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Gravestones, Tombs and Memorials: Symbols, Styles & Epitaphs (England's Living History) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Trevor Yorke
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21 Oct 2010 England's Living History
If you explore our churchyards and cemeteries you will be astonished at how much you can discover, not only about the people who are buried there and their standing in the local community but also about the history of the area. Trevor Yorke explains burial practices down the ages and details the development of the churchyard and the cemetery. He looks at the period styles of gravestones and tombs, and the shapes and features that help to date them. Using a wide range of photographs and line illustrations, he examines the carvings and symbols that can be found and offers clues to their possible meanings.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books; 1st Edition edition (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846742021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846742026
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I trained as an artist, photographer, and map maker and use these illustrative skills to make easy to understand books about my favourite subject, English buildings. They are aimed at people who might be renovating, tracing the history of or just interested in local buildings, with clearly labelled drawings, diagrams and photos, specifically produced for each book, making them popular with beginners in the subject and students. They are published by Countryside Books who focus on value for money and hence most of my books have listed prices from only £4.99 - £9.99.
There are around twenty of my titles available on Amazon including a series on period houses from Tudor times through to the 1950s, famous buildings like Abbeys, Castles and Country Houses, and other subjects as diverse as narrowboats and gravestones!
I was born in Sussex in 1966, and currently live in Leek, on the edge of the Peak District, with my wife and two children. More details on my website:

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Trevor Yorke is also the author of English Churches Explained and The English Abbey Explained.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Graveyards are places of remembrance and reflection, but can also give an interesting insight into changes in social history and architectural styles through the centuries.

Ecclesiastical historian Trevor Yorke explains burial practices down the ages, and describes the development of the churchyard and cemetery; he explains the changing styles of gravestones and tombs, from the earliest Saxon grave-slabs to elaborate Victorian headstones, and the meaning behind the carvings and symbols that decorate them, for example an encircled serpent biting its tail (signifying eternity) and a skull and crossbones (signifying mortality, as the skull and two thigh bones were believed to be the parts of the body required for resurrection).

A concise and well-illustrated overview of an often overlooked subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting history of tombstones. 13 May 2012
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I bought this book because I am working on a project recording memorial inscriptions, I found it very interesting, it packs in a lot of information for it's size and is useful for describing styles of gravestones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Graves, Tombs & Memorials by Trevor Yorke 12 Jan 2012
Published as part of the Britain's Living History Series, this slim volume, for the book contains just 64 pages, yet contains a wealth of information. Written in a clear easy to read format with photographic illustrations and broken down into chapters complete with a concluding index.

This book encourages us to delve beyond the name and dates on the headstone, and to look further at the style of the Memorial, the graphics upon it and the even the types of stone used to make it. Readers are encouraged to get out and about and explore their local churchyard using the knowledge within the book to gain further information about those commemorated upon the stones.

The book further explores the how the churchyard and cemetery evolved within our Society, the styles of stones over the ages and how burial practices have changed with a the later section of the book dedicated to understanding the various carvings and what they mean, giving further information of the person they are dedicated to.

This book is a welcome addition to any genealogist and family historian bookshelf and really does encourage us to get out their and explore.

Book Review for Federation of Family History Societies book club November 2010.
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4.0 out of 5 stars living ( ?? ) history 6 Dec 2011
An excellent and wide embracing volume that gives a very good introduction and overview to the subject - the drawn illustrations are very detailed and first class .
highly recommended with perhaps but one possible area of improvement-I appreciate it may make each subtitle somewhat cumbersome , but it is a pity that some illustrations give details of place , whilst others do not
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