Martin Nicholson's Cemetery Project

St John the Baptist, Whitwick, Leicestershire

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The parish church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient structure, nestling in a natural amphitheatre, close to the confluence of two streams. A spring, emanating from under the chancel, is also discharged into the watercourse, through a piped outlet protruding from a stone wall at the east end of the churchyard. The church we see today is mainly of 14th-century construction, with only the south doorway seeming to go back to the 13th century.

This poem is a new entry in our "poems on gravestones" collection.

The epitaph contains a number of old fashioned spellings that amused us.

A father and his three sons all died of a "Violent Fever" in the space of six weeks in 1803.

Claire Christine Nicholson and Martin Piers Nicholson - Ticklerton (Shropshire) and Daventry (Northhamptonshire), United Kingdom.

Last updated September 9th 2016