by Charles E S Fairey & Michael ‘Jarl’ Oakes, February 2018 (Artwork by Michael ‘Jarl’ Oakes) Grave Locations Direction: Churchyard: From South of Tower to East of Chancel.
At St Bertoline's Church in the picturesque South Cheshire village of Barthomley, there are a number of Memento Mori graves. Memento Mori is imagery or text which reminds us all, that we shall die, so prepare for Death, in our lifetime.
The following six gravestones depict symbols of death, and one even has a Memento Mori poem inscribed upon it. The graves are described and the inscriptions stated, along with the interpretation of the symbols below.
Ledger Gravestone Central Image:Hourglass (symbol of mortality, representing the passage of time) Left Side Inscription: “memor esto mortis” Latin: Translation: “be mindful of death” “Here / interred the / Body of Hugh / Skerrett of / Gorsty Hill / who Dyed / August the 21st / Anno Dini / 1719 / And in the 71st / year of his / age” Right Side Inscription: “Here / li…
Adam’s Well, Onneley, North
Staffordshireby Charles E. S. Fairey, May 2019 A Map of Lands belonging to Sir Thomas Grey Egerton
Baronet lying within Wrinehill, Bettley and Onneyley in the Parish of Maidley, 1754 (Manchester
Archives Reference: E4/86/1)"Reproduced by kind permission of Manchester
Archives and Local Studies" According to the above 1754 Egerton Estate Map of
Onneley, a well existed on ‘Chapel Lane’ (now ‘School Lane’) in the North
Staffordshire village of Onneley, to the west of Madeley. The Map shows a square well situated in a field
named ‘Adam’s Well’, so we therefore know the name of this well. ‘Chapel Lane’ is named after Onneley Chapel, which
was originally a Knights Templar Chapel (which later became a Knights
Hospitaller Chapel, and later pilgrimage church), which survived into the 17th
century, and is shown on Saxton’s 1577 Map of Staffordshire and Speed’s 1611 Map
of Staffordshire. The Chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Today, the only physical signs…