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Part 1 HERE

We noticed that the chapels were not in the most habitable state of being

Indoor arboretum

and in noticing the roofing issues then noticed carved stone heads around the (technical term alert) stone rim thingy that went around it.  There were a lot, so I’ve just chosen the ones I recognised, (see if you agree) and one I don’t but if you know who they are do say…

HRM Queen Elizabeth II?


Alec Guiness?


Owen Teale ? (Sir Alliser Thorne in GOT) fab Welsh actor.


An extra on The Walking Dead??


Your turn 🙂

I’m wondering if it’s bad of me to have fun with what are obviously serious religious icons, but I find it hard to be obviously seriously religious these days. And furthermore and forthtoothwith, whilst my googling of the chapels came up with “Lodge and gateway rock faced stone, possibly magnesian limestone from Marsden quarry with ashlar dressings;” and further excruciatingly comprehensive architectural details, nothing was apparent regarding the people who adorn the blessed thing. 🙄

Anyways, we left to return to the car, and while Sophie was macro-ing the wildflowers


I doodled round the corner where I found space set aside for a set of more recent headstones, very different from the old, grey aged stones, as modern headstones are of course, but these were all for a different faith I think, though am not sure. (Another google fail).

Your Love is within our hearts.

They are very similar to the one I got for my Mum, black and gold with a carved lily in it. Though I think the script here is Arabic and my Mum was from Yorkshire. If the people here are of different faiths, it doesn’t matter, the sentiments on their memorials are just the same as always whatever dominations I see on my travels to cemeteries.

Finally, on our way out I liked this old door with its cracked paint, and the light coming through the gates.

You can click on the photo’s for an embiggened experience 🤪

For more fun with heads, there are a few more than I’ve posted 🙂  the full album can be seen HERE

Stay tooned, next time we are off to Alnwick Gardens to see an orchard of rare Japanese Blossom trees. And Other Scintillating stuff! Really!! 😉

49 comments on “Mere Knowles Cemetery~ April 2018 ~Part 2

  1. I like the last picture with the door and gate almost adjacent. I agree with most not sure about Owen Teal the Welsh actor. Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

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  2. I lost my Dad in 2014, September. He was ill through drink. He had been a good Dad growing up and for most of my life. It was in the last 5 years or so that I slowly lost him.

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    1. Well I’m sorry for you too, my mum died 2004, I got used to it eventually.


      1. I’m sure she is with you in some way. Hope this does not upset you.

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  3. May I use the last photo added for a story?

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    1. Yep, no problem.


      1. Thank you. Did you take the photo if so I shall of course credit it to you.

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        1. Yes, all photos on my site are by me unless otherwise stated. 😀


          1. Then I shall add photo by fraggle rocking. ☺

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          2. That’ll be grand, thanks.


          3. You are Welcome. Just published first part of my story. Image creditted to you as promised. Please enjoy.

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  4. beetleypete says:

    Lovely details, FR. And I agree about ‘Alec Guinness’!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. 😂 cheers Pete.

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  5. M.B. Henry says:

    Wow I love that white door! So pretty. A neat-looking graveyard!

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  6. Ha ha ha!!! Hey, it’s not your fault that it really DOES look like those people!!
    Beautiful pictures!!

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    1. Cheers Nicole. 😂

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  7. For some reason that last face reminds me of actor Fred Gwynne.🤔

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  8. Very nice. I love gargoyles. These softened faces are eerie but not creepy. Nice job!

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  9. April Munday says:

    The Victorians really did not build to last. I’ve seen 700-year-old carved heads that have weathered less than those.

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    1. They used a lot of sandstone it seems, not the best for the weather conditions up here.

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  10. Sue says:

    I’ve been away, Fraggle, so must have missed something – where is this place?

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    1. Sunderland. For exact place you can search it on my Map of Photography locations in the menu and it will come up.

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  11. I, for one, enjoyed the attempts at identifying the religious people! We have a Jesus statue at church that I refer to as “Sexy Jesus.” I mean, seriously sculptor, if you have Jesus’ shirt opened to show off Jesus’ 8 pack abs, what do you expect me to call it?

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    1. Hahahaha brill, take a photo!

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      1. I keep trying to do so, but I have to do it surreptitiously in case others care. The other problem is that our parish has two churches, and this is the one we only go to every now and then.

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        1. You need a spy camera on your jacket 😂

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          1. Yes! For this task, and so, so many others (though most of those other tasks fall into the “secretly take pictures of people I see” category, which sounds creepy. But mostly, I just see people doing odd things and want pictures without getting a butt kicking. Hmm…it still sounds creepy).

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  12. So much beauty in the stone and iron work. Too funny naming the “heads.”
    Maybe they were not all serious… The National Cathedral in DC has some whimsical gargoyles… even… Darth Vader. I kid you not.

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    1. Haha thanks Teagan!

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  13. Francis.R. says:

    Considering the lack of nose of the last one I’d say a) a descendant of the Egyptian sphinx b) Michael Jackson /n\ c) a portrait of one of the ancient aliens that apparently built everything from the past civilizations, at least the greys have no nose xP
    Usually the architects would have their heads sculpted too, at least here in colony with public buildings of ashlar too.

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    1. Michael Jackson!!! 🤣🤣

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  14. Eddy Winko says:

    I think some of them have stared back at me from the mirror in the morning after a heavy night 🙂

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  15. Jay says:

    Oooh, I like the door too!

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    1. Who knew doors were the thing!?


  16. You always get me laughing my ass off with the captions!!! Hahaha!!😂🤣 GREAT Post, Waffles!😍

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    1. Thank you Book’em 😀

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      1. You’re welcome!!🤣 I can’t get over those heads.😂😂😂

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  17. The last one looks like some kind of mummy! Lol. I can’t place it!😂

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  18. ayush anand says:

    Excellently written😊☺

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