"Oh look," said Ailz sardonically, "A steeple house."
And I acted surprised and said, "Well, since it's there I might as well take a look..."
Last time I visited St Nicholas, Sevenoaks it was locked. This time the parish office was open and the nice man behind the desk waved me through into the body of the church...
"Is there anything you're particularly interested in?" he asked
And I said, "Well, those wall monuments are really rather splendid..."
And they are. But we'll come back to them tomorrow, when I've had time to edit my photographs.
In the meantime here's a particularly charming headstone. I love the way the two cherubs seem to be kissing.
The inscription reads...
To the memory of Grace, daughter of John and Sarah Nash, died May the 8th 1757, aged 25 years
In my God I hope to rest
And with my Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The pains of death I have gone through
And so I bid all friends adieu.
You will notice that the middle two lines of the verse epitaph were too long to fit on the stone and the mason has had to cram the final letters of "Christ" and the whole of "through" into the spaces between the lines. I wonder what John and Sarah thought about this rather untidy expedient...