Are you a pet lover? Do you like roaming around graveyards looking for unusual headstones? Maybe you are just interested in history with a twist. Jan Tomsís book of animal graves and memorials will fulfill all these interests and is also a fascinating read.
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Stories of particular pets and their memorials are highlighted in the introduction and range from Byronís elaborate edifice to his beloved dog to Cupid, pet pig of the first countess of Mount Edgcumbe.
Memorials detailed in the gazetteer cover the full spectrum from the famous Greyfriars Bobby to a stone honouring a rabbit. Each has a short write-up that includes the date, owner, and information on the pet. Many have photographs of the gravestones.
The listings in the book are divided by counties, making this an easy to use guide for finding the gravestones and memorials you are interested in seeing while traveling around the UK.
Author Jan Toms is an animal and English history lover who worked in a variety of jobs before pursuing a writing career. She published 10 historical novels under the pen name of Janet Mary Tomson. She currently lives in the Isle of Wight.
Animal Graves and Memorials
Published June 2006
ISBN: 07478 0643 8
88 pages; 95 colour and B/W illustrations
Cromwell House, Church St
Princes Risborough, Bucks
Tel. 01844 344301
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