As part of the Our Past, Our Future, Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) Landscape Partnership Scheme the New Forest National Park Archaeology Team have been working with Lyndhurst to survey the condition of, and record the monuments in St Michaels & All Angels graveyard. The survey will help accurately map and identify monuments that can be conserved using HLF funds and will ultimately create a database for ongoing management of the graveyard. The other ambition is to make the list of burials and monuments within the graveyard available to the public on this site to help people who are researching their family trees.
As well as hard graft from volunteers we have been using technology to help us reveal the secrets of Lyndhurst; Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). The process involves taking numerous photos of one monument with a raking light and then letting the computer do the hard work to produce some amazing results. If you are interested in learning more about RTI photography you can do: here. The results produced highlighted how valuable RTI is; as the inscriptions that were once illegible have now been legible, providing a greater resource within the overall survey and documentation process. Despite this, due to deterioration of the gravestones, some gravestones could not be fully transcribed even with RTI being used.
Following the successful demonstration of RTI photography by Archaeovision on four of the headstones within St Michaels & All Angels a follow up recording project was commissioned as part of the Leader funded scheme to remove, record and re-locate the headstones used in an old path through the churchyard. The St Michael & All Angels Church, Lyndhurst: Churchyard Improving Access Project led to RTI work being undertaken on 80 inscribed monuments.
The following inscriptions have been transcribed through RTI. From the photo’s shown, the transformation is highlighted from before and after the RTI is applied. Despite how useful RTI is, deterioration of gravestones made some gravestones difficult to transcribe and hence, total recovery of the inscriptions may not have been possible.
“In Memory of William Blampin who died in Lyndhurst December 17th 1879, Aged 11 years. I heard the of Jesus say Come unto Me and rest; Lay down, thou weary one, lay down, Thy head upon My breast. I came to Jesus as I was, Weary and worn and sad; I found in Him a resting-place, And He has made me glad. His end was Peace. Also of William Blampin The beloved son of William & Elizabeth Blampin who died at Bam.. December 10th 1879, Aged 6 months Not only … memory In memory of Ill”
“To The memory of William Hurl Who departed this life October 2nd 1840 Aged 72 years. Also of Fanny Wife of the above who departed this life December 15th 1851 Aged 66 years Their end was (?)”
“To the memory of Francis Ranger Who departed this life Dec 17th 1815. Aged 78 years Also In the memory of Ann Ranger wife of Francis Ranger who departed this life June 23rd 1810 Aged 63 years”
“Sacred To the memory of James M’Taggart ESQ … who departed this life November 7th 1851 Aged 54? Also to … who departed this life 15th November 1889 Aged 75 years”
Sacred in the memory of
Sacred in the memory of Daughter of David August 10 181X Aged 1 years old
In Memory of John Adams. Died May the 19th 1792. Aged 51 Years. A faithful Friend. A husband Dear. A tender father lieth hear
In Memory of Solomon Bennett Who died Dec 13th 1845 Aged 40 years. Also of Selina Daughter of Solomon & Betsey Bennet Aged 10 Years. And of Louisa Their Daughter Aged 15 years. Also Betsey Bennet Died Aug 16th 1870 Aged 76
In The memory of William Plaskett Who died 21st Feb 1801 Aged 12 Years
Sacred To the Memory of William Davis Who parted this life July 1st 1850 Aged 80 years. Also In memory of Mary wife of William Davis Who parted this life May 12 1881. Aged 70 years
Also Lydia Elizabeth Fenn. Who died February 13th 1780. Aged 1 years 11 months. Side by side in garment …
Angel … in how blast …… …….
April 12 1851. Aged 85 years. Also Jane Wife of the above. Who died July 8 1825 Aged 56 years
In Memory of William Bist. Who departed this life On the 2nd of October 1817 Aged 79 years
Also in memory of Mary wife of the above William Bist. Who departed this life On the 2nd July 1817
Behold for old age here we lie If you are young prepare to die If you are old prepared be For quickly you must follow we
Sacred To the memory of Mr Joseph Taplin Of Bank in this Parish Who died on the 13th of February 1811? Aged 68 years. Also of Lydia Wife of the above
Who died June 4th 1827 Aged 50 years
September the 27th 1832 Aged 71 years.
Throw b… a tort and dance the past By hearens deeree linan chord ….
Also Stephen Their son Who departed this life April 22nd 1824 Aged 27 years
Also To the memory of Mary The beloved wife of the above Thomas White Who departed this life On the 13th day of November 1835 Aged 61 years
Also Of the above named Richard Nightingale Who died Feb 18th 1817 Aged 61 years
Sacred To the memory of Mary Ann wife of George Read Who departed thus life January 22nd 1860 Aged 13 yearsA sincere wife and Affectionate mother
Sacred To the memory of W.. R..y Immby …. 16 1877/1775 …. …..
Sacred To the memory of Isaac Shelley Who departed this life February 1. 1863 Aged .. YearsAlso of Sarah Wife of the above Issac Shelley Who departed this life July .. 1867 Aged .. Years
Sacred To the memory of James Golden Who departed this life December 3 1850 Aged 71 YearsThe Lord ….. ……. …..Also To the memory of Sophia Golden Widow of the above Who departed this life February 8th 1867 Aged 78 years
In Memory of John Cooper Who died September 4th 1851 Aged 58 years
Stephen son of the above Who died January 21 1865 Aged 19 years. Also Percy George Grandson of the above Who died March 12th 1872 Aged 1 year and 10 months. Thy will be done
Also of the above Named John Smith Who departed this life June 30th 1861 Aged 78 yearsThe souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God and there shall no torment Touch them in the sight of the unwise They seemed to die and their departure Is taken for misery, but they are in …
Sacred To the memory of Charles Broomfield Who departed this life Sep 27th 1865 Aged 72 years
Sacred To the memory of Charles Kaplin Who departed this life July? .. .. Aged.. Also of George Kaplin … … Also of H … Aged 50 years. Also of Jane Waterman Sister of the above Who died in September 1850 Aged 27 years
Sacred To the memory of James Bright Who died March 18th 1865 Aged 60 years. Behold, he taketh away, who Can hinder him? Who will say unto him, what doest thou? Also Ann Bright The beloved wife of the above Who died march 23rd 1878 Aged 70 years God is love … Also to Mary Bright …. Who died Aug … Aged 15 years Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
To The memory of William Bailey Died July 25th 1864 Aged 74 years Also of Jane Bailey Relict of the above Died June 11th 1870 Aged 69 years
Two aged parents sleepth here Who lived and loved in Godly fear
Sacred To the memory of William Thomas Noble Who departed this life April 26th 1867 Aged 24 years Rest in peace
Of Scorton near Catterick In the county of York Who departed this life At Notherwood house 8th September 1840 Aged 38 years Be ye also ready for in such an
hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh
Sacred … Fo.. Wolfe
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Sacred To the memory of Ann Lowman A faithful & devoted Servant for 26 years To the dowager Countess of Erroll who died October 26 1846, Aged 58 years.
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Sacred To the memory of John Ives Who died Jan 2nd 1867 Aged … years
“Behold God is my helper the Lord Is with them that uphold my soul”
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In Memory of Anne the wife of George Broomfield Who departed this life February 19 1807 Aged 33 years
In Memory of Henry Hodges Of Lyxwood Who died March 16th 1831 Aged 62 years
In The memory of Catherine Butt Who died March 25th 1875 Them also which sleep in Jesus Will God bring with him
Aged 59 years Also in memory of Aaron Newbolt Sen Who died the 3rd Sept 1816 Aged 72 years
Aged 73 years .. .. ..
I leave with thee to keep
Here lieth the body of Charles Newbolt who Departed this life on the 20 day of August 1745 Aged 65 years Also Catherine the wife of John H who died The 7th day of October 1766 Aged 70 years
In Memory of Rebecca Robert Who died Sept 26th 1831 Aged 19 years
W. D 1850 M.D 1851
Sacred To the memory of John Thomas Catherine Webb Who died … Aged … years … .. Lord .. Also Amelia Their daughter Who died march .. 1810 Aged 15 years
In Memory of Sir Henry William B… Who died Jan 1st 1839 Aged 19 years Also of William P… Who died Sept 9th 1856 Aged 56 years … ..
In Memory of Ann the wife of John Goffe Who departed this life June the 30th 1785 Aged 35 years … That .. O…
Mary Wife of the above Who died March 17 Aged 86
Memory of Thomas W Who died February 186 Aged 66 years His end was peaceful
Survey work is ongoing at Lyndhurst and we will share all the results with you when we have them. As a result of the volunteer led survey several of the monuments have been conserved and several additional conservation projects are ongoing.
As well as Lyndhurst we have been working at the following graveyards and using RTI to reveal their secrets.
New Forest Graveyard Survey