Funeral chapels are small churches used to conduct funeral services. They are built in as many different styles as normal churches.
In this Scottish Book Trust podcast, the author explains that the image of a small boy in a graveyard was the inspiration behind Bod's adventures in the graveyard.
Fox cries are indeed uncannily human.
An obelisk is a monument, usually a four-sided column tapering to a pyramidal point. It is a shape associated with ancient Egypt and a popular graveyard monument style.
This references the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child", which originates with the Igbo people of Nigeria, although many African cultures have similar sayings.
Rattle his bones over the stones;
He's only a Pauper, whom nobody owns!
"Listed" buildings are those given special protected status in the UK, restricting significant alteration or demolition. Buildings are given this status because of architectural importance or historical interest.
wig, even if the wearer still possessed their own hair, and to apply powder to the wig to make it a white or grey colour.
This is a traditional English nursery rhyme:
The man in the moon came down too soon
And asked his way to Norwich
They sent him south and he burnt his mouth
By eating cold pease porridge
This is the popular nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner", which can be traced to the mid 17th century:
Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said 'What a good boy am I!'
Gaiman shows the society of the graveyard to be very similar to the society of the living. In this tongue-in-cheek Colbert Report interview (available only in the US), Gaiman discusses the themes of life and death in The Graveyard Book.
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Nearly two metres tall. Hands are a unit of measurement used for the height of horses.
Mythos is rife with references to white or grey horses. While pure white horses are generally associated with heroes and deities, grey horses are often linked with death. One of the apocalyptic horseman, the "pale rider", is described in Revelation 6:8:
I looked, and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named Death
Though the Lady riding a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross is associated with various real and fictitious women, her statue evokes the image of the "Lady on the Grey".