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…
Grave Poetry is a timeless tradition, with many
examples up and down the country, but it became especially fashionable during
the Victorian Era, when there was much emphasis on death and mourning, especially
because Queen Victoria lost her young husband, Prince Albert, and was in a
perpetual state of mourning for the rest of her life. The whole country seemed
to be in mourning, and much was written about the rules and modes of such. The words we find in poems upon Victorian grave
stones, ask the viewer to contemplate their own mortality, and are especially
religious, pleading with the reader to take notice of God, and to make peace
with Him. Some might say that the dead are talking to us from
beyond the grave, wishing us to take heed of their immortal monumental words,
for our time shall come, and we have no option but to abide. Grave stones are meant to be immortal markers of
the resting dead, to last forever, as a shrine for those who cared for the occupant(s),
to mourn the…