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Grave of Revd. James Jeremy Taylor, Westoe Cemetary, South Shields.

Revd. James Jeremy Taylor

We can learn so much from the graveyards and cemetaries, our forebears buried their dead they had no nice clinical cremators, and their masons and stonesmiths left many stories behind them, etched and carved in sandstone, granites and marble. Our oldest municipal cemetary is in Westoe, it was there when South Shields and Westoe were two separate places connected only by a bridlepath, and it is here that the early allumnii of South Shields are buried, shipowners lie side by side with doctors, landowners, shipbuilders, collierymen, and of course servicemen too.

Some of South Shields most famous names are buried here, we named streets and parks after them as the town grew and developed, names like Readhead, Imeary, Salmon, George Potts, and Winterbottom too.

Here we find the grave of the Reverend James Jeremy Taylor M.A. priest at St. Mary, Eldon Street who died in 1893 aged 63 years. He was installed as the priest of the Tyne Dock parish church in 1860 and during his time serving his congregation of (mainly) shipyard workers, he lost his son Charles Wentworth aged one year, a daughter Constance Francis aged 9 weeks, and his wife Esther aged 43 years. This man’s fortitude and courage ensured that he stayed in South Shields, despite the hardships at that time, to complete his mission and he died in post in 1893.

His is not the only sad tale to be told in Westoe Cemetary, and the rapid growth of industry and townships was not accompanied by a similar growth in public health until many years later, John Readhead the builder of many ships at his family’s yard in Commercial Road, South Shields saw most of his children buried before his wife and he reached the end of their lives.



Written by curly

May 30, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. Cemeteries are haunting yet interesting places, and this image certainly gives a tingle down my spine…good picture


    May 30, 2007 at 6:44 pm

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