Cemetery Memorial OLD-51-SE
In Memory Of
Joshua Whalley of Keighley late
Hebden who died Feb 18th 1843
in the 77th year of his age.
He lived esteemed and died lamented.
Also of Elizabeth Widow of the above married Joshua Whalley
who died February 27th 1854 in the 76th Year of her Age.
Affliction some time he bore
Physicians were in vain
Till God did please by death to cease
And ease them of their pain
Robert Scaife Owen of Keighley
People commemorated on this memorial
|Ref. No.||Name||Year died||Age||Dates||Notes|
|OLD-51-SE (1)||Whalley, Joshua||1843||76||d. 1843||Spouse of Elizabeth Whalley. In 1803 was a blacksmith, probably in Hebden|
|OLD-51-SE (2)||Whalley, Elizabeth||1854||75||d. 27/02/1854||Spouse of Joshua Whalley, née Bartholomew|
This memorial is a large recumbent sandstone slab, and is the oldest surviving grave marker in the churchyard, Joshua Whalley's being the second burial.
The last line of the inscription is at the bottom of the memorial, and possibly records the name of the person who made the arrangements. We know that Joshua Whalley married Elizabeth Bartholomew in Linton in 1802, when he was working as a blacksmith - presumably in Hebden, and that he was the tenant of the New Inn between 1810 and 1814. We also know that he owned a considerable amount of property in Hebden, including Scar Top House and 24 acres, which his wife inherited on his death, which helps to explain the substantial nature of the memorial. At the time of the 1841 census they were living in Keighley, when he declared his occupation as a "mechanic". Elizabeth died in 1854 and was buried with her husband.
The wording on the memorial is a little idiosyncratic.