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Inscriptions

of St Mary Magdalene

Mid-1998 - September 2013

 

Introduction

Val and Stewart Moir headed up a small team of WEA members in 1997 and 1998 and presented a comprehensive and lengthy document detailing the gravestone inscriptions in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene.

The following is a list of gravestone inscriptions in the churchyard from mid-1998 until September 2013.  Just as in the original list they have been matched with the most appropriate entry from the parish record. 


The original list was accompanied by a plan showing where each grave was located.  However, the following list of recent inscriptions is a random one, with no plan.  The new gravestones are mostly in the back arm of the graveyard behind the old vicarage, now Helmdon House) which has been extended in recent years.  In addition, some gravestones are in the area of the old churchyard, some cremations are by the seat on the outside wall of the older part of the churchyard and some by the big yew tree. It should also be noted that where there are older burials on the headstone the inscriptions have been repeated and the higher PR numbers are from previous Parish Registers, held at the Northampton Record Office.

Whilst this method of presentation is far from ideal, work has already started on re-listing all the memorial inscriptions in the newer part of the churchyard, and eventually a new plan will be made.

WEA and church members have been involved in this project.  Judith Cairns, Audrey Forgham, Ann Smith and Celia Terrey worked on transcribing the gravestone inscriptions, the typing was done by Audrey Forgham and the checking by Conrad Woolley.

A copy of this list will be given to Helmdon Church, Northamptonshire Record Office, Northamptonshire Family History Society and Helmdon WEA.

Audrey Forgham
September 2013

Using this resource:  After the inscriptions list,  there is an alphabetical name index which you may wish to consult first.

Inscriptions of St Mary Magdalene mid-1998 - September 2013

(silvery grey headstone, black writing)

THOMAS PATRICK KEHOE /beloved husband of EILEEN/ born 25 July 1913 /died 18 November1993 /EILEEN MARY/ KEHOE / born 18 July 1916 / died 29 August 2003 /

P.R.714. 1993 Thomas Kehoe 45 Church St Helmdon Nov 25th age 80

P.R.15. 2003   Eileen Mary Kehoe 45 Church St Helmdon 9th September age 87

(pale grey headstone, cross inscribed at top)

Remembered with love / VERONICA J. THOMAS / beloved mother/ daughter & sister / who died 17th Oct.1985 / aged 42 years/                                                        

(on reverse) GLANVILLE DAVIES / 1916 – 2005 / loving husband / father and grandfather /

P.R.678. 1985 Veronica June Thomas 14, St Germans Place Blackheath Oct 24th age 42

Parish record for Glanville Davies (none found)

(white headstone with relief of rose in circle at top)

Aud / AUDREY JOAN TURNER/ my very best friend and wife / a perfect  loving mother / forever loved and adored / always in our hearts / 18th January 1968 / 14th June 2004 /

P.R.26. 2004 Audrey Joan Turner 4 Woodhams Drive Brackley NN13 6NB 22nd June age 36

(black headstone, silver writing, cross at top)

Treasured memories of / “Jack” / JOHN WATERS GODFREE / a dearly loved husband / and dad / 14.8.1927 – 19.6.2002 / “MABS” / MABEL RUTH GODFREE / a devoted wife / mother and grandma / 12.2.1935 – 18.6.2009 / Forever in our hearts /

P.R.08. 2002   John Waters Godfree 14 Hintons Close Helmdon 2nd July age 74

P.R.56. 2009   Mabel Ruth Godfree  14 Hintons Close Helmdon 1st July age 74

(dark grey headstone, silver writing)

DAVID ROBERT / de BURGH-THOMAS / 5th July 1961 – 17th July 2001 / an exceptional man / remembered with love /

P.R.04.   2001 David Robert de Burgh Thomas 14 Wappenham Road Helmdon 27th July age 40

(light beige headstone with arched top. On the reverse, MG logo with racing car below)                                    

1941 – 2000 / ANDREW JOHN TOMSON / SMITH / a truly wonderful husband / father, grandpa and friend / The Lord will keep you from all harm  - / he will watch over your life; / The Lord will watch over your coming / and going both now and for evermore / Psalm 121 verses 7 - 8 /

P.R.  2000 Andrew John Thomson Smith 48 Wappenham Road Helmdon 15th September age 58

(headstone with relief of a bird in circle at top)

Treasured / memories of / DAVID NEWMAN / a dearly loved / husband and father / died 4th August 2006 / aged 67 years / always in our thoughts / Forever in our Hearts (relief of butterfly in circle on west side)

P.R.38. 2006 David Newman 34 Lark Hall Lane Harpole Northampton 16th August page 67

(headstone with cross at top)

SUSAN MARY GIDMAN / 1949 to 2002 / my true friend and loving wife / wonderful mum and aunt/ who will be greatly missed by all / you will be forever loved / Love gives naught but itself / and takes naught from itself / love possesses not nor would / it be possessed; / for love is sufficient unto love /     (relief of flowering branch on w. side)

P.R.06. 2002 Susan Gidman 2 Stone Cottages Falcutt 10th June age 53

(headstone with relief of grain and leaves in circle at top) 

In remembrance of / HAROLD JAMES WATSON / “Jim” / 1911 – 2002 / also / his dear wife/ OLIVE / 1918 – 2005 / no goodbyes / just good memories /

P.R.07. 2002 Harold James Watson College Farm Weston Road Helmdon 21st June age 91

P.R.29. 2005 Olive Watson Helmdon College Farm Weston Road Helmdon  8th February age 86

 (beige headstone, black writing)

                                                  (Willy)

In / memory of /RICHARD JAMES WATSON / Willy / 1946–2007 / Rest in Peace /

P.R.48. 2007   Richard James Watson College Farm Weston Road Helmdon 12th October age 61

(wooden cross, silver plaque)

GIOVANNI GUISEPPe / MARIO CAPELLA / died 5 January 2012 / aged 63 years / R.I.P. /

P.R.66.   2012 Giovanni (John) Guiseppe Mario Capella Ambleside 63 Church Street Helmdon 19th January age 63

(headstone with cross at top)

Remembered with love / MARJORIE KATHLEEN / WATSON / 12th May 1918 – 7th March 2006 / called home / together with / KENNETH NORMAN / WATSON / 18TH August 1915 – 30th August 2007 / rest in peace /   P.R.36. 2006   Marjorie Kathleen Watson Mornington Manor Road Brackley 15th March age 87

P.R.46. 2007   Kenneth Norman Watson Mornington Manor Road Brackley 7th September age 92

(light brown headstone, black writing)

HENRY GEORGE / CAMPIN / 1874 – 1969/ VIOLETTA HARRIET/CAMPIN / 1887 - 1972 / VIOLET ELIZABETH / FARROW / nee CAMPIN / 1918 – 2000 /

Parish record for Henry George Campin (none found)

Parish record for Violetta Harriet Campin (none found

P.R.758. Violet Elizabeth Campin 6 Caernarvon Close Towcester 1st August 2000 age 81

(beige headstone, black writing)

In/ loving memory of / RUTH IPGRAVE / who died on 31 December 1985 / aged 58 / and of / GEOFFREY IPGRAVE/ 24th October 2003 / aged 82 /

P.R.680. 1986 Ellen Ruth Ipgrave 28 Churchill Road Northampton January 6th aged 58

P.R.19. 2003 Geoffrey William Ipgrave 40 Martins Lane Hardingstone Northamptonshire   cremation 6th December  age 82

(light grey headstone, black writing, and on base, A family re-united)

Treasured memories / of / GRAHAM J. ARCHER / 31.10.1952 – 2.3.1958 / also his father / ALBERT H. ARCHER / 31.10.1927 – 3.9.2000 /

P.R.521.1958 Graham James Archer 25 Station Road   Helmdon 5th March  age 5

P.R.759. Albert Henry Archer 41 Station Road Helmdon ashes buried 7th September 2000 age 72

(white marble headstone, grey marble, rounded top)

                               “For  ever with the Lord”  1937

In / ever loving memory / of / SARAH TURNHAM / dearly beloved wife of / THOMAS TURNHAM / who departed this life / November 18 1937 / aged 67 years / “One family we dwell in him” / also of / THOMAS TURNHAM / husband of the above / born May 3rd 1861 / died June 12th 1937 / aged 76 years / “For ever with the Lord” / also of / MARY EDWINA TURNHAM / born April 2nd 1919 / died May 19th 2008 / aged 89 years /

P.R.298. 1925 Sarah Turnham Falcutt No 22nd age 67

P.R.393. 1937 Thomas Turnham Falcutt Helmdon Brackley June 16th age 76

P. R.52. 2008 Mary Edwina Turnham 8 Station Road Helmdon 28th May age 89

(dark grey headstone)

PETER GEORGE LIDGLEY / 1933 – 1998 / a much loved husband, father, / grandfather and friend / “A kind and gentle man” / In the garden of memories / it is always summer /

P.R.745. Peter George Lidgley 11 Shortlands Close Helmdon 14th August 1998 age 65

(dark grey granite headstone, gold writing. Cross at top, leaf cluster top L.& R.)

Remembered with Love / JEAN SECKINGTON / a devoted wife and mum / who fell asleep / January 4th 2000 / aged 76 years / also / HAROLD SECKINGTON / a loving husband and Dad / who fell asleep / July 26th 2010 / aged 91 years / “Always in our thoughts / forever in our hearts” /

P.R.755. 2000 Jean Seckington 56 Station Road Helmdon 11th January  age 76

P.R.59. 2010 Harold Seckington 56 Station Road Helmdon 3rd August age 91

(pale grey headstone, gold writing)

Remembered with Love / ERIC THOMAS / HUMPHREY / passed away 20th June 1991 / aged 81 years / also his dear wife / ANNIE MAUD / passed away 9th February 2001 / aged 79 years / “Always in our thoughts” /

P.R.707. 1991 Eric Thomas Humphrey Helmdon 28th June age 81

P.R. 763 2001 Annie Maud Humphrey 15th February Clare House Nursing Home Silverstone age 79

(brown headstone, black writing.  Also flower holder with Tony  written on it)                

ANTHONY BROOKES SMITH / 10th June 1933 - 31st May 2000 / funeral / 7th June / 2000 / a much loved husband, father/ and grandfather/ The Lord is my shepherd /

P.R.757. Anthony Brookes Smith Antone 12a Church Street Helmdon 7th June 2000 age 66

(grey headstone, black writing)

(Also Frederick Edwin Wiggins on undertaker’s plate)

In / loving memory / of / FRED WIGGINS / 1935 – 2000 / Rest in Peace

P.R.756. Frederick Edwin Wiggins 30 Station Road Helmdon 30th March 2000 age 64

(dark grey headstone, silver writing)

                               BEATRICE / CATHERINE  MAY /  KIRKUP

Forever in our hearts / BEATRICE MAY KIRKUP /A dear wife, loving mother / and grandmother / 15th June 1925 – 6th August 1999 / sadly missed / now at peace / JAMES M.B. KIRKUP / 28th February 1918 – 11th January 2004 /

P.R.754. 1999 Beatrice Catherine May Kirkup 50 Brantwood Rise, Banbury 16th August age 74

P.R.23. 2004 James Kirkup   50 Brantwood Rise Banbury burial of ashes 7th April 2004 age 85

(dark grey granite headstone, gold writing)

                        …… HUSBAND / father and grandfather/ARTHUR

In / memory of a loving husband / ARTHUR WILLIAM DUNCOMBE / who passed peacefully away / 21ST August 1993 / aged 68 years / MARGARET DOREEN / DUNCOMBE / devoted wife mother / and grandmother / died 9th July 2008 / aged 79 years / reunited with her beloved Bill / until we meet again /

P.R.711. 1993 Arthur William Duncombe 41 Wappenham Rd Helmdon Aug 25th age 68

P.R.54. 2008 Margaret Doreen Duncombe   Hill Top Wappenham Road Helmdon 21st July 2008 age 79

(plaque)  

RICHARD VIVIAN FINCH / Died 1st May 2007 / Aged 43 years /

P.R.44. Richard Vivian Finch 15 Bell Close Helmdon burial of ashes 23rd May 2007 age 43

(mid-grey headstone, silver writing) 

GEORGE ALBERT / de BURGH-THOMAS / Priest / 24th April 1930 – 7th December 2010 / God will show us the path of life / in his presence is the fullest of joy / at his right hand  there are pleasures for evermore  / Ps. 16.11 /

P.R.61. 2010 George de Burgh Thomas   Helmdon 23rd December 2010 age 80

(double plot with one arched grey-brown headstone)

In / loving memory / of / two wonderful people / ALAN RYALLS / 22nd February 1919 – 19th December 2002 / beloved husband of Peggy / PEGGY RYALLS / 7th June 1919 - 18th January 2004 / beloved wife of Alan /

P.R.13. 2002 Alan Ryalls Acres End Field Way Helmdon 4th January 2003 age 83   

P.R.21. 2004 Peggy Ryalls Acres End Field Way Helmdon 22nd January 2004 age 84 

(cream headstone with relief of flowers at top, black writing)

MANDY JAYNE DUNCOMBE / If tears could build a pathway / and memories a lane / I’d walk right up to heaven / and bring you home again / 22.01.1963 – 12.03.2006 /

P.R.37. 2006 Mandy Jane Duncombe 2 Field Way Helmdon cremation 22 March 2006 burial of ashes 26 March 2006 age 43

(speckled pale grey headstone, black writing)

In / loving memory of /  a dear wife and mother / JUNE ANN DREW / who passed away 24th March 2011 / aged 78 years / For the peace of the years / the long green grass / will be yours and yours and yours

P.R.63. 2011 June Ann Drew 4 The Green Helmdon Helmdon 2nd April  age 78

(beige headstone, inscription deeply engraved in large upper case, uncoloured)

GEOFFREY / WILLIAM / CLEAVER / 9th March 1943 / 4th July 2008 / remembered with love

P.R.53. 2008 Geoffrey William Cleaver 14 Hale House Bessborough Gardens Pimlico SW1 16 July age 64

(Shiny headstone, very dark granite, with gold writing)

In loving memory of / GEORGE HONES TERREY / died 17th January 1979 / aged 63 years / also his beloved wife / CISSIE NORA TERREY / died 11 December 2010 / aged 91 years / now reunited

P.R.637. 1979 George Hones Terrey The Lilacs Wappenham Road Helmdon Jan 20th age 63

P.R.60. 2010 Cissie Nora Terrey 77 Church Street Helmdon NN13 5QJ 20th December age 91

(light brown headstone black writing)

In / loving memory of / BENJAMIN MARTIN / HUMPHREY / who died 23 March 2008 / aged 67 years / The king of love my shepherd is

P.R.51. 2008 Benjamin Martin Humphrey Upper Court Station Road Helmdon 3rd April age 67

(medium grey headstone, silver writing)

In / loving memory of / JAMES MARCUS / WHITE / died 17th November 1996 / aged 76 years / also his wife / IVY NOREEN  / WHITE  / Died 15 December 2004 / aged 84 years / reunited

P.R.734. 1996 James Marcus White 19 Church Street Helmdon 22nd Nov age 76

P.R.28. 2004 Ivy Noreen White Southfields Care Home Bridge Street Brackley  25th December age 84

(headstone)

In / loving memory of / GEORGINA MAY DAVIS / died 6th March 2001 / aged 74

Also her husband / William Davis / died 19th March 2011 / aged 93

P.R.1. 2001 Georgina May Davis 50 church Street Helmdon 13th March age 74

P.R.63. 2011 William Davis 50 Church Street Helmdon lst April   age 93

(light grey headstone, black writing)

Treasured memories of /” Frank” /   FRANCIS NORMAN / RICKATSON / a dear husband, father / and  grandfather / who died 28th January 2001 / aged 69 years / (on base) Always in our hearts

P.R.762. 2001 Francis Norman Rickatson 45 Station Road Helmdon burial of ashes 11th March age 69

(dark brown  headstone)

In / loving memory of / NORMAN RICHARDSON / 17th Dec. 1931 – 19th March 2001 / a much loved husband father / and grandfather 

P.R.03. 2001 Norman Richardson  7 Wingate Way Bourne Lincolnshire burial of ashes 30th April age 69

(black headstone, crosses at top shoulder)

In Loving memory of / PETER RUSSELL / GIBBONS / 16th July 1933 – 26 April 2003 / son of   Lawrence Edgar Gibbons / and / Martha Olive Gibbons / father of / John and Paul / loving Friend of / Jean 

P.R.14. 2003 Peter Russell Gibbons 3rd June age 70

(black headstone with relief of spreading  grain decoration, silver writing)

in loving memory of / CHARLES GEOFFREY / BENNETT / 25.6.26 – 20.12.1991 / CLIVE JOSEPH CHARLES / BENNETT / 16.7.1951 – 7.8.2002

P.R.09. 2002 Charles Geoffrey  Bennett County Hospital Lincoln  burial of ashes 12th September age 65

P.R.10 2002 Clive Joseph Charles Bennett 7 Mead Close Cullompton Devon  burial of ashes 12th September   age 51

(plaque)

ATHENA JOAN / VALERIE CALDWELL / 8.6.1937 – 22.2.2006

P.R.35. 2006 Athena Joan Valerie Caldwell Helmdon 2nd March   age 68 

(wooden cross)

ROGER CALDWELL

November 16th 2012

Aged 81 years

P.R.72 2012 Roger Fripp Caldwell Silver Street Ditcheat 1 December age 81

(grey headstone)

In/ Loving Memory of / HARRY HAWKINS / Died 15th Nov 1958 / aged 66 years /also his wife / CLARA / died 24th Nov 1973 aged 81 years / also/ LESLIE HOWARD PAYNE / died 31st March 1990 / aged 73 years / and / JOYCE MURIEL PAYNE / died 3RD Oct 2003 / aged 82  years /wife of / LESLIE HOWARD PAYNE / Always remembered

P.R.524. 1958 Harry Hawkins Helmdon Nov 20th age 66 (Baptist)

P.R.606. 1973 Clara Hawkins Field Way Helmdon Nov 29th age 81 (Baptist)

P.R.17. 2003 Joyce Muriel Payne Helmdon burial of ashes 21st November age 82

(shiny pale grey granite headstone with black writing. Roses engraved in black at each top corner)

Treasured / memories of / RON / a dear husband / father & grandfather / who died 9th December 1985 / aged 63 years / RONALD RATLEDGE  / also / his devoted wife / UNA ANNIE /  nee Somerton / who died 7th Nov 2009 / aged 85 years / Always in our thoughts / &  now reunited

P.R.679. 1985 Ronald Ratledge Station Rd Helmdon Dec 13th age 63

P.R.58. 2009 Una Annie Ratledge Culworth House Culworth Banbury 19th November age 85

(bottom of  light grey beige Hornton stone headstone, saying Journey’s End with a representation of a tanker lorry)                                        

In Loving Memory of / JOSEPH CHARLES CAIRNS / born 30 Dec 1940 / died 16th Dec 1998 / Journey’s End

P.R.749. 1998 Joseph Charles Cairns 6 Station Road Helmdon 22 December 1998 age 57

(curved light grey headstone)

In / loving memory of / LEONARD HUMPHREY / WILLS / died 19 April 1991 / aged 79 years / also his wife / ELSIE MAY / died 12 June 1999 / aged 92 years

P.R.706. 1991 Leonard Humphrey Wills 67 Church St Helmdon April 26th age 79   

P.R.752. 1999 Elsie May Wills Southfields Nursing Home Brackley 18th June age 92

(grey marble headstone, engraved cross at top) 

In memory / of / our beloved mother / JEANETTE MARIE / SWAIN / who passed away / 9th Sept 1998 / aged 53 years / A beautiful soul in / in God’s care

P.R.746. 1998 Jeanette Marie Swain Flat B 32 Banbury Road Brackley 15th September age 53

(curved grey headstone scrolled at top)

RICHARD JAMES / ROWBURY / 8TH October 1910 / - 8th September 1967 / Rector of Helmdon & Greatworth / 1952 – 1967 / Also his wife / SARAH ROWBURY / 22 January 1912 – 15 May 1999

P.R.244. 1967 Richard James Rowbury The Rectory Helmdon Sept 12th age 57

P.R.751. 1999 Ivy Winifred Sarah Rowbury Rush Court Nursing Home 21 May  age 87

(Small stone flower holder - facing west)

EDITH SHELLARD

1924 – 2001

(on reverse – facing east)

GEORGE SHELLARD 1912 - 1989

P.R.694 1989 George John Shellard 4 Hintons Close Helmdon March 7th age 76

P.R.761. 2001   Edith Joyce Shellard 24 Home Close Greens Norton 2nd February age 76

(small stone) 

ALAN RADFORD

(N.B. died 3rd February 2012)

P.R.67. Alan Radford 2012 25th February age 88

Near Yew Tree

(flat stone with names written side by side)

(on left) ALICE A. ROSE / “DOROTHY” / 1916 – 1998

(on right) AUBREY R.G. ROSE / 1911 – 1984 /

P.R.750. Alice Annie Rose 1999 ashes buried January 1999

P.R.671. 1984 Aubrey Richard George Rose after cremation Syresham 16th Sept age 73

Wooden seat by Outside wall

(All have been repeated, whether on old Inscriptions list or not)

In Memory of all Those / Whose Ashes are Buried here

(metal plaque)

MARY MONK/ GIDMAN / 1921 – 1998

P.R. Mary Monk Gidman Brackley Fields Brackley  23rd July 1998 age 77

(metal plaque)  

MICHAEL CORDEUX GIDMAN / 1950 – 1996

P.R.732. 1996 Michael Cordeux Gidman 2 Top Garden, Fulwell Rd. Finmere cremated at Northampton July 26th age 45

(metal plaque)

MICHAEL JOHN GIDMAN / 1920 – 1995

P.R. 721. 1995 Michael John Gidman 1 Stone Cottage Falcutt cremated April 7th age 74

(metal plaque)

ALEXANDER BALCH / May 22nd 1995

P.R. 723.  1995 / Alexander Balch Warren Farm Barn, Falcutt (Stillborn) ashes buried 31 May 1995 /

(flat stone)

GLORIA HENSLEY / 1945 – 2003 / John Hensley / 1941 – 2012 /

Parish record for Gloria Hensley (none found)

P.R.70. 2012  John Anthony Hensley 6 Shortlands Close Helmdon Brackley NN13QR / burial of ashes 19th September / age 71 /

(flat stone)

ANNIE / WHEELER / 1915 – 2004

Parish record for Annie Wheeler (none found) 

(flat stone)

JOHN STEPHEN / POTTER /Died / 15TH August 2006 / aged 54 years / a loving son / husband and father

P.R. 39  2006.  John Stephen Potter 4 Lukes Close Helmdon burial of ashes 23rd August 2006 age 54

(wooden cross)

BABY WILKINSON / sleeping

P.R. 65 2012.  Elliott Wilkinson   24th December 2011 burial  6th January 2012


Index Of All New Names Mentioned On Gravestones

 

Mid-1998 – September  2013

 

ARCHER

Albert

BENNETT

Charles

BENNETT

Clive

CAIRNS

Joseph

CALDWELL

Athena

CALDWELL
Roger

CAMPIN

Violet

CAPELLA

Giovanni

CLEAVER

Geoffrey

DAVIS

Georgina

DAVIES

Glanville

DE BURGH THOMAS

David

DE BURGH THOMAS

George

DREW

June

DUNCOMBE

Margaret

DUNCOMBE

Mandy

FINCH

Richard

GIBBONS

Peter

GIDMAN

Susan

GIDMAN

Mary

GODFREE

John

GODFREE

Mabel

HENSLEY

Anthony

HENSLEY

Gloria

HUMPHREY

Annie

HUMPHREY

Benjamin

IPGRAVE

Geoffrey

KEYHOE

Eileen

KIRKUP

James

LIDGLEY

Peter

NEWMAN

David

PAYNE

Joyce

PAYNE

Leslie

POTTER

John

RADFORD

Alan

RATLEDGE

Una

RICKATSON

Francis

RICHARDSON

Norman

ROSE

Alice

ROWBURY

Ivy

RYALLS

Alan

RYALLS

Peggy

SECKINGTON

Harold

SECKINGTON

Jean

SHELLARD

Edith

SMITH

Anthony Brookes

SMITH

Andrew Thomson

SWAIN

Jeanette

TERREY

Cissie

TURNER

Audrey

TURNHAM

Mary

WATSON

Harold

WATSON

Kenneth

WATSON

Marjorie

WATSON

Olive

WATSON

Richard

WHEELER

Annie

WIGGINS

Frederick

WHITE

Ivy

WILKINSON

Baby

WILLS

Elsie

 
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