The Huntrodds’ Memorial
On the south east side of the parish church at
in Whitby North Yorkshire, close to the entrance to the Cholmley
Pew, is the Huntrodd’s Memorial 1600 – 1680.
The inscription tells us :
‘ Here lie the bodies of Francis Huntrodds and Mary his wife
who were born on the same day of the week, month and year (viz) Septr ye 19th 1600,
marry’d on the day of their birth and after having had 12 children born to them
died aged 80 years on the same day of the year they were born, Septr ye 19th 1680
the one not above five hours before ye other.’
‘Husband and wife that did twelve children bear,
dy’d the same day; alike both aged were.
Bout 80 years they liv’d, five hours did part,
(Ev’n on the marriage day) each tender heart, so fit a match,
surely could never be, both, in their lives, and in their deaths agree.’
Fact is indeed stranger than fiction.