Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancestors from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.

Update!


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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Hampstead Norris or Norreys

This was almost a false trail. My wife's family history pointed once more towards this lovely small village close to Little Bedwyn and Great Bedwyn. It is situated in West Berkshire. There were Mills here as agricultural labourers, Pococks, Lovelocks. However I found none in the graveyard and none on the memorial. These are the other two churchyards I visited Little Bedwyn and Great Bedwyn.  Even my SatNav "lost" the road to Little Bedwyn.
From the South entrance

Looking towards the Alter

Closer still

The Tower

I had trouble managing the lighting. I knew this was interesting
There was no info beneath it and no one to ask! Sorry about the quality - an excuse to go back. This is quite large and can be seen in another of the pictures just to the left of the south door.

Plaster. A really elegant bas-relief of a knight with a lance.
I did photograph the inside of the church and and a couple of interesting objects there. The church can trace its roots back to Norman times. It certainly has that low squat appearance that these churches can have. There seems to be little information on the web at all. Quite odd really. It was really quiet in the church but I just felt the need to hurry.

My intention was to photograph the memorial and transcribe the names. There was a framed roll of honour oddly titled "European War, 1914 - 1918" The 8 has been changed. This is shown below:

20 Names in all- the same names as the stone memorial below.

The fallen from the Second World War are added below in the bottom panel.


The inscription and the names are recorded below:

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
+TO THE HONOUR OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND IN MEMORY OF 
MEN OF HAMPSTEAD NORRIS. WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED
HERE. THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE
GREAT WAR. 1914  - 1919 PASSING FROM THE WARFARE OF 
THE WORLD INTO THE PEACE OF GOD.+

ALBERT ADAMS.      JOHN MORTON.
ALFRED ALLEN.      PERCY MORTON.
CHARLES ALLEN.      DENIS MAY.
ERNEST BARLOW.      THOMAS NEWTON. 
ARTHUR GILES.      PERCIVAL NYE.
GEORGE GREENOUGH.      CHARLES PIKE.
GEORGE HOLMES.      GEORGE STEVENS.
STEPHEN JEFFREY.      ERNEST WELCH.
GEORGE LAWRENCE.      ARTHUR WHEELER.
DANIEL LAWRENCE.      ERNEST WYLD.

ALSOTHE FOLLOWING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR. 1939 - 1945

SAMUEL ARTHUR BARRETT.      LESLIE FRANCIS BLAKE.
ROBERT NORMAN MEDWAY.      ROBERT PHILIP NEATE.
EDWARD NEAL
CHARLES WILLIAM KITCHENER WHITE

This memorial is also recorded on the UK Inventory of War Memorials as

HAMPSTEAD NORREYS

UKNIWM Ref: 9075





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