Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Heart Shrine marks where the heart of a English knight killed overseas was laid to rest.

 St Mary, Chirk, Wrexham
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This impressive Grade I listed building features important funerary monuments to the Myddelton Family, former owners of Chirk Castle, and the Trevor family, the former chief local landowners. It is partly built on 11th-century Norman foundations, the north aisle and tower being constructed later around 1475. The unusual layout is double-aisled, with no distinct chancel and only a small sanctuary. Much of the interior, especially the south aisle, is dominated by carved memorials, principally to the Myddelton family.
 
 
 A "Heart Shrine" is used to mark the place where the heart of a English knight killed overseas was laid to rest. 
 
Visited - September 2014

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Died after colliding with a car when riding his bicycle round Nursery Corner

 St Michael and All Angels, Lilleshall, Shropshire
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All the gravestones from the churchyard have been removed and placed around the perimeter walls of the churchyard and along one of the walls of the new cemetery across the road. I assume that this was to make grounds maintenance easier but nevertheless is a policy of which I strongly disapprove.
 
 
George Alexander Woods died after colliding with a car when riding his bicycle round Nursery Corner in 1926. His brother, Charles Henry Woods, died on board the hospital ship Letitia from an illness contracted at Gallipoli during the First World War. 
 
Visited - May 2013

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A striking example of a gisant or effigy of the dead person.

 St John the Baptist, Kinlet, Shropshire
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During our visits we have sometimes come across hidden gems. No more so than at Kinlet where the church contains a memorial that would not have looked out of place in Westminster Abbey.
 
 
 The memorial to Sir George Blount 1513-1581, his wife Constantia and his two childen Dorothy and John. Underneath is a striking example of a gisant or effigy of the dead person.
 
Visited - October 2012

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Rose Myra Roper sailed to Australia in search of health. She died there.

 St Mary, Llanfair Waterdine, Powys
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This was a lovely church in a particularly quiet location.
 
 
Rose Myra Roper sailed to Australia "in search of health". She died there. 
 
Visited - March 2014

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Why was no additional information given about Laura and Mary?

 Broughton Cemetery, Broughton, Northamptonshire.
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There was an old fashioned hand-operated water pump just inside the entrance and Claire was surprised when it worked perfectly.
 
 
 Why was no additional information given about Laura and Mary? 
 
Visited - August 2012

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

1736 has been corrected to 1735.

 St Tecla, Llandegley, Powys, Wales
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St T(h)ecla was was a saint of the early Christian Church,
and a reported follower of Paul the Apostle. 
 

 1736 has been corrected to 1735.
 
Visited - April 2014

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Two pilots who died together were buried together.

 The Old Cemetery, Knighton, Powys
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This was just one of three fair-sized cemeteries in this small town.
 
 
 Two pilots who died together on active service in 1943 were also buried together. 
 
Visited - March 2014

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