Always the two sides….

On this rainy Easter weekend we went walking in Kent, and came across this lovely rural scene of a church being decorated for Easter Sunday and the start of spring…

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And then keen to investigate the one Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard, I went round the back of the church. Here it is…

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But my attention was caught more by a bench placed directly against the back of the church…

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I’m always struck by the word ‘novelist’, so I investigated further, and found that Marjorie Bowen has written “150 volumes under half a dozen pseudonyms, and tackled larger-than-life subjects in historical dramas, supernatural tales and mournful gothic romances. Critics have long considered her storytelling to be clear-eyed and efficient, her detail and description masterful, her understanding of human nature filled with compassion and sorrow.” (taken from here). Her pseudonyms included Joseph Shearing, George R. Preedy, John Winch, Robert Paye, and Margaret Campbell. Her books have been described as ‘sinister gothic romances full of terror and mystery.’

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I’ve ordered one to read – of course I have! – but after admiring the view above and sitting on her bench to google her gothic writing history, she is apparently the ‘master of horror’ – it was particularly pleasing to go back round to the front and get a cheery goodbye wave and bright smile from the flower arrangers.

Shades of Wickerman, anyone???? Sometimes England really is a parody of itself.

 

5 thoughts on “Always the two sides….

  1. In Bekesbourne (just south-east of Canterbury) we also have a Commonwealth Grave for William Goldup of the Royal Artillery who sadly died in Edinburgh hospital only a few days after the end of the Great War.

    Last week at The Arts Society Canterbury lecture we had a speaker who talked about her great uncle Macdonald Gill who designed the fonts and badges used on all the headstones (as well as lots of splendid maps for the London Underground and many other things).

    It made me go and look again at our Commonwealth Grave yesterday on Easter Sunday and it made it all the more poignant to know who had designed the lettering and the RA badge.

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