Beautiful Graveyards and Gravestones

Church Graveyards can be the most peaceful places to take a stroll, they are filled with local history of the families that live nearby and you can discover the most beautiful Gravestones and surroundings - here is some of our local beautiful churchyards.


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As people who have read my other hubs on genealogy know I spend a lot of my spare time in graveyards, in fact my family groans whenever we turn a corner in a road and I spot a new church, I constantly comment on how beautiful their graveyard is and do we have enough time for a quick stop, they just don't get it. I find graveyards one of the most beautiful places, their silence and peace attracts me, the lack of technology, mobile phones (yes I turn mine off) and the surprises and people I meet when I enter them does nothing to dim my enthusiasm for spending time in them.


The photograph above was taken at St. Mary the Virgin in Great Brickhill, a beautiful village situated in the heart of Buckinghamshire. I had been having a very stressful morning, nothing out of the ordinary just busy family life, I managed to find a spare half an hour and this particularly gorgeous paradise of peace. When I entered the graveyard I was greeted by quiet laughter from a group of people picnicking at the front of the church, very unusual, that's a first for me. Moments after my arrival they had packed up and disappeared by the time I reached the entrance, as I walked among the grass and headstones the silence was suddenly and beautifully broken by the sound of the choir, that's where they had disappeared to, and I was so glad that I had arrived in time for my impromptu concert, just for me it seemed.


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In my graveyard wanderings I find beauty and surprises, a beautifully kept graveyard, a hidden tombstone, ornate carvings, secret gates and doors or just the magical shadows that seem to present themselves to your eyes at every turn and it is this quality that I wanted to share in this hub.


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All Saints Church in Loughton
All Saints Church in Loughton
No name - just a simple beautiful wooden cross
No name - just a simple beautiful wooden cross
A family row of gravestones
A family row of gravestones
I've never seen one with these holes in it before and have no idea why it was designed like this - any ideas?
I've never seen one with these holes in it before and have no idea why it was designed like this - any ideas?
A beautiful angel
A beautiful angel
The name has been eroded by time, how fitting for the sculpture contained on the gravestone
The name has been eroded by time, how fitting for the sculpture contained on the gravestone
I love this reposed cross lying in the deep grass
I love this reposed cross lying in the deep grass
A secret doorway in the churchyard
A secret doorway in the churchyard
A tiny piece of blue in the grass
A tiny piece of blue in the grass
Hidden under the trees - gorgeous carvings
Hidden under the trees - gorgeous carvings
Secluded family graveyard within a graveyard
Secluded family graveyard within a graveyard
A tiny angel with bowed head
A tiny angel with bowed head
A very elaborate aristocratic family plot
A very elaborate aristocratic family plot


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Sparrowlet 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What perfectly lovely photographs! I like cemeteries too, and there are some beautiful old ones here on Cape Cod where I live. Next time I'm out & about I'll snap some photos and maybe make a hub as well! I'd love to see more of these. Nice job!


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Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

So peaceful. Beautiful photos.


SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

Wonderful photos! The one of the single flower is absolutely stunning. How beautiful that in a place that honors the dead, living things still thrive!


Toby de Villiers 5 years ago

thx for sharing.


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molometer 5 years ago

I love graveyards great hub voted up IU. follower


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mom0f2 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

get photos, I love to walk along old stones and wounder what their life was like, how they passed. I want to take photos of all my family members to add to my photo book of my family history. I really liked your hub.


Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

Lovely. So glad I saw this hub!

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