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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One of the most unusual family history resources we have ever seen.

 St Mary the Virgin, Kington, Herefordshire
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St. Mary’s Church has a twelfth century nave and tower, a thirteenth century chancel, a fourteenth century south aisle and chapel and a nineteenth century north aisle.
 
 
 One of the most unusual family history resources we have ever seen. 
 
Visited - July 2014

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Another example of "homophone trouble". Can you spot it?

 Presteigne Cemetery, Presteigne, Herefordshire
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It must be almost unique for a town cemetery to be in a different country to the town it serves. Presteigne Cemetery is in England and Presteigne is in Wales.
 
 
 Another example of "homophone trouble". Can you spot it? 
 
Visited - June 2014

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Davida died in a road accident while on her honeymoon.

 St Laurence, Wichenford, Worcestershire
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A quiet country church a few miles west of Worcester. Originally 13th/14th century but heavily "restored" in 1861-63 by Abraham Perkins. Perkins added the upper stages of the tower, the spire and the south porch.
 
 
Davida Anne Merrell died in a road accident while on her honeymoon.  
 
Visited - May 2014

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A loving token from the parishioners

 St Mary, King's Pyon, Herefordshire
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The large church door looked normal, but the third by the handle
actually folded inwards separately
 
 
 "A loving token from the parishioners" is an unusual, but effective,
 inscription to put on a war memorial. 
 
Visited - July 2014

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