E.J.Wilkins

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Southampton Old Cemetery


Hurdis Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of James Henry Hurdis and his wife, Charlotte.

James Henry is named as son Rev James Henry Hurdis D.D. (1763-1800), Professor of Poetry at Oxford University who died suddenly when son James Henry was just one year old.

Two faces of the inscription can be seen within a folder of pictures of the cemetery - here -
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This little angel is about four or five inches high.

The whole memorial is perhaps eight or nine feet tall. This and four other angels are in the centre section, which has a praying angel at each corner and between them what appear to be mediaeval heads - two male and two female.
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There is a Hurdis family history page - here - which lists this family in originating Sussex
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Next to this grave is that of :-
Mary Jane Hurdis ( - 1878, age 70, sister in law)
John Lewis Hurdis ( - 1889, age 88, brother)  an accomplished engraver and artist.
John Henry Hurdis (1844  - 1890, age 46, nephew)
(details taken from - here - )
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Southampton Old Cemetery


Hurdis Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of James Henry Hurdis and his wife, Charlotte.

James Henry is named as son Rev James Henry Hurdis D.D. (1763-1800), Professor of Poetry at Oxford University who died suddenly when son James Henry was just one year old.

Two faces of the inscription can be seen within a folder of pictures of the cemetery - here -
.....

This little angel is about four or five inches high.

The whole memorial is perhaps eight or nine feet tall. This and four other angels are in the centre section, which has a praying angel at each corner and between them what appear to be mediaeval heads - two male and two female.
.....

There is a Hurdis family history page - here - which lists this family in originating Sussex
.....

Next to this grave is that of :-
Mary Jane Hurdis ( - 1878, age 70, sister in law)
John Lewis Hurdis ( - 1889, age 88, brother)  an accomplished engraver and artist.
John Henry Hurdis (1844  - 1890, age 46, nephew)
(details taken from - here - )
.

comments (16)

Ellie, is modern math at fault, or that of the engraver?
If James Henry lived 1863-1800 and his son lived 1801-1889 the son could not have been 1 years old when Daddy died. One month or more unborn possibly.
In the next grave is another John Lewis but if he died age 88 his dates are just the same as the first one. And the brother seems to have married another Mary Jane.
Very confusing for historians. I should go and check the family history link you have given.

Sorry, doing so much family history, dates sort of spring out at me.
EJWilkins: *cough* a complete pig's ear Sheila. The details were put together in Word transcribed incorrectly. There are also, now, additional pictures of the inscriptions to make it absolutely clear who is remembered on this memorial.
The original text containing the errors you comment about has been edited away.
Thank you smile
Checked the website, very confusing indeed. but I think perhaps son was 6 months old when daddy died.

Forgot to say that this is a beautifully details photo, well done.
EJWilkins: Even more confusing if you look
http://fosoc.net/pdfs/Bullet%20HURDIS.pdf and
http://fosoc.net/html/subjects_d_-_h.html
It would have helped if I'd remembered another visit to the cemetery when I'd taken pictures of two faces of the inscription
Thank you for the history lesson Ellie. They look so dignified
EJWilkins: Previous history lesson deleted, new and correct info edited in. An embarrassing lapse of proof reading, done in a hurry
The detail in this I assumed this was much bigger until I read the text.
EJWilkins: One thing that also surprises me is how often the camera can catch detail that would otherwise have been invisible
This is a good series, Ellie. I like graveyards, I find the monuments very moving.

Have to laugh at Shiela! I, too, am struggling with a genealogy project, and the dates drive me to distraction. (:o0
EJWilkins: I'm cringing in embarrassment because I made a total mess of the information.
I too am quite deeply into genealogy, but the published details of this family managed to get me into a complete twist, and we're not related!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Dec 2008, 09:42
I love wandering around cemeteries and graveyards, reading all the inscriptions on the graves and monuments. They certainly spared no expense in those days in memory of those they loved. this is a lovely little angel with such a sweet face.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: I like wandering round them too, especially this one which has been closed for so long, it's a "comfy" sort of place. I think current local laws prevent ostentatious memorials, which I sometimes think is sad
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 2 Dec 2008, 10:17
I tried a similar image the other day and was nowhere near as successful - well done.
EJWilkins: I've noticed that when small details are enlarged they show a lot of blemished in the stone that wouldn't necessarily be seen by the naked eye. I wonder if noise reduction software might have a benefit here, I haven't tried it though.
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 2 Dec 2008, 11:52
Beautiful monument and I like the angel she looks so calm. Well captured!
EJWilkins: The little angels are so beautiful, not all are
You captured quite well this beautiful monument Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thanks Richard
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 2 Dec 2008, 13:26
Beautiful detail shot. I would have taken it for a much larger statue. Such a sad story too.
EJWilkins: There are many sad tales to be learned when you look carefully at inscriptions
Some of these older cemetaries offer very elaborate headstones like this Ellie, again a very interesting picture.
EJWilkins: Some headstones are truly striking, unfortunately I think their time may be past because of modern regulations.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 2 Dec 2008, 14:22
Just goes to show how decieving pictures can be. Glad you added the measurements.smile
EJWilkins: Absolutely true, and they can also show things we can't easily see. What has happened though is that the detail of the stone has interfered slightly, it looks much smoother
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Dec 2008, 14:30
Quite a well-fed angel too, innit!

Clearly had its beak in the millet quite a lot.
EJWilkins: I hadn't thought about diet Ray wink
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Dec 2008, 22:17
lovley shot, I was surprised at its height, I had it at about three feet!
EJWilkins: No, it's really quite small, but the whole memorial is quite imposing
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 2 Dec 2008, 23:09
I have always loved wandering around reading old gravestones, they really do take us back to another time. Lovely image Ellie.
EJWilkins: I think it's interesting too, not least because it gives an insight into social history too.
Nicely done and interresting once again

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