Monday, 1 September 2014

We thought this was a mistake - until we thought harder!

 Canley Cemetery, Coventry, Warwickshire
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It took three visits to survey all the graves in Canley Cemetery and it would have been four visits had we not conscripted our younger daughter to help with the task! Thank you Sally.


This lady was recorded as being 100 years old but her dates of birth and death seemed to show she was 99 and not 100. However I seem to remember that Chinese people are regarded as being aged 1 at birth rather than aged 0 as is the case in England. 
 
Visited - April 2009

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

The "Herefordshire Churches Hall of Shame".

St Mary, Almeley, Herefordshire 
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The oldest part of the church is the base of the West Tower, which was built about 1200. However most of the church can be dated to the Decorated or Middle Pointed period although the nave roof is 16th century and has scissor trusses with curved braces.
 
 
 This is strong entry in the "Herefordshire Churches Hall of Shame". 
 
Visited - August 2014

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Benjamin Ballard's grave was covered over when the church was rebuilt.

 St Andrew, Church Aston, Shropshire
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This was a large well maintained site. It was a Bank Holiday and there were a number of other visitors paying their respects to people buried here.
 
 
Benjamin Ballard's grave was covered over when the church was rebuilt. 
 
Visited - May 2013

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We were sorry to see the bad grammar "who's" rather than "whose" on the memorial.

 St Andrew, Great Ness, Shropshire
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We thought that the fog would have lifted before we reached our first target for the day
 - we were wrong.
 
 
Kathleen Embrey worshipped in the church for over 50 years. We were sorry to see the bad grammar "who's" rather than "whose" on her memorial. 
 
Visited - March 2013

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Charles was washed overboard during a hurricane in the Indian Ocean.

St Menefreda, St Minver, Cornwall 
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Menefreda is thought to be the Latinised form of the Celtic Minver. The name change took place when the monks in Bodmin took over the church from the Celtic regime.
 
 
Charles Symons was washed overboard during a hurricane in the Indian Ocean.
 
 
Visited - June 2014

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Thomas Cocking died in the St Ives lifeboat tragedy of 1939.

 Barnoon Cemetery, St Ives, Cornwall
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We surveyed this cemetery in two visits - one before breakfast and one between breakfast and meeting up with family members at 10:30AM. What dedication!
 
 
Thomas Cocking was one of seven crewmen who died in the St Ives lifeboat tragedy of 1939. In the early hours of 23 January 1939 there was a Force 10 storm blowing with gusts up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). The lifeboat John and Sara Eliza Stych was launched at 3 o'clock to search for a ship reported in trouble off Cape Cornwall. It rounded The Island where it met the full force of the storm as it headed westwards. It capsized three times and drifted across St Ives Bay when its propeller was fouled. The first time it turned over four men were lost; the second time one more; the third time left only one man alive. He scrambled ashore when the boat was wrecked on rocks near Godrevy Point. 
 
Visited - June 2014

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Friday, 29 August 2014

The best 5 word epitaph ever!

 St Michael, Discoed, Powys, Wales
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Today the church remains a daughter church of St Andrew’s Church in Presteigne. Although it is in Wales, it is part of the Church of England’s Hereford diocese. The church is unusual in that the porch door is on the north side.
 
 
 "She taught children to read". 
 
Visited - June 2014

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