famous last words

I met this fellow the other week in a Chester graveyard. I was waiting on evening song at the cathedral and watching a bunch of teenage tourists when I wandered in and almost stepped on him. I’ve walked over a lot of Victorians in the past nine years but there’s just something about this one that made me stop and stare and clean him off a bit.

Edward Bedward.  Victorian.

Sacred to the Memory of
(of this city)
who departed this life
April 19th 1845 aged 51 years

Time was I stood where thou dost now
And viewed the dead as thou dost me
Ere long thou’ll lie as low as I
And other’s stand and look on thee


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  • Amy
    Jul 13, 2007 at 0:25

    that’s kind of awesome. I’m a huge headstone/cemetery fan. Love the photo.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Stepherz
    Jul 13, 2007 at 19:24

    I LOVE his headstone! I wonder if he picked the quote out. He’s must have been a feisty, fun kind of guy.

  • steph
    Jul 13, 2007 at 20:51

    thats my birthday….:)

  • hattigrace
    Jul 15, 2007 at 17:36

    And from the side of Heaven’s Gate
    I’m thankful I had no more to wait
    Finally letting go of the Silver String
    I now rest in the presence of the King.

  • Bone
    Jul 17, 2007 at 22:57

    Poignant. I, too, am a fan of creative headstone inscriptions. I think I shall work on mine right now 🙂

  • Lily
    Feb 22, 2012 at 20:55

    I found this inscription in a very old book of unique epitahs when I was a kid. I always wondered where this grave was, and if it really existed, because as soon as I saw those words I made up my mind to make them my epitah, as well. I haven’t changed my mind yet.

    It’s WONDERFUL to see a picture of the grave I’ve so long wondered about.