Missing Parish Magazines found

parish magazine

We are fortunate to have been donated a batch of Titchmarsh parish magazines, and are delighted to find that six of these are new to us.

The following magazines have been added to our archive and are available to view on the history pages of Titchmarsh Village website www.titchmarsh.info/index.php?cat=136

August 1863
February 1864
July 1864
June 1866
January 1869
February 1869

Robert Morris, Headmaster of Titchmarsh School, 1862

Ian received an email from Phillipa Morris in Australia whose ancestor, Robert Morris was the headmaster at Titchmarsh School in 1862/63.

It seems that in 1865 Robert, his wife and five children sailed for 78 days on the Great Victoria, arriving at Moreton Bay on the last day of the year.  In February 1866 he was the headteacher at Laidley, a small community 83 km west of Brisbane but within a month was dead, dying sometime around the 3rd March.  His wife Mary Ann apparently took over the headship before later moving to Brisbane where she opened a boarding house.  Several of their children also became teachers.
Phillipa has tried to trace Robert’s last resting place but the likely graveyard has been flooded – probably more than once – in the intervening years and there is no stone remaining to mark his passing.
Phillipa has provided many more details about this very sad story and if you are interested in following it up, please contact Ian

Thomas Emberton

In the presentation on ‘ten things about the village’ we talked about Thomas Emberton, the headmaster who, in 1891, was jailed for an assault on his wife.  Sue Andrews – whose mother Sheila Holland still lives in the village –  has subsequently given us a fascinating selection of photographs, including one of Mr Emberton together with his wife and a group of pupils.  She has also unearthed a photograph of Beatrice Pridmore nee Dudley, the maid whose daily schedule we examined.  The photos are shown below.

A Victorian Stonemason’s Work

As a result of damage to the stone wall at the Horseshoes B & B, the magnificent stone pier cap had to be removed revealing a name and date on the underside!

Jim and Sandra Wells have now reset this magnificent stone back in its place on the top of the wall.

HorseshoesWhat a finding though, what is the name of this mysterious stonemason – is it Allen, Atten, Anen?   Was he a villager?  No doubt he was the stonemason who worked this stone, (which came from the quarry in Ketton near Stamford), maybe he was an employee of Lord Lilford, who owned most of the village in 1876.

Found in the Pound!


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