The Vicar approves Mr Doubleday’s memorial

Edward Doubleday was a Market Lavington butcher during the 1920s (probably earlier) until his death in 1936. He was buried in Market Lavington church yard and, as we see on the photo above he was joined by his wife, Ellen, some 13 years later.

The Doubleday Headstone in Market Lavington church yard

The Doubleday Headstone in Market Lavington church yard

But it was 1938 when plans were in hand for the memorial on the grave. Clearly, the opinion of the Reverend Sturton, Vicar of St Mary’s, Market Lavington was asked to approve the design. We have his reply to White and Co of Wellingborough.

Letter from Reverend Sturton, Vicar of Market Lavington regarding the Doubleday memorial

Letter from Reverend Sturton, Vicar of Market Lavington regarding the Doubleday memorial

We do not know who White and Co are (or were) but guess they might be monumental masons. But why choose a mason in Wellingborough for a grave in Market Lavington? It is possible that White and Co of Wellingborough were family. Mrs Ellen Doubleday had been born Miss White in 1868. In 1871 she lived with the rest of her family in Wellingborough. Interestingly, her father, James, was a stone mason. Ellen’s brother, Harry, followed his father and became a stone mason.

It is interesting to see that the vicar and a clerk were entitled to some money. Their fees (for something) came to £2-17-0.

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