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Wood Ditton, tombstone 1929 (photo W M Palmer) (Cambridgeshire Collection)

St Mary, Woodditton

History of St Mary

This is the burial place of William Simonds:

Notable Epitaphs in Cambridgeshire II: from Leaflets of Local Lore by Urbs Camboritum (Cambs Collection)

William Simonds’s epitaph:

Here lies my corpse who as the man

That lovd a so in a dripping pan:

But now believe me I am dead,

Now here the pan stands at my head.

Still for sop to the last I cry’d

But could not  eat and so I died.

My neighbours they perhaps may laugh

Now they do read my epitaph.


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