Category Archives: Gravestones

William Bryan

One of the interesting headstones which survive in St Mary in Arden’s graveyards is this one: Sacred To the Memory of William Bryan Late of Spode in the Parish Of Clun County of Salop Who died Suddenly In Harborough The … Continue reading

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Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook was born in Melbourne, Derbyshire, in 1808, the son of John Cook and Elizabeth Perkins.  He was only four years old when his father died in 1812 and later that year, his mother married James Smithard.  When his … Continue reading

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Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester

There is something special and atmospheric about cemeteries, especially Victorian ones with their gothic monuments.  Towns and cities grew rapidly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with people migrating from the countryside, looking for work in the factories and industries. … Continue reading

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St Mary in Arden

A short walk from the train station at Market Harborough, Leicestershire and you find an old ruined church surrounded by old headstones and trees.  St Mary’s in Arden has fascinated me from the first time I saw it. I have … Continue reading

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