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In Search of Gravestones Old and Curious

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Author: W.T. Vincent
Language: English
Wordcount: 29,930 / 100 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.2
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 571
Added to site: 2004.07.24
mnybks.net#: 8866
Genres: History, Travel
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are remarkable in connection with such an elaborate work. East Wickham is little more than a village even now, and this carving is very creditable in comparison with other attempts of the same early period; but the high road from London to Dover runs through the parish, and may have carried early cultivation into the district. All the rougher illustrations which I have found have been in remote and isolated spots, or spots that were remote and isolated when the stones were set up. The first of these which I discovered was in the little churchyard of Ridley in Kent, "far from the haunts of men."

FIG. 11.--AT RIDLEY.

"To the three sons of Will. Deane, died 1704, 1707, and 1709, aged 2 weeks, 2 years, and 5 years."

It is difficult to believe that the face here delineated was meant to represent a skull, and yet, judging by the many equally and more absurd figures which I have since met with, there is little doubt that a skull was intended by the engraver, for this and all others of the clas

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