Big Day

North Laine, Brighton.

A handsome bit of 19th-century masonry. And ‘Counteſs’ rather than ‘Countess’ (or even ‘Counteß’) is fun. But 136 years later, it seems odd that the stonemason might have thought that future generations would be more interested in it having been a Thursday than that it was in Novr. The reason must be that the design would have either lost its nice pyramid with Thur · Novr – or the text of the date line would have had to be made noticeably smaller than the rest of the dedication with Thur · Nov­em­ber. One may not be on oath in a lapidary inscription, but one has a duty to look presentable.

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