The Battlefield Walk in Tewkesbury covers the large area of land where one of the last battles of the Wars of the Roses took place. Walking around it, it is easy (if, like me, you're mind is mostly in the 15th century) to miss everything else that's not medieval related.
Our trip out saw us heading south east, with the town's abbey behind us. Passing the site where an ancient castle once stood we came upon a cemetery. This burial ground is just over 160 years old and contains a lovely Gothic lodge at its centre. The building in my photograph is a small mausoleum that stands alone, as you can see on the map, at the cemetery's eastern border.
It was built by one Reverend Charles Grove in 1881. Grove was a great benefactor at Tewkesbury Abbey, he not only gave the abbey its organ that stands in the north transept and the stained glass west window, he also donated the magnificent brass eagle lectern that can be seen in as you walk along the nave of the abbey. a great benefactor to the Abbey
I imagine that the Reverend and his wife, who predeceased him, are spending eternity together in this beautiful quiet corner of Tewkesbury.
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