The History Books
The books make fascinating reading and are all in a good cause; please help the work of the Trust by encouraging family and friends to purchase these books. Sale proceeds will be used to support the Trust's project to establish a secure future for the Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels building.
The Lye & Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels: A Victorian Cemetery and its Notable Burials
"The Lye & Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels: A Victorian Cemetery and its Notable Burials" has been 20 years in the making, through two generations of researchers and published now by the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust with financial assistance from the Awards for All scheme of the National Lottery; West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust members Jean Weston and Marlene Price are the authors.
The book covers the historical development of the Victorian cemetery and architectural significance of the chapels building at Lye and Wollescote Cemetery, historical events associated with the Lye and Wollescote Cemetery and Chapels, then features the social history behind some of the headstone inscriptions found in the cemetery.
The Lost Twenty Nine by Jean Weston and Marlene Price remembers the soldiers of the Great Ware buried and commemorated in the Lye and Wollescote Cemetery.
The book tells the moving stories of twenty nine men who lost their lives in the great war including:
- a family's search for a lieutenant missing on the Somme,
- a Shropshire Grenadier Guardsman commemorated in the Cemetery,
- the hero Private who volunteered when ammunition was low - and
- the tragic death of a young VAD nurse caring for the wounded in a local military hospital.
With detailed research and evocative imagery the book recounts vividly the impact of a devastating war which began a century ago and is remembered poignantly today.
The book was launched at Christ Church, Lye on 20th September. This special event was opened by the Chairman of WMHBT, Mr Robert Tolley Dipl Arch RIBA AABC, who welcomed guest speakers Lieutenant Colonel Keith Jeavons and David Owen OBE and the book's authors Jean Weston and Marlene Price (shown in the photo with Architect Adrian Matthias.)
The books are part of the package of activities associated with conserving the Chapels.
Jean and Marlene continue to work tirelessly to promote the book including:
- They met a photographer from the Stourbridge News on 10th October at the cemetery. See the article.
- Following an article in the Uttoxeter Advertiser of the 17th October 2014, referring to the VAD Nurse from the town who died at Stourbridge Military Hospital who is featured in the WW1 Centenary book, Marlene and Jean visited W.H. Smith at Uttoxeter on the 23rd to deliver a supply of books. They were featured in the Advertiser's supplement Post and Times, which appeared on Friday 26th October.
- They were invited to attend the Dudley Council for Voluntary Service Awards Event on 16th October when their work was mentioned. They were able to take a display and distribute fliers about the book.
- They been invited to an Open Night on 30th October at Barnett Hill Nurseries to display and sell the books.
- They will be exhibiting and selling books at the Dudley Archives & Local History Service on 8th November.
- They will be displaying and selling books at WW1 Event at BMSGH Stourbridge on 18th November.
History in the Headstones
Local authors Jean Weston and Marlene Price conduct an occasional 'History in the Headstones' guided tour of the cemetery
The route of the walking tour places some of the people buried in the cemetery alongside historical events as well as featuring a few old favourites, such as the Hardwicke family memorial, the unusual gravestone of Mercy Taylor and the Haywood family's 'Titanic' connection.
Learn why the advent of the motor car is linked with a Lye doctor and consider the question "Did the Suffragette movement start in Lye?" There are interesting local connections with both the First and Second World Wars, and a 100-year old lady whose life covered most of the 19th century including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - Queen Victoria that is!
For details of forthcoming guided tours please email us.