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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
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.
Names underlined are live links
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
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.
[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
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
North Sea Pilot.
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