Monument Details


  Cross on 3 tiered base; 4 kerbstones. Scroll.
  Limestone Letters
  Top tier of base, east face: In / Loving Memory / of // Middle tier of base, east face: Annie Elizabeth Palmer / born March 10th 1838 /died July 1st. 1914 / "Blessed are the meek." 5 Ch: St Mat. 5 // Outer facing slope, east kerbstone: Also of James Palmer (Lay reader) / died 17th June 1918 / Monday Evening / aged 85 years. / "It shall be well with them that fear God." // Scroll: Also of / Henrietta Louisa / Majendie Palmer / died 29th. Aug. 1920 / aged 82 / "Truly my soul waiteth / upon God: from Him cometh my salvation." //
  Good. Some metal letters missing on scroll
    James was born at Weston Farm, Welford, Berks, 650 or so acres employing 35 labourers. He lived on the farm as a farmer until his marriage in 1874 to Henrietta, daughter of the Vicar of Speenhamland, Rev Meakin, in 1874 when he was 41. He later became a teacher and Licesnsed Lay Reader at St John's church. The family was brought up first at Castle Houses, Speen then at 2, then 3, Belvedere Drive, Newtown Rd, Newbury. In the 1911 census he was described as suffering from nerves & head not strong & supplemented his income with boarders, including his spinster sister, Annie (Anne) Elizabeth, who also lived on the farm until she moved in with James' family at Speen and Belvedere. He left £2000+ to Arthur Gray Palmer, son, photographer. Henrietta is the daughter of Rev John Alexander Deverell Meakin, vicar of St Mary's, Speen,Berkshire and Elizabeth Withers of Baydon, Wilts who died when her children were very young. Henrietta's first stepmother died while she was still young and her father married again in 1847. She did not work outside the home. She is recorded in 1911 as having had melancholia for 7 years. Two of her sisters, also bereaved as young children, died in Asylum, one in the Warneford, Oxford, the other in Carlisle. In the 1911 census Annie Elizabeth was recorded as suffering paralysis and Arthur Gray had suffered infantile paralysis. The family always were supported by servants.S ource: Ancestry records.
  01 November 2017

Persons named on this monument.

Annie Elizabeth PALMER  
James PALMER  
Henrietta Louisa Majendie PALMER  

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