This splendid epitaph is attributed to Cuckfield:
Long was my pain, great was my grief,
Surgeons I'd many, but no relief.
I trust in Christ to rise with the just;
My leg and thigh was buried first.
I have also seen this attributed to Lindfield as Richard Turner, who died in 1768, aged twenty-one. If anyone can clarify , that would be a great help.
While on the subject of epitaphs here another one that's in Cuckfield graveyard:
Buried John Ellis, who within a few months of his death walked one day to Lewes, and the next
continued his journey to Seaford. Aged 97.
From Dead and Buried in Sussex: Incorporating what the vicar saw, by
David Arscott, 2007
Epitaphs: strange examples. even advertising!
Daily Mercury, 25 July 1939
Photo: Tombstone Epitaph Building, 1880 in Tombstone, Arizona Wikimedia public domain image.
Contributed by Malcolm Davison.