Nineteenth century tombstone recovered from Heath Farm Lane area of Partington, Trafford

Messenger Newspapers: The Rev Peter Geddes examining the headstone The Rev Peter Geddes examining the headstone

A 200-YEAR-old headstone has been found on a dirt track in Partington.

A dog walker spotted the memorial, which dates back to 1801, lying on a verge as she took her regular stroll along a track in the Heath Farm Lane area.

Mystery surrounds where the heavy tombstone came from and why it was dumped.

It is dedicated to a family called Little - Peter, who died in 1810, his wife Jane who died 18 years later, and their daughter, Catherine, who died when she was a toddler.

It is now being kept at St Mary’s Church in Partington, and the vicar, the Rev Peter Geddes, admitted he is mystified.

He said: “It didn’t come from our church, but where did it come from and why was it dumped? We don’t have a clue.”

He said it had almost certainly been fly-tipped just a couple of days before it was found as the dog walker regularly passes that spot and had not seen it previously.

He added: “It is mystery. But for someone to discard it on a dirt track a mile from anywhere is certainly not the proper thing to do.”

After the memorial was found, police were called to attend. They then called in parish council community improvement workers to move it.

Parish councillor Linda Smith said: “We are mystified as to how such a massive object came to be there. it took four lads and some sweat simply to move it.”

The inscription reads: “In memory of Peter Little died November 9 1810 aged 37 years. Also Jane Little his wife died January 4 1828 aged 56 years.

“Catherine Daughter of Peter and Jenny Little who died April 11 1801 aged 3 years 2 months. In love my saviour took me hence, before I lost my innocence. Also Elizabeth and William and their daughter.”

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3:50pm Fri 10 Feb 12

racecourse n proud!! says...

This is from lancashire parish records
Burial: 13 Nov 1810 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England
Peter Little -
Abode: Manchester
Occupation: Dyer
Grave: 787
Buried by: Mr Roby
Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 7
Source: LDS Film 560897


Burial: 15 Apr 1801 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England
Catharine Little -
Age: 3 years & 2 months
Grave: 787
Buried by: Revd. Mr Johnson
Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 4
Source: LDS Film 560897
This is from lancashire parish records Burial: 13 Nov 1810 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England Peter Little - Abode: Manchester Occupation: Dyer Grave: 787 Buried by: Mr Roby Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 7 Source: LDS Film 560897 Burial: 15 Apr 1801 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England Catharine Little - Age: 3 years & 2 months Grave: 787 Buried by: Revd. Mr Johnson Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 4 Source: LDS Film 560897 racecourse n proud!!

4:22pm Fri 10 Feb 12

racecourse n proud!! says...

Burial: 4 Jan 1808 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England
Elizabeth Little -
Age: 2 years
Grave: 787
Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 6
Source: LDS Film 560897

Burial: 28 Jan 1808 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England
William Little -
Age: two years & two weeks
Grave: 787
Notes:
Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 6
Source: LDS Film 560897
Burial: 13 Jan 1811 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England
Jane Little - Daughter of Peter Little & Jane
Age: 8 months
Abode: Manchester
Grave: 787
Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 7
Source: LDS Film 560897
Burial: 4 Jan 1808 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England Elizabeth Little - Age: 2 years Grave: 787 Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 6 Source: LDS Film 560897 Burial: 28 Jan 1808 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England William Little - Age: two years & two weeks Grave: 787 Notes: [ink mark across this entry] Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 6 Source: LDS Film 560897 Burial: 13 Jan 1811 New Windsor Chapel, Salford, Lancashire, England Jane Little - Daughter of Peter Little & Jane Age: 8 months Abode: Manchester Grave: 787 Register: Burials 1800 - 1820, Page 7 Source: LDS Film 560897 racecourse n proud!!

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