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Parkham Church and Churchyard

Provided by Elizabeth Glover Howard


Drawing of church and churchyard

The original of this drawing belonged to George Stanlake (baptised Parkham 1807, son of Robert and Elizabeth Stanlake), who emigrated to Canada in about 1831. It is now in the possession of a descendant, Beverley Kalmakoff, of British Columbia, who kindly gave Elizabeth Howard permission to make it publicly available. The small set of scattered burials shown and listed on the drawing (and transcribed below) perhaps relate to relatives of George Stanlake, or of fellow emigrants. (The dates added to the list transcript by Elizabeth are from the Parkham burial registers.)
The notations on the drawing are as follows, starting at the bottom left hand corner and going counterclockwise:
  1. "Poor house garden"
  2. under the next jog - "Poor house"
  3. then a short vertical piece where the walkway is - "School Room"
  4. then along the side that slopes gently up to the right - "Parkham Town Green"
  5. then along the right hand side - "Mr. Griggs Meadow"
  6. along the top - "Mr. Andrews[?] Lawn"
  7. down the left hand side - "Mr. Andrews Meadow".

List of burials

No 1 To the memory of Philip Heydon - (buried aged 46, July 1833) 14 Diana Standlake - buried aged 4, Oct 1817
2 Thomas Andrew - (buried aged 80, June 1833) 15 Mary Sanders Standlake - buried aged 1, June 1827
3 The Old Mr Jenn - (possibly John Jenn buried aged 89,
Poor House, Jan 1830 OR John Jenn buried aged 99, May 1832 )
16 Mary Sanders - buried aged 70, June 1821
4 Thomas Ashton - (possibly buried aged 23, Dec 1833) 17 Humphrey Sanders - buried aged 81, Oct 1825
5 Wm Grigg - (possibly buried aged 18, Dec 1832)
6 Thomas Joliffe - (possibly Jollow buried aged 54, Feb 1834)
7 Thomas Lee - buried aged 76, May 1834
8 John Dark - buried aged 67, Sept 1826
9 John Allin Dark - buried aged 33, Sept 1826
13 Mrs Cloak - (possibly Margaret Cloak, buried aged 79, July 1833)
10 Mr Lane - (possibly Josiah Lane, buried aged 87, May 1827)
11 Mrs Lane - (possibly Grace Lane, buried aged 58, May 1832)
12 Robin Heal - (possibly Robert Heal, buried aged 67, Sept 1832)