TQ7842 : 18th-century headstone, Staplehurst churchyard

taken 2 months ago, near to Staplehurst, Kent, Great Britain

18th-century headstone, Staplehurst churchyard
18th-century headstone, Staplehurst churchyard
The mention of the port of Sheerness in the inscription on this stone is a reminder that even in the most land-locked parts of Kent, you are never very far from the sea.

The grave is that of a young woman:

ALICE, wife of JAMES STONE of Sheerness
who Departed this Life the 7th of February 1784
AGED 27 YEARS

I'm not altogether clear about the imagery, but I take it to be a resurrection scene. To the right, low down, there is a skeleton - but the central image is of a fully-fleshed young woman, apparently rising from the tomb.

At the foot of the stone there are a few lines of verse. I am making this photo available in larger sizes, just in case anyone fancies the challenge of puzzling such things out.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7861 4295 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:9.4754N 0:33.1686E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7861 4295
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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