E.J.Wilkins

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Southampton Old Cemetery


The Pearce Memorial.

This is one face of the beautiful memorial for Robert Pierce (1792-1861). The sculpture show the Three Graces, Faith, Hope and Charity and was designed by Richard Cockle Lucas. It is a Grade II Listed monument.

This face shows Hope.
Emerging from the cloth covering the urn is a butterfly, a symbol of the soul.

Buried here are Robert Pearce (1792 - 1861)
Henry Stanley Robert Pearce (1821 - 1868) Robert's son
Hannah Pearce (1803 - 1891) Robert's unmarried daughter
Emily Pearce (Later Waterhouse) 1837 - 1876 Henry's widow
(information taken from FOSOC website - here -)

The memorial was restored by the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery this year (2008) because it was at risk of toppling.
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I have shown this picture today, 2nd November, because it is All Soul's Day.

From the BBC website:-

All Souls' Day directly follows All Saints' Day and is an opportunity for Anglicans and Roman Catholics to commemorate the faithful departed.
... it was Odilo, Abbot of Cluny (France) who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for remembering and praying for those in the process of purification. This started as a local feast in his monasteries and gradually spread throughout the Catholic Church towards the end of the 10th century AD.
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Southampton Old Cemetery


The Pearce Memorial.

This is one face of the beautiful memorial for Robert Pierce (1792-1861). The sculpture show the Three Graces, Faith, Hope and Charity and was designed by Richard Cockle Lucas. It is a Grade II Listed monument.

This face shows Hope.
Emerging from the cloth covering the urn is a butterfly, a symbol of the soul.

Buried here are Robert Pearce (1792 - 1861)
Henry Stanley Robert Pearce (1821 - 1868) Robert's son
Hannah Pearce (1803 - 1891) Robert's unmarried daughter
Emily Pearce (Later Waterhouse) 1837 - 1876 Henry's widow
(information taken from FOSOC website - here -)

The memorial was restored by the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery this year (2008) because it was at risk of toppling.
.....

I have shown this picture today, 2nd November, because it is All Soul's Day.

From the BBC website:-

All Souls' Day directly follows All Saints' Day and is an opportunity for Anglicans and Roman Catholics to commemorate the faithful departed.
... it was Odilo, Abbot of Cluny (France) who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for remembering and praying for those in the process of purification. This started as a local feast in his monasteries and gradually spread throughout the Catholic Church towards the end of the 10th century AD.
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comments (9)

This is a fine memorial Ellie: lovely stuff!
  • FLOOG
  • Pastures of tranquility and calm
  • 2 Nov 2008, 04:20
On a somewhat more modest scale, I have a water feature in the rear garden of the three graces, a very special memento, once loved by my late grandfather.

This is a gorgeous sculpture smile
A charming sculpture if a little askew.
What a beautiful sculpture Ellie. I like the tones!
Lovely picture of a beautiful sculpture.
Hannah Pierce must surely have been born in 1823, otherwise Robert fathered her when he was 11. LOL - and they talk about today's precocious children!
EJWilkins: Good point Sheila, it doesn't seem right but I took the information from the FOSOC website
http://www.thejacobs.free-online.co.uk/FoSOC/fosocinterest.htm
I'll check the inscriptions when I next go there.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Nov 2008, 11:17
Hope, that is what we never should give up, this is a very good picture of one of the Three Graces.
It is a fine piece of art.
Lovely sculpture Ellie, these places are always interesting places to photograph in.
  • Kavita
  • Suriname
  • 2 Nov 2008, 17:10
beautiful
It's good to see these wonderful old memorials in a cemetery being restored. So many are falling into total disrepair.

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