Death comes in many shapes and forms. One of the rarest and saddest must surely be that commemorated , in a rather insensitive way – we are not even given the poor lad’s name – on a stone inset into the outer wall of the ancient parish church of St. Michael and All Angels in the village of Bampton, on the south eastern edge of Exmoor, in Devon.

I give my own, rather indistinct, photograph of the memorial, together with a clarified copy of the short verse (doggerel?) inscribed on the stone.

No prizes for deciphering the coded message!

Bampton Church-DeathByIcicle




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