Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Ingram Oddities (NU019163)

You never know what you’re going to find when you poke around an old graveyard. And if you look closely enough you’re sure to find an oddity or two in almost any such site. Take St.Michael & All Angels Church at Ingram which lies at the eastern gateway to the Cheviots – for it has two such curiosities.

The first is a gravestone to James & Isabella Armstrong, residents of High Bleakhope (a remote farm higher up the Breamish valley) – James, according to one source, being a “well known and much esteemed Border Yeoman.” They died in 1914 and 1951, respectively. The beautifully rounded stones were taken from the River Breamish near their farmstead. Apparently, Isabella’s sister, Elizabeth, has a similar headstone at Eglingham.

[thanks to Skida’s image and info at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/14739820#comments ]

In the same churchyard can be found a simple cross atop a rough, unhewn boulder. The inscription says it all:

in this grave lie
Isabella Allgood aged 42
James Charles Allgood aged 13
David Williamson Allgood aged 11
the beloved wife and sons of
James Allgood rector of Ingram
who were killed in an accident
on the Great Northern Railway
at Abbot’s Ripton January 21 1876

They were lovely and pleasant in
their lives and in their deaths
they were not divided

[thanks to Northernvicar at https://northernvicar.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/ingram-st-michael-and-all-angels/ for the info and image]

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