Thursday, September 01, 2011

Bishop's Castle churchyard

There are three interesting early 19th century graves in the churchyard at Bishop's Castle.

There is the grave of Matthew Marston, the "Honest Burgess", who refused to exploit his position in the days when the town was a notorious Rotten Borough and died in 1802.

There is the grave of I.D., "a native of Africa", who died at Bishop's Castle in 1801.

And there is the grave of Lieutenant Colonel Louis Paces, a Napoleonic officer who died whilst a Prisoner of War at Bishop's Castle  in 1814. Local legend has it that the French prisoners enjoyed a form of parole, being forbidden to go more than a mile from the town.

But last time I was there I was struck by this extraordinary weeping angel, which dates from the First World War.


Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Sounds like there are some interesting graves in 'Castle. Will have to take a look next time I'm there.

Kimpatsu said...

Just don't blink or look away...