TQ2272 : The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: the bench

taken 9 years ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: the bench
The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: the bench
At the far end of the plot, close to the cemetery fence, stands this stone bench. The back-rest carries the following inscription:

The little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west
And I smiled to think God's greatness flowed around our incompleteness,
Round our restlessness, His rest.

That - it turns out - is the final verse of 'The Rhyme of the Duchess May', by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which runs to one hundred and eleven verses. LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) (Many thanks to ceridwen Link for identifying this for me).

I'll confess I'm puzzled by the design carved into the bench-end. The overall pattern could be read as vegetation - I think I can see leaves and flowers - but that just doesn't square with the waves which form a frieze round the bottom of the bench (and there are even a few fishes!).

I've visited this site many times (as we have family graves nearby) but this was the first time that I've seen the bench lit up by sunlight. A steep, wooded bank rises just behind it - and since that direction is south, trees and bank keep the bench in chilly shade for much of the year.

For more about the Ismay plot, see: TQ2272 : Here lies the father of the Titanic: the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2223 7228 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.1805N 0:14.5748W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2223 7228
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