a lifetime burning

By Sheol

Cemetery Sunday

What a find!  I'm uploading this while taking a brief break from the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival.  While enjoying a pint at one of the local pubs I realised that I was looking at a 17th century graveyard.

Normal service will be resumed shortly, along with the background and history to this grave.


The tomb can be found in a small cemetery just off Tailor's Court within the  the area that was once the original walled city of Bristol.  The cemetery apparently relates to the nearby Church of St John the Baptist, or as it is also called St John on the Wall as the Church itself actually forms part of the old city wall.

The tomb belongs to Hugh Browne and his wife Elizabeth.  I've not been able to find out anything much about Bristol other than that he was born in Bristol in 1601 and died on 12 November 1653.  He must have been reasonably important / wealth however to have deserved / been able to afford such an ornate tomb.  Andrew Foyle's book "Bristol" describes the tomb as having "crude effigies" of Hugh and his wife, which seems a little harsh.  The kneeling figures on the front of the tomb represent the couple's children.

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