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Churchyard, St James' Church, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The_Senior_Crabbes
N 52° 20.159 W 002° 14.133
30U E 552085 N 5798683
Quick Description: Churchyard, St James' Church, Hartlebury
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/2/2016 9:29:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMTCMF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
Views: 1

Long Description:
From a local history website -
In St. James Churchyard there are the graves of five Bishops of Worcester, two are related - father and son Bishops Perowne, Bishop Carr, Bishop Pepys, cousin of diarist Samuel, and Bishop Hurd. Bishop Hurd built the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle. The oldest gravestones, at the east end of the church, date from the 16th century. They bear archaic designs, which are the subject of discussion. What the carvings represent is uncertain but it is thought they could represent bags of coins, angels pulling aside curtains, sheaves oi corn, or as has recently been suggested, the sands of time! High above these graves, carved into a small fragment of the medieval church wall is a head. To the north of the graveyard are two Victorian Iron "Gravestones" - possibly commemorating an "iron master and his wife". Unfortunately both are now unreadable due to the effects of severe rusting. On the north side just to the left of the entrance to the Church stands a memorial to Edward James Gibbons - an officer who died on his way to fight in the Boer War. Close to the Village War Memorial is the grave of Private J. Massey who died on 3rd February 1917 from wounds sustained at the front in the First - World War.
Name of church or churchyard: St James, Hartlebury

Approximate Size: Medium (51-100)

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