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The present parish of Harton owes its formation to the devotion and self-sacrifice of the Rev. William Coward, curate of Westoe Chapel, who, soon after his appointment in 1829, commenced to hold Sunday services at Harton, with such success that he secured the erection, by private subscription, of a small chapel or oratory, as it was generally called, at that place, which was opened on November 6, 1836. Thenceforward, to the time of his death in 1853, he conducted service every Sunday afternoon at Harton, in addition to morning and evening services in Westoe Chapel. The oratory was from time to time extended, until it was nearly doubled in size, and a tower added. The Dean and Chapter in December 1857 gave two acres of land for a burial ground, St Hilda's, the parish churchyard, being closed and the parishioners of Harton having no legal right to bury in the Borough cemetery. Harton was created a separate parish by order in Council dated August 27, 1864.
 


I photographed this view of the church in 2009

Open the photograph album left to view many more pictures of the cemetery, unusual stones and epitaphs. I will add more photographs as I visit this cemetery. If you would like to add your own, please contact me, and if they are suitable, I will add them, with an acknowledgement. There a several pages in this album.

Gravestone/Memorial/Monument Photographs
Names underlined are live links

 

Atkinson Joseph hus of Jane d 1892 also 3 sons & 3 daughters who d in infancy
Barlow
Cairns May Cairns d 1925. John d in infancy 1911 (toppled cross)
Carr John Alexander Carr d 1892. Son of Capt. Alexander Carr
Clarkson
Cook Sarah Ann Cook d 1940. Robert Cook d 19?? Stone partly illegible
Corner

Matthew Corner of Harton Colliery. Lost his life while crossing the railway. 1872

Coulson  
Crofton Isabella eldest dau of Thomas & Sarah Jane d 1881.
Daglish Robert Daglish of Harton Colliery d 1872
Dand/Ahlstedt  
Dent/Walker/Beardow  
Douglas  William d 1891 Fell over cliffs at Marsden Bay   
Ellis  
Forster  
Ferguson  
Fenwick  
Gray  
Greaves/Robinson  
Haggerston/Lawrence  
Hall/Scott  
Hastings (CWGC) (2)  
Hetherington  
Hewison  
Hodgson  
Hooppell  
Hyde  
Kazenberger  
Lackland  
Little  
Makepeace  
Martin  
Milburn  
Milne  
Mitchell  
Moore  
Mordew

Thomas Mordew (sic) or Mordue. Lost his life at Barnes School 11/11/1881 aged 8yrs.

Morton  
Murray  
Nicholson/Pinkney  
Ogle/Hudson  
Pattison  
Pottinger  
Prior  
Purvis (CWGC)  
Ramsay  
Reay  
Rippon  
Rowntree  
Sanderson  
Scott  
Slater  
Slesser Alexander Slesser was drowned at Tyne Dock d 1893
Smith/Winskell  
Smith R  
Smith R F (CWGC)  
Stephens Joshua Stephens. MM. d 1865 in the ship Leila
Storey/Wall/Gilfillan  
Swann  
Taylor Ann  
Taylor I E  
Taylor R

Robert Taylor was struck by lightning, and killed instantaneously. d 1893 (report)

Thirkell  
Thompson  
Thornton  
Waugh  
Wilson  
Winskell A E  
Winskell J
Wray  
Wright  
Wylie  
   

Who is buried in St Peter's Churchyard in an unmarked grave, or whose headstone cannot be found or is missing

Robert Cooke Fenwick. Aviator  was born on October 6 1882. and died on 13th August 1912. He lived  at Wyngarth in Harton Village. He was an early pioneer of aviation. He died flying his own 'Mersey' monoplane when it crashed on Salisbury Plain. When his sister died in the 1980s, she bequeathed £100 to the church to maintain the family vault. To date I have been unable to locate the grave or managed to speak to anyone in the church who can give me the location.

Thomas Mordew [sic] of William & Ann of Harton Coll. & grandson of Jane Marshall of Westoe who lost his life at the Barn's School 11.11.1881 aged 8y 9mths.also his sister Rachal (sic) d in inf. (Inscription extracted from the Harton St Peter's MI's.

Shields Gazette Wednesday 23rd November 1881

Shields Gazette Friday 25/11/1881

INQUEST AT SOUTH SHIELDS.– Mr. Coroner Graham held an inquest yesterday afternoon at the house of Mr. R. H. Thompson, Chichester Arms, South Shields, on the body of Thomas Mordue, eight years of age, whose death resulted from a fall at the Barnes School.  The jury after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

George Hodgson North Sea Pilot.
 
 
 

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