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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Taphophile Tragics - Good

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

Angel monument of Hannah Good, died September 29th 1927 and William Ferguson Good, died December 27th 1934. All Saints Maidenhead Cemetery, All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

William Ferguson Good was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Scotland in 1852 to John and Marion S Good, nee Ferguson. It seems that it was this particular family's tradition to give their son thier mother's maiden name as a middle name. In 1871 a 19 year old William appears on the Scottish Census as a tailor living at 28 West Shaw Street with his parents and siblings. By 1880 William had travelled to Leicestershire, where he met and married Hannah Croshaw Harris.

Hannah Croshaw Harris was born in Bagworth Leicestershire in 1845 to Joseph Croshaw Harris and his wife Elizabeth.

1881 sees William and Hannah making their move to the St Lukes area of Maidenhead where William is now a tailor and clothier employing one youth, Montague L Fouler. 1883 saw the birth of their only child, Maggie Good.

On 29th September 1927 Hannah passes away aged 79 years in Marylebone London. She was followed 7 years later by her husband William who died in Maidenhead aged 84.

What was Hannah doing in London at the time of her death and what became of their daughter Maggie?

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Gallery - Light #thegallery

The theme for this week's Gallery Post is: Light.

Nothing much to say about this picture really, although I have posted it before. I just love how light looks in black and white.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Taphophile Tragics - Gate Of Everlasting Life

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

Gateway monument of Enid Mary U Campbell-Dykes and her mother Ellen Lewis Campbell-Dykes, All Saints Maidenhead Cemetery, All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Mors Janua Vitae - Death is the gateway to everlasting life.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade.

Enid Mary U Campbell-Dykes was born in 1909 At 120 Mona, Grenfell Road Maidenhead, the second child to Thomas and Ellen Lewis Campbell-Dykes nee Clift.

Thomas Campbell Dykes was born in Dumfries, Dumfriesshire Scotland in 1882 to Thomas and Mary Dykes. At some point after 1901 Thomas linked together his middle name Campbell and surname Dykes to become Campbell-Dykes. In 1901 he is listed living with his parents at Spring Gardens Newall Tce and at the time he was a dental student. Sometime between 1901 and 1907 Thomas met and married Ellen Lewis Clift who was born in 1887 in Glasgow.

In 1907 their first child Cyril Thomas was born in Richmond Yorkshire. Two years later the family is recorded on the 1911 Census as living in Maidenhead where Thomas is now a Dental Surgeon E A S. Thomas appears in the 1915 Kelly's Directory as a Dental Surgeon practicing at 120 Grenfell road. In 1916 their family grew with the birth of their second daughter Doreen Eileen T Campbell-Dykes.

Sadly tragedy was to strike on 18th May 1924 when at the age of 15 Enid passed away. She was followed eventually in 1961 by her 78 year old father and on 17th September 1963 by her 73 year old mother. Thomas is not remembered on the gravestone and at the moment his final resting place still remains a mystery.

The remaining Campbell-Dykes children both lived long and hopefully happy lives moving away from Maidenhead, marrying and having children. Cyril was to even name one of his daughters after his young sister.

Research into the Campbell-Dykes family also turned up information on Thomas's social affairs as well as a picture of the man himself. In 1936 Thomas Campbell-Dykes opened the Twyford Bowling Club.

"The Club was formally opened on Wednesday the 3rd June 1936 by Thomas Campbell-Dykes, President of the Berkshire County Bowling Association, seen here bowling the first wood on the green." - Twyford Bowling Club.

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Saturday is Caption Day #SatCap

Simply post up a photo and ask your readers to come up with a caption for it. Enjoy.

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Friday, 2 March 2012

Photo Story Friday - Buzzin'

Give me your best shot at Better in BulkPhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

It was a beautiful summer like sunday morning in February and what better way to spend that morning than at the park snapping pictures of bees with a bee phobic child.

My ears are still ringing now.


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