Ockham, Surrey

The Church of Ockham, St. Mary & All Saints, lies on an isolated site amidst trees and at the end of a rough track.  The present building probably dates from the 13th Century and it has a magnificent seven light east window, but there were many later additions and alterations to the fabric.

Ockham has a large churchyard containing many tall trees which deprive the whole area of light and make the inscriptions on many of the headstones very difficult to read.  There are only two Woolgar headstones in the churchyard and neither are very easy to find, although many more of the family were buried at Ockham.

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Headstone of James & Ellen WOOLGAR

This headstone lies in a dark area of the churchyard under a rather large old Yew tree and, as you can see, is almost entirely covered with ivy.  In fact, I discovered it after nearly an hour of searching and only then by the simple expedient of tripping over it in the gloom!  When the ivy had been very gently peeled away from the surface, the inscription read:

“In Loving memory of James Woolger who passed away August 31st 1922 aged 72 years.  Thy Will Be Done.  Also in memory of Ellen wife of the above.”

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Headstone of George & Jane WOOLGER

In another part of the churchyard, beside the path that winds to the left as you go in through the gate, lies a 3-tiered plinth that once probably supported a stone cross.  Surrounding the plinth is a large stone kerb.

The inscription on the plinth reads:
“Our dear Mother Jane Woolger who died March 30th 1901 aged 76 years.  Thy Will Be Done. 

Also George Woolger who died September 23rd 1902 aged 81 years."

 

 

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Last updated 07 January 2006
© Marion Woolgar