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James M Thorne 12:33am, 17 April 2005
I'm trying to find out a little more about this style of grave. It dates from the early 19th century, i have only ever seen them in my local church yard at All Saints Church in Fulham, West London.

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awake religion [deleted] 17 years ago
would look for yr answer in aegyptology
Tiggywinkle 17 years ago
Wow! I've never seen anything quite like that before. It does look sort of Egyptian, vaguely. Can you tell us anything about the inscriptions on any of the stones?
James M Thorne 17 years ago
Due to the churchs location next to a busy London road, pollution has taken its toll, so its hard to make out the ingravings. But the stone on the left of the picture dates from 1810.
Project 404 17 years ago
Email the grave and cemetery office at Hammersmith and Fulham council. They will tell you:

information@lbhf.gov.uk
_chance_ 17 years ago
They actually look quite normal for that period. Notice how it looks like a bed? The rounded lid to the vault does look Egyptian, but it is merely a decorative edge on a top that is cut to fit the outline of the coffin. The reason you probably have only seen this style at a single church is that the design was probably done a lot by the local stone carver. It may even have been his trademark design or he may have been the only stone carver close to the church so everyone went to him.

I would guess, because of the vaguely similar outline to a coffin, that these folks were maybe middle to upper middle class or important in the local parish. Having a pair of headstones was fairly common in places but the slabs are too close to the outline of a coffin. I've seen full rectangle slabs or just rails of marble connecting the corners of the head and foot stones. This being in between those, but requiring a lot more carving, and more stone for that matter, lead me to this conclusion.

I have pictures with vaguely similar layouts from Paris and the US with dates from pre-1800 up to about the 1850s, which coincide with the dates you mentioned.

Hope this helps a little. Hopefully the grave and cemetery office has more information for you.
songstress 17 years ago
Hello THX 1991,

This is what's known as a 'lozenge' grave because the capstone is supposed to be lozenge-shaped. The stones were coffin-shaped, but sensibilities named it as 'lozenge.'

This style of grave architecture was very popular in the early 1800's, and can be found in many churchyards and old cemeteries. A notable example was found in St Lawrence's Churchyard in Brentford, but now sadly gone since the church fell into disuse and the gravestones used for other purposes. If you would like to see other examples of these lozenge graves, some can be found in the churchyard of All Saints, Isleworth.
spectacular thumb [deleted] 17 years ago
songstress, I was gonna say that ;-)
James M Thorne 17 years ago
Thanks for all your answers, much appriciated :)
Project 404 17 years ago
Either way its a nice place to get parked.
Eric Hunt. 16 years ago
Wonderful! I've never seen such markers before.

Another place to look is The Association for Gravestone Studies here in the US. Email them and perhaps they have some additional background info.

Nice shot!
Jean Albus 16 years ago
Oh, my God! What a cool thing. Great find.
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Doctor Beef 16 years ago
Some wonderful information in this thread! So great to have such resources in each other!
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