Memorial stone damage

Loss of inscriptions upon memorial stones

Monuments in Church & Chapel yards are too often destined to be removed by man and broken up, thus changing the look of the churchyard forever and losing the genealogical information contained. Family memorials often stand within the same grouping and when moved indiscriminately, lose their original connection to one another.

'Tidy' churchyards seem to be the fashion, complying with the need for easy maintenance. This does not conserve the memorials however, and their genealogical messages are lost.  The stones should be preserved wherever possible in their original positions.

Wind, weather. ivy and trees also take their toll, damaging the stones beyond repair.

 

 

Loss of inscriptions upon memorial stones
tree swallows stone
A closeup of how a tree swallows grave! Sapling growing at the side of the headstone, in years could result in this below.
tree swallows stone
Or this illustration.
tree eats monument

Photo Pininterest, taken in Nottingham Cemetery

tree swallows stone
Or even this specimen.