Burned to death, Stoke Newington

Date taken: 22 January 2008
St Mary (Old Church), Stoke Newington

The most remarkable tomb in the church-yard is that of Alderman Picket's family. It was erected in memory of his father Mr. William Picket, 1745; and Anne his mother, 1750. It commemorates also the melancholy and untimely fate of the Alderman's daughter Elizabeth, who died Dec. 11, 1781, "in consequence of her cloaths taking fire the preceding evening." The inscription adds, "Reader, if ever you should witness such an afflicting scene, recollect, that the only method to extinguish the flame is to stifle it by an immediate covering."

More about the churchyard here.