Project 365 – Day Two Hundred and Seventy Two – Little Church

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I’ve blogged about this memorial once before, a couple of years ago. However as it was yet another dull, grey dreary day and I was really wanting to get out of the house somewhere I opted to go and shoot this for my project 365.

It’s only a few miles from home, at Newton Harcourt in Leicestershire. You can by all means read the previous blog entry and the comments but I thought I would repeat the story behind this curious grave marker here.

This is the grave of eight year old Christopher Gardner who died of diphtheria in 1924. His father was a stone mason who I’m sure would have found work at various churches. Little Christopher had remarked that when he was grown up he would have a church of his own. After his death his father remembered this and hand carved this unique memorial in memory of his son. I don’t think I’ve seen a more touching memorial in any churchyard.

The story can be found as part of an article about Leicestershire churchyards in “Leicestershire Historian” number 39 from 2003. Roll down to the bottom of page 14 if you don’t want to read through the whole thing.

Canon 7D, EFS 15-85mm IS, 1/50 at f3.5 .

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