For this church:
Ratcliffe on Soar Holy Trinity
In the churchyard, perhaps the oldest tombs are the two, close to the porch covered with very heavy stone slabs on which a cross trefoil is still just visible. The style of these slabs suggests they may be 13th century or earlier and it is possible that the hollow stone coffin presently kept inside the church is of similar date. Most of the stones commemorate the villagers themselves. Many of the memorial headstones are assembled in sections of close relatives as in other churchyards. The inscriptions on the oldest of the sandstone are barely discernable. The elegantly engraved stones are covered with attractive scrollwork and in some cases appropriate symbols of mortality. Some bear verses that give a brief biography of the dead.
The most notable records Robert Smith died 1782:
Abigail Woolley, who died in 1804, is mourned:
Another headstone, of the Bosworth family, situated to the right hand of the path leading to the church door highlights the fragility of life nearly three centuries ago, it reads: