A Little Book Of
TOMBS & MONUMENTS
When someone dies, we want to remember them – to make their last resting place an appropriate memorial of their life. For the grand personages of earlier times, it was important to plan their own monument, to ensure that their status would endure in perpetuity. This urge to consecrate and commemorate a short human life has led, since the earliest times, to the most magnificent tombs and monuments in our churchyards, chapels and cathedrals. Now, Mike Harding – travelling not just the length and breadth of Britain but as far afield as New Mexico and Savannah, Georgia, has visited and photographed the finest, most idiosyncratic and most singular. Here, then, carved in alabaster or marble, or blazoned in glowing stained glass, are the Mediaeval couple Sir John and Martha Suckling in a church in Norwich; the Countess of Cumberland in Appleby; numerous tombs and memorials to young children, the poignancy of their untimely deaths still piercing after hundreds of years; the austere mausoleum containing D.H. Lawrence’s remains up in the hills in Taos, and even the stained-glass Thomas the Tank Engine in a Gloucestershire church commemorating the life of the Rev. W.H. Awdry.
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 May 2008)
Tombs & Monuments is a moving and poignant celebration that ranges from Saxon graves to the shrine where D.H. Lawrence is buried in Taos, New Mexico and even the memorial windows in a Gloucestershire church commemorating the Rev. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. There are superb photographs of the tomb of the 14th-century knight Sir John Marmion in a little parish church in Yorkshire, of T.E. Lawrence’s tomb in Wareham, Dorset, of the beautiful memorial to the fallen of the First World War at Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire, and the strange Cadaver Tombs from the time of the Black Death, in East Anglia.