Unusual symbol on Framlingham headstone!

Unusual symbol on Framlingham headstone!

I have been researching the family of Thomas Dale from Framlingham who is shown on the headstone in the photograph and I know that his family were stonemasons – can anyone tell me anything else about the symbol on his headstone that has the letters IHS within it?

Any ideas welcomed.



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7 Responses to Unusual symbol on Framlingham headstone!

  1. Valmay Young says:

    IHS is the first three letters of Jesus’ name in the Greek alphabet. Some say it laso stands for “in hoc signo” which is Latin for “by this sign we conquer”, referring to the cross it is normally on. If you look more carefully it does appear to be on a cross with a big circle around it.

  2. Yvonne says:

    Just my own thoughts here but the shape seems to be a form of Celtic cross

  3. Sylvia Lowder says:

    Cross symbols on Wikipedia “Cross Patte’e http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Beautiful Marker!

  4. Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman says:

    I recognize the IHS as an order of nuns who used to teach at the catholic grade school I attended. That was many moons ago and I cannot recall what IHS stood for so … according to http://www.catholic-saints.info/catholic-symbols/ihs-christian-symbol.htm the IHS is an acronym for the Latin: Iesus Hominum Salvator which translates as Jesus, Saviour of man.

  5. The three letters IHS appear frequently on tombstones and other grave monuments. The letters come from the name of Jesus in Greek – IHSOYS (iota eta sigma omicron upsilon sigma) – IHS is merely the first three letters.

  6. taf says:

    In His service

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