A few angels

On the way to Belle Vue Park, I walked through St Woollos Cemetery, which has some gorgeous Victorian angels on tombstones.  I decided to take photos of a few of them with a view to using them as inspiration.  And, of course, being a family historian, I have to post photos of the memorial inscriptions too, in case someone should be searching for their long lost ancestor and happen to google their name.

angel in St Woollos cemetery, Newport

I do love some of the sweet, pensive expressions on their faces.  I forgot to take a photo of this one’s inscription.

Victorian angel

memorial inscription, St Woollos Cemetery, Newport, Monmouthshire, UK

This one says ‘In loving memory of Jacob, the beloved husband of Jane BUTLIN who departed this life at Pontnewydd, Mon, July 20th 1913 aged 57 years.’

angel on tombstone

This one says ‘In loving memory of John Davies, Amusement Caterer, who died March 30th 1915, aged 30 years ‘while yet in love with life and raptured with the world: he passed to silence and pathetic dust’’.

angel with cross

memorial inscription

This is ‘In loving remembrance of Henry C Clark, of ‘Royston’, Bassaleg Road, Newport, late of Hughesofka, South Russia, who departed this life May 9th 1910 aged 73 years, also of Maria, wife of the above, died July 2nd 1915 aged 81 years. 

angel relief

This one below isn’t Newport: it is an angel on the wall of the new Coventry Cathedral.  Last week my eldest son started as a student at Warwick University and we spent time in Coventry in the afternoon.

angel on side of Coventry Cathedral

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2 Responses to A few angels

  1. rayna October 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Old cemeteries are so interesting – and the inscriptions sometimes touching, sometimes funny, despite themselves. These days it is rare to see any inscription at all.

    Thanks for sharing these, Liz.

    • Liz October 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

      I know, I love this one; it’s so old, yet still being used. And peaceful. And a useful alternative to walking along the road, sometimes too…