History in Kent => Local Families => Topic started by: gillian on January 07, 2019, 15:30:38

Title: Parsonage Vault, Cobham
Post by: gillian on January 07, 2019, 15:30:38
The church of St Mary Magdalene in Cobham is probably familiar to anyone who has visited Cobham, as it's in a very prominent location alongside the Street, opposite The Leather Bottle. At first sight the graveyard is much like any other - a fascinating collection of headstones and memorials, some still in fairly good shape, others less so. One of those in less good shape is the unusual Parsonage Vault - neither headstone nor upright memorial but a pattern of tablets lying flat on the ground. This vault is the last resting place of 18 people, many of whom were noteworthy members of the local community and lived at some point in The Parsonage (also known as Parsonage House or Parsonage Farm), now, sadly, demolished. For many years the vault was invisible, concealed by overgrowth of brambles and ivy. But these have now been stripped away and the vault is clearly visible. The oldest burials are for Thomas Wells, died in 1836 and his wife Susanna (née Tiesdell) died 1840, the most recent is for Emma Jane Stevens died 1853, the last occupant of The Parsonage before it was demolished. Other surnames besides Wells and Stevens are English and Shearman. Perhaps some members of this forum have relatives buried in Cobham; perhaps they are descended from people buried in the Parsonage Vault. In that case, I've found you a good place for a little pilgrimage. If anyone would like to know the exact names etc of all the people buried there, do please let me know.