From the beginning the project grew, and there now exists one hard copy running to about 150 pages, a full record of East Ilsley’s monumental inscriptions, meticulously cross-referenced with other information from parish registers, census returns, wills, newspapers and other sources. Each entry became a mini biography of the person named on the stone and their families. All this information including a location map for each grave in the main churchyard, is now available on CD. N.B. This CD does not include burials which have taken place since 2004. To help you identify whether there are people of interest on the CD, here is a list of the surnames found in the monumental inscriptions – surname list.
A typical entry looks like this:
174. Bevelled kerbstone grave with posts at corners and cross on tapering plinth and square base. h.56″
(wfe) In / loving memory of / JAMES DOVER / who died Dec 14th 1912 / aged 51 /Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest / also his beloved wife / MARY WINIFRED /died Dec 19th 1921 aged 54
[EIBR: James Dover, 17th Dec 1912. Mary Winifred Dover, 22nd Dec 1921]
1881 Cen: Church Hill Cottage. James Dover (56) trainer of racehorses, b. Birmingham, WAR. Emma, wi. (47) b. Bescott, STF. James so. unm (20) b. Hednesford, STS.
1891 Cen: Church Hill Cottage. James Dover unm (30) trainer of racehorses & farmer (Parents buried 170)
1891: James Dover (30) trainer, married Mary Winifred Lowe (24), da/o Joseph and Eliza, (See census 172) 23rd June.
1901 Cen: Montpellier Cottage. James Dover (40) trainer of racehorses, Mary Winifred, wi. (34) b. E.I. James Francis so. (9) b. E.I.
EIBR = East Ilsley Burial Register (ie date of burial) (wfe) = writing facing East / = start of a new line of inscription