Heptonstall Church Graveyard

There are at least three gravestones at Heptonstall that have international visitors.

This is the gravestone of the parents of Ted Hughes – the English Poet Laureate. In 1956, Hughes and Sylvia Plath were married.

This is the gravestone of ‘King David’ Hartley of Cragg Vale – one of the three infamous ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’ or counterfeiters. He was hanged at Tyburn near York on 28 April 1770. He was buried here and the gravestone shows that five relatives of his were subsequently buried with him. Visitors have left coins on the gravestone

Featured Photo

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. She married Ted Hughes in 1956 and wrote of abuse she alleged that she suffered from him. She committed suicide when she was 30 in 1963. Ted Hughes was blamed for her death by her fans. Fans of Plath are said to have tried to chisel the name ‘Hughes’ from her gravestone.

She wrote a lot about sadness and someone has left a pamphlet on her grave entitled ‘Love and Sadness’

Shutter speed 1/15 secs @ f/8 and 20 mm. The ISO was 100.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s