Tissington: Constance Anne Emery 1908 – 1993

Tissington in Derbyshire is an immaculate and pretty village.  With charming stone cottages, a village pond, an avenue of lime trees leading up to the village and a central church it is a lovely place to wander around.  Many people visit to see Tissington Hall at the top of the village.  This 17th century hall remains as a family home and welcomes visitors at certain times.  Tissington is also well known for its wells and its well dressing on ascension day each year when all the village wells are decorated with flowers and many visitors pass through either cycling or walking on the Tissington Trail, 13 miles of old railway line that is now a stunning traffic-free route.


Tissington village

On our summer visit I was exploring the church burial ground looking for the gravestone to the Tissington man who died on the Titanic.  Frank Richard Allsop worked on the ship as a saloon steward along with his sister, who was a stewardess.  While he lost his life, his sister survived.

While looking around the burial ground I found this lovely bench remembering Constance Anne Emery who died some years ago in 1993.  Her bench has a wide open view over the houses of the village and is the best spot to sit and watch village life.  Constance Anne Emery is lovingly remembered by her family and / or friends as a woman with a generous spirit and modest needs.


In remembrance of Constance Anne Emery B [born] Derby 1908 D [died] Belper 1993. She asked for little but gave all

Hartington: John and Peggy Hancock 1907 – 1990 and 1908 – 2003

This bench commemorates two people, John and Peggy Hancock and is found near the lovely village of Hartington in the Derbyshire Dales.

The sentiment on the bench sums up the comfort that a memorial bench can give to a family.  They are a place to sit and remember someone and also enable others to spend some time sharing their love of a place and maybe ponder on the lives of the people the bench remembers.

The lovely Derbyshire Dales in spring

The lovely Derbyshire Dales in spring

In Loving Memory of John (1907-1990) and Peggy (1908-2003) whose joy of this area they would wish to share

In Loving Memory of John (1907-1990) and Peggy (1908-2003) whose joy of this area they would wish to share



Crowden, Derbyshire: Charles Sagar died 8 August 2003

I found this bench while walking around Crowden in Derbyshire on a spring day.  We had come looking for Hares and were lucky enough to see one racing across the hillside.

The bench commemorates Charles Sagar, who died aged 71 years on 8 August 2003.  The dedication reads, ‘Absent from the body, at home with his Lord’, a quote from the bible (2 Corinthians 5:8).

The bench has a lovely view to stop and enjoy, overlooking the Torside and Woodhead reservoirs and the recently planted memorial forest.

Crowden: the bench erected in memory of Charles Sagar and the view over the valley.