Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week
winged Angel of death
photos: Steve Birks - June 2008
The headstone of Herbert
Stansfield in the grounds of the
grounds of Church of St. Peter Ad Vincula, Stoke.
This headstone commemorates Herbert Stanfield who died in 1799. The inscription is surrounded by allegorical figures and emblems of freemasonary.
"Time and Death shall
be no more"
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
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