Cast Iron Grave Markers


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UK Cast Iron

My collection of photographs of cast iron gravemarkers is too large to be put on the web at present, but as Free Web Space becomes available, we are uploading portions of it.

I am toying with the idea of producing a CD-ROM of them in HTML format. Meanwhile this page is an excerpt from an electronic document I am currently constructing.

Take this link to the start of the main United Kingdom collection which should include some two hundred-odd photographs within a couple of weeks of the document modified date.

Take this link to the start of the Australian photographic collection.

Cast Iron


Each time I visit a church I not only look around the inside for monuments and stained glass, but I always look around the churchyard too, particularly in the older sections. I check in the long rough grass areas and under bushes as I look for the unusual and for the famous. My searches do not end there however because there are a couple of particular markers which I seek out.

These are usually markers recording the lives of the common folk of the parish. I seek out any Grimsley’s of Oxford which are usually signed and are a type of artificial "Terra Cotta". Not the usual Red Plant pot stuff but a very delicate shade of pink.

I also look for any grave markers (Gravestones to you) made of Cast Iron from various foundries. The latter, which this article is about are found in a scattering of British Churchyards and as far away as South Africa and South Australia and some of these are British made or copied from British Samples.

At one time there were many different foundries producing Cast Iron markers but I have only heard of one in Norfolk now with the patterns to make one. The examples illustrated here all have a tale to tell but the clues do not always give enough information to get the name of manufacturer or for social history purposes. As you look through them I will have recorded the name and any details of the deceased and any other relevant information which is to hand.

Lincolnshire Cast Iron Gravemarkers

Lincolnshire has very few samples of ordinary simple cross markers in its churchyards but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality.


St Julian’s Church. Benniworth. Lincolnshire.
Standing Loose in the churchyard there is a cast iron circle cross complete with a cross base to prevent it being lifted out of the ground. No Inscription.

St Julian’s Church. Benniworth. Lincolnshire. Photo: Peter Fairweather.
UK34, UK35.

St Nicholas’ Church. Fulbeck. Lincolnshire.
Cast Iron round headed marker with cross forming the centre of the head and IHS in the very centre of the cross. Cast mark on the back. Haden. Warminster(?) and Royal coat of arms(?)

St Nicholas’ Church. Fulbeck. Lincolnshire. Photo: Peter Fairweather.
St Nicholas’ Church. Fulbeck. Lincolnshire. Photo: Peter Fairweather.

Also St Nicholas’ Church. Fulbeck. Lincolnshire.
Unusual framed "Ribbon with cross at the top. Similar IHS to UK34. (Haden?)

This marker was missing when the church was revisited Saturday 3-Jun-2000.

St Nicholas’ Church. Fulbeck. Lincolnshire. Photo: Peter Fairweather.

Church of St John The Evangelist. Corby Glen. Lincolnshire.
Large broad round headed Cast Iron Marker painted black with gold letters





Church of St John The Evangelist. Corby Glen. Lincolnshire. Photo: Peter Fairweather.

Canwick Road Cemetery, Canwick Road, Lincoln. Photo taken approx 1990; this gravemarker is now more damaged than shown here.

Canwick Road Cemetery, Lincoln. Photo: Peter Fairweather.

The Church of The Holy Trinity, Old Clee, near Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Photograph: Peter Fairweather.

Direction? What Direction?

This page is not complete, and to be honest we're not really sure where it's going. I have more photographs of cast iron gravemarkers than I can presently publish. Perhaps I will compile a software publication, say in HTML (web) format, and publish it to interested parties on CD-Rom. As cheap webspace becomes available we are making a start of publishing it on-line. Hopefully it can be displayed with some kind of search ability, any suggestions or help in that area would be appreciated.

If you know of the location of any cast iron grave markers I would be pleased to hear from you, I am mainly interested in UK memorials, but I have found some abroad (particularly Australia), so feel free to contribute wherever you are from. Please mail me at:



Right: Drawing taken from the loose marker at St. Julians Church, Benniworth. This type can be found repeatedly in Lincolnshire, both with and without cast inscription, but bears no makers mark.

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