Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Keyhole Coffin

This memorial is in the older section of York cemetery, and poses more questions than answers. Why  does this stone sepulchre not have any name inscribed on it? How long has it been here? Why has it been designed as a stone casket? Why on earth does it have a keyhole? Is there a large stone key somewhere? What would happen if someone put the key in the lock?

Well the last two questions are tongue in cheek, but I do wonder about that keyhole. So far my enquiries have drawn a blank but I shall continue my quest for the answer. Any thoughts?

Taking part in Taphophile Tragics


  1. How unusual! I even wonder if it could be like a coffin within a coffin! The style of this looks remarkably like a sarcophagus! But why?

  2. How bizarre! I take it you didn't peak through the keyhole.

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  3. This would have me coming back again and again, just to have another look...wistfully hoping for an answer to come out of that keyhole.

  4. Curious about the keyhole, indeed. But it's an attractive memorial.

  5. Hmmm, fascinating. It's fuel for a novel waiting to be written, Deb. Get your word processor out!

  6. I wonder if it has anything to do with the Egyptian ANKH, the key of life.

    Just why there is no inscription at all on the stone coffin is a mystery. Unless ... something has gone astray in the meantime.

    I love mysteries like this. Great find.
    I agree with Nick - great idea for a mystery novel.

  7. This is a delightful mystery. It's no wonder you return again and again.


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