Friday, 5 October 2012

The Most Fantastic Gothic Grave Memorial

I called in to Lawnswood Cemetery to visit the grave of my Mum & Dad, while I way there I had a walk around the old part. There I found the most fantastic Gothic Grave Memorial I have ever seen. It was for a Sam Wilson, A JP in Leeds who lived from 1851 till 1918.

The photos are mine, but the following is from the website of British listed buildings http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk

Memorial of Sam Wilson
Memorial of Sam Wilson
Memorial of Sam Wilson
Memorial of Sam Wilson
Memorial of Sam Wilson
Memorial of Sam Wilson 

Memorial and grave of Sam Wilson. 1918. By E Caldwell Spruce. Black marble, bronze figures and plaques. On a corner site; central plaque with raised lettering: 'IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ SAM WILSON JP OF LEEDS/ BORN JAN 16th 1851/ DIED DEC 13th 1918/ AND OF/ ANN WILSON/ HIS BELOVED WIFE/ BORN FEB 27th 1862/ DIED FEB 27th 1931/ 'MORS JANUA VITAE''. Above this is a plaque with symbols of death and mourning in relief, behind is an angled screen 'wall' surmounted by a tall angel holding a torch aloft; side panels ramped down to form bases for statues representing 'Faith' (left, a shrouded figure with book and crucifix) and 'Benevolence' (right, a kneeling female figure holding cross and cup). Samuel Wilson, was chairman of Joshua Wilson and Sons, worsted coating manufacturers of Bean Ing Mills, Wellington Street. His principal public works were connected with Leeds Art Gallery and he left his collection of paintings, porcelain, bronzes and furniture to the city on the death of his wife. He left »100 in his will to the Headingley-cum-Burley Burial Board for the upkeep of a grave and tombstone. (Leeds Obituaries Volume 5, 13 and 14 December 1918). 



More pics will follow later from this trip in other posts.

1 comment:

  1. That is a very impressive memorial. Thanks for sharing your great photos.

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