly 1739)

Type of monument:  sinuous headstone

Dimensions (in millimeters):

   monument/headstone:  height:  620  breadth:  770  thickness:  90

Orientation of monument/headstone:  West facing

Material:  Sandstone

Condition:  Sound, in place*

Number of surfaces bearing:  a) decoration:  1  b) inscription:  1

Type of decoration:  Symbolic, architectural

Decorative motif/s:  cherub, twisted columns, cable rope like columns at each side

Technique/s used for decoration:  Relief

Condition of decoration:  Worn

Technique/s used for inscription:  Incised

Condition of inscription:  Partly decipherable

Notes:  * small broken section on front bottom right just above ground level, also broken section top left centre

Central decoration  cherub face and wings, with dotted ‘hair’.

Lichen covered, initially seemed illegible – inscription revealed by bright afternoon sunlight.

‘Elen’ is clear but space indicates the name night be longer and ‘or’ seemed possible through the lichen.

1720 seems clear, 0 unbroken circle with no discernable tail.  0 is slightly raised above level of 2, suggesting it might be 9.  it was suggested that final 0 commonly written above line in 18th century – check this.

Headstone sunk well below ground level.  Bottom line of inscription preserved under grass


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