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Sussex Day 2009: Part 8 – Hazeldene Terrace to Hurstpierpoint Cemetery (hang on in there, I’ve almost reached the end!)

24 Jun

This stage of my Sussex Day walk was another quite short section with the destination being more interesting than the actual walk.

From Hazeldene Terrace it was a case of retracing my steps up Western Road, taking a short-cut through Manor Road onto Cuckfield Road and following that to the High Street. The cemetery is a short way along the High Street at the end of South Avenue.

A couple of relations are buried here or have their ashes interred here, although I only knew the exact location of one, my great grandfather Henry John TROWER. His grave is marked by a small headstone and a holly tree.

It occurs to me as I write this that my great grandfather has unintentionally become a constant theme running through this walk. He was baptised at Henfield Church, married (twice) at Sayers Common Church, lived at Vicarage Cottage, worked at Cobbs Mill, lived in Hazeldene Terrace, his funeral was held at Hurstpierpoint Church and he was buried in Hurstpierpoint Cemetery.

I wandered around the cemetery in the hope of discovering another relation, it wasn’t a methodical search, just a random wandering checking out the names. To my surprise I did find someone. A simple plaque marked the location of the ashes of William BURT, my great grandfather’s second wife’s second husband (we knew him as Uncle Bill, which was a lot easier).

I like Hurstpierpoint Cemetery, it is well looked after (the north-west corner has been kept uncut to allow wild flowers to grow) and still in use, it is quite small and compact, with a nice brick chapel and all enclosed by a solid brick wall, to the south the view is across to the South Downs and Wolstonbury Hill.

Tombstone Tuesday: Henry and Jane TROWER

14 Apr

The Easter weekend weather finally did the decent thing and the sun finally came out on Monday afternoon, although it was a little late in the day, it was a welcome sight, after three damp and overcast days. I took the opportunity to go a for a short walk (about six miles) to Henfield, West Sussex.

I’ve been to Henfield many times, but I never miss an opportunity to go and visit the graves of my ancestors at the cemetery. One such grave is that of Henry TROWER and his wife Jane, my 3x great grandparents.


I have cheated a little here, because this photo is not from this visit, but from over a year ago, one morning when the sun was in the right position to capture the inscription. It is a little hard to read, but the inscription is:

In Loving Memory
Also of
"In death they are not divided"
"Blessed are the dead that are in the Lord"

Hurstpierpoint Cemetery postcard and a great postcard resource

11 Apr

Today I added another picture postcard to my collection, a lovely image of The Cemetery, Hurstpierpoint. Actually the picture is of the chapel at the cemetery and a few graves, but as you can see not many. The postcard was sent on the 2nd October 1912 to a Miss Ayling at 8 Powis Villas, Brighton.

The Cemetery, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

The Cemetery, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

My family connection with the cemetery is that my great grandfather Henry John TROWER was buried here on the 23rd May 1963. I suspect there are probably a few more ancestors and relations there waiting to be discovered.

Whilst buying this card I also noticed a new website about Sussex postcard publishers, sussexpostcards.info which includes loads of information about Sussex postcard publishers, the history of postcards and lots of images, it is well worth a look, even if your ancestor wasn’t a postcard publisher.

If you are ever in Sussex and want to find old postcards (not just of Sussex but from all over the world and all sorts of subjects) then visit Step Back In Time (at 125 Queens Road, Brighton).

For other sources of postcards and information on collecting postcards check out the Postcard Traders Association website.

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