SU3170 : 17th-century gravestone, St Mary's, Chilton Foliat

taken 1 year ago, near to Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire, Great Britain

17th-century gravestone, St Mary's, Chilton Foliat
17th-century gravestone, St Mary's, Chilton Foliat
While many 18th-century grvestones survive in English churchyards, legible stones from before 1700 are something of a rarity. This could be the first that I've recorded for Geograph, though I know of one at Limpsfield which must be a 'probable': LinkExternal link In both cases decoration takes the form of foliage, and we are spared the jawless death's-heads that became the custom in the century that followed: LinkExternal link

We weren't able to make out all the wording on this Wiltshire stone, but it would seem to be::

HERE LYETH THE
BODY OF WILLIAM
BROOCKMAN
WHICH DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE . . .
DAY OF AVGVST
AGED 27 ANNO
DOMINI 1678
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Date Taken
Monday, 17 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 3190 7053 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:25.9727N 1:32.5504W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 3191 7053
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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