Friday, 26 August 2016

St. Elphin's Church, Warrington; Graves and Historical Graffiti

We think of graffiti as a modern phenomena, but it has been around for thousands of years, the desire to let the world know you have been at a certain place by etching your name on a building or an object being too overwhelming for some. Here are some photos of historical graffiti on St. Elphin's Church in Warrington, a church mentioned by the Domesday Book of 1086. There are stone mason's marks on some of the medieval stone, and what appear to be practice etchings (professional looking letters and numbers), while some are just blatant eighteenth and nineteenth century vandalism. Included are some rather interesting modern examples.

Also included are some interesting grave stones that can be found in the church yard. There are a fine collection of Masonic grave stones and graves that reveal symbols of mortality; skulls, hourglasses, scythes, and Angels of death. The graves presented here are just a small of selection of what can be found.

'1775'

'A.E.R.O. 1941'

'J.J' and what could be 1936.

'A.G' The rest of the lettering and possibly numbers are weathered.

'J.R' on the south side of the church, situated near a shot mark, which probably dates from the Civil War.

'J.J' again.

Another shot mark in the south wall. Probably from the Civil War. This is the oldest part of the church.




An eighteenth century grave stone showing symbols of mortality.

Another selection of symbols of mortality.


A grave stone of the Molyneux family.


Masonic grave stone of Charles Wainright. He may have been a member of a lodge under the Grand Lodge of Wigan.

The Masonic grave stone of William Hunt M.D. Hunt was a member of the Lodge of Lights in Warrington.


All photos by Dr David Harrison

© Dr David Harrison 2016






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