Chiddingly Church graveboard

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Graveboards were used instead of headstones in times past if money was in short supply, or if timber was easier to come by than local stone.

They were placed lengthways over the grave, head to foot.  They usually had ornamented ends like the one here.  Usually they were of thicker (wider) timber, and often painted white with black lettering along the top horizontal surface; or maybe lettering was carved along the top.

This one is in Chiddingly Churchyard, and the small plaque simply states that it was restored and placed here a little while ago.  It does not actually mark a grave.