Southampton Old Cemetery
The Pearce Memorial.
This is one face of the beautiful memorial for Robert Pierce (1792-1861). The sculpture show the Three Graces, Faith, Hope and Charity and was designed by Richard Cockle Lucas. It is a Grade II Listed monument.
This face shows Hope.
Emerging from the cloth covering the urn is a butterfly, a symbol of the soul.
Buried here are Robert Pearce (1792 - 1861)
Henry Stanley Robert Pearce (1821 - 1868) Robert's son
Hannah Pearce (1803 - 1891) Robert's unmarried daughter
Emily Pearce (Later Waterhouse) 1837 - 1876 Henry's widow
(information taken from FOSOC website - here -
The memorial was restored by the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery
this year (2008) because it was at risk of toppling.
I have shown this picture today, 2nd November, because it is All Soul's Day.
From the BBC website
:-All Souls' Day directly follows All Saints' Day and is an opportunity for Anglicans and Roman Catholics to commemorate the faithful departed.... it was Odilo, Abbot of Cluny (France) who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for remembering and praying for those in the process of purification. This started as a local feast in his monasteries and gradually spread throughout the Catholic Church towards the end of the 10th century AD..
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