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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Richard Allen Prestoe
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   22 December 1906
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   6 Pleasent Place, St. Johns Road, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 129
Record number: 8225
Official at burial:
   F W Clark
Source of information:
  Burial Register
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Memorial Details

  19 December 1906
  Headstone; Footstone; Maybe Kerbstones buried.
  Marble Lead letters
  Headstone: In Loving Memory of / Eliza Ann / the beloved wife of / Richard A. Prestoe / who died Novr. 12th 1893 / aged 59 years / "This is the rest wherewith he hath / caused the weary to rest" / Also of Richard Allen Prestoe / who died Dec. 19th. 1906 / aged 70 years. / "The Eternal God is my refuge / and underneath are the Everlasting Arms." //
  Good but Lead letters missing
    Richard Prestoe was the son of a Millwright. He was born in Andover but lived in 5 then 6 Pleasant Place, St John's Rd, Newbury for all of his life. He began as a Journeyman Millwright & then became a Steam Engine Fitter. He married Eliza Ann Hatt, dressmaker, of Jack of Newbury St, Newbury in 1861. Eliza was the daughter of James, an Ostler until disabled by 1861, & Elizabeth Hatt who lived at 78, Northbrook St in 1841 & then at 22, Jack O 'Newbury St, off Northbrook Rd, Newbury(1951 &61). They brought up 8 children at Pleasant Place, next door to Richard's parents. Three children, Pollie, Albert & Annie are buried in plot P(B)1. Sources: NRC Bur Recd; Ancestry records.
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Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Richard Allen Prestoe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Date of source:    27 December 1906
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News




—The death took place last Wednesday of Mr. Richard Allen Prestoe at the age of 70. He had been ailing for some time from heart disease, but the end was very sudden. He was a worthy type of a working man, an able and intelligent mechanic of the school who had done so much to bring about perfection of mechanical appliances to be found in large works of the present day. He was apprenticed at the age of 14, and continued in the service of Messrs Plenty, and the Eagle Ironworks, for the long period of 56 years, serving them honourably, and industriously throughout. His work was in the engine-fitting department, of which he was latterly foreman for some twenty years, being associated with the firm from its early beginnings until it rose into prominence as the makers of marine engines which have been sent to all quarters of the civilised world.

Mr. Prestoe was for many years secretary of the Eagle Works Sick Fund , and always had a kindly consideration for those disabled by sickness, and was foremost in any movement for the alleviation of distress.

Mr. Prestoe had several hobbies which occupied his spare time. He was an enthusiastic mineralogist, and had quite a representative collection, which he classified and labelled with much correctness. He had also archaeological tastes, and had a number of interesting curios. Old china always attracted him, and of this he had some valuable specimens.

Evidence of the great respect entertained for him by his employers and fellow-workmen was afforded at the funeral on Saturday afternoon, which was conducted at the Cemetery by the Rev. F. W. Clarke, pastor iof the Congregational Church, and the Vicar of St. John’s (Rev. R. Wickham Legg) was also present. The firm was represented by Mr. E. P. Plenty, (managing director). Messrs. S. J. Smith , E. J. Davis, and Booth, of the office staff, Mr. J. Wyse, the general foreman, and some seventy of the workmen, some of whom acted as bearers.

The mourners included two daughters, four sons, a brother, and other relatives. Wreaths were sent by the children, Messrs. Plenty, from the Staff, Eagle Ironworks, from the Boiler Works, and the workmen.

The Rechabites, of which deceased had been a member for 26 years, was represented by Messrs. Sainsbury and Cullum.

Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser - Thursday 27 December 1906

Mr. Richard Prestoe
Article source:    NWN
Date of source:    23 February 1906
Copyright:    © NWN



By the death of Mr. Richard Prestoe a veritable local G.O.M has been taken from us. He had long since passed the Psalmist’s limit, and indeed had reached the patriarchal age of eighty-four year almost up to the last was hale and hearty. For more than fifty years he worked at the Eagle ironworks and could tell an interesting tale of the development of that firm. Mr Prestoe was one of the old school of mechanics, one who took pride in his work for its own sake. He always had a strong aversion to piece-work, believing it to be neither for the advantage of master or man. One of Mr. Prestoe’s characteristics was a love of long rambles in the early morning, and perhaps he owed his long life to this good habit. At any rate it made him an observant student of nature, which he practically turned to useful account by supplementing hid usual employment with the interesting work of a naturalist. For some years past he had been an inmate of Kimber’s Almshouses

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Richard Allen Prestoe
Gravestone with Memorial inscription to Richard Allen and Eliza Ann Prestoe
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