Tombstone of Julian Russell Sturgis (1848-1904), Compton Cemetery, Compton, by Compton Pottery. 1898. Nairn and Pevsner mention “Several good Art Nouveau TOMBSTONES in the burial ground, the best to Julian Sturgis 1904, the owner of Voysey’s Greyfriars. ” [Click on this image to enlarge it.]

The poem by Sturgis reads as follows:

‘No friendship dieth
With death of any day,
No true friendship lieth
Cold with lifeless day.

Though our boyhood's playtime
Be gone with summer's breath,
No friendship fades with May-time,
No friendship dies with death.’ — J.R.S.

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Nairn, Ian, and Nikolaus Pevsne. Surrey. 2nd edition. London: Penguin Books, 1982.

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