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Encyclopedia > Tong, Shropshire

Tong is a village in Shropshire, United Kingdom. It is just off the A41 Albrighton bypass. A village is a human settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... Shropshire (abbreviated Salop or Shrops) is a county in the West Midlands region of England, bordering Cheshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and the Welsh counties of Powys and Clwyd. ... The A41 is a major trunk road in United Kingdom that links London to Birkenhead. ... Albrighton is a large village in Shropshire, England. ... A bypass is a highway that avoids (passes by) a built-up area, town, or village, to let through traffic flow without interference from local traffic, to reduce congestion in the built-up area, and to improve road safety. ...

The village is remarkable mainly for its church, St Bartholomews, outside of which is the supposed grave of Little Nell.....despite the fact that Little Nell is a fictional character in Charles Dickens book, The Old Curiosity Shop! It is thought that Charles Dickens visited Tong church, as his grandmother worked at Tong Castle. A church building is a building used in Christian worship. ... Michelangelos The Last Judgement shows Saint Bartholomew holding the knife of his martyrdom and his flayed skin. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Charles Dickens used his rich imagination, sense of humour and detailed memories, particularly of his childhood, to enliven his fiction. ... The Old Curiosity Shop Portsmouth Street London The Old Curiosity Shop is a novel by the author Charles Dickens. ...

Apparently the 'grave' came about because Charles Dickens' novel was serialised and shipped over to America, whereby a lot of Americans came over to England to visit scenes featured in the book. The tourists recognised the references to Tong church from the book and came to view the supposed 'grave', which of course wasn't there. Note: This article is about serials in literature and the audio-visual media. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: United States Wikinews has a related story: United States United States government CIA World Factbook Entry for United States House. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ...

However, the verger (and village postmaster) at the time was an enterprising gentleman, one George H Bowden 16 August 1856 - May 1943. He is said to have asked local people to pay for a headstone, forged an entry in the church register of burials (apparently the giveaway was that he used post office ink to do this)), and charged people to see the 'grave'! The headstone has been moved from time to time to make way for genuine graves (in fact this author has seen the grave in two different positions in his lifetime). A verger (or virger, so called after his staff) assists in the ordering of religious services (particularly in Anglican and Episcopalian churches; compare the catholic garde suisse). ... If you are looking for different meanings of this word, see Postmaster (disambiguation) A postmaster is a term used in post offices to denote the head or master of the office. ... August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1856 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the month of May. ... 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Headstones in the Japanese Cemetry in Broome, Western Australia A cemetery in rural Spain A typical late 20th century headstone in the United States A headstone, tombstone or gravestone is a marker, normally carved from stone, placed over or next to the site of a burial. ... Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ...

The other remarkable thing about St. Bartholomews is the memorials inside the church, to the Vernon family. St. Bartholomew's was chosen by Simon Jenkins of The Times in 1999 as one of the best 1,000 churches (out of 15,000) in England. He awarded the church, which was mostly rebuilt in 1409, three stars out of a possible five. He refers to the almost unmatched collection of village tombs, the masterpiece of which being that of Richard Vernon, who died in 1451. A memorial is an object served as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. ... Sir Simon Jenkins (1943- ) is a British newspaper columnist currently associated with The Guardian after fifteen years with News International titles. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Events January 1 - The Welsh surrender Harlech Castle to the English. ... A tomb is a small building (or vault) for the remains of the dead, with walls, a roof, and (if it is to be used for more than one corpse) a door. ... Sir Richard Vernon (March 7, 1925 - December 4, 1997) was a British actor. ... Events February 3 - Murad II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire dies and is succeeded by his son Mehmed II. April 11 - Celje acquires market-town status and town rights by orders from the Celje count Frederic II. June 30 - French troops under the Comte de Dunois invade Guyenne and capture...

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Tong, Shropshire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (332 words)
Tong is a village in Shropshire in England - it is just off the A41 Albrighton bypass.
The tourists recognised the references to Tong church from the book and came to view the supposed 'grave', which of course wasn't there.
However, the verger (and village postmaster) at the time was an enterprising gentleman, one George H Bowden 16 August 1856 - May 1943.
GENUKI: Tong, Shropshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868 (416 words)
"TONG, (or Tonge), a parish in the Shiffnall division of Brimstree hundred, county Salop, 3¼ miles S.E. of Shiffnall, its post town, and 2½ from Albrighton railway station.
The edifice is old, with a tower and six bells, independent of the great bell of Tonge, which was destroyed during the civil wars, but was recast in 1720, and lasted till 1848, when it cracked while tolling for divine service.
The church has a groined roof, 8 stalls, a carved screen, several stained windows, a chantry chapel, and tombs of the Vernons and Pembridges, among which is the brass of Sir William Vernon, bearing date 1467.
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