The following photographs are a small selection of some 17th and 18th century gravestones
showing carvings of symbols and emblems of occupations.
These stones are all from Graveyards in
The appearance of occupational tools may or may not be new information to the researcher,
but can occasionally differentiate one generation from another.
(Unless of course, sons followed the trade of their father and forenames were repeated!)
The addition of a crown represents being a member of the Guild of .. (that Trade)
Cordiner (Leather Worker)
Miller (Mill Rind)
Sailor/Ship Owner/Ship Master/Mariner
The following photographs show many stones have carvings of more than one single trade.
Please note that these photographs are simply to illustrate ‘typical’ symbols.
Stylized variants and numerous combinations are commonplace.