Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Lorna Doone Tombstone "Portableised"

Somebody obviously saw an opportunity to make some money from collectors or maybe, being "passionately intrestid in 'istry", they wanted it for themselves (NDJ Fran, 'Thief steals Lorna Doone’s gravestone from Exmoor churchyard' This is North Devon, November 01, 2012). It was after all just standing there for the taking. The headstone bears the name of the character from RD Blackmore's famous 19th century novel "Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor", published in 1869 and set in the 17th century in the East Lyn Valley area of Exmoor. Police said the stone marked the grave of a Lorna Doone Ridd and was stolen from St Martin's church in Martinhoe sometime between October 22 and 25. The thief however did not know his literature, the character was fictional and the fact that the gravestone bears the same name is purely coincidental. But then, Britain is full of people taking their "own little pieces of history" not really thinking too hard about the effects of what they are doing.

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