Monday, 28 January 2013

A ruined Chapel

A number of years ago while driving along the A44 in Wales I though I spotted an old chapel off the road so one day when I got the chance I managed to find it again an stopped off for a look.

 The chapel had a small gate leading into a graveyard still with gravestones

Looking at the building it was in a poor state with most of the window frames and all the roof gone.

Windows faced towards the road. 

All it seemed was it needed a window.

The side looked like it has seen better days with a large crack over the window.

This photo was a stitch using two photos but showed inside the shell where a tree grew.

 The remaining graves and grass were still well tended and looked in good condition.

I left the place to it's own wondering what would become of it. The photos were taken nearly four years ago so I often wonder if it is still there and not fallen down.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Newtown Road

Newtown Road in Newbury was a cemetery I had heard about and noticed on the map while planing a trip along the Kennet and a nearby disused railway. On my way back through the town I had planed on taking in the cemetery but time did not permit this so over the Christmas Holidays I thought I would pay a visit and finish a part of another railway project of mine.
I found my way through Newbury to Newtown road and came to the cemetery. All the following photos were taken through the cemetery railings.

My first view of the cemetery taken through the railings along the road.

The cemetery lodge house now privately owned, either side are the entrance gates which I found padlocked shut. The notice said it was open from 10 till 3pm daily except Christmas Day, it was gone 10.30 an no sign of it being unlocked. Not to be deterred I set about recording what I could from outside the railings.

From one of the entrance gates you could see the footpaths through the cemetery.
 Walking to the South gate and the perimeter wall show the works access to the cemetery.

Looking North from the gate another footpath.

Walking back along the path you could see some beautiful memorials 

The whole cemetery looked well kept if not used any more.

One of the notices said maintenance had been carried out  on the trees  and some areas looked to have been heavily cleared of shrubbery.

Other parts looked like they were waiting the grass to be cut.

In the background the pollarded trees could be seen.

Near the chapel were more graves one with a kneeling angel.

The chapel looks like it could still be used.
Finally as I left I noticed a second war grave which I could get a photo of. My intension is to return for another visit in the near future and take some closeups of the wonderful monuments which can be seen.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Famous People

In my travels round the villages to visit churchyards I have come across the graves of some famous people. Most of the churchyards were local to me. This blog was published a couple of years ago but I am republishing it with a couple of updates

I will start with Agatha Christie who is buried in Cholsey Churchyard.

A few miles away in a village called Ewelme you can find the grave of Jerome K Jerome who is famous for writing three men in a boat.

In another direction in a village called Sutton Courtney you will find this grave to Eric Arthur Blair or George Orwell of 1984 fame.

Nearby you can find this grave of Herbert Henry Asquith who was Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916 

In another village near Reading is the grave of this fellow Jethro Tull who was the inventor of the seed drill (not the band) though somehow I doubt this headstone is original.
This grave is in the churchyard at Nuffield and he started Morris Garages or Morris cars as it was known, like him the make has died out but will not be forgotten.
Another inventor like Morris called Maurice Wilkes who came up with the Landrover and who's grave when I was in Anglesea  I visited is buried here

This guy is buried in Goring Cemetery is called Bomber Harris and was in charge of bomber command during the second world ward. Think he was responsible for a lot of bomber crews going to their deaths

 Tommy Sopwith who I have written a blog about.

J R R Tolkiens grave in Oxfor
d in one I have wanted to see but was disapointed when I found it as I thought it was not that well looked after 

The crypt of Disralli at Hughenden one of the famous British Primeministers
 Thats about it for now Have a good Sunday

Friday, 18 January 2013

Tommy Sopwith

As  a school boy I knew the name reading story's about the First World  War and the Sopwith Camel but never knew he lived near Kings Somborne. I had been taking photos of the church and noticed this huge stained glass window. The inscription to the left said "Twice his foresite saved this nation in time of danger" the name I recognized and I knew of the plane in the first war but what was the second time he saved the nation. It was not until I looked into it I found he Started the Hawker company with Harry Hawker which made the Hawker Hurricane that was a  part of the Battle of Britain it was one  of the planes which save the country.

The memorial window that piqued my interest

The wording got me thinking as I knew the name but did not connect who to start with.                                                                                              

After reading this information on the window I found out where Tommy Sopwith was buried.


After a three mile walk to Little Somborne I found his grave at the east end of the old church there along side that of his wife.
Tommy Sopwith lived to 101 and on his 100th birthday the RAF did a military flypast over his home. He is buried in All Saints Churchyard beside his wife.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

The Lost Boys

This is a post I have been meaning to do for a while. I came across this memorial to Harold an Earnest on Google Earth while looking for Pillboxes along the Thames. They are buried in Lower Basildon Berkshire. I went along to the church there to find the grave of Jethro Tull found this wonderful memorial nearby.
The memorial is one of the most Heartbreaking I have seen with the figures so haunting life like.
The words on their grave still stand clear as the day they were done

"To the dear memory of Harold and Ernest Edward the fondly cherished and only sons of Edward John and Priscilla Deverell of Church Farm Basildon who were drowned while bathing in a side branch of the Thames near home on the 26th of June 1886 aged 16 and 15 years"
They were lovely and pleasant in their lives and in death they were not divided.
I have walked along the Thames nearby and wondered where they had lost their lived.

Church farm is next door to the church and it must have been heartbreaking for their parents to look over and see their sons grave. Their spirits are together now and their lives a memory. RIP