These cast-iron grave markers are relatively rare, although apparently they were quite the thing in Victorian days. Depending on where you were in the country, they could be mass-produced in foundries, or hand-made by the local blacksmith; presumably, they were cheaper than stone as well.
So why are there maybe just one or two in each graveyard (at least, in this area)? Did fashion make them ridiculously expensive (even by funereal standards)? Did West Country folk just not like them? Or was it maybe a combination of low weight, low melting point, and a tidy price at the local scrap dealer...?
Thanks for stopping to take a look.