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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Taphophile Tragics - Misty Morning

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile.

The mist shrouded angel monument of Philip Limbrach Townsend and his second wife Louisa Townsend nee Banger. All Saints Maidenhead Cemetery, All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead Berkshire.

Philip Limbrach Townsend died March 21st 1927 aged 71 years.
Lousia Townsend died 19th December 1936 aged 70 years.

Philip Limbrach Townsend was born in 1856 in St Anns, Soho, Middlesex, to parents Philip Townsend and Jane Townsend nee Sims. His unusual middle name comes from that of his paternal grandfather, Limborough Townsend. It seems that over the years Philip's middle name was incorrectly recorded before becoming the name that adorns his grave, Limbrach. Philip Snr was listed on the 1861 Census as being a Dairyman and Cow Herder, a career that his son was to followed him in.

In Westminster in 1878 Philip Limbrach married Elizabeth Weston. Their marriage was to be a tragically short one. In 1884 they were blessed with the birth of their son Owen Stanley Townsend, who was to sadly die aged 12 in 1896. January 1886 saw the arrival of their second child, a son Aubrey Edward Townsend. Sadly Elizabeth died that very same month, possibly through childbirth or complications afterwards.

In 1888 in Abingdon, Berkshire Philip Limbrach marries his second wife Louisa Banger. In 1901 Philip Limbrach is a Dairy Man living in Paddington London along with his wife Louisa and his son from his first marriage Aubrey, by now an Apprentice Electrical Engineer, and his other children Elsie Margueritee born 1889, Cecil Philip Limbrach born 1892 and Dorothy May born 1894

by 1911 The family had moved to Lawnfield House, Bath Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire. But another tragedy was set to befall the family. Aubrey joined the Royal Fusiliers and sadly drowned on 14th June 1919 aged 33 while stationed in Huntingdonshire. He left behind his widow Nellie Lavinia Townsend nee Clarke and is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in Brampton Cemetery Huntingdonshire.

Philip Limbrach passed away in St Martin London in 1927 and Louisa in Maidenhead in 1936. Why was Philip away from home at the time of his death and how had losing his first wife and two sons before him affected his life? We may never know.


  1. I really like your photo of this. And I am greatly impressed with your research!

  2. Every family has a story to tell. This was a sad one but I guess they had some happy times together.

  3. And how come could they afford such a glorious statue to adorn their grave?

    I agree that the photograph is a delight. Not sure that I will get the opportunity to shoot in a misty burial ground here in Australia. We don't seem to run to that particular strain of romanticism.

    Yeah, I love the research and the way you have woven it into a story.

    Thanks for the contribution. I look forward to your British take on graves each week.

  4. A lovely angel, and great job on the research.

  5. Great B/W pic of a typical English cemetery scene. Impressive research too.

  6. the fog shrouded photo is awesome...what a life history you were able to put together...seems tragedy did follow him around losing his wife early then a child young both of which must have taken a toll on him...Great WORK!!

  7. An amazing gravestone! Yes, your research is very admirable.

  8. The mist really fits in. Wonderful!

  9. Beautiful photo - looks magnificent in B&W...
    Great how people are researching their Taphophile entries!


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