DEATH BY ICICLE

Inscription plaque under Bampton Church (East Devon) tower … Photo: WHB 2020

The above inscription reads . . .

IN MEMORY OF THE CLERK’S SON
Bless my i. i. i. i. i. i.
Here he lies
In a sad Pickle
Killed by Icicle
IN THE YEAR 1776.

DEATH BY ICICLE

A cold way to leave a life
Those many years ago,
Worse than any butcher’s knife,
The saddest way to go.

For standing looking at the tower
Of this his village church,
Caught by the sharp shard’s lethal power
He gave a sudden lurch,

And pierced to the very heart
He fell, struck by an icicle,
It must have been the devil’s dart
An ending diabolical.

For one of my previous blogs on this subject please visit . . . 

https://rolandsragbag.wordpress.com/tag/icicle/

 

UNCONSIDERED TRIFLE #2

DEATH  BY  ICICLE

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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