SJ9223 : Mr Fry's gravestone in St Mary's Churchyard

taken 2 years ago, near to Stafford, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Mr Fry's gravestone in St Mary's Churchyard
Mr Fry's gravestone in St Mary's Churchyard
This rather plain headstone has been singled out from the many headstones of similar date and is Listed Grade II for the circumstances of its creation. It commemorates Mr. Bernard Fry who contracted typhus when treating patients during an outbreak at the Stafford Poor-house and died in January 1827. The inscription is a long verse which reads as follows:

When Typhus in the Stafford Poor-house raged
FRY like angel strove the bane t'expel,
To that kind feeling which his zeal engaged
For saving others he a victim fell.
Could strict integrity with faith sincere,
Or valued usefulness have Death withstood,
His skill assiduous in its simple sphere
Had length of days employed in doing good.
He fell bewail'd in life's meridian hour
To rise with joy when Christ who came to save,
From Heaven descending cloathed with quick'ning power
Shall call Death's captives from the silent grave.
Then ways of Providence, now dark to sight,
All perfect will appear in glory's light.
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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 23 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Period (from Tags)
Early 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9204 2316 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.3559N 2:7.1712W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9204 2316
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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