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The rather elegant typography and stone seem to have faired well, as did this faithful servant at 97 in 1820. Sixty years of service to father and son and he educated his brothers children who had been left destitute.

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Very special. Thank you for sharing this with us- some people are so amazing, and no one knows it, unless someone takes the time to read the fine print on their head stone.
John Prior: Some certainly deserved to be remembered, I wonder how often an employer erected a memorial to an old retainer.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 13 Nov 2012, 07:17
You are right about the survivability of this head stone , perhaps it's leaning has protected the writing from too much weather.
John Prior: I wondered if the quality of stone used varies a lot also. Cheers Chad
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2012, 08:18
A beautiful & lasting memorial John: that script is a delight to see and read
John Prior: Yes the skill in the mason's engraving, balance and use of space is wonderful. Thanks Chris
Some of these old stones and the stories they tell are inspirational, always fascinating, and sometimes heartbreaking.
John Prior: Indeed Sheila. Thank you
Yes that is very fine script John, and to think that this man lived to be 97 all those years ago, that was probably quite an unusual occurrence I would think.
John Prior: Yes indeed Brian, 97 is a very good innings even now.
I love your presentation of this stone, John: it's really alive smile
John Prior: Thanks a lot Martin
A fine tribute to a man with a strong sense of duty.
John Prior: Yes definitely 'old school'
Quite a post. I like the lean of the stone too.

I spent almost 2 hours today in our city's oldest cemetery with stones from the 1800s... watching 2 deer families making 9 in all... eating, relaxing, sleeping and observing me. It was wonderful. No camera... just the experience today.

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