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.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Kirkham Parish Church - St Michael's

Kirkham literally means church town. It seems that history tells us that there has been a place of Christian worship in Kirkham for 1400 years. The Romans came to Kirkham before then - it would be safe to assume that they also worshipped here.
The church of St Michael is off the main street. It is set in quite extensive grounds with an attached graveyard as well as an extended graveyard. Kirkham War memorial is quite close by. There are some very interesting plaques, memorials and dedications within the church. These will be mentioned towards the bottom of the page.

The Birley memorial is here.


The church seen from the Birley monument.
the church entrance is behind the tree (oops!)

The nave. The 2 memorials can be seen.
The WW1 is to left of the pulpit. The WW2
is to the right behind the lectern.

The Altar, pulpit and choir

From beneath the pulpit

Looking towards the altar

Looking towards the back of the church.

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY RISHTON BUCK A.B.
Lieut. 33rd Regt.
Who fell in Battle at
WATERLOO
June 18th AE. 27

Also of
JAMES BUCK
Lieut 21st Light Dragoons
who died
Jan 7th 1815 AE. 19

These are my oldest war memorials. Remarkable good condition.
Research to be done here.

This is a copy of Henry Rishton Buck's Baptism from the online Parish Clerk Project.

Baptism: 16 Jan 1788 St Michael, Kirkham, Lancs.
Henry Rishton Buck - f Revd. Charles Buck & Alice
    Born: 13 Jan 1788
    Abode: Kirkham
    Notes: Duty 3. B in LH Column
    Source: LDS Film 1502433


The Rev Charles Buck was a Priest at Kirkham in 1744-1771







TO THE
GREATER GLORY OF GOD
AND SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH CHURCH WHO RESPONDED
TO THE CALL OF DUTY AND FELL FIGHTING
FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE NOBLE
CAUSE OF JUSTICE AND FREEDOM
1914 -1918

GEORGE PARKER   3rd LOYAL NORTH LANCS
HARRY COOKSON   9thH SOUTH LANCS
JAMES GARDNER   4th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
FRED HOLDEN   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
JAMES PARKINSON   6thH LOYAL NORTH LANCS
WILLIAM DODD   6th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
WILLIAM HUDSON   6th LOYALNORTH LANCS
WILLIAM BUTCHER   4th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
WILLIAM ANYON   4th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
ARTHUR WILLACY   8th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
ROBERT KIRBY   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
JOHN MURRAY   7thLOYAL NORTH LANCS
THOMAS GARDNER   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
 JOSEPH HASLAM  6th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
ALEXANDER WEBSTER   ? LOYAL NORTH LANCS
JAMES HUDSON   6th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
HAROLD W. COUPE   ? EAST LANCASHIRE
JOHN V. WRIGHT   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
EDWARD HUDSON   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
ARTHUR MALKIN    MOTOR TRANSPORT
ALEXANDER DANSON   10th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
JOHN GLOVER     4th NORTHUMBERLAND FUS.
JOHN BENSON   12th KINGS ROYAL RIFLES
JAMES ENTWHISTLE    ?th KINGS OWN ROYAL LANCS
JAMES WILSON   ?th KINGS OWN ROYAL LANCS
LAWRENCE CARDWELL   10th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
REGINALD TYSON   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
 JOHN W. FISHER   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
WILLIAM GREEN   ? EAST LANCS
RICHARD W. PARKINSON   8th EAST SURREY
GEORGE CROMPTON   1st LOYAL NORTH LANCS
THOMAS B. WOODS   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
THOMAS COOKSON   1/4thLOYAL NORTH LANCS
THOMAS DIXON   1st EAST LANCS
JOHN CLARKSON   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
ALAN HULLEY   6th KINGS OWN LIGHT L.
JAMES JOLLY   7th LOYAL NORTH LANCS
EDWARD JOLLY   2nd EAST LANCS

The list of the fallen is below


TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF 
THIS CHURCH WHO FELL IN THE
 WAR 1939 - 1945

GEORGE ALLANSON
STANLEY V. ASPIN
GEORGE W. BALL
HAROLD BENSON
WILLIAM A. BROOKS
PETER CARR
WILLIAM COULTHARD
RICHARD DANSON
STANLEY DICKINSON
FRANK FISHER
ARTHUR HARRIS
THOMAS LEE
JOSEPH E. PAPE
FRANK J. RIGBY
HAROLD SKILLEN
FRANK THOMPSON
JAMES THORNTON
WILLIAM H. WILBY



THE VICARS OF KIRKHAM

1239 DN'S WILL DE EBOR
1240-60 RICARDUS PERSONA DE KIRKHAM
EDW.1 SIMON ALLEY
1354 WILLIAM DE SLAYTEBURN
1361 WILLIAM BOULTON
1362 FR. PHIL DE GRENHAL
DN'S ROGER DYRYNG
1418 DN'S WILL TORFET
1420 DN'S JOHN COTUN
1450-52 JOHN HARDIE
1452 DOM EDMUND LAYCHE
1512 THOMAS SMITH
1558 SIR JAMES SMITH
1586 JAMES SMITH
1591 JAMES SHARPLES B.A.
1594 NICHOLAS HELME M.A.
1598 ARTHUR GREENACRES M.A.
1627 JOHN GERRARD M.A.
1629 EDWARD FLEETWOOD M.A.
1650 JOHN FISHER
1666 RICHARD CLEGG M.A.
1720 WILLIAM DICKSON M.A.
1744 CHARLES BUCK M.A.
1771 HUMPHREY SHUTTLEWORTH M.A.
1813 JAMES WEBBER D.D.
1847 GEORGE LODOWICK PARSONS M.A.
1852 WILLIAM LAW HUSSEY M.A.
1862 GEORGE RICHARD BROWN M.A.
1875 HENRY WILLIAMS MASON M.A.
1902 WELBURY THEODORE MITTON M.A.
1933 ERIC PARKER

2
"THESE TABLETS ARE THE GIFT OF ANN AND ISABELLA NOBLET A.D. 1908"


ITS THAT PESKY POLISHED BRASS AGAIN!

CHURCHWARDENS PEW
?CLARKSON
??
W.GIDDING
J? BRYARS
1770

IN MEMORY OF THOMAS CLIFTON
ESQ(SON TO SIR THOMAS CLIFTON OF LYTHAM Knt AND Barr and Bridget
Hussey HIS SECOND WIFE DAUGHTER OF S' Edward
Hussey OF HUNNINGTON IN THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN
of like quality) who parted this life November
12th 1688 aged 20 years and he's buried near this place


A virgin Masculine
Whom Sacred love did much refine
in foreion school assiduous to advance
And free his soul from faulty ignorance
To Parents obedient , kind and moderate
All other virtues he did celebrate
Early imbracing our dear Saviours Yoke:
Death he defeated in its sharpest stroke
Reader mayest thou like him be most Sincere
Watchfull to stear thy course by holy Fear
which will conduct thee to that happy Rest
Glorious Immortal and forever blest


This is small section of the Geneaology from: Roots web

The red text applies to the plaque

Thomas Clifton
, Esquire

b. ca 1606, Westby, Lancashire, England
d. 15 Dec 1657
m. ca 1624, Anne Halsall, daughter of Sir Cuthbert Halsall, of Halsall, Lancashire.
Thomas and Anne had 13 children, five of their daughters were nuns.
children:
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1625. m. 1641 Margaret Iroland of Southworth, Lancashire. Daughter of George Iroland.
Thomas Clifton (Sir Knight), b. 7 Jul 1628, Clifton, Lancashire. m. (1) Bridget Hussey, b. ca 1643 of Hunnington, Lincolnshire, England. They married ca 1666, she died after 1710. She was the daughter of Sir Edward Hussey and Elizabeth Huton. children: Thomas Clifton, b. 1668 Bridget Clifton, b. 1670, m. Francis Andrews (Sir Knight) Sir Thomas next married Bridget Heneage, b. 3 Sep 1630 in Hainton, Lincolnshire, England to Sir George Heneage. bur. 11 Dec 1662 in Kirkham, Lancashire, England. Sir Thomas died 13 Nov 1694 in Kirkham. children: Mary Clifton, b. 1637 or 1654 at Lytham, Lancashire, m. ca 1666 and died 4 Feb 1729 in Ghent.
John Clifton, b. 1630 , Westby, Lancashire, England, m. ______ Blackburn, b. ca 1634 at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. They had a son: Thomas Clifton, Esquire, b. 1656, Westby, Lancashire. He married Eleanora Alathea Walmsley in Clifton, Lancashire in 1694, She was born ca 1660 in Dunkenhalgh, Lancashire, the daughter of Richard Walmsley, Esq. and Mary Fromond. They had the following children: Thomas Clifton, Esq. b. 30 Aug 1696. m. Mary Molyneux, b. ca 1708. children: Thomas Clifton, Esq., b. 9 Jan 1728 Mary Clifton, b. ca 1730 Clifton, Lancashire Isabel Clifton, b. ca 1732, Clifton, Lancashire Juliana Clifton, b. ca 1733, Clifton, Lancashire Eleanora Clifton, b. ca 1734, Clifton, Lancashire Mary Clifton, b. 13 Nov 1697, Clifton, Lancashire. She m. George Mostyn (Sir Knight), b. ca 1697 Isabel Clifton, b. 27 May 1699, Clifton, Lancashire. Ann Clifton, b. 4 Jun 1701, Clifton, Lancashire. Elizabeth Clifton, b. 7 Sep 1703, Clifton, Lancashire. She married William Gerard (Baronet) Cuthbert Clifton, b. 3 Jan 1706, Clifton, Lancashire. Julia Clifton, b. 4 Oct 1707, Clifton, Lancashire.
William Clifton, b. 1632, Westby, Lancashire. d. 26 Nov 1695
Richard Clifton, b. 1634, Westby, Lancashire.
James Clifton, b. 1636, Westby, Lancashire.
Anne Clifton, b. 1638, Westby, Lancashire.
Elizabeth Clifton, b. ca 1640, Westby, Lancashire.
Dorothy Clifton, b. 1642, Westby, Lancashire.
Alice Clifton, b. 1644, Westby, Lancashire. m. Alexander Rigby, Esq.
Bridget Clifton, b. 1646, Westby, Lancashire. m. Thomas Westby, Esq.
Frances Clifton, b. 1648, Westby, Lancashire.
Margaret Clifton, b. 1650, Westby, Lancashire.
Ann Clifton, b. 1652, Westby, Lancashire.









SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE REVEREND JOHN THRELFAL. A.B.
WHO DIED DECEMBER X111(13), M.DCCC.1, (1801)
AGED LXXX1V(84) YEARS
HE WAS FOR FIFTY-SIX YEARS THE HEADMASTER OF
KIRKHAM SCHOOL
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH HIS WIFE,
WHO DIED OCTOBER, X1, M.DCCXC1(1791) AGED LXX1(71)
THIS SILENT MARBLE IS ERECTED AS A SMALL TOKEN OF
GRATITUDE AND AFFECTION

______________________________

TO COMMEMORATE THE
CENTENERY OF THE PRESENT CHURCH
THE BELLS WERE RE-HUNG AND
OVERHAULED AT A COST OF £250
THE AMOUNT BEING SUBSCRIBED BY THE PARISHIONERS

FRED W. RIGBY
ERNEST BARKER
WARDENSWELSBY T. MITTON
VICAR AND RURAL DEAN
SEPTEMBER 1922






Church Memorial house - from an old post card
(Copyright expired)


THIS AREA OF THE PARISH CHURCH
WAS RE-HALLOWED BY
STEWART, BISHOP OF BLACKBURN
ON MAY 11th 1986

IT WAS PAID FOR FROM MONIES
PROVIDED BY THE SALE OF
CHURCH MEMORIAL HOUSE
WHICH WAS ITSELF BOUGHT
BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS PARISH
AS A MEMORIAL TO THOSE WHO
DIED IN THE 1914 -1918 WAR


THIS CHURCH
WAS ENTIRELY REBUILT
BY THE AID OF A PARISH RATE
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1822
JAMES WEBBER, VICAR

CHURCH WARDENS
RICHARD HODSON
JAMES WHALLEY
JOHN PRESTON
JOHN WHALLEY


From the front entrance leading to Church lane and then to Kirkham centre.




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