This book is a celebration of the often unknown and unexplored art of churchyard memorials, where those who were not entitled to be buried inside a church - merchants, farmers, tradesmen, parish officials - ensured that their lives were commemorated. Freed from the constraints of a church building these memorials are often lively, intimate and interesting, and they form a gallery of art and craft - glorious examples of the mason's art.This book describes the development of memorials, from rare sixteenth century examples to the pinnacle of monumental art in the eighteenth century with exquisite carved lettering on Swithland slate, and the flourish of rococo, and the urns, box tombs and obelisks found in many of the wool villages of the Cotswolds. The early twentieth century renaissance of the art of individually designed and lettered grave markers was largely due to the work and influence of Eric Gill, and happily the tradition continues today. Churchyard memorials are an expression of private grief in a public place - none more eloquent than the anthems in stone designed for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Edwin Lutyens. This book is the perfect introduction to all of these memorials.
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