Saturday, 26 July 2014

Thomas Thomas died from "Confluent Smallpox"

St Endelienta, St Endellion, Cornwall 
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The parish church of St Endelienta stands beside the road to Wadebridge and is a large building of the 15th century in Perpendicular style. On 25 August 2010 it was announced that the British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha had named their newborn daughter "Florence Rose Endellion" after the village.
 
Saint Endelienta (also Endelient, Edellienta or Endell) was a Cornish saint of the 5th and 6th century. She is believed to be a daughter of the Welsh King Brychan, and a native of South Wales who travelled to North Cornwall to join her siblings in converting the locals to Christianity.
 
 
 Thomas Thomas died from "Confluent Smallpox" and his sister Edith died of Scarlet Fever.
 
 
Visited - June 2014

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The mail-coach fell into the River Frome after the bridge was carried away by floods.

 St Mary, Credenhill, Herefordshire
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We were surprised to see a palm tree growing in the churchyard.



Thomas Hardwick was killed in 1852 when the mail-coach fell into the River Frome after the bridge was carried away by floods. 
 
Visited - July 2014

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Fell from a plane at 6000 feet.

 Market Drayton Cemetery, Market Drayton, Shropshire
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A medium sized cemetery 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.
 
 
Major Cuthbert Everard Brisley "On the 13th of July 1918 he took off on a training flight in Avro 504K D6361 with a mechanic, Private Fred Lythgoe as a passenger. While flying at a height of 6,000 feet he performed a loop and fell from the aircraft. Lythgoe was not experienced enough to keep control of the aircraft and he too was killed when it crashed at 11.50am near Spoonley. Cuthbert Brisley's body was found some distance away from the crash site." 
 
Visited - March 2011

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

The wreck of the "Hera" - the longest grave we have ever seen.

St Symphorian, Veryan, Cornwall
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St Symphorian has been patron of this church since at least 1281.
 
 
 The German ship "Hera" of Hamburg became stranded on Gull Rock in February 1914. "The journey from South America had taken already 91 days and she had already been beaten heavily from the storms and her crew of 24 were exhausted. Captain Lorenz thought he was still further West near the Lizard and with poor weather and low visibility, at midnight the look-out shouted "Land-ho". Captain Lorenz gave the order to put her about, but resulted into crashing into Gull Rock." Only five of the crew were saved.


This is easily the longest grave we have ever seen. 
 
Visited - June 2014

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Monday, 21 July 2014

The Sutton Coldfield train crash (1955)

 St Peter and St Paul, Weobley, Herefordshire
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The tall 14th century tower is the only spire in the country to be supported by little flying buttresses connected to pinnacles rising from the tower. Unusually we were not the only visitors to the church on this sunny July afternoon.
 
 
The Sutton Coldfield train crash took place at about 16:13 on 23 January 1955 in Sutton Coldfield, a town now within the City of Birmingham, when an express passenger train traveling from York to Bristol derailed due to excessive speed on a sharp curve. Seventeen people, including the train crew, were killed and 25 injured. 
 
Visited - July 2014

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

A superb example of post-mortem photography on a grave.

 St John-in-Bedwardine, Worcester, Worcestershire
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This is an "inner city" church so we were pleased to find that it was open.
 
 
 A superb, and extremely rare, example of post-mortem photography. 
 
Visited - June 2014

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"Killed when asleep and defenceless"

 St Alunus (Allen), St Allen, Cornwall
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St Allen parish church was built in the Norman period but enlarged by the addition of the south aisle in the 15th century.

The church is dedicated to St Alunus but little is known of this saint.  


 "Killed when asleep and defenceless"
 
Visited - June 2014

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