Friday, 7 November 2014

St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, County Durham. Day 3 of my B/W photographs

This church was gutted by fire sixteen years ago and it has been beautifully restored.  This is one of the windows, I darkened the picture because of the light and pattern of the window.   When I was looking around the graveyard of this church I found a grave of  a young woman who died in childbirth, very sad: 
     
                                                            SACRED
                                            To The Memory Of Mary Gatiss
                                Wife Of Luke Gatiss Of Brancepeth Colliery
                                 Who Died On The 14 Sep 1855 In Childbed
                                          Five Hours After Been Delivered
                                                   Of A Still Born Child
                                                         Aged 23 Years
                                     Rest Happy Mary With Thy Infant Dear
                                            For Hard Thy Sufferings Were
                                    The Child Thou Left Thou Loved Sincere
                                               Shall Be Her Fathers Care

Mary and Luke had a daughter baptised a year previous, so this appears to be her second child.