Caverswall St Peter’s – Churchyard Burials and Interior Monuments

1.To the [memory of] Jervis, son of Jer[vis & Elizab]eth Forrester of the Cellarhead [in the] parish who died the 1st day of April 1813, aged .. years.

Also to the memory of Henry, son of the above, who died May 27th 1825, aged 7 months.

Also to the memory of Sarah, daughter of the above, who died the 23rd day of May 1829, aged 2 months.

Also to the memory of Hannah, their daughter, who died the 11th day of September 1834, aged 12 years.

Sweet blossumns doomed in early life to fade, & lie neglected in the gloomy shade, yet you shall............................................................[remainder below ground level].

 

2.Sacred to the memory of Charles Walters of Cookshill, who died May 19th 1847, aged 68 years.

Affectionately inscribed in memory of Sarah, wife of Samuel Walters, who died May 23rd 1847, aged 19.

Ellen, their daughter, died May 30th 1847, aged 13 days.

May they rest in peace.

[Is Sarah buried in her father-in-law’s grave?. She died a few days after giving birth to Ellen.]

 

3.Sacred to the memory of Mary Anne (for more than 40 years) the beloved & prudent wife of James Whalley of this place who departed this life Dec 29th 1836, aged 61 years.

She was so long with pain oppress’d  which wore her strength away, & made her wish for endless rest which never will decay.

Also to the remains of the said ..............................[remainder below ground level].

 

4.Here lieth the remains of John Shaw, late of Whereton Bank in this parish who died .. of March 1796, aged ..

Here lieth the remains of Anne, wife of John Shaw, who died 27th Sept 1803, aged 82.

Therefore by ye also reach ..........................................................[remainder illegible].

 

5.In memory of Elizabeth the wife of William Cooper of The Furnace who died Feby. 3rd 1825, aged 22.

Time swept by his o’erwhelming tide, my faithful partner from my side, & you of yours depriv’d may be, as unexpectedly as me, set then your hearts on things above, death soon will end all mortal love.

 

6.Errected in the memory of Samuel Cooper (late of Meir) who died Jany. 1st 1858, aged 40 years.

Patient beneath his long distress, submissive & resigned; At God’s command he rose to bliss, & left his griefs behind.

Also Harriet, wife of the above who died Jany. 27th 1876, aged 51 years.

She fell asleep in Jesus.

[Were William(5) & Samuel brothers?]

 

7.In memory of Richard Plunket, late sergent of the 8th reigiment of foot. He obtained a pension of 40 pounds per annum after 37 years servyitude. He died January 20th 1849, aged 55 years. He was an affectionate husband & a kind father.

Also Elizabeth, his daughter, who died on the 1st of April 1852, aged 21 years.

Requescat in pace.

Also Charlotte, wife of the above, who died Feby. 15th 1860, aged 57 years.

Requescat in pace. [Note that Charlotte’s inscription is on both sides of the stone].

 

8.[Illegible & lying face down].

 

9.Sacred to the memory of William Heath of Caverswall who died March 23rd 1856, aged 86 years.

Also of Hannah, wife of William Heath, who died March 2nd 1846, aged 68 years.

Also of Hannah, daughter of William & Hannah Heath, who died Octr 17th 1847, aged 32 years.

Also of Joseph, son of William & Hannah Heath, who died Octr 24th 1848, aged 35 years.

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, even so saith the spirit for they rest from their labours.

 

10.Erected in the memory of Thomas Heath of Caverswall who died March 1st 1859, aged 54 years.

For I know that my redeemer liveth & that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, & though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. Job. XIX c25-26.

Also of Catherine, daughter of the above, who died March 5th 1860, aged 1 year & 10 months.

Also Fanny Bettany, relict of the above, who died Novr 13th 1877, aged 55 years.

Thy will be done.

[Was William (9) the father of Thomas? He would have been 35 when Thomas was born. Thomas was 17 years older than his wife, Fanny, who was 37 when Catherine was born.]

 

11.[North side] Anne wife of John Heath of Cookshill, who died April 15th ..[remainder illegible].

[South side] John Heath of Cookshill Hall, who departed this life .... Nov 184., aged 72 years..............................................[remainder, probably a religious tract, illegible].

 

12.[Illegible].

 

13.In memory of Mary, daughter of Thomas & Sabarah Bentley of Mear Lane, who died 3rd [or possibly 5th] Jan: 1833, aged 24 years.

The pains of childbirth overpowered me, I did submit my life to death you see, as my creator through his heavenly love: took me to rest with the blessed saints above.

Also to the said Thomas Bentley who died Jany. 27th 1847, aged 65 yes.

Also Sabarah, his wife, who died Dec 18th 1852, aged 75 years.

George, their son, died April 25th 1852, aged 47 years.

 

14.Here lieth the body of [Ch....] Leese ................... 1772...........[remainder illegible].

 

15.Erected in the memory of Emila Nancy Sherwin who departed this life June 24th 1853, aged 5 years.

The great Jehovah from above, his angels down did send, to fetch this little harmless dove, to joys that never end.

 

16.Here lieth the body of Ralph Maffey [more likely Massey] who died June 26th 18..2, aged 70 years.

When man hath laboured all his days, [his] worldly toils & various ways, ............ by death’s affault set, ......................... peaceably.

 

17 & 18.[Illegible].

 

19.Erected in memory of Lydia, wife of Danial Hassal of Fox Earth, who departed this life June 2nd 1852, aged 58 years.

A tender partner & a loving mother, hard to find out such another... [remainder below ground level].

In memory of Daniel Hassal who departed this life April 3rd 1865, aged 74 years.

Blessed are they who keep His testimonies & that seek Him with their whole heart. Psalm CXIX verse 2.

 

 

20.Here lieth the body of George fon of William & Ann Stubbs of Carfwall, who died Oaob: ye 14th Anno dom 1740, aged 33 [probably].

 

21.Here lieth the body of Ann Stubbs, ye wife of William Stubbs, of Carfwall, who died Febry ye 25 Anno dom: 1740,aged 76.

 

22.Erected in memory of George Woodward of Fox Earth in this parish, who departed this life March 26th 1852, aged 67 years.

Also Sarah...................................................................................[remainder illegible].

 

23.Erected to the memory of Sarah Allen, wife of Joseph Allen, late of Caverswall, who died July 30th 1830, aged 36 years.

Also Ann, daughter of the above, who died March 18th 1849, aged 29 years.

Also James Allen, son of the above, who died March 26th 1849, aged 27 years.

The Lord did please to end their time, when thay was ................ & in their prime, & take .............. of rest ............................... think it best.

 

24.Here lieth the body of Ann, the wife of William Eddowes, 17th June ...., aged 82 years.

Here lieth the body of William Eddowes, late of Dilhorn, who died 20th April 1808, aged .. years.

 

25.Here lieth the body of Elizabeth ye daughter of Philip & Elizabeth Hollins, she died App: ye 14th 1746, aged 14[?].

 

26.Here lieth the body of Phillip Hollins of Normacote who died Feb 23rd 1791, aged 87 years.

Also Elizabeth, wife of the above............................... [remainder below ground level].

 

27.Sacred to the memory of Joseph Dale of The Blythe, who died March 11th 1879, aged82 years.

Sacred are the dead which dieth in The Lord.

Mary Ann, wife of Joseph Dale of The Blythe, in the parish (of Caverswall), who died Oct 21st 1854, aged 53 years.

Adieu my kindred near & dear, we might dwell forever here, come fix your thoughts on heavenly bliss, where Christ the blest redeemer is.

 

28.Sacred to the memory of John Hollins of the Mear, who died March 9th 1825, aged 57 years.

Farewell to me my wife so dear, I am not dead but sleeping here, My debt is paid my grave you see, stay but a while & follow me.

[John was possibly the son of George (38).]

 

29.Erected in memory of Catherine, the wife of William Phillips of Caverswall Park, who died Augt. 2nd 1857, aged 58 years.

Why need we weep for pious friends, or quaked at death’s alarms. Death is the servant Jesus sends, to call us to his arms.

Also the said William Phillips who died May 30th 1864, aged 79 years.

 

30.This stone is placed here by the sorrowing friends of John Garter who died March 3rd 1810, aged 52 years.

Dear reader tis a serious thing to die, thou soon must find it so as well as I, If for our works we bliss or woe receive, dear reader tis a serious thing to live.

Also Elizabeth, wife of Richard Wood of Adderley Green, who died May 13th 1830, aged 37 years.

Also Richard Wood of Adderley Green who died May 27th 1854, aged 70 years.

[Religious tract below ground level].

[Richard was 9 years older than his wife. What was the relationship between them & John Garter?.]

 

31.Here lieth the body of Mary, wife of Stephen Wood of Tickhill, in the parish, who died June the 17th 1794, aged 65 years.

All you that visit my filent grave, prepare for death while life you have, let not tomorrow your vain [thoughts ?] empty, but think today the last you fhall enjoy

 

32.Sacred to the memory of Ann, daughter of Thomas & Margaret Knight of Bolton Gate, in this parish, died April 17th 1835, aged 8 years.

 

33.Erected in memory of Hannah Foster, late Cooper, of Normacott Grange who died the 11th day of Sept. 1859 in the 74th year of her age.

Also of George Cooper, late of Normacott Grange, who died November 25th 1853, aged 64 years.

Also Betty, wife of.......................................................[remainder below ground level].

[Was Hannah the sister of George?. George was 21 when his son George was born, 23 when Hannah was born, & 31 when William was born (34).]

 

34.In memory of the three children issue of George & Betty Cooper of Normacott Grange.

Hannah died 16th May 1822 aged 10 years, William died 11th June 1822 aged 2 years, George died 25th Decr 1823 aged 13 years.

 

35.Erected in memory of William Stubbs late of Leek Road in the parish of Caverswall who died April 6th 1850, aged 63 years. [Religious tract below ground level].

 

36.Sacred to the memory of John Hurst of Dividy Lane in this parish who departed this life Novr 13th 1850, aged 57 years.

Here lies a husband who was kind, & of a tender loving mind, He’d liv’d a life of faithful love, in hope to live in heaven above.

 

37.[Imbedded].

 

38.Here lieth the body of George Hollins, late of the Divedale Lane in this parish who departed this life April 23rd 1787, aged 54 years.

An honest man in the ground encloseth here, faithful & loving to his wife & children dear, so farewell my wife & children all, & give hear when the Lord doth call.

Also Mary wife of the above.......................................[remainder below ground level].

[Was he John’s (28) father?. Did Divedale become corrupted into Dividy?]

 

39.[Illegible].

 

40.In loving memory of Arthur Edward Stone died 17th February 1962, aged 60 years.

 

41.In memory of Maria, wife of John Evans of Dividy Lane who died Jany. 8th 1837, aged 47 years.

Patient beneath her sore distress, submissive & resign’d, At God’s command she rose to bliss, & left her griefs behind.

Also Alice his second wife died Sept. 15th 1849, aged 43 years.

Also of the above named John ................................................. [remainder Illegible].

 

42.In memory of Ann, wife of Thos Dawson, who died July 20th 1837, aged 69 years.

To the memory of Thomas Dawson, late of the Darlaston in the parish of Stone, who died March 7th 1829. Aged 85 years.

Also in memory of Daniel Dawson, son of the above, who died Octr 28th 1847, aged 40 years.

[Thomas was 24 years older than his wife Ann, who was 39 when she had Daniel (making Thomas 63).]

 

43.Here lieth the body of John Dawson of Hulme who departed this life July 5th 1770, aged 56 years.

Also Sarah, wife of the abovesaid, who departed this life March the 28th 1795, aged 78 years. [Religious tract illegible].

[John was 3 years older than his wife Sarah, who was 29 when she had John (son). John was possibly the father of Thomas (42), being 30 when Thomas was born. John was the father of John (44) at the age of 32 (Sarah being 29).]

 

44.Here lieth the body of John son of John & Sarah Dawson of Hulme who died Febry. 3rd 1776, aged 30 years.

Likewise lieth the body of Daniel Dawson, son of the above John & Sarah Dawson, who died December 9th 1794, aged .. years. [Religious tract illegible & below ground level].

 

45.To the memory of John Nicklin .......... 7th Dec 182., in ............. year of his age.

Here ................ of ...................... wife of John Nicklin, who died ...........................

......................................................................................................... John & Ann Nicklin .......................... who died 21st March ...................................................

Also of Daniel their son who died 7th July 1825, aged 24 years.

Also of Thomas their son who died 16th April 1827, aged 28 years.

Also Elizabeth, wife of ........................[remainder illegible & below ground level].

 

46.[Illegible].

 

47.Sacred to the memory of Stephen Mears of Cockin in this parifh who died 7th Dec 1825, aged 71 years.

Sacred to the memory of Sarah, the wife of Stephen Mears, who died 24th July 18.., aged .8 years.

Also James the second son of Stephen & Sarah Mears who died 23rd April 18.., aged 16 years.

 

48.In memory of Hannah, wife of George Mear of Little above park in the parish of Cheadle, who died March 15th 1838, aged 41 years.

In memory of Mary, the wife of Francis Mears of Butfields in this parish, who died 17th August 1821, aged 26 years.

Also Sarah, their daughter, who died young.

Also George Mear of Little above Park who died January 17th 1875, aged 78 years.

 

49.Here lieth the body of William Haugn, late of Grindley Houfe, who died [April] the 16th 1778, aged 22.

Farewell my wife & children, I am not dead but sleeping here, My debt is paid, my  grave you see, wen but a while you’l  be with me.

Also of Mary his wife who died Sept 9th 1848, aged 76 years.

 

50.Here lieth the body of Richard Harvey of ffoxholes[?] in this parish who was interr’d the 18th day of July in the year of Our Lord 1765 [or possibly 1763], aged 84 years.

Also of Isabell his wife who was interr’d 25th day of February in the year of Our Lord 1764, aged 83 years.

Also of ..........................................................................................[remainder illegible].

 

51.In memory of Charles Brassington Catcut Lodge in this parish who departed this life Janry. 9th 1850, aged 83 years.

What is man an emty bubble, floating on a sea of trouble,

What is life a dream of sorrow, a little day without a morrow.

Also Elizabeth, the wife of Charles Brassington, who departed this life July 24th 1817, aged 68 years.

 

52.Here lieth the body of Thomas ...ollis, late of Lane End ......... day of June .......  [remainder illegible & below ground level].

 

53.Here lieth interr’d the body of Robert Cowper late of this parish, who departed this life the 23rd day of March in the year of Our Lord 1749, aged 36 years.

Also the body of Mary, wife of the s. Robert Cowper...[remainder below ground level].

 

54.In memory of Elizabeth, wife of William Emony of Longton, died July 18th 1837, aged 36 years.

Praise to my wife is justly due, she prov’d this maxim to be true,

The richest porthion [?] was a wife, is prudence & a virtuous wife.

Also the said William Emony who died Novr 17th 1858, aged 50 years.

 

55.Sacred to the memory of Mary Anne, daughter of Samuel & Mary Bullock of this parish, who departed this life Decr 9th 1833, aged 13 months.

Also John, son of the above, who departed this life Octr 31st 1836, aged 2 years & 8 months.

Suffer little children to come unto me, & forbid them not for such is the kingdom of God.

Mary, wife of Samuel Bullock, who departed this life Jany. 12th 1848, aged 36 years.

Also John Knight, their son, who departed this life April 17th .......[remainder below ground level].

 

56.Affectionately inscribed to the memory of John Cope of Park Hall Farm, in this parish, who died July 28th 1844, aged 31 years.

When blooming youth is snatch’d away by death’s relentless hand,

Our hearts the mournful tribute pay, which pity must demand.

 

57.Sacred to the memory of a dear husband & father William Percy Povey who died June 15th 1955, aged 63 years.

Thy will be done.

 

58.In loving memory of Joseph Finney 1908-1964, Alice Finney 1911-1998, Thomas Hulme 1900-1980, Elizabeth Hulme 1903-1966.

 

59.[Top panel] Underneath this tomb lieth the body of Francis, wife of William Waller, who departed this life May 19th 1807, aged 43 years.

The Lord gave & The Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of The Lord. Job.1.21 1855.

[East panel] Sacred to the memory of John, son of William & Francis Waller, who died Feb 11th 1855, aged 69 years.

[Fragment leaning against west panel] Here in this tomb lieth the body of William Waller of Normicott who departed this life s...... ........, aged 55 years.

[Obviously this tomb would have originally been the same height as its neighbour & has sometime collapsed].

 

60.[North panel] Here lieth the body of Hannah, wife of William Waller of Normicott Grange, who died November 10th 1771, aged 48.

Alfo the body of William, hufband of the above, who died July ye 17th 1772, aged 60.

[West panel] Here lieth the body of Richard Waller of Lane End, son of William & Hannah Waller of Normicott Grange, who died Jany 22nd 1819, aged 66 years.

[Top panel - almost illegible] .................William Waller................April[?].............

[Remainder illegible].

 

61.In loving memory of Marian Smith died 19th April 1955.

Also Arthur Smith died 29th May 1959.

Rest in peace.

 

62.Sacred to the memory of Ralph Lees late of Leek Road in this parifh who died 6th May 1811, aged 91 years.

Joseph Lees of Stone Smithy in this parish, departed this life the 19th May 1820 & his body is deposited in this tomb, aged 73 years.

Spes mea Christus resurgam.

 

63.[Illegible apart from].........Also the wife of Edward........

 

64.In memory of Mary Ann, wife of Samuel Simpson Rhodes Adderley House in this parish who died August 9th 1840, aged 51 years.

 

65.Sacred to the memory of Hannah, wife of Thomas Heath of Hulme Dale in this parish who died March 15th 1834, aged 66 years.

Also of the said Thomas Heath who died June 25th 1857, aged 80 years.

 

66.[Mostly illegible due to ivy] ............Salters..........died 23rd.............aged 47.............. body of William Heath.......Salters Road..................22nd Feb.............

 

67.In memory of Mary, daughter of Thomas & Hannah Heath of Hulme Dale who died June .... 1828, aged 26 years.

Also of Lewis, their son, who died July 23rd 1828, aged 19 years.

Also William, son of Mary Heath, who died Dec 29th 1829, aged 8 years.

[Mary was 19 when she had William. The inscription leads one to believe that he was illegitimate.]

 

68.[Mostly illegible due to ivy] .........Thomas Heath of Moor Hall............died Jan 31st 1833...........Also.............daughter...............

 

69.[Mostly illegible due to ivy] .....................John Copeland .................1880............ aged 73 years.

 

70. [Mostly illegible due to ivy] Underneath lie the remains of William Swan of Mear........parish who died the 3rd of Oct........aged 60 years................wife who died 31st Janurary 18........aged 74 years.

 

71.Here lieth the body of John Hambleton of Hulme who died the 25th day of August 1784, aged 77 years.

Also Ann, wife of the above, ............June 7th 1791............[remainder below ground level].

 

72.Here lieth ye body of Thomas Tomlinson of this town[?] who departed this life April ye 20th 1764, aged 52 years.

Here lieth the body of Hannah, wife of ye aforesaid, Tho. Tomlinson who departed v life December v 25th 1782, aged 68 years.

 

73.Samuel, son of John & Anne Hambleton of Hulme, died July ye 12th 1770, aged 25 years.

All you that do pafs by my stone & see how quickly I was gone,

Repent in time make no delay, I in my youth was called away.

 

74.Erected in memory of Thomas Miller who died March 22nd 1856, aged 68 years.

Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Miller of this village, who died Jany. 31st 1844, aged 54 years.

Isaac, their son, died Decr 31st 1845, aged 24 years.

Julia, their daughter, died April 22nd 1844, aged 16 years.

Into thy hands we commend our spirits for thou hast redeemed it O Lord thou God of truth. Psal XXXI 6.

 

75.Ralph & Joseph, sons of William & Elizabeth B[aulton] of Stone in this county who were born March 18th 1807. Ralph died February 7th 1808. Joseph died March 17th 1808.

........... Lord let him do what seemeth him good.

 

76.[Illegible].

 

77.Sacred to the memory of Clara daughter of William & Ann Marson of Hardiwick in this parish, who departed this life Oct 21st 1855, aged 14 years.

Death of its sting disarm’d she knew no fear, but tasted heaven’en while she linger’d  here, Oh happy saint may we like thee he blest, in life be faithful & in death find rest.

 

78.Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth the wife of William Marson of Caverswall parish who died the 10th of July 18.., aged 38 years.

Also ...................... daughter who ..................... Oct 1814 in her infancy.

Also of Lydia Marson, daughter of the above, who died the 12th Nov 1837, aged 20 years.

And the said William Marson died the 15th Feb 1855, aged 68 years.

Also Myra ......................... wife of .......................................... [remainder illegible].

 

79.[Ivy covered & partly illegible] In memory of William Ball who died 11th April 1807, aged 50 years.

................. of Sarah, wife of William Ball, ......... died .... April ..... 18.. ....................... [remainder illegible & below ground level].

 

80.In affectionate remembrance of Ann, wife of William Marson of Hardiwick in this parish, who died Oct 16th 1871, aged 68 years.

Also of the above William Marson who died June 26th 1872, aged 65 years.

Even so them also sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. I Thess: IV c14:v.

 

81.In memory of James Ball of Cahers Tourn[?] who died Nov 20th 1811, aged 94 years.

 

82.In memory of Edwin, son of John & Sarah Shaw of Mear Green, who died June 26th 1818, aged 12y.

Sarah, wife of John Shaw, who died June 24th 1840, aged 77 years. [Religious tract covered by ivy].

 

83.In memory of John Hassal of Mofsfield who died 7th Sept 1800, aged 81 years. [Remainder covered by ivy].

 

84 – 90.[All totally obscured by ivy].

 

91.Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, the daughter of William & Elizabeth Braffington of Rough Coat, who died 4th Jan 1809, aged 20 years.

Dear friends why fhould you mourn for me, I am but where you foon muft be.

 

92.In memory of William Brassington late of Rough Coat in this parish who departed this life on the 18th June 1850, aged 89 years.

Also Catherine, wife of the above William Brassington..............[remainder below ground level].

 

93.Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Wm Brassington of Rough Coat, who died 20th Sept 1799, aged 38 years.

Also ...........................................1799 ...................... [remainder illegible & below ground level].

 

94.[Totally obscured by ivy].

 

95.John, the son of John ....................... 1798 ........................ [remainder illegible].

 

96.To the memory of John Tilsley late of Crown Bank in the parish of Audley who died .... Novr 1812, aged 49 years.

 

97.To the memory of John, son of George & Ellen Keen (of Caverswall) who departed this life July 5th 1833, aged 4 years.

Also of Thomas, son of the above George & Ellen Keen, who departed this life Aug 1st 1851, aged ..... .....................................................................[remainder illegible].

 

98.Here lieth the body of William Bradbury late of Holehouse who died 27th Feb 1796, aged 44 years.

Also of Anne, his wife, who died 11th day of Feb 1811 in the 84th year of her age.

[William was 25 years younger than his wife. If Anne was the mother of Mary (99) she was 53 when she had her.]

 

99.Here lieth the body of Mary the daughter of William & Anne Bradbury of Holehouse who departed this life 2nd of Sept 1793, aged 13[?] years.

 

100.[First inscription illegible due to ivy]. Here lieth the body of Mary his wife who died 9th July 1799, aged 55 years.

 

101.[In memory of] Mary Arblaster late of Spot in the parish of Stone who departed this life the 22nd day of June 1813, aged 62 years. [Last two words illegible].

 

102.[In memory of] Mary, wife of Thomas Thurlow late of Mear, who died 11th April 1825, aged 51 years.

The best of wives the ground encloseth here, faithful & loving to her husband dear,

Great was his loss for her eternal gain, yet hopes in Christ that they shall meet again.

Also Sarah his wife who died 19th Jan 1829, aged 56 years.

[Note Thomas lost 2 wives in 4 years.]

 

103.Sacred to the memory of Caroline, daughter of John & Ellen Smith of Hulme who died Dec 11th 1854, aged 19 years.

 

104.In memory of William Bradbury late of Dilhorne who died Sep 9th 1832, aged 44 years.

Also Thomas, son of William & Sarah Bradbury, died June 12th 1834, aged 9 years.

Also Mary, daughter of Wm & Sarah Bradbury, died April 8th 1836, aged 19 years.

Also Sarah, wife of the above William Bradbury, who died March 9th 1870, aged 54 years.

[William was 28 years older than his wife Sarah, who must have been his second wife as it would have been impossible for her to have been the mother of his two children. William was 29 when he fathered Mary & 37 when he had Thomas.]

 

105.In memory of Zechauiah Bradbury, late of Hardywick in this parifh, who died 20th Sept 1811, aged 65 years.

In memory of Mary his wife who died 15th Feb 1809, aged 62 years.

Also of Thomas, son of the aforesaid ....... 1803[?], aged 29 years.

George their son died 17th August 1804, aged 16 years.

 

106.In memory of Mary, wife of Peter Burgess of Cookshill, died March 1st 1854, aged 54 years.

Also Peter Burgess who died Decr 24th 1874, aged 91 years.

Also James Burgess, son of the above, who died Nov 30th 1896, aged 74 years.

Thy will be done.

 

107.To the memory of John Wright of Hulme who died 17th Aug 1822, aged 64 years.

Also Elizabeth, wife of the above, who died 24th Nov 1836, aged 75 years.

 

108.[Fallen face side down].

 

109.Sacred to the memory of Thomas Wright late of Hulme in this parish who departed this life May 29th 1856, aged 67 years.

Watch the refore[?] for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matt XXIV Chap 42 ver.

 

110.Here lieth the body of Mary, the wife of George Lawton of Whereton Bank in this parifh, who died 20th June 1797, aged 78 years.

 

111.[Base?].

 

112.[South Panel] Here lieth the body of the Revd Joseph Saunders, who was vicar of this church 18 years, who died 23rd March 1791, aged 71 years. Also the body of Sarah Saunders who died the 1st day of Feb .... aged 60[?] years....................... [remainder illegible, but does mention their son Josiah Richardson Saunders].

[North panel] In this vault are deposited the remains of Harriet Gould, daughter of William & Mary Gould of Ma...................fter & Grand .............. of the Revd Saunders ......................................................................................... She was dutiful to her parents, pious & affectionate, her manners were gentle, & her perf..... beautiful, judge reader what muft have ................................................................ [remainder illegible].

 

113.[Illegible].

 

114.To the memory of John Salt late of Mear Lane, who departed this life May 12th 1827, aged 52 years.

Also to the memory of Lydia Salt, his wife, who departed this life January 31st 1829, aged 64 years.

John Salt died July 11th 1850, aged 47.

 

115.[Top panel] Here lieth the body of Ann, the wife of Joseph Hulme of Weston Coyney, who died 12th April 1793, aged 33 years.

Also the body of Joseph Hulme, her husband, who died Feby 18th 1811, aged 81 years.

Also the body of Mary Sher..... daughter of Joseph & Ann Hulme, who died June 15th 1855, aged 61 years.

[South panel lying face down at present].

[North panel] Here lieth the body of  ............................................... of Weston Coyney who died April the 2....................................................................... [remainder illegible].

 

116.To the memory of Charles Forrester, formley of Stone House in the parish of Dilhorne, who died 22nd May 1857, aged 61 years.

To the memory of Hannah, wife of Charles Forrester of Stone House in the parish of Dilhorne, who died 20th April 1831, aged 28 years.

Also to the memory of Mary, wife of Charles Forrester, who died 15th May 1833, aged 23 years.

[Charles was 7 years older than his first wife & 14 years older than his second. Note that he lost both wives in the space of two years.]

 

117.Sacred to the memory of Francis Cottrell of Mossfield in this parish who died 23rd Sept 1822, aged 56 years.

Sacred to the memory of Mary his wife who died March 31st 1840, aged 75 years.

Also Francis, the son of Francis & Mary Cottrell, who died 10th Aug 1822, aged 23 years.

 

118.Here lieth the body of Dorothy, wife of Thomas Dawson of Hulme, who departed this life Jany. 23rd 1789, aged 41 years.

The best of wives the ground encloseth here, faithful & loving to her husband dear,

Great was his loss for her eternal gain, yet hopes in Christ that they shall meet again.

This headstone has been relettered ................................ respect ............ [remainder illegible].

 

119. [South panel] Sacred to the memory of George swift of Lane End who died the 21st Aug 1811, aged 27 years.

In peace he did his soul refign, to God who kindly gave it,

Why shouldft not thou do fo with thine, Chrift liv’d & dy’d to fave it.

[North panel] To the memory of William Bolton Swift, son of George & Sarah Swift of Lane End, who departed this life Feby 8th 1827, aged 20 years.

O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory.

Sacred to the memory of Thomas swift, son of George & Sarah Swift, who died March 23rd 1828, aged 19 years.

Blefsed are the dead which die in The Lord.

[East panel] Sacred to the memory of Joseph Hallniarack of Lane End who died August 1st 1828, aged 23 years.

All flesh is as grass.

 

120.To the memory of William Walter parish clerk of this church of Cars: during which term he read the responsibilities to the congregation under five several vicars, the last & surviving one the Revd William Eddowes who was at the  ..... of erecting this  stone. William Walter died 20th of October 1816, aged 72 years.

Also Mary Walter, his wife, who died 1st April 1817, aged 70 years.

......... we die we must remain .......... hereafter all our hopes are ..........

 

121.To the memory of Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph & Sarah Lovatt, who died 14th March 1818, aged 20 years.

Also of Thomas, their son, who died 12th June 1831, aged 22 years.

All you that do pass by this stone, & see how quickly we were gone,

Repent in time make no delay, we in our youth were call’d away.

Also of the above Sarah Lovatt who died July 20th 1838, aged 76 years.

The above named Ralph Lovatt who died Oct 9th 1854, aged 84 years.

 

122.Here lies the body of William Smith late of Newftead in the parish of Trentham who departed this life the 21st day of Feb 1800, aged 29 years. [Religious tract illegible].

 

123.Sacred to the memory of Josiah Richardson Saunders of Ardwick Place near Manchester, esqr, who departed this life on Thursday the 6th day of December 1827, aged 74 years.

 

124.[Base only].

 

125.[Fallen, face down & weed covered].

 

126.In memory of Ann, the wife of John Steel, who died 9th Feb 1777, aged 29 years.

In memory of John Steel of Bentelee who died 6th May 1809, aged 65 years.

 

127.Sacred to the memory of Thomas Steel, late of Hall Hill in the parish of Stoke Upon Trent, who departed this tranfitory life the 4th day of February in the year of Our Lord 1820, aged 78 years.

And alfo Dorothy the wife of the above Thomas Steel who departed this tranfitory life the 2nd day of February in the year of Our lord 1778, aged 79 years.

 

128.To the memory of Richard Cooper of this town who died 5th May 1808, aged 70 years.

Mary his wife who died 11th June 1831, aged 80 years.

Also of 4 children iffues of Richard & Mary Cooper all died young.

 

129.Sacred to the memory of William Martin of Malthouse Farm in this parifh who died Aug 15th 1841, aged 60 years.

Also of Marthar, wife of the above, who died Nov 20th 1842, aged 60 years.

Also of George Martin, son of the above, who died April 8th 1840, aged 31 years.

Also of Catherine, daughter of the aforefaid George Martin, who died March 30th 1841, aged 5 years.

Also of Henry, son of William & Martha Martin, who died at Longton Decr 4th 1879, aged 60 years.

 

130.[South panel] Sacred to the memory of William Clarke, gent, of Caverfall & Mary his wife, eldeft daughter of Nathaniel Philips of Heath Houfe gent, he ob: the 23rd day of Decr  1775, aged 85 years. She ob: the 3rd of March 1774.

This monument was erected by their only furviving daughter in teftimony of the affections fhe bears to the memory of the beft of parents, & that her remains may be reposited in the fame vault.

Here likewise lie the remains of Richard Hill of Stallington esqr who married Mary Clarke daughter of Wiliam & Mary Clarke aforefaid, he ob: the 2nd of April 1794, aged 64.

And Mary his wife ob: July the 7th 1802, aged 69, leaving one son Richard Clarke Hill esq of Stallington who died Aug 8th 1852, aged 70.

[North panel] Here also lie the remains of Sarah, wife of Richard Clarke Hill of Stallington, second daughtr of Thomas Birds of Eyam in the county of Derby, she died May 13th 1817, aged 34 years.

Here also lie the remains of Elizabeth daughter of Richd Clarke Hill & Sarah his wife, who died July 6th 1813, aged 19 days.

Also of Richard Clarke Hill their son who died Sepr 30th 1816, aged 17 weeks.

[William Clarke would have been 43 when he fathered Mary, who was 3 years younger than her husband Richard. She was 53 when she had her son Richard. He was 1 year older than his wife, Sarah, who was 30 when she had Elizabeth.]

 

131.In memory of Thomas, son of Thomas & Lydia Forrester of Longton, who departed this life March 15th 1852, aged 10 months & 15 days.

Also Elizabeth, their daughter, who died March 28th 18[?]5, aged 9 months & 16 days.

Also the above Thomas Forrester ..... Longton Feb 9th 1875, aged 55 years.

Also of Lydia, wife of the above, who fell asleep April 27th 1903, aged 80[?] years.

 

132. ....................... Mary the daughter of ........................ of Hulme in this parish ........................ 1805 in the 19th year of her age..................... [remainder illegible].

 

133.[North panel] In memory of the late Anthony Shaw of Hulme House in this parish who died Nov 20th 1851, aged 84 years. [Religious tract illegible].

[West panel] In memory of Ann, wife of Anthony Shaw, born April 3rd 1791, died Jany. 15th 1873.

[South panel] Here lieth the body of John, the son of Ralph & Mary Shaw late of Hulme, who departed this life May 30th 1789, aged 29 years.

Also of Thomas, son of the above, who departed this life March 26th 1788, aged 27 years.

Mourn not dear friends thou we did go, we’ve paid the debt you all do owe

In early years God thro’ his love, took us to rest with the saints above.

 

134.In memory of George Waine of Longton who died July 18th 1858, aged 42 years.

Also Sarah Waine, wife of the above, who died Jany 10th 1886, aged 73 years.

 

135.Erected in memory of Thomas Waine of Willfield who died Novr 22nd 1849, aged 60 years.

How numerous are the mouldering dead, how fast our lives decline

How soon thy tombstone may be read, though now thou readest mine.

Also Mary .......................................... [remainder below ground level].

 

136.Sacred to the memory of Isaac Gallimore of Butfields in this parish who died 16th Novr 1825, aged 60 years.

 

137.[South panel] In memory of John Heath of Cash Heath in the parish of Dilhorn, who died Decr 17th 1775, in the 78th year of his age.

In memory of Ann, wife of John Heath, who died March 26th 1801, aged 79 years.

John their son died July 4th 1770[?] in the 6th[?] year of his age.

[North panel] In memory of Jane, wife of William Heath of Blakeley ......... ...... who died March ...................................................

Also William their son .................................. [remainder illegible].

.

 

138.Here lieth the body of William Cotton of Cellarhead in this parish who died 12th March 1785, aged 32 years.

Underneath here lieth the body of Ann, wife of Edward Cotton, who died 16th Feb 1800, aged 66y.

 

139.Here lieth the body of William Martin who died June 28th 1796, aged 72.

Here lieth the body of William, son of William & Ann Martin of Boultongate, who died April 12th 1777, aged 8 months.

 

140.Here lieth the body of Thomas, the son of Thomas & Ann Knowls of The Meer, who died the 21st day of Sep 1768 ......................... [remainder below ground level].

 

141.Here lieth the body of Thomas Boulton of The Meir who died the 8th day of May 1776, aged 18 years.

Also of Mary ................................ [remainder below ground level].

 

142.Sacred to the memory of Joseph Austin of this town who died 17th March 1820, aged 81[?] years.

Stop passenger & read the instructing page, What or thy fame thy ...... or thy age

Death’s mighty arm shall break thy prison down, & speed thy spirits flight to realms unknown

By faith & hope those unknown realms explore, oft try thy wings & upward learn to sore

Be dead to earth & sin dwell much on ........ , then calmly wait for death & bravely die.

 

143.Here lieth the body of John Sherratt who departed this life February 14th 1779, aged 68[?] years.

 

144.[Top panel] In memory of John Bentley of Hulme in this parish who died May 4th 1847, aged 78 years.

[South panel] In memory of Thomas Bentley of Hulme who died 13th March 1822, aged 79 years.

Dear children do not mourn for me, but serve your God both night & day

Your time on earth will soon be spent, be sure in time for to repent

Here lieth the body of Francis, the wife of Thos Bentley of Hulme who died 16th Aug 1808, aged 69ys.

Dear husband weep for me no more, nor children fhed a tear

For I am gone but juft before, unto my saviour dear.

[North panel] Here lieth the body of Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas & Francis Bentley of Hulme, who died the 20th of Sept 1786, aged 16 years.

Lo’ here the till trumpets found, & Chrift for me doth call

& then I hope to rife again, & die no more at all.

In memory of Elizabeth, the daughter of Richard & Lydia Bentley, who died 30th May 1822, aged 5 years.

Once lovely & dearly belov’d, this grave doth an infant inclose

Whose spirit we trust is remov’d, from pain to eternal repose.

 

145.[Illegible].

 

146.Erected to the memory of Charles Forrester of Adderley Green in this parish who departed this life April 17th 1844, aged 79 years.

The hoary head is a crown of glory if it be found in the way of righteousness. Prov XVI 51.

Also Sarah relict of the said Charles ........................ [remainder below ground level].

 

147.Sacred to the memory of Myra Matilda, daughter of John & Kitty Forrester of Adderley Green in this parish, who departed this life Decr 20th 1859, aged 7 years.

Also Felix their son who departed this life Septr 6th 1835, aged 6 months.

 

148.Sacred to the memory of Thomas Forrester, the son of Charles & Sarah Forrester of Adderley Green in this parish, who departed this life July 31st 1851, aged 28 years.

The blooming flower an emblem shows of mortal mans decayman like a flower no sooner blows but fades & dies away.

 

149.[South panel] Sacred to the memory of Charles Forrester of Adderley Green born Sept 21st 1800[?], died March 1st, 187.[?].

Also Amelia Jane, wife of George Forrester ......................................... aged 65 years.

[North panel] In affectionate remembrance of Charles Thomas, son of George & Amelia Jane Forrester of Adderley Green, who died October .... 1859, aged 7[?] years.

Suffer little children to come unto me & forbid them not for such is the kingdom of God. Luke c18 v16.

 

150.[Illegible, possibly Warrilow].

 

151.In memory of William Bradbury late of this town who died 1st Aug 1837, aged 55 years.

A loving friend [?] husband dear, a tender parent lieth here

Great is the  ......................we sustain, thro’ Christ we hope ................. is gain

Also Ann wife of the above who died July 10th 1842, aged 66 years.

Reig.. to God we here to each commend, a tender mother & a ................. friend.

Bleft are the children who such mothers have, as fmile in death & triumph o’er the grave..

 

152.In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Henry William Young of this town, who died 2nd Jan 1837, aged 22 years.

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.

Also Emily daughter of the above who died Octr 2nd 1847, aged 13 years.

 

153.[Note first two panels blank, & inscription is under these at the bottom]. Josiah, son of William & Ann Bradbury of Caverswall who died .......................... [remainder below ground level].

 

154.In memory of William Cooper of Ashbourne, formerly of Caverswall Park, who died Jan 13th 1861, aged 81 years.

Also of Betsey, wife of William Cooper, who died Aug 6th 1848, aged 59 years.

In memory of Nancy, wife of William Cooper of Caverswall Park, who departed this life 17th  April 1819, aged 44[?] years.

Also the children of .......... William & Betsy Cooper. William who died Feby ... 1824 ...... [remainder below ground level].

 

155. [Top panel] In memory of Margaret, wife of William Bradbury of the Bank House, who departed this life Febry 5th 1860, aged 57 years.

Be ye therefore ready also for the son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Luke XII c40v

Also of the above William Bradbury who died Jan 6th 1886, aged 80 years.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Hebrews iv9.

 

156.[Base only, completely overgrown by grass].

 

157. Within this vault are deposited the remains of William Turner Burgess, son of John & Mary Burgess of The Dovehouse in this parish, who died June 14th 1844, aged 17 years.

Erected in memory of John Burgess of The Dovehouse, in this parish, who departed this life June 16th 1849, aged 67 years.

 

158.In memory of James Critchlow of Liftle Weftone in the parish who died 20th December 1811, aged 41 years.

When man hath labour’d all his days, in worldly toil & various ways

At length by death affault fet free, lies down to reft moft peaceably.

 

159.Erected in memory of Mary, wife of George Leese of Wherrington, who departed this life May 23rd 1850, aged 32 years.

 

160.Here lieth the body of Benjamin Boulton late of Cookshill who died 6th May 1811, aged 58 years.

Here lieth the body of Mary, wife of Benjamin Boulton, who died 5th Jany 1851, aged 86 years.

Reader, remember thou must die, & turn to dust as well as I

Repent thy own misconduct past, & thou it be happy at the last.

 

161.Erected in memory of Sarah, wife of Ralph Boulton of Caverswall, who died Decr 28th 1856, aged 66 years.

I was so long with pain oppress’d which wore my strength away

It made me long for endless rest that never will decay.

 

162.Sacred to the memory of Joseph Wilshaw of Mear who departed this life May 20th 1816, aged 72.

Of all the lines on monuments found, remember these be sure

Sin gives the conscience such a wound, as none but Christ can cure.

To the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Wilshaw, who departed this life Sept 1st 1817, aged 74.

Here lies a Christian who to gain God’s grace, renounced the world liv’d well & dy’d in peace.

 

 

163.In memory of William Hilton of The Mear  who died October 12th 1825, aged 53 years.

Here o’er a virtuous father’s dust we leave a stone to tell, he so on earth fulfilled his trust .....................  [remainder illegible & below grass].

 

164.To the memory of John, son of William & Lydia Hilton of The Mear, who died Novr 11th 1822, aged 19 years.

Adieu dear friends until we meet again, where cruel death shall sever friends no more

Tho’ death divides us on the ocean now, we soon shall meet on yonder happy shore.

 

165.Beneath are entombed the remains of Mary, wife of Thomas Burgess of Dimsdale, who departed this life 4th February 185[?]7, aged 54 years.

 

166.Sacred to the memory of Samuel Burgess late of Chapel Chorlton who died 15th March 1840, aged 11 years.

‘Oft as the bell with solem toll, speaks the departure of a soul

let each one ask himself am I, prepar’d should I be call’d to die

Then leaving all I lov’d below, to God’s tribunal I must go

Must here the judge pronounce my fate, & fix my everlasting state.

 

167.To the memory of Ralph Burgess late of this town who departed this life 25th Sept 1816, aged 64 years.

In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Ralph Burgess, who died 15th March 1822, in the 69th year of her age.

I was so long with pain oppress’d which wore my strength away

It made me long for endless rest that never will decay.

Also of William, son of the above Ralph & Elizabeth Burgess, who died Oct 8th 1834, aged 56 years.

Also Ann, daughter of the above, who died Dec 22nd 1848.

 

168.[Illegible, apart from the words ‘Mary wife of....Boardman[?]]

 

169.Here lieth the body of John Hilton of Mear who died 7th May 1788, aged 37 years.

Also Ann, daughter of John & Margaret Hilton, who died 16th Nov 1796, aged 21 years.

 

 

170.Here lieth the body of William Boardman of Brown Edge in the parish of Norton who died 10th July 1795, aged 62 years.

Afflictions for a long time I bore, physicians were in vain ‘til god did pleafe to give me eafe, & free me from my pain.

Also Sarah Donkin of Normacott who died May 21st...........[remainder below ground level].

 

171.Sacred to the memory of Mary, the wife of Joseph Boulton (of Cookshill), who died Oct 5th 1854, aged 51 years.

The hour of my departure comes, I hear the voice that calls me home

At last O Lord let troubles cease & let thy servant die in peace.

Also the aforesaid Joseph Boulton who died Dec 5th 1865, aged 61 years.

 

172.Here lieth interr’d ye remains of Robert Boardman late of Badderley Green who departed this life the 16th day of May in the year of our Lord 1777, aged 75 years.

In love & peace he spent his life, juft to his children & his wife

To all mankind he was sincere, & loved to keep his conscience clear

It’s hoped he’ll rife again with Joy .............................. [remainder below ground level].

 

173.Sacred to the memory of Jane, the daughter of Hugh & Jane Tomkinson of Lane End, who died 1st Nov 1818, aged 17 years.

In love I liv’d, In love I dy’d, I craved life but God deny’d

My blooming youth he would deface, & send me to a better place,

Parents for me do not lament, those loving tears refrain

Sister for me pray be content while here you do remain

Young maidens all a warning take beware of every [sqare]

Make much of time while in your prime, for death pray do prepare.

 

174.Sacred to the memory of Hannah, the wife of James Rodes of Lane End, who died March 8th 1821, aged 32 years.

 

175.Sacred to the memory of Sarah Walters late of Cookshill Green in the parish, widow of Joseph Walters late of ......................... who died 22nd March  1831 in the 77th year of her age.

 

176 & 177.[Illegible].

 

178.Sacred to the memory of John Walker of Hulme in this parish who departed this life May 6th 1816, aged 68 years.

Also sarah his wife who died March 9th 1824, aged 71 years.

Show us the mercy O Lord & grant us thy salvation. Psalms 85 7v.

This stone is erected as a tribute of respect to their memory by two of their  grandchildren Elizabeth & Ann Greaves 1841.

 

179.Beneath this stone are the remains of Mary, wife of John Plant of Normacott, who died May 31st 1844, aged 69 years. [Religious tract illegible].

Also the remains of the said John Plant who died Jan 20th 1859, aged 78 years.

Also Sarah Plant, daughter of the above who died Sept 23rd 1866, aged 38 years.

 

180........... John Plant ............. of The Furnace ............ [remainder illegible].

 

181. .............. Gilbert ................ who departed this life Sunday the 19th day of August in the year of Our Lord 1908 in the 84th year of his age.

Also ......... of Ann Gilbert ...................... Gilbert by whom he ........ .... .......... the 14th day of September .............. with deep of thoughts ........... view thy .......... as mortals pafs to immortal state, through death’s dark .............. they’ve .............. way, to bright ........ of eternal day.

......... Gilbert son of the above who .......................... 1801 aged 41 years.

................................................................................. 1802, aged 7 months.

 

Fragments of incomplete or removed gravestones against the tithe barn wall.

 

1.Sacred to the memory of Anne wife of ........... Sargent, late ................. Ipstones who died ................. 1828, aged .................. Also ..............

 

2.Sacred to the memory of Harriet daughter of W.............. & Mary Challinor of Cinderhill, who died Octr 8th 1854, aged 10 years. Also Mary ................

 

3.Sacred to the memory of Sarah Carr late of Adderley Green in this parish who died March 17th 1860, aged 75 years. Relict of the late James Carr of Ravensdale Park in the county of Derby......................................................[remainder obscured by moss].

 

4.Sacred to the memory of William Middleton of Intake in the parish of Caverswall who died Nov 16th 1857, aged 63 years.

Sacred to the memory of Martha, wife of William Middleton, who died June 21st 1866, aged 70 years............................................... [possibly a 3rd name obscured by moss].

 

5.Sacred to the memory of Mathew Barlow of Holehouse who died 4th Feb 1825, aged 53 years................................................................................[remainder illegible].

 

Intertior Monumental Inscriptions

 

William de Caverswall (1)

Samuel Edswicke, saw the tomb, at the foot of the chancel steps (from where it was moved to its present location in 1880), & managed to translate the now almost illegible inscription:

Hic jacet Will’us de Caverswall, miles, castri structor eram, domibus, fossique cemento, vivis dans operam, nunc clandor hoc monumento, which translated becomes ‘Here lies William de Caverswall, Knight & Lord, builder of the fort, having given work to the living is now enclosed in this monument’.

Dr Plot saw the tomb a century later (1686) & recorded it with it’s oft-quoted addition ‘Sr William of Caverswall here lye I, who built the castle & the pooles bye – Sr William of Caverswall here you lye, your castle is down & your pooles are dry’.

 

Unknown (2)

Portions of two alabaster slabs, the larger one has the headless figures of a man & woman, with their children (?) beneath. The smaller slab depicts a number of children below what appears to be the folds in a woman’s dress, & has the inscription ‘Ex dicta Helena Obiit’.

 

Harriet Parker, Marry Anne Parker & Eliza Parker (3)

Sacred to the memory of Harriet eldest daughter of Thomas Parker esq.re & Mary his wife. She died unmarried Jany 12th 1832 aged 61.

Mary Anne second daughter of Thomas Parker esq.re & Mary his wife. She married Edward Jervis Jervis Viscount St Vincent & died Jany 31st 1855 aged 82.

Eliza third daughter of Thomas Parker esq.re & Mary his wife. She died unmarried Augt 18th 1826 aged 45.

 

Matthew Cradock (4)

Hic sepelitvr Matt: Cradock armig: cvi nvpta fvit Elizab: filia Ric: Fowler (Salop:) armigeri ovi progeniem habvit Georgium primogenitvm (cvi convbio ivncta fvit Dorothea filia Ioannis Sanders in medicina docti) et filiam vnigenitam Mariam. Qvae convbio ivncta fvit Ioanni Lilday.

Filivs hoc patri monvmentvm e marmore strvxit,

Cvi privs a patre est splendida strvcta domvs.

Providvs ille patre magis, an minvs imemor haeres,

Officij, per me, sit, licet, in dvbio!

Dignvs vterq; parens nato; natvsq parente;

O si tam dignvs mvndvs vtroq foret!

                                                              Haec posvit i m.r.e. de Stoke

[Translation]

Here lies buried Matthew Cradock esquire, whose wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Rowler (of Shropshire) esquire. His children were George, his first born (whose wife was Dorothea daughter of John Saunders, Doctor of medicine), & his only daughter Mary who was married to John Lilday. The son raised this marble monument to the father, (the son), for whom the father had first built a splendid house. It is not for me to say whether the father was more provident, or the heir more mindful of his duty. Both were worthy, the father of his son, & the son of his father. If only the world had been as worthy of both. [Matthew Cradock died 1636].

 

George Cradock (5)

George Cradock esq (for his great prvdence in ye common lawes well worthy to be ~ Beav: Clarke of ye assizes for this circuit) did take to wife ye most amiable & most loving Dorothy ye daughter of John Savnders Doctor of Physicke, by whom he had a Pair=Royal of incomparable davghters to wit, Dorothy, Elizabeth & Mary.

It is easie to gvesse that he lived in a splendid degree if I shall but recovnt vnto yov that

Sy Thomas Slinsby Baronet                                       Dorothy

Yc Right Hon.ble Rob.t Lord Cholmondely         Married      Elizabeth   Co-heir

Sr John Bridgeman Baronet                                       Mary

Bvt bvt to ovr grief George Cradock is assavlted by death in ye meridjan of his age not far off from his castle of Caerswall (lately bvilt (even to beavty) by Matthew Cradock esq his father who lies interr’d near this place)

And dying of ye smallpox ye 16th of April 1643 bettoke himselfe to ye private mansion of this tombe errected for him at ye cost of Dorothy his obseqviovs wife, where he now rests (under ye protection of an essoine,) vntil he shall be svmmond to appeare at ye last great & general assizes

 

George Parker, Thomas Parker & Robert Parker (6)

George Parker of Park Hall esq.re eldest son of William Parker esq.re commonly called buff-coat whose monument is in this chancel. He died April 18th 1716. Also of Margaret his wife who died 1745-6. She was daughter of Sir John Turton knt one of the Justices of the King’s Bench by Anne daughter of Colonel Samuel More of Linely Co Salop the celebrated defender of Hopton castle during the civil wars.

Sacred to the memory of Thomas Parker esq.re eldest son of chief baron Sir Thomas Parker whose monument is in this chancel. He died decr 2nd 1797 aged 65. Also of Mary his wife, only daughter & heir of John Hawe of Caldmore County of Stafford esq.re & Solihull County of Warwick. She died March 8th 1815 aged 71.

Robert Parker of Park Hall esq.re eldest son of Thomas Parker & Mary his wife. He died unmarried December 7th 1807 aged 34. Also of Thomas Hawe Parker of Park Hall esq.re & Mary his wife. He died unmarried January 15th 1856 aged 80.

 

Henry Haworth (7)

In hoc scpvlchro ponitvr corpvs Henrici Haworth nvpre de Careswall gent obiit in dom: XX die Aprilis ano: dmni: MDCLXVII. Et’ aetatis svae .:XL IIII:.

[Translation] In this tomb lies the body of Henry Haworth lately of Caverswall, gentleman, who died at home the 20th day of April 28, anno domini 1667, aged 44.

 

Brown(e) Family (8)

[On metal plate inserted into the stone tomb] Neare to this place lieth the bodies of John Browne late of Hartwall gent who gave to the chvrch & pore of this parish five povnds yearley for ever. He departed this life in XXXIX [39th] yeare of his age & was bvried December VIIIth anno 1665. And of Ralph Browne late of Meere & Cookshill his father gent who gave to the chvrch & pore of this parish thirty shillings yearley for ever. He departed this life in the 72 yeare of his age & was bvried April the 14th anno 1670.

Res pater et nato natvs patriq et egenis atq deo genitor natvsq benigne de dervnt

Digna legi scribi digna haec dinissima dici confvndvnt la chrymis sed se mea verba

(?)H ae (?)c posvil ib vicar de Cars.

[On stone] Ano dmi 1670. Blest here & near in peace doe rest, all they of these that are deceast

Thomas Brown & Margery

Ralph Brown & Mary

Ralph Brown & Dorothy

Ralph Brown & Joyce

Ralph Brown

Ralph Brown

John Brown

The two first Brownes of carswall were

Bvt all the rest were of the meere

The fon made this in memory of parents [face of stone then eroded & lettering illegible].

 

Martha Countess St Vincent (9)

Sacred to the memory of Martha, Countess of St Vincent, who was eminently pious, virtuous & charitable. She departed this life on the 8th day of February 1816, age 75 years, & was at her own desire buried in the tomb of her parents. This monument was erected by her surviving husband.

 

Thomas Parker (10)

In this chancel are deposited the remains of the Right Honorable Sir Thomas Parker, second son of George Parker of Park Hall in this parish, esquire, & of Margaret his wife who was the daughter of Sir John Turton, one of the Justices of The King’s Bench in the regin of King William III, educated for many years with high reputation at the bar in MDCC XXXVI [1736]. He was made one of His Majesties Serjeants at law & was successively promoted to the bench as a Baron of the Exchequer, & as a puisne judge of the common pleas. In MDCC XLII [1742] he was advanced to the dignity of Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in which office he continued almost thirty years, having discharged the important duties of a judge with unwearied industry, & unbiased integrity. As a mark of his sovereigns approbation he was in November MDCC LXXII [1772] made one of His Majesties most honorable privy council. He died on the XXIX [29th] day of December MDCC LXXXIV [1784]aged LXXXIX [89] years.

Sir Thomas Parker married first Anne daughter & co-heir of James Whitehall of Pipe Ridgeware Co Stafford esq. by Mary daughter of Henry Creswold Rector of Solihull Co Warwick & Presby. Of Ripon, who died on the XXI day of Feby. MDCC XXXIX by whom he had two sons; Thomas, who succeeded at Park Hall, & George, who was father of Sir William Parker Bart. Admiral of the Fleet. He married secondly Martha daughter of Edward Strong of Greenwich, & widow of Henry Cranmer by whom he had two daughters; Martha who married Sir John Jervis afterwards created Earl of St Vincent; & Laetitia who married Thomas Heathcote son of Sir Thomas Heathcote Bart. of Hursley Co Southampton.

 

George Parker, William Parker & Bridgett Parker (11)

Here lieth the body of George Parker esq.s who served his country as Iustice of ye peace in ye reigns of King Charles ye It & 2nd with generall applause for his application skill & probity in very unequal turns of fortune of an equal temper of mind, of perpetual good humour & agreeable witt to the last. He married Grace ye daughter of Hugh Bateman gent: & had issue William Thomas Robert Anne & Elizabeth whom he sawe well settled & ye 9th of May 1675 resigned up his soul into ye hands of God aged 84.

William Parker esqr lyes also interred near this place who was signall for firmness in his religion & loyalty & for justice & sincerity in everything. A common peacemaker & a friend to all but knaves whom of all sorts he abhorrd & haveing thus long servd his generation was ye 12th August 1703 called out of this tabernacle to a better abode in ye 83d year of his age.

Bridgett Parker was for filial piety to her aged father & other virtues of ornament of her sex. Shee departed this life ye 1st of November 1702 leaving to ye minister of this place 20s per annum to preach 2 sermons on ye 25th March & ye 29th September yearly about a true saving faith. Her body lyes also buryed in this chancell.

 

Edward Coyne (12)

Near this place interred the remains of Edward Coyney of Weston Coyney in the County of Stafford who died on 30th May 1772 aged 59 years. [Due to the position of this monumental inscription, high up by the chancel arch above the north arcade, the dates are open to conjecture].

 

William Aubrey Bowers (13)

To the glory of God & in ever loving memory of William Aubrey Bowers, 5th North Staffs Regiment, of Caverswall castle, born January 22nd 1887, died July 2nd 1916 of wounds received in action at Gommecourt, France on July 1st. This tablet & the choir stalls in the chancel are erected by his widow. “Whoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it”.

 

First World War Memorial Tablet (14)

To the glory of God & in affectionate remembrance of E Adams; N Attwood;

P Attwood DCM; A Bennett; J Bentley; A Bowers; J Brassington; J Clowes;

L Copestake; G Edwards; H Edwards; S Farrall; F Hughes; W Hulme; R James;

B Keene; E Martin; J Nutt mm; J Powell; A Rushton; T Salt; T Wagstaff;

C Whitehurst; G Woolridge; J Wright

who gave their lives for justice & right in the Great War 1914-1918. Their name liveth for evermore.

 

Second World War Memorial Tablet (15)

H Austin; K J Bartlam; L Brassington; J W Caddy; K Hall; D Lamonby; J Lockett;

J Quigley; R W Reader; C Slinn; P E B Sproston; F Tabbenor; A T Wood.

Let your light so shine before men.

 

Joseph Wilshaw (16)

Erected in memory of Joseph Wilshaw late of the Mear gentn. Who died the 3rd day of February 1844: aged years & of Catherine his widow who died the 28th day of February 1845 aged 78 years. He bequeathed to the vicar of this parish for the time being £200 to be invested in the funds & the interest of bread to the amount thereof at his discretion. Distributed among 20 or such less number of poor widows of this parish as might from time to time be found & as he should select on every Christmas Day forever. Also £100 to be invested in like manner & the interest applied in keeping for the tombstone of his late father & himself; & the palisading thereof in this churchyard in repair & painting forever. And also such some as would purchase an annuity of 20 shillings a year each for the clerk & sexton for the time being of this parish forever.

He that hath pity upon the poor leadeth unto the Lord & that which he hath given will he pay him again. Prov XIX 17.

 

Revd Eddowes & Family (17)

Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Eddowes, wife of the Revd Wm Eddowes died on 30th Novr 1811 aged 57. Mary their daughter died 20th Jan 1814 aged 24. Elizabeth their daughter died 21st April 1814. Also the Revd Wm Eddowes of St John’s College Cambridge who was the vicar of Caverswall 19 years. Died the 30th day of June 1824 aged 65 years.

Allii aliorum onera portate et ita complete legem christi. Gal cap VIV2nd

 

Revd St George Bowles (18)

To the memory of the Revd St George Bowles of Oriel College Oxford, Chaplain of The Royal House Guards, Rector of Burford & vicar of Caverswall. Died 19th August 1804 aged 46.

Or resurgam

 

Edward Horden (19)

Underneath lyeth the body of Edward Horden of Hulme who died ye 6th day of May 1756 aged 73 years.

[J D Johnstone in his 1948 work lists a fouth memorial in the tower, that of the Rev Walter Eddowes, curate of Croxden 1817, which has possibly been obscured by the recent kitchen conversion].

 

Benefactors to The Poor of This Parish (20)

John Brown – late of Caverswall gent & Ralph Brown his father late of the Mear & Cookshill gent left to the poor of this parish for ever 14 acres of land called Stevenstiches in the parish of Dilhorne now let at the yearly rent of 30 pounds out of which two pounds ten shillings is to be paid yearly forever to the minister for two sermons one upon th. 24th of June & the other upon th. 13th Dec.

Gilford Hart – late of Caverswall gent left one left one piece of land in the parish of Dilhorne of the yearly value of 50s given yearly to the poor of this parish upon th. 21st day of December.

Ralph Bayley – late of Normicott Grange gent left out of the lands lying at Day Hills in the parish of Milwich 10s to be given yearly upon Good Friday.

Mrs Bridgett Parker – left to the minister of this parish 20s yearly for ever to preach two sermons one on th. 25th March & the other on th. 29th September upon saving faith.

Miss Harriet Parker – bequeathed by will the sum of £200 (to be invested in the public securities of this kingdom) to the minister & churchwardens of Caverswall in trust for the benefit of the poor of this parish forever

                                                                             AD 1832

Matthew Barlow

Thomas Bentley Churchwardens.

 

William Smith (21)

Here lyeth the body of William Smith of Knife-den in the parish of Leek who departed this life April ye 4th ano dmi 1709 aged 40 years.

 

George Wood (22)

Here lieth ye body of George Wood of Adderley Green gent who departed this life the 19th day of Sept anno dmi 1722. Aetat:24.

 

John Bradbury (23)

Sub hoc saxo conduntur mortales exuviae Johannis filii Johannis Bradbury & Sarae ejus uxoris lui tertio aetatis anno nondum exacto animam efflavit trice simo die maii anno domini 1705.

 

Windows

 

E S Parker Jervis (a)

To the glory of God & in the memory of The Honble E S Parker Jervis son of the second Viscount St Vincent. This window is erected by his wife Maude & his sons & his daughter.

 

Alfred Boardman (b)

Window restored to the memory of Alfred Boardman 1974.

 

Charles Coyney (c)

In Memory of Charles Coyney of Weston Coyney born 1801 died 1883.

 

Thomas D Coyney (d)

Thomas D Coyney born Aug 1810 died July 4th 1871.

[Brass plaque underneath the window] To the glory of God & in loving memory of Thomas Edward Coyney of Selwood House near Rudgley this window is placed by his wife the light of whose earthly life was overshadowed by his death July 4th 1871 in the 61st year of his age. He walked humbly with God.

 

Stephen Mear (e)

To the glory of God & in loving memory of Stephen Mear of Weston Coyney villa born January 5th 1827 died February 3rd 1886.

 

Walter Hill Coyney (f)

To the glory of God & in memory of Walter Hill Coyney & Mary Catherine his wife. This window & the 4 brass pendant lamps in the nave were erected by the desire of their son Thomas Edward Coyney & under the provisions of the will of the late Florence Elizabeth Coyney his wife August 1894.

 

William E Bowers (g)

To the glory of God & in loving memory of Wiliam E Bowers of Caverswall castle who was born anno domini 1861 & who died 1911. This window is erected by his widow Cicely & his son & daughters.

 

Alice Bowers (h)

To the glory of God & in loving memory of Alice wife of William E Bowers of Caverswall castle born Jan 31st 1862 died March 26th 1905 at Sidmouth Devon.