Saturday, 13 May 2017

Fairmile Cemetery Henley



Going to Henley along the A4130 at the bottom of Bix hill you drive past  Fairmile Cemetery Henley 
 I often wondered what the place held so one day stopped off for a look around. The cemetery was opened in 1868 on the outskirts of Henley in Bix & Assendon Parish and contained a lodge and two chapels one of which was a Non Conformist the other a Church of England a service at 3pm every Sunday on one of the chapels through out the 19th century. Now adays they are not in regular use and fell into disrepair, they are both now grade II listed buildings  





I'm not sure if this was the old road leading to the entrance




which is here. I suspect this was the original main entrance where people came to visit the cemetery












The gateposts are becoming covered in ivy but the gates still hang in place


Walking in the main gate you see the Church of England chapel with its bell tower and short spire 


It's quite a Gothic looking chapel 

This grave I saw nearby stood out and is to Captain James H Blacklock who I can find no information about
"In affectionate remembrance of Captain James M. Blacklock late submarine superintendent of The Electrical and International, the Postal, the Anglo-American and French-Atlantic Telegraph Companies. Born 6th September 1818, died 14th June 1873."


His grave is the tomb you see in the foreground 





Going up the cemetery and looking down at the chapel













Further along you can see the non conformist chapel












Outside the gates on the Henley side which is the entrance used today












The Cemetery keeper Cottage. When the cemetery opened it would have been his job to open and shut the gates plus keep an eye on the place. A few years after I took this photo the building was badly burned but has since been restored

The non conformist chapel  with one of the sweep around drives


The east end of the non conformist chapel were you can see the belcote has been removed due it it being unsafe




A line of graves all the same which made me think they were all of the same family











Some of the crosses in the cemetery





the cemetery is quite easy to walk around with the drives in place





Above the non conformist chapel
with some of the nearby graves. Right looking along the cemetery near the road







Arthur Richard Lloyds and his wife Mary , the memorial below is to their son Cyril who died in the war




View of the old cemtery at Henly

Looking at the Church of England Chapel





One of the few angel memorials you can see in the cemetery














Which stands beside a few different headstones














I had not seen a stone like this before with the two pillars and slab in the middle





Much love couple, I like the verse in the heart. Their grave can be seen in the photo with all the flowers on it. I might add I have never not  seen this grave with out fresh flowers on  it











Never heard of this barron





but there is a coat of arms on the top













and the grave has quite a view down the cemetery













Seat near the top of the cemetery














The woods behind though I did wonder if this was part of the cemetery that was overgrown




I did notice the cemetery had it's fair share of war graves in it
Flight Lieutenant F.A.C. Goodwin 


The Addington family Memorial, the son was Squadron Leader Thomas Waddington who was killed near Gibraltar 










Sargent H.W. Lucker was Flight Engineer on
Lancaster ED439 took off from RAF Wyton at 1010 hours on 18th June 1943 to carry out
a day practice bombing training exercise, but the aircraft did not carry out the detail. It
dived out of cloud and struck a house at High Gate Farm in Swaton, 7 miles south east of
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. All the nine on board the aircraft were killed







Sapper William Lea 
Royal Engineers 3rd May 1915 age 30 
 Lieutenant A.J. Ayling
R.E.M.E
11th June 1943 age26











He is buried with his wife in a family grave















Private H Sheldrake 
died 1918
 and  
F.H.Bishop
died 1940












F Sherval of the Berks Yeomanry





The new cemetery which since I has even more graves in it









I'll leave you with this photo of Joe's grave, I started off this My Grave Place blog with a piece on Joe since then I have been to many more churches & cemetery's and changed the name of the blog.

 Hope you all have a great weekend 


3 comments:

  1. Very interesting. We have a suburb in Sydney called Henley.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

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  2. ...Jim, this post is spectacular, I don't know where to start! The chapels and grave yards are wonderful in this rural setting.

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  3. I like the architecture! Interesting post.

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