"Peck have a pint on us".

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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"Peck have a pint on us".
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A wonderful example.of wrought iron.

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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A wonderful example of wrought iron.
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This is the first time in all our years of surveying churches and churchyards that we have seen black stained glass

The Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
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Peterborough Cathedral is known for its imposing Early English Gothic West Front (façade) which, with its three enormous arches, is without architectural precedent and with no direct successor. The appearance is slightly asymmetrical, as one of the two towers that rise from behind the façade was never completed (the tower on the right as one faces the building), but this is only visible from a distance.

This is the first time in all our years of surveying churches and churchyards that we have seen black stained glass



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"Hear my knock on Heaven's door

St John the Evangelist, Newcastle-on-Clun, Shropshire
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A few minutes after we photographed this spectacular location a very low flying transport aircraft flew up the valley almost at eye level.
"Hear my knock on Heaven's door



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The Severn Tanker disaster 1961

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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BP Explorer was loaded and bound for Sharpness from Swansea. As the loaded tanker barge made her way up the Severn Estuary she suddenly turned over. It was not until the following day that the tanker barge was seen bouncing her way, upside down, through the wrecked Severn Railway Bridge. Her crew of five men were killed.
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"Rhetorically expressed".

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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Charles held the Great Seal for only a day before his tragic death in 1770.

St Andrew, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
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St Andrew is a dramatic example of what happens when a noble family entirely dominates a village. There was a medieval church here, surrounded by a little medieval village, but little of it now exists: Only a small side chapel remains,and even that has been restored almost out of all recognition. The rest of the church is a rebuilding of 1749.  

The monument designed and executed by Peter Scheemakers to commemorate the Hon Charles Yorke (1722-1770), his first wife Catherine Yorke (née Freeman) (died 1759) and his second wife Agneta Yorke (née Johnston) (died 1820). The Lord Chancellor's purse is shown below his portrait medallion, a sad reminder that he held the Great Seal for only a day before his tragic death in 1770.
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Can you see the spelling mistake in this memorial to Edwin who was killed on the railway?

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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Can you see the spelling mistake in this memorial to Edwin who was killed on the railway?
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William and Harriet Croxford lost 5 children - aged 6 weeks and 15, 21, 26 and 30 years.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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William and Harriet Croxford lost 5 children -
aged 6 weeks and 15, 21, 26 and 30 years.
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David Green died in the Charfield Railway Disaster in which 16 people died in October 1928.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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David Green died in the Charfield Railway Disaster in which 16 people died in October 1928 having previously lost his son "Drowned at Sheffield" aged 10.
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Albert Morris lost two of his sons to violent deaths - in August and November 1917.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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Albert Morris lost two of his sons to violent deaths -
in August and November 1917.
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An unusual design showing an angel kneeling by the grave of the deceased.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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An unusual design showing an angel 
kneeling by the grave of the deceased.
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John Jackson died at the Ghent Military Hospital whilst a Prisoner of War.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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John Jackson died at the Ghent Military Hospital
whilst a Prisoner of War.
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A home-made memorial can be very poignant.


St Bartholomew, Redmarley D'Abitot, Gloucestershire
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There has been a church in Redmarley since at least the 13th century, and part of the tower probably dates from that time. The majority of the building goes back only to 1855 when most of the then existing building was in such serious disrepair that it was demolished and rebuilt.
A home-made memorial can be very poignant.
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The unique bee shelter can be found in the churchyard

St Mary, Hartpury, Gloucestershire
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The present church, now dedicated to St. Mary, was built before 1100 and like all early Norman churches, would have been dark with massively thick walls and small round arched high-level window openings. During the early part of the 14th century the original windows in the nave were enlarged and the present large presbytery (chancel) and sanctuary were added to accommodate the more elaborate ceremonial of the time. The tower was built detached, but immediately adjoining the church, during the early part of the 14th century.
The unique bee shelter can be found in the churchyard

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A sad story of multiple sibling deaths.

The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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A sad story of multiple sibling deaths.
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A very curious military grave.


The Old Cemetery, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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A very curious military grave - there is no unit badge and the text has been asymmetrically engraved.
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A mother, father and infant son fatally injured on the same day.

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
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A mother, father and infant son fatally injured on the same day.
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"Fatally injured while on war work".


Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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"Fatally injured while on war work".
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A homophone error we hadn't seen before.

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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A homophone error we hadn't seen before.
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How often do you see a picture of a pipe on a memorial?

Gloucester Crematorium and Cemetery, 
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
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How often do you see a picture of a pipe on a memorial?
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An unusual design showing a fairground carousel.

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An unusual design showing a fairground carousel.

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James Williams "... met his untimely death by a shot fired from a French war vessel off Belle Isle, Bay of Biscay,...".

St Michael, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
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The first St Michael's Church was opened in 1787, and was situated to the west of the Assembly Rooms. It is described as a small building that had taken 20 years to build. This was was replaced by a large, cruciform building of 1829-33 by Edward Haycock, of which the west vestry survives roofless, some 40m south-west of the present church. The existing large and prosperous late-Victorian building is of 1889-90 by R. Nicolson of Hereford. It is constructed of Yorkshire stone with Bromsgrove dressings and Westmorland green slates, in English Decorated style (old fashioned for its date, and that makes few concessions to Wales.
James Williams "... met his untimely death by a shot fired from a French war vessel off Belle Isle, Bay of Biscay,...".
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The mason must have been having a really bad day!.

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.

The mason must have been having a really bad day!.
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