AlphabetPhoto: O is for old

gravestone

“1632*. Here lies the body of …..”

On the opposite side of the lane to Batcombe church, we were surprised to spot an old gravestone in the wall. We stood for a moment and pondered whether it really indicated the location of a body.

gravestone in wall

Given the context and it’s state, the verdict was that it was a good recycling project. Name has long since gone. No-one left to know for sure.  I think it works well as part of a wall. Out of place. Adding interest that only such an oddity can do.

Joining in with Charly’s #AlphabetPhoto linky. I could have gone with “out of place” or “oddity”, but this week my  O is for old. After all, a gravestone from 1632 is certainly old.

*Not sure if the date is 1632 or 1637, but the gravestone seems to date back to some time in the 1630s.

28 thoughts on “AlphabetPhoto: O is for old

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 3:14 am
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    Wow thats incredible, I’ve become fascinated by old things now that I live in a country where anything 50 years old is considered ancient! I love the idea of it being a recycling project 🙂 #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 10:29 am
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      Almost 400 years old, would seem ancient in comparison to 50 years. 😀 A nice reminder of how much tangible history we have around us.

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 6:43 am
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    That’s an interesting find! Amazing how things live on long after it’s creators are gone. #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 10:30 am
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      It’s true. I like that this is still useful and visible, even after it’s original use seems to have disappeared.

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 8:13 am
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    What an interesting find which opens a whole set of intriguing questions :). great photo for O

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 10:33 am
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      I agree. I’m sure there is an interesting story around this stone.

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 8:39 am
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    What a good spot! And definitely “old”! #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 10:35 am
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      Looks like it. 🙂

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 10:36 am
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      It does suggest an interesting story doesn’t it?!

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    How interesting, what a great find. I love little oddities like that, really gets you wondering how they got there x #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 1:20 pm
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      It does, doesn’t it? Maybe it did mark a spot, but I doubt it. Wondering if I’d choose to add it to a wall of mine. Questions. Questions.

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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    I love the thought of it being ‘recycling’ and preserving history in the wall.

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      It is a great idea. Stones have always been taken from crumbling old buildings to build more houses. Just more recycling.

  • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 4:52 pm
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    Now that is certainly what you would call old! 🙂 #alphabetphoto

    • Wednesday 20 August, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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      Yes, pretty old indeed. 🙂

  • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 7:24 am
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    Wow that is old, great to see something from that long ago still around. #alphbetphoto

    • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 2:41 pm
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      Isn’t it just? 😀

  • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 11:46 am
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    Beautiful! I love this so much – a fantastic recycling project indeed! #AlphabetPhoto

    • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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      It is good to see. I hope it is recycling and not me misinterpretating. 🙂

  • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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    I think its 1637 then again I have poor eyesight so its not accurate. Love the character if this fence! #alphabetphoto

    • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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      Difficult to tell through all the lichen and moss. Not helped by the erosion. I’ll look more closely when I next visit.

  • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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    What a great reuse – definitely a big talking point for passers by!

    • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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      I bet. Obviously caught my eye.

    • Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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      No, you don’t! 🙂

  • Tuesday 2 September, 2014 at 9:39 am
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    What an amazing looking wall

    • Wednesday 3 September, 2014 at 11:22 am
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      Even more wonderful for stumbling upon it!

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