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By Paul Gould


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Paul Gould has been aware of the presence of the above broken gravestone for some ten years, and there must be others who are also aware that there within old Thrybergh Park lies a mystery.

The writing on the stone states that the deceased was born in June 1881and died in January 1888 so are we are looking at the gravestone belonging to a seven year old child. Assuming the child was given a church burial, then the answer should be in St. Leonard's Church records. We don't know what year the child's parents arrived in the village so it may be that the child was not born in Thrybergh.

Depending on the present location of the stone it may also be a possibility that the other part of the stone may still be in St. Leonard's graveyard. Or where it lies may be the original grave site, if so why was this child buried outside of the graveyard?

Paul writes " I've looked and looked at the name like you and the nearest to a name I can see is TARQUIN , that's assuming the middle letter is a Q. The actual location is approx.100 yards from the club house, which itself is approx.1/2 mile from the church. Also where the stone lies, nearby there is evidence of some kind of buildings being present previously. "



Helen Jones may well have come up with the answer and writes:
Hi John and Paul
Could the mystery grave stone be for a pet?  The gentry often had their own pet grave yard.  Brodsworth and Clumber have them.
Could Tarquin be a dog or maybe a horse - are those horse shoes at either side of his name?
Helen Jones

The remains of buildings nearby could be the old stables, which then makes Helens theory very plausible.

Shaun Johnson further backs up Helens theory and writes:
I know the stone you are looking at. I was told that it is not for a human - but for a HORSE.
I was told this during a caddying session (I was actually the Caddy for Mr. Ghent, the Comprehensive Head Teacher at the time).
Shaun Johnson

So it seems that the mystery of the gravestone is solved, and that the grave is that of a horse belonging to the Fullerton family, given that the Fullerton males were keen members of the local hunt, then we can assume that Tarquin was a much favoured animal of the Fullerton stables.



 If anyone can add further information please contact John and Paul.

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Many thanks to Paul for bringing the mystery gravestone to our attention




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