Memorials in our church

Most of the memorial plaques on the nave walls were transferred from the earlier Chapel. The majority are to various members of the Brooke family who had been landowners in Handforth since 1713, although they also had other estates in Cheshire. Of particular interest is the memorial to Peter Brooke, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy who served with distinction in the Napoleonic wars. He was mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in 1809, and was wounded several times. He was given the freedom of Liverpool for his Naval services, and he died in 1841. Richard Brooke, younger brother of Peter, became a solicitor in Liverpool, but was also a local antiquarian, and wrote many articles and pamphlets. He was a founder member of the Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, and was elected FSA in 1847. He died in 1861. A silver Communion Flagon is dedicated to his memory

The family of Richard Brooke FSA continued to own the Brooke Farm Estate in Handforth, and the memorial to his son Alexander Brooke was erected in 1921 by his grandson Alexander Trafford Brooke who is commemorated on the same tablet following his death in 1932.

The other memorials underline the number of well connected people who made their homes in and around Handforth during the second half of the 19th Century. Memorials placed in the new Church are to:

War memorial plaque

The inscription is as follows: 'In LOVING MEMORY of the MEN of HANDFORTH who FELL in the Great War'

Below, on the centre panel, it lists these names:

C. Allman,  A.Arrowsmith,  J.Bailey,  H.Barlow,  A.V.Brace,  P. Brooks,  H. Dawson,  S. Fernihough,

H. Gardner,   A. Goldsborough,  R. Grimshaw,  F. Helm,  F. Hewitt,  J. Knowles,  F. Lloyd,  H. Millin,

W. Moore,  N. Mottram,   W. Priestner,  A.B. Scott,  J. Shaw,  E. Thornley,  J. Beard,  C. Smith.

Below the names, on the centre panel, the inscription is a follows:  'THEIR NAMES LIVE FOR EVERMORE'

The left side panel inscriptions are as follows:

1939                 1945

       S.P. Mitchell         A.B. Ward

         W.H. Seed           E. England

 

 

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