A sad tale of long ago

The old church of St Margaret can tell many stories; and the graveyard is just full of them.
This gravestone tells the sad story of Mary Bagnall, who died in 1799 at the age of less than forty.
The inscription is still beautifully clear even some two hundred years later.

Consumption grave at Draycott in the Moors

Mary Bagnall’s gravestone

The inscription reads:
A Pale Consumption gave the fatal blow,
The stroke was certain, the effect was slow.
With wasting pain Death found me long oppressed,
Pitied my sighs, & kindly gave me rest.

It certainly gives one something to think about…

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