Parish Magazines

front cover of a parish magazine

We are lucky to have 100 years worth of Parish Magazines as a valuable resource for village history.   The monthly Titchmarsh Parish Magazine was first printed in 1861 (when Queen Victoria was on the throne!), the final edition being printed in 1961.

Each issue included details of the births, deaths and marriages in the village alongside important dates and holidays. There would also be some kind of story or editorial marking recent events. In October 1866, for example, the magazine reported on the 5th annual Harvest Festival. That year the lesson was read by Revd S.C. Haines – Chaplain to the Lunatic Assylum in Northampton!

Fast forward some fifty years and in June/ July 1920 we find mention of the Church organ, “an unusually fine instrument, the like of which is seldom found in a village church“, being in need of “a thorough overhaul and tuning“, details of the Village Fete which was to feature Thrapston Town Band and “a great many competitions“, and a piece on Northampton General Hospital concerning its dire financial position; “The problem of Hospital Management has become acute owing to the greatly increased cost of evrything associated with its administration“. Nothing new then!

The parish magazines are viewable via the village website. Simply click on the link below and scroll down the page to access the magazines.

Click here to access the Parish Magazines from Titchmarsh Village Website

Found in the Pound!

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On 30th April a team of volunteers, led by Village Shop chair Bert Ash, cleared up the garden area of the Pound, adjacent to the village shop.     Look what they found –  part of a memorial stone which was once in the village churchyard.

The Parish magazine of May/June 1899 records the burial of Elizabeth Helen Dunkley on 19th April 1899, aged 26.   The original memorial was in the old churchyard on the north side of the church, and consisted of a stone cross and three tiers.  The wording said

I.H.S.  In loving memory of ELIZABETH HELEN, the second beloved daughter of  THOMAS and SARAH ANN DUNKLEY who departed this life on Sunday April 16th 1899 aged 26 years. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear.” Ps. XX. 11. 

 The whereabouts of the rest of the memorial is unknown