Two brothers, Archange and Claudius.

St Michael, Salwarpe, Worcestershire
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This is a lovely mediaeval church is set in a conservation area, close to the River Salwarpe and the canal. It is a surprisingly large church for such a small hamlet (no doubt due to its proximity to Salwarpe Court, which has connections to King Harold and Warwick the Kingmaker).
Two brothers, Archange and Claudius.
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Barbara has two husbands - she outlived them both.

Newtown Cemetery, Newtown, Powys
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Barbara has two husbands - she outlived them both.
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This is the most overgrown grave we have ever seen!.

St Gwynog, Llanwnog, Powys, Wales
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Gwynog was born in Wales in 511 A.D., the son of Gildas, 'a most ancient British historian' and a monk of Bangor. Gwynog was a pupil of St. Ffinnian, an Irish monk. Gwynog left the country to take refuge in Brittany with his father, who had stirred up the wrath of the Welsh princes - especially that of Cyr!las, who was Prince of Powys. Gwynog took orders late in life and became Bishop of Vannes, but after rousing the anger of the King he was sent into exile. He died in Angers at the age of 69, in 580 A.D., just 10 years after the death of his father. He lived in this part of Powys between 540 and 550 AD.
 This is the most overgrown grave we have ever seen!.
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John Charles Peters was "wounded before Sebastapol" but died more than half a century later..

Christ Church, Bwlch-y-cibau, Powys, Wales
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This beautiful stone church set on the edge of woodlands dates from the 1860s and was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

John Charles Peters was "wounded before Sebastapol" but died more than half a century later.
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The mason got it very badly wrong.

St John, Stretton, Staffordshire
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The chancel is 12th century. The nave and transepts were rebuilt in 1860 to designs by the architect Edward Banks.

The mason got it very badly wrong.






Edward and Elizabeth lost two children in their first ten days of life.

St Garmon, Llanfechain, Powys, Wales
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The church is traditionally associated with a 9th-century Celtic saint, St Garmon. St Garmon was most likely St Germanus (410–474), the first Bishop of Man.
Edward and Elizabeth lost two children in their first ten days of life.
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Janet only lived for 13 hours. May she rest in peace.

St Mary the Virgin, Hanbury, Worcestershire
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Once the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort and later the home of monks, the present building dates from 1210. It has evolved under the patronage of two important local families, the Bearcrofts of Mere Hall and the Vernons of Hanbury Hall.
Janet only lived for 13 hours. May she rest in peace.

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A large memorial to Thomas Vernon, died 1771. He was twice Member of Parliament for Worcester.

St Mary the Virgin, Hanbury, Worcestershire 
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Once the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort and later the home of monks, the present building dates from 1210. It has evolved under the patronage of two important local families, the Bearcrofts of Mere Hall and the Vernons of Hanbury Hall.
A large memorial to Thomas Vernon, died 1771. He was twice Member of Parliament for Worcester.
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"His bite was worse than his bark".

Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire
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"His bite was worse than his bark".
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Ellen Wood was an English novelist - many of her books became international best-sellers.

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire
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Built between 1084 and 1504, Worcester Cathedral represents every style of English architecture from Norman to Perpendicular Gothic. It is famous for its Norman crypt and unique chapter house,

As it is surrounded by secular buildings it is very difficult to photograph.
Ellen Wood (17 January 1814 – 10 February 1887), was an English novelist, better known as "Mrs. Henry Wood". She is perhaps remembered most for her 1861 novel East Lynne, but many of her books became international best-sellers, being widely received in the United States and surpassing Charles Dickens' fame in Australia.
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"Buried elsewhere in this churchyard".

St James, Norton, Worcestershire
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The church was extensively restored in 1874-75 by Hopkins and Ewan Christian. The older parts are of sandstone rubble. It comprises a nave with a 12th century north wall and a modern south aisle of four bays, a rebuilt 14th century chancel, a later medieval west tower and a timber porch on stone foundations.
"Buried elsewhere in this churchyard".
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The rather crudely drawn angels blowing trumpets are delightful.

St Gwynog, Llanwnog, Powys, Wales
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Gwynog was born in Wales in 511 A.D., the son of Gildas, 'a most ancient British historian' and a monk of Bangor. Gwynog was a pupil of St. Ffinnian, an Irish monk. Gwynog left the country to take refuge in Brittany with his father, who had stirred up the wrath of the Welsh princes - especially that of Cyr!las, who was Prince of Powys. Gwynog took orders late in life and became Bishop of Vannes, but after rousing the anger of the King he was sent into exile. He died in Angers at the age of 69, in 580 A.D., just 10 years after the death of his father. He lived in this part of Powys between 540 and 550 AD.
 
 The rather crudely drawn angels blowing trumpets are delightful.
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Two brothers died on active service in the Great War of 1914-1918 and another brother died in his early 20s.

Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire
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Two brothers died on active service in the Great War of 1914-1918 and another brother died in his early 20s.
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The Katyn Memorial - The massacre of 25,000 Polish people by the Russian NKVD in 1940.

The Katyn Memorial
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The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the NKVD ("People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", a Soviet secret police organisation) in April and May 1940. Though the killings took place at several different locations, the massacre is named after the Katyn Forest, where some of the mass graves were first discovered. The number of victims is estimated at about 25,000.

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A charming poem from a wife to her widower husband

All Saints, Lapley, Staffordshire
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The church probably dates from the late 11th or early 12th century. The nave and chancel are clearly Norman as is the lower part of the tower but the upper portions appear to be 15th century.


A charming poem from a wife to her widower husband



Charles Gaskell was killed in an air accident whilst on active service.

Holy Trinity - Much Wenlock - Shropshire
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Much Wenlock Parish Church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and is a place made sacred by lives and prayers for more than 1300 years. The first church on this site was Anglo-Saxon, built probably about AD 680.

The present nave was built in 1150 by the cluniac monks of Wenlock Priory.

Charles Gaskell was killed in an air accident
whilst on active service.


Albert Bassett died "in fatal equine accident" (sic)

St James the Great, Salt, Staffordshire
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The village church is dedicated to St James the Great and was built on land donated by the Earl of Shrewsbury and largely paid for by him. It has a large circular stained glass east window, an unusually tall south porch and an open stone bell turret mounted at the east end of the church hung with two bells. The impressive wood rood screen was designed by Augustus Pugin.
Albert Bassett died "in fatal equine accident" (sic)
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Sarah was a widow from 1918 until 1971

St Peter, Broughton, Staffordshire
St. Peter's at Broughton was built by Thomas Broughton in 1630-34 as a chapel for Broughton Hall, which was being restored and extended at that time. It was built on the site of an earlier chapel. It is thought that the chapel was used exclusively by the family until 1711 when other local gentry worshipped there. Later it became the church for the nearby hamlets.
Sarah was a widow from 1918 until 1971





Perhaps Dorothy enjoyed knitting or sewing?

 Minffordd Cemetery, Mynwent, Gwynedd, Wales
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A general view.

Perhaps Dorothy enjoyed knitting or sewing?
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Eric was a Spitfire Pilot and Chief Test Pilot at RAE Llanbedr.

 St Tanwg, Harlech, Gwynedd
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According to Enwogion Cymru, Tanwg was a saint who lived in the early part of the sixth century. He was one of the sons of Ithel Hael and he accompanied St Cadvan from Armorica to Britain in the time of Vortigern who procured wise men and divines from Gaul, now called France, to renovate Christianity in this Island, in consequence of the decay and failure that had befallen the faith in Christ.


Eric was a Spitfire Pilot and Chief Test Pilot at RAE Llanbedr.


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.M.S.Cressy was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 560 of her crew.

 St Giles, Bredon, Worcestershire
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The Normans began the present church, around 1180, and work continued until the middle of the 13th century. It seems possible that stonemasons who were at that time working on the great Abbey of Tewkesbury were called in to lend a hand in the construction of Bredon Church. Certainly the two external turrets at the west end and those at Tewkesbury Abbey have a marked resemblance.


.M.S.Cressy, together with two of her sister ships, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-9 on 22 September 1914 with the loss of 560 of her crew.
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A large Jacobean wall monument - all I can say is "Wow!"

Holy Trinity, Eckington, Worcestershire
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A 12th century church with a 15th century tower. Additions were made in the 1830s and restoration took place in 1887.
 The chief memorial is a large Jacobean wall monument in the chancel to John Hanford (d 1616), probably by Samuel Baldwin. It shows husband and wife kneeling and facing each other across a table, on a chest with weepers, and framed by a round arch, outer Corinthian columns, entablature and achievement.


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An angel looking at a picture of the deceased.

 Waterside Cemetery, Evesham, Worcestershire
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An angel looking at a picture of the deceased.
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Jack and Bessie Nail were Amusement Caterers

 Pershore Cemetery, Pershore, Worcestershire
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Jack and Bessie Nail were Amusement Caterers
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