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Helmdon Inscriptions

 

Using this resource: In this area you will find a complete listing of all the memorial inscriptions found at the church and around the village. There is also a plan of the churchyard which shows the location of the various gravestones.

These inscriptions were recorded by members of Helmdon WEA in the years 1997 & 1998. They have been matched with the most appropriate entry from the parish record but there is no guarantee that these are correct.

Many stones are badly weathered and this, in addition to difficult ancient handwriting, causes some discrepancies in date etc,. Until 1751 records were kept with the year commencing on Lady Day, the 25th March until the following 24th March, so in some cases dates seem a year out. As with all transcriptions those of particular interest should be checked with the original documents but we hope that this work has made that job easier.

Several WEA members and others living in the village have been involved in this project. Audrey Forgham, Judith Cairns, June Drew, Ian Drew, Gerald Holt, Liz Woolley, Conrad Woolley, Ross Vicars, Jean Spendlove and Valerie Moir worked on transcribing the gravestones. June Drew's illustrations have added great interest to this work. The typing and checking was done by Sue Wadeson, Valerie Moir and Stewart Moir and thanks are also due to Reg Batchelor for help in finding unknown graves and Celia Terrey for help with parish registers.

A copy of this work has been given to Helmdon Church, Helmdon Chapel, Northamptonshire Record Office, Northamptonshire Family History Society and Helmdon WEA.

Valerie Moir
18th October 1998.
 
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