Saint Mary Prestwich ; A Description of the Churchyard
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Ian Pringle’s guide to the graves and monuments in Prestwich Parish Churchyard ( St. Mary’s) is now available.
It includes a numbered plan of the churchyard showing where graves and monuments are located. Ian has been instrumental in getting many monuments in the churchyard Listed by English Heritage. A very informative book, useful for genealogical research in Prestwich families.
The churchyard of St Mary Prestwich illustrates the chronology of a community. This booklet connects the history of Prestwich with its dead. The desperate struggle of its population when a short life was expected is enlivened by the celebration of the unexpectedly long-lived. The pathos of death, often of young children, is contrasted with the unexpected joviality of some gravestone decoration. Here lie servants and free men, Lords and Ladies, lunatics and merchants, Members of Parliament alongside the soldiers they sent to war. The tragedy and heroism of war is recorded in the inscriptions. Soldiers are represented in all the generations found here. Much grand architecture is concealed – but those who look may find it. Also found is the unexpected, the poet, the naturalist, the artist, the engineer and the first electrician. All are buried here, many with a verse to speed them on. Sometimes the verse challenges their death, sometimes reflecting their lives of pain, or their bravery in the face of it, and hopes for a better life to come.
The social history of Prestwich is to be found in careful reading.