Melling Obelisk, St. Peter’s Cemetery (Arlington)

Melling obelisk

Magdalen Melling died in 1909; Charles Melling died in 1919. This obelisk was probably put up when Magdalen died, or possibly before, since she was about 79 when she died (Charles died at about 93), and the Mellings might have ordered the obelisk in anticipation of the inevitable, as was common in those days. The monument is a standard pattern, but a tasteful one. There are four faces for inscriptions, none of them used; instead, Charles and Magdalen have headstones next to the obelisk.

Note Charles Melling’s monogram on the obelisk.


We also have an earlier picture of the Melling obelisk, showing the cross and anchor on the front.

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