Monday, May 23, 2005

Bewcastle: Memorial Inscriptions

Bewcastle: Cumbria's Border Country: "St Cuthbert's, Bewcastle Memorial Inscriptions
A full list of all the names and dates

Several surveys have been carried out in the graveyard at Saint Cuthbert's Church, but the final and definitive one was completed by Mike Jackson in 1997. He has kindly agreed to allow the church to reproduce this survey. This task must have involved a huge amount of work, and we are very grateful for archiving this information before, in some cases, the inscriptions fade.

To quote Mike "Out of all the days that I spent in the churchyard only once did the sun break through, but even so I enjoyed my self-inflicted task, and I hope that the result will give you equal pleasure."

A full description of each grave, together with a plan of the churchyard showing numbered graves, index of persons, index of places and miscellaneous index, is available on CD in Word, Rich Text and Adobe Acrobat format, for both PC and Macintosh, either to pick up in the church, or by post from:

There is often a wealth of information on the actual grave stone, including relationships, locations and descriptions.

An example of one grave illustrates this:

In loving memory of Sybilla Jane, daughter of Thomas & Ann Forrester, of Hole of Lyne, who died June 21st. 1891, aged 4 years and 7 months. Also of John Forrester, London Scottish, their eldest son, who was killed in action in Palestine, December 8th. 1917, aged 33 years. Also the above Thomas Forrester, who died at Hole of Lyne, May 14th. 1940, aged 83 years. Also Ann, his wife, who died at Flat Bank, Gaitsgill, October 8th. 1945, aged 81 years.


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