Welcome to Liz’s family history blog!

Hello! My name's Liz Plummer and I have a textile arts blog over at Dreaming Spirals. I have recently got into family history research and so I decided to start a blog about it, talking about my discoveries and journey along the way. Feel free to leave a comment, especially if you are also researching any of the same surnames.

Most of my ancestors lived in Staffordshire and the West Midlands in the UK; a few wandered over from Cheshire and perhaps Shropshire. The main surnames I'm researching are: Docksey, Meredith, Hopkins, Simpson, Cooke, Swetmore, Lunn, Cooper. I'll put a full list further down the sidebar.

A few angels

I posted this on my textile art blog, but thought I would post it here too as it might prove useful to someone looking for their relatives in Newport, Monmouthshire, UK.  If your relative is one of them, post a comment or email me and I’ll send you the full size photo.  If you happen to know that one of your ancestors are buried in this cemetery, providing you know roughly where it is, I would be happy to go and photograph it for you.

On the way to Belle Vue Park, I walked through St Woollos Cemetery, which has some gorgeous Victorian angels on tombstones.  I decided to take photos of a few of them with a view to using them as inspiration.  And, of course, being a family historian, I have to post photos of the memorial inscriptions too, in case someone should be searching for their long lost ancestor and happen to google their name.

angel in St Woollos cemetery, Newport in

I do love some of the sweet, pensive expressions on their faces.  I forgot to take a photo of this one’s inscription.

Victorian angel

memorial inscription, St Woollos Cemetery, Newport, Monmouthshire, UK

This one says ‘In loving memory of Jacob, the beloved husband of Jane BUTLIN who departed this life at Pontnewydd, Mon, July 20th 1913 aged 57 years.’

angel on tombstone

This one says ‘In loving memory of John Davies, Amusement Caterer, who died March 30th 1915, aged 30 years ‘while yet in love with life and raptured with the world: he passed to silence and pathetic dust’’.

angel with cross

memorial inscription

This is ‘In loving remembrance of Henry C Clark, of ‘Royston’, Bassaleg Road, Newport, late of Hughesofka, South Russia, who departed this life May 9th 1910 aged 73 years, also of Maria, wife of the above, died July 2nd 1915 aged 81 years. 

angel relief

This one below isn’t Newport: it is an angel on the wall of the new Coventry Cathedral.  Last week my eldest son started as a student at Warwick University and we spent time in Coventry in the afternoon.

angel on side of Coventry Cathedral

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