Ilam, Staffordshire: John Goldby 27.2.1929 – 7.2.2014

The memorial bench to John Golby near Castern Hall on the hillside above the River Manifold valley near Ilam in Derbyshire says that he loved this place and who could blame him.  There isn’t enough information on the bench plaque for me to find out John Goldby’s story but, as with all the memorial benches I find, it seems likely that he was a well-liked and active man.

This memorial is a simple bench without a back.  It is a lovely place to rest and take in the extensive view over the countryside.  Ilam, near Dovedale, is just in Staffordshire on the Derbyshire border.  It is a popular place for day trips and the National Trust camp site is well used.  We were there for a Devon Conversions Owners Club meeting for a get together of owners of Devon Campervans.

Happy memories of John Goldby 27.02.1929 - 07.02.2014 Who loved this place

Happy memories of John Goldby
27.02.1929 – 07.02.2014
Who loved this place

Looking over the Manifold valley

Looking over the Manifold valley

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Penton Hook Island, Chertsey: Lillian Stevens 25.02.1926 – 29.05.2007

Penton Hook Island is a lovely and interesting spot in the River Thames between Chertsey and Staines.  Managed for wildlife the island has a network of paths through the trees and is popular with local walkers.  The island was formed by Penton Hook Lock being constructed across a loop in the river.

This bench to Lillian Stevens has a view over the River Thames and is a lovely place to rest.  The bench overlooks the spot where very sadly in 2010 two young men drowned trying to save their pet dog from the river.

We were at Penton Hook Island on a lovely sunny day and it was easy to see why Lillian Stevens loved the island and this part of the River Thames.

In loving memory of Lilian Stevens Who loved this island and the river 25.02.1926 - 29.05.2007

In loving memory of
Lilian Stevens
Who loved this island and the river
25.02.1926 – 29.05.2007

Penton Hook Island near Chertsey looking out to the River Thames

Penton Hook Island near Chertsey looking out to the River Thames