SHAP GRANITE MEMORIALS.

 

Shap granite has been used for both grave markers as well as War memorials. They are usually found polished, but some are in the natural state. The form of the stone is such that it does not show detail very well and some inscriptions are difficult to read.

 

Recently there has been a renewed use of Shap granite for modern memorials and commorative statutes etc. these are usually the plinth and they are usually natural stones.

  

CHURCHYARD MEMORIALS

 

I first started noting and photographing Shap Granite memorials for a friend and I did not note any details for these early recordings. Although they are a beautiful stone especially when polished, unfortunately it is a masons nightmare to carve a name on. Unless the letters are highlighted or very deeply carved they can be very difficult to read.

 

This is an ongoing project the map below shows the graveyards and cemeteries that have been inspected in Cumbria and the surrounding area to date for examples.

 

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1. SHAP

2. CLIFTON

3. DALSTON

4. CARLISLE CEMETERY

5. LONGTOWN ARTHURET

6. CANONBIE

7. WETHERAL CHURCHYARD

8. THORNTHWAITE

9. BRUGH-BY-SANDS CHURCHYARD

10. CROGLIN

11. BOWNESS ON SOLWAY

12. KIRKANDREWS ON EDEN

13. HAYTON (BRAMPTON)

14. ASPATRIA

15. WARWICK ON EDEN

16. WEST NEWTON

18. CUMREW

19. ARMATHWAITE

20. TEBAY

21. HALTWHISTLE

22. LAMBLEY

23. RENWICK

24. HOLME ST CUTHBERT

25. GRINSDALE.

26. WARCOP

27. KNARSDALE.

28. GARRIGILL

 29. ST. GILES ORTON.

30. CUMWHITTON

 31 GREENHEAD

32. LANERCOST

33. CASTLE SOWERBY

34.  NENTHEAD CEMETERY

35. LONG SLEDDALE

36. EWES.

37. LOWESWATER

38. BRAMPTON OLD CHURCH

 39.SELSIDE.

40. MUSGRAVE

 41. HURWORTH ON TEES

42. SKELTON

43. THURSBY 

 44. BARTON

45. HUTTON ROOF 

46  NEWTON ARLOSH

47 WREAY CEMETERY.

48. APPLEBY CHURCH.

  

TOMBSTONES

OBELISKS

CHURCH FITTINGS

WAR MEMORIALS

MODERN MONUMENTS.

There has been a recent spate in the use of unpolished granite boulders as the base for modern monuments and memorials.


BASIC TOMBSTONES

 

shapwetheral

 

WETHERAL CHURCHYARD.

FRANCES THOMPSON DIED FEBRUARY 1875.

 

 

 

 

 

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THORNTHWAITE CHURCH.shaptilberthwaite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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shap-brughBRUGH-BY-SANDS  CHURCHYARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SHAP-CROGLIN

 

 

CROGLIN CHURCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DALSTON CHURCH

 

 

 

 

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 BOWNESS ON SOLWAY CHURCH.

 

 

 

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Nancy Pattinson died August 1885.         George Liddle Died Aug 1942.

 

 

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  CARLISLE CEMETERY.

 

 

 

 

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GRINSDALE CHURCH

 

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KIRK ANDREWS ON EDEN

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ARTHURET CHURCH

 

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HAYTON (near Brampton) CHURCHYARD 

 

 

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Mary Graham  died January 1928.  ....... Woodhead died  December 1880.

 

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  ST KENTIGERN ASPATRIA CHURCHYARD

 

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James Douglas Wilkinson July 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 SAINT LEONARDS CHURCH, WARWICK ON EDEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 birdbathwarwick

 

 

This must be the most unusual gravestone yet a bird bath

Georgina Louisa Chapman died October 1940.

Supplied by Beattie, Carlisle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 sgparkerwarwick

 

 sgstewartwarwick

 

sglittlewarwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agnes Jane Mary Parker  John Stewart Muirhead .       Mary Evelyn Little

died january 1939           died March 1964                 died June 1959

            

 

 

 

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WEST NEWTON

sg-westnewton

Unreadable inscription.

 

 

 

 

 

  

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CUMREW CHURCHYARD

 

Henry Isaac Wilson died December 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARMATHWAITE CHURCHYARD.

 

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 A grave marked out with shap granite curbs. inscription unreadable on inside of kerbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ST. JAMES CHURCHYARD, TEBAY.

 

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SG-tebay-5

 sg-4-tebay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gravestone in shape of a cross.  Sarah Whitehead .                       Lorenzo Harsley, Station master Tebay

inscription unreadable.               died September 1904.                  died March 1918.

 sg-tebay7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Binks died June 1901.

  

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WARCOP CHURCH.

 

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  GARRIGILL CHURCH

 

 

 

sg-garrigill

 

Only a single tombstone in this churchyard. Alas it has fallen over obscuring the inscription. This is an unfortunate all to frequent finding in a lot of churchyards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 CUMWHITTON

 

SG-bell-cum

 

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 William Bell died June 1938.                         Christopher Hewetson died February 1923.

 

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 GREENHEAD

 

 

greenhead-armstrong-sg

 

greenhead-forster-sg

 greenhead-jackson-sg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Armstrong                Edith Annie Forster died October 1934.      Tom Jackson died May 1933.       

 died June 1949.

 

 

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 LANERCOST

 

 

atkinson-sg-laner

g-hind-sg-laner

 

 

 

 

 

carruthers-sg-laner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Robert Atkinson died October 1950.               Geoffery Hind died April 2004.                                       John Joseph Carruthers

                                                                                                                                                                                    died September 1947

                                                            

 

 

  hind-sg-laner

 holliday-sg-laner

 

 

 

 

 

 

hunter-sg-laner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Frederick Hind died April 1955.                                    Robert Holliday died November 1941.    Robert Hunter died September 1949.

 

 james-sg-laner

 

 

m-atkinson-sg-laner

mj-hind-sg-laner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 William James died March 1947.                  Margaret Jane Atkinson              Mary Jane Hind died February 1954.

                                                                 died November 1941. 

 

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 ritson-sg-laner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Andrew Murchie died January 1947.                   Thomas Ritson died July 1941.       William Atkinson died May 1940.

 

                                                                                                                          Labeled Beattie & Co.

           

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ST. KENTIGERNS CHURCH CASTLE SOWERBY

 

 

 

 

 castlesowerbysg2

castlesowerbysg1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Bowes Died January 1940.                  Olive Southern died March 1939.

  

castlesowerbysgpillars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of small columns. Presumably they were part of a curb system around a grave.

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 NENTHEAD CEMETERY.

 

THOMAS HENRY ARMSTRONG jANUARY 1958.sg-nenthead-cemetry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 LONG SLEDDALE CHURCH 

 

 

sg-ward-longsledd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 WARD died February 1941.                           ERIC CRAGG died 1964.

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 LOWESWATER CHURCHYARD

 

 

sg-lowes-1

2 gravestones with unreadable inscription.

 

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 Mary Rothery no date.

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BRAMPTON OLD CHURCH.

 

brampton-sg-1    brampton-church-sg2   brampton-church-sg3

Margaret Isabella Thomson                         Unreadable inscription.                 Margaret Percival died November 1938

Died February 1943.          

 

brampton-church-4   brampton-church-sg5brampton-church-sg7

 

 

John Forster                           Thomas Pratt died April 1958.    Harriet Henderson died May 1940.

died March 1945. 

 

 

brampton-church-sg8     brampton-church-sg9   brasmpton-church-sg-10

 

 William Stephenson            David Scott Phillips             Joseph Campbell died August 1942.

died July 1949.                   died June 1884.                  labelled by Beattie & co ltd Carisle

 

 

brampoton-church-sg6    brampton-church-sg-12        brampton-church sg 13

 

 

Isabella Murray died April 1941      George Abbott died November 1932.  George Tertius Glover June 1953.

 

 

 

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CLIFTON

 

 

clifton-maria    clifton-tatters     clfton-atkinson

 

 

  Maria Sturdy died January 1875.         Frances Tatters July 1946.                                      Richard Atkinson died June 1940.

 

clfton-clarke           clfton-dennis    clfton-hodgkinson

 

 Mary Louise Clarke died October 1961.      Michael Dennis died July 1972.       Herbert William Hodgkinson died Janauary 1957.

 

 

clfton-holliday

 

 

Mary Holiday died October 1945.

 

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SELSIDE

 

 

selside-huck    selside-mason

 

 

 

Lizzie Huck died June 1941.           Ethel Mason died March 1942.

 

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MUSGRAVE

 

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Philip W Rudd died February 1940.

 

 SHAP CHURCH.

 

shapion     shapbulock    shapdouthwaite

 

 

A plain cross.                            Ruth Bullock died August 1885.                                            Henry Douthwaite died December 1885.

Agnes Ion died June 1888.

 

SHAP CHURCHYARD COLUMNS AND OBELISKS

 

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SKELTON CHURCHYARD.

 

moban    rawlinson-skelton     unreadableskelton

 

Elizabeth Jane Robson died 1944                                                               George Armstrong Rawlinson died May 1948                       Unreadable.

 

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THURSBY

 

thursby-sg-1   thursby-sg-2   thursby-sg3

Unreadable.                                                                Sarah Forster  died September 1945.             Unreadable.

 

 

 

thursby-sg-4   thursby-sg-5  thursby-sg-wood

 

Unreadable.                                                                                John Graham died June 1957.                                     Wood died March 1842

 

 

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BARTON

 

metcalfe-sg-barton   how-sg-barton

 

Richard Metcalfe  Winn died October 1876.                 Joseph How died September 1864.

A unusal design for Shap Granite with columns           A coped stone.

 

bewsher-sg-barton   atkinsonsgbarton

Thomas Bewsher died July 1846.                                 Ann Atkinson died July 1844.

 

4-sg-barton

A group of 4 coped stones with crosses carved on top  Ethel Edmundson died April 1969, Amy Gertrude Edmondson died February 1927.

Hugh Campbell rawley died August 1922, Mary Harriet roal died April 1916.

 

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SAINT JOHNS, HUTTON ROOF.

huttonroof1      hutton-roof2

 

Margaret Ann Atkinson died February 1942.  John Hobson died june 1937.

 

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NEWTON ARLOSH CHURCH.

newtonasg1       newtonasg2  newtonasg3

John Brough died December 1957.                             John Blacklock died February 1941.                           Fanny Jane   unreadable

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WREAY CEMETERY.

 

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SAINT MICHAELS CHURCHYARD, APPLEBY

 

 

christianapplebysg    jrichardsonapplebysg

 

 Dorothy Christian Hare died 1967.                                           Rev. J Richardson died 1868 a panel in a sandstone base.

 

nicholsonapplebysg    richarsonapplebysg

 

John Nicholson died June 1879.                                     Edward Richardson died December 1857.

 

rowlandsonapplebysg    gudgeon-applebysg 

 

John Rowlandson died February 1870.                    Capt Henry Noel Clifton Gudgeon died June 1943.

 

 

 

NON CUMBRIAN CHURCHYARDS

SCOTLAND

CANNONBIE CHURCH

 

shapcannonbie

 

 

 

 

 David Cowan died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DORNOCK CHURCH.

 

 

 

A celtic style cross.

 

Thomas Williams  died January 1889.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTH YORKSHIRE

 

SHAPGRANITE-COATHAMCOATHAM CHURCHYARD, REDCAR

 

Alfred Bulman Died 1937. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ESTON CEMETERY,

 

 

John William Philips died October 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHUMBERLAND

 

HALTWHISTLE  CHURCHYARD

 

Thomas Errington died December 1874.shapgranite-haltwhistle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAMBLEY CHURCH

 

 

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Thomas Dobson Died May 1874. 

 

 

whitfieldlambley

 

 

 

 

KNARSDALE CHURCH

 

 

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John George Gill died July 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shap3-knarsdale

Edith Lowe died December 1975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shap2-knarsdale

 

Neville Scott died February 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shap-knarsdale

 

Joseph Makepeace died July 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 COUNTY DURHAM

 

HURWORTH ON TEES

 

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A coped slab to james Nicholson Collyer died March 1870. This grave is still surrounded by its low iron railings.

 

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 A coped stone with cross on top to George John scurfield died May 1914.

 

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 A similar slab to Alice Joanna Sarah Scurfield died Sept 1913.

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OBELISK MEMORIALS

 

 

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 THORNTHWAITE CHURCH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RENWICK CHURCH. Obelisk with urn on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOWNESS ON SOLWAY CHURCHshapgranite-obelsik

 

 

 

James Irving died March 1877.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Holme St. Cuthbert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Beck Died march 1884.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARLISLE CEMETERY

 

 

 

 

 

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Sandstone obelisk with a shap granite tablet inset.

 

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Memmorial signed by CORBETT 

 

ST GILES ORTON

 

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Richard Pattinson died April 1871.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SHAP CHURCHYARD

 

 

 

shaphudson        shapwinster       shapirving

 

William Hudson died           Originally a column surmounted by an urn          John Irving died April 1895.

September 1908.                 John Winster died February 1906

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 EWES CHURCHYARD.

 

 

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A small obelisck alas now broken to Margaret Stirling died February 1873.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shap Granite in church furniture

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Tebay Church pulpit.  (1930)                                                                         And Font.

 

 

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Watermillock church font.

 

 

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Kirkby Stephen church pulpit. Italian marble and Shap granite. Dates fron 1871.

 

 

St Augustines Church, Alston.

 alston-shap

Two slim Shap Granite columns with fat foliage caitals in sandstone, seperate the south aisle from the nave. The church dates from 1869 1870 and was designed by J. W. Walton. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The panels on the outside of the Lowther Mauseleum in Lowther churchyard are filled with  polished Shap granite slabs. It is not known if these were intended to carry future memorials or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAR MEMMORIALS

 

Renwick village war memorial in the churchyard. 

 

war-memorial-shap-granite

 

 

 

war-mem-tebay

 

A polished tablet set into the internal wall of St. James church Tebay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

skeltonwarmem

 

War memmorial at Skelton church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shapwarmem

 

 

War Memorial at Shap Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 warmemnewc1     warmemnewc2

'The Response' St. Thomas's Church Newcastle on Tyne.

 

Raised by Sir George Renwick and Lady Renwick to commemmorate the rising of B Coy 9th Battalion and 16th, 18th and 19th service battalion Northumberland Fuyssiliers by Newcastle and Gateshead Chamber of Commerce between August and October 1914. It aqlso commemorates Sir Georges 50 years of commerce in Newcastle and the safe return of his 5 sons from the Great War.  Unveiled on 5th July 1923 by HRH the Prince of Wales.

 

The design is by Sir William Goscombe John RA.

The front has a drummer leadinh Northumberland Fusiliers and ordinary men of the district with their trade tools and rifles. The bronze was cast by A13 Burton, Thames Ditton.

 The rear shows a Northumberland Fusiliar of 1674 and 1919 seperated by Sir George in medieval military dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAP GRANITE BUILDINGS.

 

 

 

BUILDINGS

 

 

BUILDING EMBELISHMENTS

 

 

tebay-church

 

 

St. James Church Tebay built externally from rough faced blocks of red Shap granite. (Inside is in brick work see article)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MODERN MONUMENTS

 

 

tebay-rail-disaster-memoria

 

Memmorial to the men killed in the Tebay rail accident.

 

 

millenium-stone1     millenium-stone-2

 

 

Millenium Stone Yanworth.

 

Set up to commemorate the 2000AD millenium this 50 ton block of Shap granite has a christian cross and 2000 carved on the face facing the road and the Alpha and Omega symbols on the other two faces. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and faces Mayburgh Henge and stands for the early people of the Eden valley who built the Henge. Omega the last letter of the alphabet stands for Posterity as yet unborn.

 

sedgdent

 

 

 MONUMENT TO ADAM SEDGEWICK, CHURCH GATES, DENT.

 

 

Adam Sedgewick born 22nd March 1785 died 27th January 1873. He was son of the vicar at Dent and was educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Cambridge were he qualified BA in 1808 and MA in 1811. He became Professor of Geology there in 1818 and remained in post till his death in 1873.

 

He worked on various groups of rock including Cambrian, Carboniferous and Devoninan strata.