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rogercarol

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Re: A grave situation at the Gatehouse Minster
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 18:03:39 »
There was another grave inscription associated with Minster Abbey churchyard and this one was recorded by William Hogarth during his Five day peregrination with friends in May of 1723.
Hogarth and friends stayed at the George, nowadays known as the Prince of Waterloo, for a drink and a meal before going on to Sheerness and from there returning to the Bedford Arms Tavern in Covent Garden.
The inscription:
Here Interr'd George Anderson Doth Lye
By fallen on an Anchor he did Dye.
In Sheerness yard on Good Friday
ye. 6th of April, I Do Say----
All you that Read my Allegy: Be Alwaies
Ready for to Dye-----aged 42 years.

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Re: A grave situation at the Gatehouse Minster
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008, 22:29:12 »
I didn't know this had been moved to the museum.  I went looking for it down Love Lane before one of my hospital trips!

rogercarol

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A grave situation at the Gatehouse Minster
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2008, 21:01:40 »
Theres a grave stone in the entrance to the Gatehouse Museum. You can barely make out the inscription. Where the grave is I'm afraid is any ones guess 'cos according to the present Vicar the records do not exist any more  ???

Anyway this is the inscription on this stone:

O, EARTH,
COVER NOT MY BLOOD!
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
A MAN UNKNOWN, WHO WAS
FOUND MURDERED, ON THE
MORNING OF THE 22ND APRIL, 1814,
NEAR SCRAPS-GATE IN THIS PARISH, BY
HIS HEAD BEING NEARLY SEVERED FROM HIS BODY.
A SUBSCRIPTION
WAS IMMEDIATELY
ENTERED INTO, AND
ONE HUNDRED GUINEAS REWARD
OFFERED ON CONVICTION OF THE
PERPETRATORS OF THE
HORRIBLE ACT, BUT THEY REMAIN AT
PRESENT UNDISCOVERED.

According to local tradition the poor guy walked in on this gang of smugglers and they thought he was a revenue man and so set about him with the rather severe consequence.
Then to quieten the uproar they paid for the mans burial, the stone and the inscription

 

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