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Were there transcriptons taken of the Cathedral Gravestones ? Did Hunter mention them ? Not that my family goes back that far, just thought they might be of general interest.

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Were there transcriptons taken of the Cathedral Gravestones ? Did Hunter mention them ? Not that my family goes back that far, just thought they might be of general interest.

Just started looking and found this which may be of interest to someone at some time.

Compact Disks containing a variety of material including parish records, census data and monumental inscriptions

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Here are five that were recorded in 1797:

On a flat stone in the west end of the Church Yard is the following singular Epitaph, in rude characters, without any date.

THIS IS JOHN BATE HIS STONE.

J. B. M. B. R. B. B. A.

H.

IN MEMORY OF JOHN BATE

YE BEST METTIL BUTTON CASTER

At the east end of this Church yard on a small flat stone, is recorded the following memento of longevity.

HERE LIES THE BODY OF WILLIAM

CONGREVE, WHO DIED Nov. 17, 1754

AGED 111 YEARS, 8 MONTHS.

Near the Church, on the North side, is the following curious epitaph.

In memory of Richard Smith who died April 6, 1757, Aged 52.

At thirteen years I went to sea

To try my fortune there;

But lost my friend, which put an end

To all my interest there.

To land I came as ’twere by chance,

At twenty then I taught to dance;

But yet unfettled in my mind,

… [line not included in scan] …

I at twenty-fice laid dancing down,

To be a Bookseller in this town,

Where I continued without strife,

Till death depriv’d me of my life.

Vain world to thee I bid farewell,

To rest within this silent cell,

Till the great GOD shall summons all

To answer his Majestic call,

Then Lord have mercy on us all

Within a few yards of the former we meet with the following

Here is interred Joseph Newton, who wished to live peaceably with all men. Born July, 1682 d. June 10 1767. He lived in the Reigns of 12 Crowned Heads of England.

Learn O deluded Man! before too late

Short is the date of Youth, of life the date,

Fix on the Grave as on the Goal your eye,

And think each day you live you live to die.

On the North side of the Church yard is recorded the following Inscription.

Here lieth the Body of JOHN BURGIN, (he was Bellman in this town day and night 30 Years) who departed this life March 19, 1752, aged 63.

To death we must all submit,

There is nothing can us save,

Neither virtue, beauty, wit,

Can keep us from the Grave.

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Round the back of the Cathedral building today I saw stones on the ground inscribed with the years 1692 and 1712.

When do the burials go back to? Anyone know?

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I have a copy of the Hunter Archaeologial Society transcription. The burials start in 1560 and are in Latin.

The transcribed Monumental Inscriptions are available at Sheffield archives.

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