From the Darlington & Stockton Times of December 18, 1920

THE previous week, the D&S had reported how in Newcastle, an old woman had erected a headstone to the memory of her recently deceased husband with the words “Rest in Peace” on it. However, when his will was read, she discovered that he had left all his money to charity rather than to her, so she had added to the headstone the words “Until I come”.

This caused an anonymous letter writer to tell how in the graveyard of St Mary’s church in Richmond, beneath a “rambler rose tree”, there was headstone that Barnabas Robinson had dedicated to his wife, Betty, who had died on January 30, 1854.

Barnabas had added the touching couplet: “She was – but words are wanting to say what. Think what a woman should be, and she was that.”