Grave of John Chapman, St. Mary’s churchyard, Perivale Lane

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Ten years ago today I created the 291st post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.

This headstone commemorates a family that lived in Greenford during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Baptismal records show that John Chapman senior, the son of James and Mary, was baptised at Holy Cross in 1766. Thirty years later his own children were baptised there. I could not find out where they lived in the 1760s but I am reasonably certain that by the 1830s they lived at Grange Farm, in Perivale, which may be why their grave is in the burial ground of St Mary’s Church. The lower part of the inscription has fallen away but what’s left of it shows that John died in 1835, outliving the son named after him by a year, and that his younger son, James, died in 1842. His wife, Ann, may be in the same grave or in the one next to it. They are in a distinctive style that may have been old fashioned even for the time. There are matching footstones and long rounded grave covers.

St Mary’s Church is now a performance space used for classical music concerts.

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