Posts Tagged ‘Chapel’

Sarah Clarke

February 3, 2016

Back in 2014 I wrote a blog about the Independent Chapel at Heathfield and included this picture.


I commented on the fact that I had visited this chapel with my father who was convinced ancestors were buried there. We searched but found no family graves we could identify. I have visited in more recent times and with more family history knowledge, but again found only distant relatives.

But in fact my Great Great Great grandmother is buried there as shown in my selection of burial records. These were the records that contained the name Clark or Clarke.

CLARK – The Independent Chapel, Heathfield – BURIALS

Sally CLARK         Heathfield – Aged 4 Months. Died: ????? Buried: Apr. 23rd, 1857.
Walter CLARK    Heathfield – Aged 2 Years. Died: ????? Buried: Oct. 4th, 1858.
Vehement? CLARK Heathfield – Aged 16 Months. Died: ????? Buried: Mar. 26th, 1859.
Emma CLARK     Heathfield – Aged 57 Years. Died: ????? Buried: Apr. 22nd, 1859.
William CLARK   Heathfield – Aged 14 Years. Died: ????? Buried: Apr. 8th, 1865.
Sarah CLARKE    Heathfield – Aged 83 Years. Died: ????? Buried: Feb. 5th, 1870.
Harriett CLARK  Heathfield – Aged 13 Years. Died: ????? Buried: Aug. 5th, 1873.
Martha CLARK   Heathfield – Aged 17 Years. Died: Aug. 27th, 1880 Buried: Aug. 31st, 1880.
Eliza CLARK         Maynards Green – Aged 60 Years. Died: Apr. 9th, 1882 Buried: Apr. 13th, 1882.
Eliza CLARKE       Heathfield – Aged 62 Years. Died: Aug. 27th, 1884 Buried: Sep. 2nd, 1884.
Selina CLARKE    Heathfield – Aged 31 Years. Died: Oct. 17th, 1887. Buried: Oct. 22nd, 1887.
Albert Frost CLARKE Heathfield – Aged 5 Months. Died: ????? Buried: Mar. 19th, 1888.
Tamar Ann Robins (Nee CLARKE) Warbleton – Aged 40 Yrs. Died: ????? Buried: Mar. 26th, 1888.

I have highlighted my direct ancestor in red but most probably I am related to others there as well – definitely to Tamar Ann Robins.

But let’s just concentrate on the actual ancestor.

Sarah was born Sarah Palmer in 1887 in the parish of Wadhurst – about 160 years before I was born in the same parish. She married James Clarke at Wadhurst in 1807. I know of seven children born between then and 1831.

James died before the 1841 census but Sarah could be found living in a remote part of the parish of Burwash. In 1851 and 61 Sarah lived with a son at Neville’s Farm in Heathfield.

So Dad was right and there is an ancestor buried in the little graveyard around this lovely little chapel.



The Italian Chapel

May 27, 2014

I’m not much of a lad, as a rule, for what I call ‘over the top’ religious buildings. It always seems to me that religious buildings out to reflect some kind of humility. So here’s one that, Whilst OTT in some ways, certainly also reflects humility. This chapel is on the island called Lamb Holm which is one of the Orkneys. It was constructed by Italian prisoners during World War II and is based around what looks like a Nissan hut.


It’s easy to get to if you are on mainland Orkney for causeways were built to link islands and to prevent foreign shipping from slipping through. These causeways were built by the Italian prisoners – that’s why they were on Orkney.

The chapel, built by Italians was, of course, for the Catholic tradition of the Christian faith. You expect it to be very ornate and in that sense it doesn’t disappoint.


In truth, I thought the interior was stunningly beautiful.


What an amazing piece of work from those Italian prisoners. And it is essentially two Nissan huts and whatever scrap the prisoners could find. I like the fact that the chapel now stands as a link of friendship.

My photos date from August 2004.

Imber – Now

January 10, 2013

The 6th January 2013 was a misty, murky day. But Imber was open to the public and was due to close by daylight on the 7th, so we went.

In truth, not all was open when we were there. This was the church entrance.


But had we been a couple of hours later, it would have opened up for visitors. That’s an improvement for in times past it didn’t open.


These modern military buildings have replaced most of the village. They are used to enable soldiers to learn how to do house to house fighting and clearance.

Here we have Seagrams Farm.


This was once a large house for it was all two storeys and housed a large farming family.

The Grange was one of the grander houses in the village. It has military uses now and at different times has worn different roof lines.



This was the village pub – The Bell Inn. No doubt it was a friendly meeting place for the locals. In 1943, the entire village was given notice to leave. Villagers had 47 days to get out.

The pub has survived quite well. No trace remains of the Baptist church although its burial ground still exists.


John and Emma Wyatt, born, bred, married and raised their family in Imber before they died and were buried in Imber Baptist burial ground.

The building that has fared best is St Giles Church. This has recently been restored to good order and the tower boasts a new peal of bells. They were rung on Christmas day 2012.


If you leave the village and travel the permitted routes – you see signs of activity by the local tank corps.

image016Where bustards once roamed, we now find dead tanks scattering the downs.