Market Lavington Museum

An Immortelle

Immortelles – the name means everlasting – were grave ornaments. They were in use mainly in the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Delicate china flowers are mounted on a base. This is covered with a glass dome to make it weather proof and finally a wire cage houses that.

An Immortelle - a grave ornament - at Market Lavington Museum

We believe the immortelle we have is probably Edwardian. It was in the churchyard until the 1930s.

None remain in the churchyards of Market Lavington or Easterton, but our curator recently found some in a Welsh churchyard.

Immortelles at Eglwys Llanfinhangel

These items do not seem to be well documented. Any extra information would be well received.