Friday, 22 August 2014

A large and poignant war-time statue in the graveyard.

 St Mary the Virgin, Dilwyn, Herefordshire
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We had our lunch sitting on the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee bench thoughtfully provided in the churchyard.
 
 
 A large and impressive war memorial made even more poignant by the brief mention of Albert Joseph Watkins, Boy First Class, who was drowned aged 18 when in September 1939 the Aircraft Carrier "Courageous" was sunk by U29.

 
Visited - July 2014

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

This is the most crudely repaired gravestone we have seen.

 All Saints, Lubenham, Leicestershire
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The church has had all sorts of additions built on over the years.
 
 
 This is the most crudely repaired gravestone we have seen.
 
Visited - July 2010

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

What a lovely epitaph!

 St Mary the Virgin, Eardisland, Herefordshire
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A place of worship has probably stood on the site of the present church since Saxon times. Of the present building the Nave was built in the 12th Century (probably being the total extent of the Church at that time) and the Chancel, Vestry and South Porch were added in the 14th Century. The original Tower (of probable 15th Century origin) collapsed in 1728 and was replaced by the present one in 1760. We enjoyed the superb display of photographs of other Herefordshire churches inside the building.
 
 
 I think this is one of the finest epitaphs I have seen during our survey work. 
 
Visited - July 2014

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

"In Childbed's agonizeing (sic) pains she yielded up her soul ...."

 St Stephen, Old Radnor, Powys, Wales
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The parish church of Old Radnor is dedicated to St Stephen to whom there is no other authentic Welsh dedication. It was a popular Norman dedication, however, and it is likely that when the Normans came to Old Radnor they found a church already in existence here, dedicated to the Welsh saint Ystyffan, whom they mistakenly understood to be St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. 


"In Childbed's agonizeing (sic) pains she yielded up her soul ...."

 
 
Visited - July 2014
 
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Monday, 11 August 2014

Two brothers who were both killed on active service.

 Oswestry Cemetery, Oswestry, Shropshire
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It took us a total of 6 man-hours to survey this cemetery on a lovely sunny day. We found 7 ladies who died aged 100 or older but not a single man who had reached this landmark. Many of the military graves had been maintained to a very high standard but just a few in one corner of the site seem to have been overlooked.
 
 
 Two brothers who were both killed on active service. Thomas Reginald Davies died when the Conqueror II, a hired yacht, was torpedoed by U52. 
 
Visited - March 2011

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Four of the five Keeling family children died before their first birthday

Market Drayton Cemetery, Market Drayton, Shropshire

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A medium sized gem with lots of interesting finds and some curious features such as the twin chapel with a central arch that "by order" should only be approached by a hearse driven in reverse gear.


Four of the five Keeling family children died before their first birthday. 
 
Visited - March 2011

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

How many mistakes can you find on this memorial?

All Saints, Norbury, Shropshire 
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The most memorable features of All Saints were the 2000 year old yew tree in the churchyard and the unusual shaped church spire.



How many mistakes can you find on this memorial?
 
My favourite is the re-engraved name Elizabdeth. 
 
Visited - April 2011

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