Come Ye Blessed...
CHURCH OF ST PETER
Church Post Code LE12 5SQ
The church grounds here are spacious and very interesting. There are a couple of Belvoir Angels here of what the Heathcote's called the 'variant' type.
The first of these is to Ann Sneath. This stone has stood here since 1703, 318 years at the time of typing this!
That year saw the United Kingdom fighting in the war of the Spanish succession, 8,000 died in England as a great storm hit southern England and the English Channel.
John Wesley was born that year; Samuel Pepys died, and so did Ann Sneath...
'Here lies interred the body of Ann wife to John Sneath of Thorp Acker She departed this life November the 2nd Anno Dom 1703.
The sides taper inwards on this stone, framing the angel's wings. A very lovely piece of work.
'Come Ye Blessed' reads out from the top of the gravestone to Hester Aley. Heart symbols can be see to either side of the curls haired angel's head; a reminder of the love that a family had for their young child, deceased nearly 300 years.
'Here lyeth ye bod of Hester Aley the daughter of William and Hester of Burton who departed this life ye 24th July Anno Dom 1726 aged 35 weeks & 2 days'