At the very end of the post I linked above I mentioned the idea of buying the microfiche copies of the parish records and the local non-conformist records too if we can to provide the Cudworth History Group with a full set for reference. LL and I thought our visit to the church might give us the chance to ask the incumbent if he could give his permission for the Group to buy the copies from the Archive Service. I was also quite keen just to see the inside of the church, as it was where the OH was baptised.
|St John's Church, Cudworth taken recently|
The OH and I walked up to the church in good time and decided to take the opportunity to snap some more gravestone pictures for Billion Graves. He has put the app on his new Samsung 3 phone where it works in, as far as I can see, exactly the same way as on my Samsung tablet.
By the time LL arrived we had taken around 30 pictures each, although I had decided that I would take two pictures of each grave, one close up for the inscription and one at a little distance so the whole grave and its context was included. So that will only be about fifteen transcriptions that need doing on the main website.
|St John's Church, Cudworth from an old postcard|
We were greeted by two very friendly ladies as we entered the church, they gave us a printed guide leaflet and jumped straight into showing us the church's treasures. St John's was built 1892-3 on land given by Mr Andrew Montague of Ingmanthorpe Hall, Wetherby; before this Cudworth had been in Royston parish. The church was consecrated on 29th June 1893. A full description of the establishment and history of the church can be found in 'Cutha's Worth: The Social and Local History of Cudworth' by K.E. and C. Gorman (2007).
|Cross commemorating the loss of Bernard Jaques Joyner|
in France 30 July 1916
|Father David Nicholson showing us the dedication plaque from the pulpit|
The Parish Priest Father David Nicholson made a special effort when he realised how interested we were and went to find the memorial plaque that had been on the pulpit prior to its removal from one side of the nave to the other.
|Stained glass window commemorating Cyril Barraclough|
serving in the RAF who died 3rd November 1943
There are some lovely stained glass windows dedicated to local men killed in the Second World Wars and others given by local families to remember lost loved ones.
|Russian style religious icon|
The recent baptism and marriage registers were on display in the church. The chair of the Cudworth Local History Group was able to look up the baptisms of her grandchildren in the 1990s. Older records have, of course, been deposited at the Archives, but we did ask Father Nicholson if he would give us the necessary permissions to buy microfiche copies and I believe he agreed in principle.
|The church hall is built against the south side of the church and is lovely and sunny|
After we had finished the tour of the church we went through into the new church hall for a cup of coffee (or tea) and a browse through lots of photographs of the congregation at various events over the years. Trips to Walsingham seem to be popular - it is a place of pilgrimage for Anglican churchgoers. We even found a newspaper cutting with a picture of on of the OH's relatives being presented with a prize at a church fundraising event. He quickly took a photo of the photo for me to add to his family tree!
What a lovely afternoon - and everyone was so friendly, really nice.