William Gerry

This is another exploration of the life of a man commemorated on the cenotaph in the churchyard of St James, Ogley Hay.  I chose this name simply because it seemed unusual for the area, but his story did turn out to be unusual.

Ogley Hay Cenotaph (south face)

William Gerry was a career soldier, but there are things missing from the records.  This is what I have found out so far. Continue reading “William Gerry”

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George Dorsett (in memoriam)

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St James, Ogley Hay, south side, 2016.

In just one month’s time we will be remembering the dead from two world wars and other conflicts.  Here is another of my humble efforts to find out about those commemorated on the war memorial that stands in the churchyard to St James, Ogley Hay, in my home town of Brownhills in the West Midlands. Continue reading “George Dorsett (in memoriam)”

St Helen and the Roman Empire

I said I would post some images of the interior to St Helen’s church, Tarporley.  I am not one for religion, but I do recognise the importance of the churches in our history and the great length of continuity the church provides.

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Lych Gate, St Helen, Tarporley, Cheshire.

The inscription on the Lych Gate reads:  Let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness, which seems to be from Psalm 143, though “me” is replaced by “them”.

But, as I don’t recall any mention in Sunday School, who was St Helen and why a dedication in Cheshire?

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Under the spreading chestnut tree

Last week, as you may have gathered, I was in Warwick.  I had seen most of the well-known attractions before, but on a stroll found Abbey Park.  This is much less formal than the typical Victorian or Edwardian Parks, which are usually kept very well-manicured.  Still, it is a pleasant space in the urban area, with a couple of useful routes to and from the town centre. Continue reading “Under the spreading chestnut tree”