Wednesday, 31 October 2012

P is for Puddle

As I've mentioned before, we get a lot of changeable weather down here on the south coast. With a climate like ours, there's no wonder Brits are weather-obsessed!
This is an ABC Wednesday post.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

One side only

One side of the Sturt family gravestone, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road; lettering on the far side has been worn away by wind and rain and is no longer legible.
The inscription on this side reads: In memoriam Mary Elizabeth Sturt, died May 18th 1817, aged 23 years. William Sturt, died June 13th 1820, aged 46 years. Richard Sturt, died November 5th 1820, aged 3 months. Richard Sturt, died June 4th 1836, aged 53 years. Thomas Sturt, died November 18th 1836, aged 47 years. Richard Harry Sturt, died April 21st 1854, aged 1 year. Henry Sturt, died August 31st 1855, aged 38 years. Maria Sturt, died September 8th 1858, aged 34 years.
I had a dig around in BMD and census records but couldn't find much - Richard Harry Sturt's birth in the second quarter of 1854 is recorded in Steyning, Sussex, and Maria Sturt's death in 1858 is recorded in Brighton. 
You can see more gravestones and memorials over at this week's Taphophile Tragics.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Right on cue

British clocks were changed overnight from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time and, right on cue, it's cold, grey and wintery outside. It's about 4.20 pm right now and starting to get dark already...

Friday, 26 October 2012

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Short and to the point

Gravestone of William Pitt, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road. 
The inscription reads: Sacred to the memory of William Pitt who departed this life 24th July 1850.
William's death in 1850 age 64 is recorded in Steyning, Sussex, and William appears on the 1841 census. He's living in New Road, New Shoreham, age 55 with his wife Ann age 50 and four children Elizabeth, Henriette, George and Harriet.
You can see more gravestones and memorials over at this week's Taphophile Tragics.

Monday, 22 October 2012

No horizon

One of those grey, misty days where you can't see the horizon.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Friday, 19 October 2012

Grey and damp

Vallance Road, looking towards Church Road, on a grey and damp Friday morning.
You can see more of today's sky photographs at Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Shining light

Gravestone of Harriet Maria Willock and her daughter Maria, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road. 
The inscription reads: To the most beloved memory of Harriet Maria widow of A. C. Willock Roy. Arty. (Royal Artillery) departed this life Ascension Day 1854. 
Also in loving memory of Maria only daughter of the above departed this life Sunday April 2d. 1882.
"The path of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" Proverbs IV:18.
I can't find any records for Harriet or her husband; their daughter Maria's death in 1882 age 63 is recorded in Brighton.
You can see more gravestones and memorials over at this week's Taphophile Tragics.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Friday, 12 October 2012

St. Andrew's Old Church

Old postcard views of the church are here and here.
You can see more of today's sky photographs at Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

New windows

Old windows at the back of the block where I live have been replaced this week with the help of a cherry picker.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Major General James Durant

Gravestone of James and Sarah Durant, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road. 
The inscription reads: Sacred to the memory of Major General James Durant of the Bengal Army who died on the 28th of September 1850 aged 68 years. 
And of Sarah Mason, his widow who died on the 10th of December aged 72 years
I can't find records for James apart from his death in Brighton in 1850; Sarah appears on the 1851 census living at 13 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington with her children James aged 11, Bessie aged 10 and four servants. She's on the 1861 census (widow, aged 44, living at 6 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington, with Bessie aged 20 and one servant) and the 1881 census (widow of General Durant, aged 65, lodging at 51 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington).
You can see more gravestones and memorials over at this week's Taphophile Tragics.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Dramatic

Last night's sky; looking down Hove Street towards the sea. Spot the intrepid kite surfer making the most of the breezy conditions.
You can see more of today's sky photographs at Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Asleep in Jesus

Family gravestone of Alan Hyde Gardner, St. Andrew's Old Church, Church Road. 
The inscription reads: Sacred to the memory of Alan Hyde Gardner Commander of the Indian Navy, third son of the late Rear Admiral the Honble. Francis Farington Gardner R.N. who died in this parish 11th November 1858, aged 44 years.
Also in memory of Francis Farington Gardner, who died at Brighton 8th December 1875, aged 18 years only son of the above Alan Hyde Gardner, and Lucy Elizabeth, his wife. 
"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: Blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1. V 21.Also in memory of the said Lucy Elizabeth Gardner, who died 17th October 1886. 
Asleep in Jesus.
You can see more gravestones and memorials over at this week's Taphophile Tragics.