During the recent Open Heritage weekend I visited the church of St John’s in the Square, Wolverhampton.
It’s a magnificent church:
Inside I was delighted to find that the Roll of Honour for the Great War included the name of my great great uncle, Joseph Thomas Westwood, who died in France in 1914 and who, like so many of those who fell, has no known grave.
Churches, of course, have wonderful memorials: besides Rolls of Honour, you may find tombs, baptism rolls, dedications on stained glass windows and memorial plaques. This plaque is one of the finest I’ve ever seen:
It details the births and deaths of seven generations of the Sparrow family of Wolverhampton from the early eighteenth century until the late nineteenth century and includes names of the parents of women who married into the family and placenames. There are 28 names spanning over 150 years of family history on a single memorial.
This memorial, erected in 1869 gives details of seven generations of the Sparrow family of Wolverhampton from before 1710 to 1869 and includes 28 names (including the parents of wives),and placenames.
In memory of Phoebe wife of William Allen born 1710 died 3 March 1796.
William Sparrow of Wolverhampton son of John Sparrow of Talk O Th Hill in the parish of Audley and Mary his wife born 1727 died April 1789.
Elizabeth wife of William Sparrow and daughter of William Allen and Phoebe his wife born 5 November 1734 died Dec 1816.
William Sparrow of Pattingham only son of William Sparrow and Elizabeth born 1764 died 10 Feby 1834.
Mary wife of William Sparrow and daughter of Thomas Hanbury and Mary his wife born 17 Jany 1765 died Oct 1819.
Caroline first wife of William Hanbury Sparrow eldest son of William Sparrow and Mary his wife daughter of Thomas Mander of Birmingham born 19 Oct 1788 died Feby 1822.
Sarah second wife of William Hanbury Sparrow of Penn and daughter of William Turton of Sedgley and Elizabeth his wife born 30 July 1803 died 13 March 1834.
Robert second son of William Hanbury Sparrow and Caroline his wife born 26 Aug 1819 died 22 Nov 1843.
Mary Sophia fourth daughter of William Hanbury Sparrow and Caroline his wife born 15 March 1818 died 11 June 1818.
William Hanbury eldest son of Frederick Turton Sparrow and Elizabeth his wife born 27 Oct 1851 died 17 April 1852.
John Sly Sparrow of Oxley second son of William Sparrow and Mary his wife born 18 June 1791 died 6 March 1825.
Edwin Sparrow fifth son of William Sparrow and Mary his wife born 3 June 1797 died 22 June 1852.
Ellen wife of Edwin Sparrow born 5 May 1800 died 16 Nov 1844.
Charles Alfred Sparrow sixth son of William Sparrow and Mary his wife born 26 May 1798 died 14 Dec 1803.
Thomas Sparrow seventh son of William Sparrow and Mary his wife born 26 May 1800 died 19 July 1844.
Who are buried in the family vault on this Church Yard.
This brass was placed here by William Mander and Arthur Sparrow sons of William Hanbury Sparrow and John William Sparrow son of John Sly Sparrow in the year 1869.