in Stoke-on-Trent and area
Headstone of Herbert Stansfield in the
grounds of Church of St.
Peter Ad Vincula
19 April 1972
Headstone of Herbert
Stansfield in the grounds of Church of St. Peter Ad Vincula
STOKE ON TRENT SJ8645 GLEBE
STREET, approximately 20 meters south east of church
Stone headstone, 1799, richly carved
Location of the Headstone of
in St. Peter's Church Yard
Herbert Stansfield showing the Masonic Symbols
Headstone. 1799. Stone.
Commemorates Herbert Stanfield. The inscription is
surrounded by allegorical figures and emblems of freemasonary.
"Time and Death shall
be no more"
Angel of death
To the left is the winged Angel of
death with the sands of time and a scythe standing on a skeleton
- the skeleton seems to be trying to fight off the angel.
To the right are three winged
creatures - the faces of each off them has been broken off
the beehive, symbolic of
systematized industry and meaning that what one may not be able
to accomplish alone may be easily performed when all work
together at one task.
One of Masonic principal
symbols is the square and compasses, tools of the trade, so
arranged as to form a quadrilateral. The square is sometimes
said to represent matter, and the compasses spirit or mind. The
compass is an ancient symbol of spirituality and spiritual
creativity. Some medieval paintings show God creating the
Universe with compasses.
To the Memory of
HERBERT STANDSFIELD Late of Middlewich
who died January 17th 1799 Aged 64 Years
"Time was I stood as thou doth now
To view the Dead as thou doth me
In time thoul lie as low as I
And others stand and look on thee"
photos: Steve Birks
on St. Peters
summary of all listed
buildings in St. Peters grounds
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