SK7536 : Belvoir Angel, Granby churchyard

taken 6 years ago, near to Granby, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Belvoir Angel, Granby churchyard
Belvoir Angel, Granby churchyard
Commemorating left (twin angels), William Orston, senior, died 1728 and his infant daughter Sarah, right Eliz(abeth) Ors(t)on, died 1719. Listed Grade II.
Belvoir Angels
This name is given to a group of gravestones loosely based on the Vale of Belvoir.
They are carved from the (relatively) locally sourced Swithland slate (from Swithland in Charnwood Forest to the west of Loughborough), and at the head of the gravestone have a carved depiction of an angel's head flanked by wings. This is supposed to represent the soul of the deceased ascending to heaven. Some larger stones have a pair of angels side by side.
The angel is in most instances flanked by a stylised depiction of an hourglass and crossed bones, and the panel usually includes a short phrase; examples include 'Come ye blessed', 'Death is gain'.
Below the angel is the commemorative inscription, often to more than one person, and this is followed by a short verse. A small number of stones also include a short biblical text.
In a few instances the angel panel is situated between the commemorative text and the verse, or even below all the text, and in at least one instance the verse is inscribed on the rear face. A number of stones are carved with a full memorial on both sides of the stone, and there are a few instances of the edge being used also.
They date from the period 1690 to 1759, and those located in the Vale itself, and centred on Hickling, appear to be the work of just one or two masons, although no information as to their identity appears to exist.

For a more comprehensive discussion, see LinkExternal link
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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SK7536, 49 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Material (from Tags)
Slate 
Name (from Tags)
Belvoir Angels 
Primary Subject of Photo
Gravestone 
Period (from Tags)
Early 18th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1728  1719 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7511 3619 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.0733N 0:53.0626W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7511 3619
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Gravestone  Grade II Listed 

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