A few headstone inscriptions from Cookbury Churchyard
Transcribed by Nicola Aldridge
Cookbury Church, with its unique dedication to St. John the Baptist and the Seven Maccabees (the children of Judas Maccabeus who helped to free the Jews from the Syrians in 166 BC), was declared redundant in 1982. The nave and chancel are Norman with the North aisle added about 1500. The fine East window dates from about 1300. It has escaped much of the alteration that has affected so many other churches in the region.
On 1st March 1987 Cookbury Church was restored as a Chapel of Ease in the Parish of Bradford with Cookbury. The Church is open to visitors and monthly services are held there from April to September. An appeal was launched in 1987 for repair work to the roof and windows. This work was successfully completed in 1992 at a cost of over £25,000 with generous help from English Heritage.
The above text taken from historical notes in a booklet at All Saints Church, Bradford.
Index of headstones
|Badcock||Mary||06 Sep 1847||Aged 44||Wife of Samuel|
|Badcock||Samuel||11 Jun 1854||Aged 57||Yeoman|
|Balsdon||Frederick John||21 Apr 1919||Aged 33||Of New Inn|
|Brimacombe||Catharine||21 Apr 1881||Aged 84||Died Hollacombe|
|Cole||John||25 Feb 1877||Aged 83||Husband of Susan|
|Cole||John||06 Oct 1900||Aged 72||Of Upcott Moor|
|Cole||Susan||16 May 1880||Aged 74||Wife of John|
|Fry||Nellie||22 Sep 1937||Aged 33||Wife of Thomas|
|Fry||Thomas Norman||16 May 1969||Aged 73||Husband of Nellie|
|Gilbert||Maria Ann||08 Jul 1867||Aged 37||Wife of John|
|Hicks||Dorothy||26 Nov 1866||Aged 47||Of Stapleton|
|Manning||Grace||09 Mar 1883||Aged 74||Wife of Stephen|
|Manning||Stephen||06 Apr 1883||Aged 77||Husband of Grace|
|Maynard||Eliza (nee Courtice)||31 Dec 1843||Aged 29||Wife of John|
|Sanders||Catherine||10 Mar 1844||Aged 80||Wife of Emanuel|
|Sanders||Emanuel||16 Feb 1837||Aged 72||Husband of Catherine|
|Saunders||Charles Hicks||26 Apr 1866||Aged 23||Of Upcott|
|Slee||Clara Andrew||10 Feb 1919||Aged 59||Wife of Daniel|
|Slee||Daniel||18 Dec 1926||Aged 70||Of Thornbury|
|Ward||Mary||04 Jun 1846||Aged 3||Daughter of John|
|Ward||Mary||12 Oct 1849||Aged 73||Wife of William|
|Ward||William||10 Sep 1852||Aged 76||Yeoman|
Sacred to the memory of Mary, Wife of Samuel Badcock of Stapledon in this Parish. Who died 6th Septr. 1847. Aged 44 Years
My friends come view and call to mind
That death is due to all mankind:
My Husband & my Children dear,
I am not dead but sleeping here
Sacred to the Memory of Samuel Badcock, of this Parish, Yeoman, who Died June 11th 1854, Aged 57 Years
Farewell my loving Children dear,
Be to each other kind:
Remember too what Christ hath said;
"Ye must be born again"
In Loving Memory of Frederick John Balsdon, of New Inn in this Parish, who fell asleep April 21st 1919, Aged 33 years
He bade no one a last farewell
He said good bye to none
His spirit fled before we knew
That he had from us gone
In Memory of Catharine Brimacombe, who died at East-Combe, Hollacombe May 10, 1881 Aged 84 Years.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord
their works do follow them
In Memory of John Cole of this Parish who died Feb 25, 1877, Aged 83 Years. Also of Susan, Wife of the above who died May 16, 1880, Aged 84 Years. They rest from their labours
In Loving Memory of John Cole of Upcott Moor in this Parish, who departed this life 6th Oct 1900, Aged 72 Years
Afflictions sore long time I bore,
Physicians were in vain,
God thought it best that I should rest,
And eased me of my pain
In Loving Memory of Nellie the dearly beloved wife of Thomas Norman Fry, of Lake Farm, Shebbear, who passed away at the Royal Devon Hospital Exeter September 22nd 1937, Aged 33 years.
Farewell my husband and children dear,
I leave you all to God's good care,
To dwell together in peace and love,
Until we meet in Heaven above.
Also of her beloved husband Thomas Norman who died May 16th 1969, Aged 73 years
Sacred to the Memory of Maria Ann, Wife of John Gilbert of Anvil Corner in the Parish of Holsworthy: who Died on the 8th of July 1867. Aged 37 years
Submissive to thy will my God
To thee my partner I resign:
And humbly bow before thy rod
I mourn, but dare not to repine
Sacred to the Memory of Dorothy Hicks of Stapleton in this Parish: who Died November 26th 1866. Aged 47 Years.
"God will redeem my soul from the
power of the grave"
In Loving Memory of Stephen Manning, of this Parish, who died April 6, 1883, Aged 77 Years. Also of Grace, his wife, who died March 9, 1883, Aged 74 Years. They rest from their labours
Sacred to the Memory of Eliza Wife of John Maynard & daughter of Daniel & Susanna Courtice of this Parish: Who died 31st Decr. 1843 Aged 29 years
If love and care could death prevent,
My days would not so soon be spent
But death it did too soon destroy
The Childs care and the Husbands joy
Sacred To the Memory of Emanuel Sanders of this Parish (Carpenter) Who departed this life on the 16th day of February A.D. 1837 ætatis suæ 72. Also in Memory of Catherine his Wife, who departed this life on the 10th day of March A.D. 1844: aged 80 years.
We brought nothing into this
world, and it is certain we can
carry nothing out
In affectionate Remembrance of Charles Hicks Saunders, of Upcott, in this Parish, who Died April 26th 1866, Aged 23 Years. "For ever with the Lord"
In Loving Memory of Daniel Slee of Thornbury, late of this Parish, who fell asleep Dec 18th 1926, Aged 70 years. Also of Clara Andrew beloved wife of the above who fell asleep Feb 10th 1919, Aged 59 years.
Until the day break and the
shadows flee away
In Memory of Mary, daughter of John & Mary Ward of Stapelton in this Parish, who died 4 June 1846 Aged 3 Years
Farewell dear Parents cease to mourn,
Unto my God I must return:
'Twas He that gave me to your store,
And took me hence for ever more
To the Memory of Mary the beloved wife of William Ward, Yeoman, of Stableton in this Parish: who departed this Life on the 12th day of October in the year of our Lord 1849. Aged 73 Years.
My Husband dear forbear to grieve,
My Children cease to mourn:
He that at first my Spirit gave,
To him it must return.
Hope then in Christ the bleeding Lamb
Who all our sorrows bore;
That we in Heaven may meet again,
Where we shall part no more
To the Memory of William Ward, Yeoman, of Stabledon in this Parish: who died Septr. 10th 1852. Aged 76 Years.
Children forbear to mourn and weep,
Whilst in the dust I sweetly sleep:
This vain world I've left behind:
A crown of glory for to find