In St. Mary’s church in Sandwich, Kent, is a simple ledger that is showing the signs of three centuries of dust and deterioration under people’s feet. Demonstrating the importance of the historical record to verify difficult-to-read dates incised into the stones,
The seemingly confused year in the date of the Pilkington slab at All Saints’ Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, can be explained by the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian in 1582, not formally adopted in England until 1752. The Gregorian Calendar new
Quite often one comes across ledgers in churches bearing just initials and a year inscribed upon them. To some extent this was a money-saving venture on the part of those who had also erected a mural monument to the deceased,
This fine cast-iron ledger can be found in the church of St Mary at Leighton, Shropshire and was almost crtainly cast at Coalbrookdale, some five miles south-east of Leighton. Cast iron ledgers are rather rare, are almost all situated in
These two ledgers, commemorating a husband and wife, were laid in the third quarter of the 18th century. Almost certainly produced in Norwich, they remain as fresh today as when first cut and are arguably amongst the finest in Norfolk.