31 March 2017

Le Trepied Dolmen, Perelle Bay, Guernsey

A prehistoric passage grave built between around 4000 and 2500 BC, and in use until about 1000 BC. Excavations by F. C. Lukis began in 1840. The site is frequently mentioned in seventeenth century witch trials.

Inside the dolmen.

Close to the dolmen, the Mont Chinchon Battery, one of over sixty, was built as a defence against possible invasion by France. The cannons were cast between 1760 and 1820. It was also known as the Druids Altar Battery due to its closeness to the Trepied dolmen.

Thomas de la Rue in Forest and St Peter Port, Guernsey

The pub in St Peter Port, Guernsey, named after the printer.

'THOMAS de la RUE
Founder of the House of De La Rue
1793 – 1866'

De la Rue co-founded Le Publiciste, and shortly afterwards his own publication Le Miroir politique. His was the first business to be granted the right to publish playing cards.


'Thomas
de la Rue
1793 – 1866
Printer
Born at
Le Bourg'

Lihou Island, Guernsey

Lihou Island, the most western of the Channel Islands, seen from Guernsey.

Lihou Island, which is about a quarter of a mile from Guernsey, can be reached on foot during low tide periods: a causeway links it to the mainland. There's a lot of nonsense about stout footwear being needed to make the crossing on foot, although anyone making the twenty-minute, half-mile walk, while not needing wellingtons, should be prepared for wet feet: the causeway isn't entirely continuous, and the (slightly) venturous have to contend with rather slippery seaweed (once a part here of the iodine industry). Apart from Victor Hugo's house and the Little Chapel, this must rank as the third Guernsey must: and it's free! (In The Book of Ebenezer le Page (1981), G. B. Edwards mentions the childhood days of Ebenezer and his friend Jim, who get stranded on the island and spend the night there.)

Part of the remains of the twelfth century Benedictine Priory here.

Lihou farmhouse, now a hostel.

29 March 2017

Denys Corbet in Forest, Guernsey

The grave of Denys Corbet (1826 – 1909), poet and painter. He wrote in English, French and Guernsey French and patois, and his noted works are L'Touar de Guernsey, Les Fueilles de la forêt and Les Chants du Drain rimeux (translated as The Songs of the Last Rhymster). He was the editor of Le Baillage and lived at La Roberge. 

G. B. Edwards in St Sampson, Guernsey

Hawkesbury House, Braye Road, St Sampson, Guernsey.

'G. B. Edwards
1899 – 1976
author of
The Book of
Ebenezer Le Page
lived here'

28 March 2017

The Little Chapel, Les Vauxbelets, St Lawrence, Guernsey

In 1914 Brother Déodat, inspired by the shrine in Lourdes, began constructing a small chapel in Les Vauxbelets, St Lawrence, Guernsey. What are now on view are the surviving elements of his third attempt, begun in 1923 and completed a few years later. The materials are pieces of china, pebbles, etc, which are normally associated with outsider art. In 2015 the site was closed because of possible damage due to collapse, and scaffolding has now saved the structure from complete collapse. The restoration continues, and although most of the exterior is at present unseeable, the highly impressive interior can still be viewed. I let the images below speak for themselves.



















26 March 2017

George Orwell in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire

'NEAR TO THIS PLACE LIE
THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
GEORGE ORWELL . WRITER
. ERIC ARTHUR BLAIR .
25 JUNE 1903 . 21 JANUARY 1950'

This plaque is on the south wall of All Saints's church, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire.

'HERE LIES
ERIC ARTHUR BLAIR
BORN JUNE 25TH 1903
DIED JANUARY 21ST 1950'

Orwell wanted to be buried in a country graveyard, and he was. To the right is a rather rain-weathered copy of his Homage to Catalonia which an admirer has obviously left.
'DAVID
ASTOR
1912 – 2001'

David Astor was the editor of the Observer, an owner of estate in Sutton Courtenay, a friend (and employer) of Orwell's, also responsible for seeing that Orwell's wishes were carried out. He bought two graveyard plots in All Saint's', and is buried immediately behind Orwell's grave.

25 March 2017

Mary Arnold Ward (Mrs Humphry Ward) in Oxford (UK)


'MARY ARNOLD
WARD
(MRS HUMPHRY WARD)
1851 – 1920
Social Reformer
Novelist
lived here
1872 – 1881'

17 Bradmore Road.

Walter Pater and Clara Pater in Oxford (UK)


'WALTER PATER
1839 –1894
Author and Scholar

CLARA PATER
1841 – 1910
Pioneer of Women's Education

Lived here
1869 – 1885'

2 Bradmore Road.

Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford #6 Louise Imogen Guiney

Finally in Wolvercote Cemetery, the most difficult grave to find (at least for us.) Difficult not because of the relatively distinctive grave itself, but due to the erosion of the inscription. As far as I know this is the only photo of the grave of Louise Imogen Guiney (1861–1920) that is on the internet, which is perhaps hardly surprising because I couldn't make out a single word at the base of the grave, although I'm very grateful to Dr Edwina Edlin-White for taking a rubbing and discovering this inscription:

'ANNO MCMII
DECEMBRIS XXVIII
IN CORDE JESU
ELIZABETH DOYLE
DELASSATA                  (this is her aunt who lived with her)

LOUISE IMOGEN GUINEY
JAN VII MDCCCLXI
NOVII MCMXX

DILIGENSE ET FIDELIS'

Rowena also said that Guiney and her friend Alice Brown did a walking tour of England, which was detailed in Brown's By Oak and Thorn (1896), and that Guiney eventually returned to England. She also found and had restored the grave of Henry Vaughan in St Bride's churchyard, Llansantiffraed, Powys.

A former home of Guiney's in Beacon Hill, Boston, MA.

Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford #5: Albert Habib Hourani

'ALBERT
HABIB
HOURANI
1915 – 1993
Scholar and Historian
Of the Middle East
Teacher at the
University of Oxford
Much loved
And greatly missed
By all who knew him'

Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford #4: James Legge


'HERE REST IN GOD
JAMES LEGGE,
MISSIONARY TO CHINA,
AND
FIRST PROFESSOR OF CHINESE
IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
BORN 20 TH DEC. 1815, DIED 19 TH NOVEMBER 1897.'

Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford #3: James Murray


'SIR JAMES A. H. MURRAY, L. L. D.
EDITOR OF
THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY.
1878 – 1915
BORN 7. FEBRUARY 1837,
DIED 26. JULY 1915.'


78 Banbury Road, Oxford, where James Murray lived from 1885 to 1915.