Whilst out on a walk this week I stopped at the old cemetery in Ayot St Peter , Hertfordshire. It’s not connected to my family history but it looked very peaceful in the winter sunshine.
The churchyard is what remains of the old church which was struck by lightning in 1874 and burned down. A new “Arts and Crafts” style church was built further along the road, so the original churchyard lies abandoned.
This headstone was particularly interesting; it was one of the oldest headstones visible – I think the date reads 17th October 1734.
This tomb seems to have once been very grand but it is now falling into disrepair:
See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/herts/vol3/pp63-65 for more about Ayot St Peter.