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I love the face! Some of these can be so quizzical... what do those symbols mean?
Lisl: The right-hand symbol shows the sands of time running or having run out. The saltire cross is an heraldic symbol, but I don't think that is what it means here. Chris might have an idea
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Nov 2017, 02:47
The top is a table, for use by the family when they gather for a social event with the departed oldies...
Lisl: It would have to be very discreet in an English Churchyard, Ray!!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Nov 2017, 04:37
A happy face and a time-glas?? Don't you wonder about some of the history. I love cemeteries to walk around and observe.
Lisl: I agree with you, Astrid. There is always something interesting, and some of the ancient churchyards are peaceful and beautiful places
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 Nov 2017, 06:32
Now I really do wonder at what story might be behind this oddity Lisl..
Lisl: Lost forever, unfortunately, Chris
Un riche passé surement avec cette tombe ..
Belle photo
Lisl: Thank you, Claudine - I wonder just what sort of life!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Nov 2017, 07:52
I recognised only the hourglass - yes, there are some things to think about - very interesting! Where did you find this tomb?
Lisl: This was in Stinsford Churchyard, Philine, so you may well have walked near it
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Nov 2017, 08:05
Then I have been there - with you and Michael to visit Thomas Hardy's grave!
Lisl: You have indeed, Philine
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Nov 2017, 08:13
I said carve a symbol not a smiley.
Lisl: Perhaps this is the origin of Smileys, Chad!
I like not at all the cemeteries of France, conceited and little discreet but I adore the gravestones of the old English cemeteries, simple, moving as this one. Beautiful photo
Lisl: Thank you, Marie. They are often simple and naive like this one.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Nov 2017, 13:24
"On the way out of the churchyard, I noticed this wonderful tomb with its grinning skull, cross-bones and hourglass to remind those still living of their own mortality: that their time on this earth is slowing running out and to prepare themselves for the hereafter by attending to their earthly morals and behaviour. I neglected to check on the date of the burial but I would say this was probably late 18th C. I have a feeling that I have read somewhere that sometimes this design showed links with Freemasonry."
Lisl: That was clever of you to winkle out this information, Philine
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Nov 2017, 13:29
Lisl: I should have realised they were cross-bones, Philine
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Nov 2017, 13:44
Lisl: Thank you very much, Philine
I always get the feeling the family were making sure the deceased couldn't escape
Lisl: Well, you could just be right there , Bill
No doubt those signs meant something at the time.
Lisl: I am sure they did, Brian, and maybe to some today even
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2017, 18:30
I am glad Philine has provided the explanation smile
Lisl: She is good at ferreting out information
An interesting set of symbols - Freemasonry perhaps?
Lisl: Philine seems to think so, Tom

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