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.
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