A tiny window at Bolton Abbey’s Priory Church depicts the northern saint Cuthbert to whom, with St Mary, Mother of Jesus, the Priory is dedicated. The window was a gift from a nineteenth century steward of the Duke of Devonshire and shows Cuthbert as Bishop of Lindisfarne, cradling in his arms the severed head of his fellow saint, Oswald, a Christian King whose skull is possibly the one found during excavation of Cuthbert’s grave in Durham Cathedral.
One of the windows in the Priory Church at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire is quite gruesome. It depicts three scenes of martyrdom. These represent St Stephen (the first Christian Martyr) being stoned for his faith, St Polycarp of Smyrna being burned at the stake and St Ignatius of Antioch being thrown to the lions by the Roman Emperor Trajan.
Visting Wakefield Cemetery for the first time, I thought I should give a brief introduction to the location and, in particular, the War graves plot. It contains the grave of an Auxiliary Territorial Service Private who died in March 1945. There are some particularly fine Victorian memorials in this cemetery: