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SIZE: 71cm high, 31cm wide, 7cm deep – 28 ins high, 12 ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
Ex Private collection sold at auction 2013
In 752AD St Cuthbert was granted permission by the Pope to establish churchyards around churches, with four cardinal points marked with crosses. It was not until the 10th Century that the practice of enclosing churchyards was introduced, and this is the origin of the term ‘God’s Acre’. All early burials took place on the south side of the church, a relic of the pagan worship of the sun god. The north side was deemed to be the domain of the devil and was viewed with fear and superstition. It was here that the un-baptised, infants, criminals and suicides were buried.