Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Short lives

Gravestone of three children born to William and Augusta Olding, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road.
You can see more gravestones and memorials over at this week's Taphophile Tragics.

6 comments:

Nicola Carpenter said...

Hardly any gae at all. Beautiful picture.

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Dina said...

Always so much sadder, the graves of little ones.

Gemma Wiseman said...

So sad seeing children gathered together like this!

CaT said...

they were twins?

Wibbo said...

@CaT: Twin sons (not named) and a daughter, Evelyn Newton.

Julie said...

I like that expression of Gemma's - the gathering together of departed children. When I recently visited the graves of my great great grandparents, they rested together with two of their infant children. That must be so hard to bear, to lose a child at no age at all. Perhaps religion helped parents through that time. Did not make the futility any the less, but gave the parents something to hold onto in a time when nothing made sense.

I like the style of headstone here. Plain and simple. I wonder if the Oldings had other children, and also why the parents were not eventually interred with these departed offspring. Maybe subsequent children were not aware of these earlier deaths. So many questions ...