Essex Walks

Essex Walks

Posted on 07/04/2014


Photo taken on July  3, 2014



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architecture
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Church
Essex
ecclesiastical
coffin
Stapleford Tawney
Norman
C12


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Stapleford Tawney - 12th C. Stone Coffin

Stapleford Tawney - 12th C. Stone Coffin
During the 1862 restoration of the church, two 12th century stone coffins were found - one under the nave, the other under the new vestry. Wooden coffins are a relatively recent convention.

The gently coped stone lid has two carvings of a cross-like symbol, but they may also be symbols denoting the person's rank or profession.

Poorer members of the community were not buried in coffins. Their bodies were wrapped in a cloth shroud and placed in a communal grave.

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Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
So much fascinating history!
3 years ago.