Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

From Jan Twentyman - New Zealand - 2010

jtwentyman [@] nettel.net.nz

Jan Twentyman travelled all the way from NZ to Kirkby Stephen, where she was helped by the Whartons near Waitby, and she visited High Chapel, before the Parish Council took it over. She has since emailed regularly and sent back more information about her searches and she wants to set up a trail for others to follow more easily.

Below are some of the pieces she has sent (see also pdf download).

One of her quests was to find the grave of an ancestor Robert Hind who died of accidental cannon shot wounds. His is one of the only upstanding graves left in Kendal Parish Church. It stands between the church and the river and shows that he was a mason, indeed the articles of the time comment on this.

Robert Hind died 1820

Extract from the church guide – “Masonic symbols are incised in the stone and the fact that both feet of the compass are in front of the set square indicates that Hind was a Master mason”.

Kendal Parish Church with the grave stone in front
Detail from the gravestone with Masonic symbols
Full grave stone
Article from newspaper of the time about the wounding and death
Jan thanks the Kendal Archive for their considerable assistance.

Email extract
“Hi Margaret Brocklebank baptism ... our great great grandma .. wife of john Milner wharton .”

Email extract
Hi this was found in with copy of Robert Hine will. It was the final concluding factor to our being sure that Robert Hine and his wife Eleanor Park were the parents of Mary Hine and grandparents to Margaret Brocklebank . it was an eureka moment which cousin betty just basically stumbled across . we love Kendal archives .. want to go back someday.