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Lovelock Lines #3

Lovelock Lines #3

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Documents relevant to the history of the Lovelock family world-wide. Published Aug. 2005.
Documents relevant to the history of the Lovelock family world-wide. Published Aug. 2005.

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The Lovelock Family Newsletter
* August 2005 *
Editor: Yann Lovelock 80 Doris Rd, BirminghamB11 4NF, UK Editorial Support: JohnLovelock, Robert Sterry 
The Lieflock Trail 
– GrahamLovelock takes us on a tour2-5
 A Pint & A Pie 
– The JohnLovelock connection6-10
Moving to the Shivery Country 
Mary Walton’s Antipodeanmemoir11-13
Turning an Honest Dollar – 
 YannLovelock considers how to cash inon the family name
Feedback on our newsletter has not beenencouraging and we even considered closingit down after this issue. It is now reprieveduntil the end of the year. If you want to see itcontinue, there are two things you might do.One is send us articles, correspondence orsmall news items. The other is send a note to Yann at the address in the column oppositesaying whether you would like to see moreissues. May I also remind those who take theprinted edition to renew your subscription of £2.00 a number.Since February there have been severalinteresting genealogical developments and wenow know more about where some of youcome from and to whom you are related. Butall this appears on our family web site. Wehope to have an article next issue explainingsome of this.
Finally, I have discovered two moreLovelock fictions. Lou Kagan’s next comic inthe Lady Lovelock series is entitled “ChastisedShe-males” and deals with ‘men enslaved andturned into women’. There’s also a Mexicantranslation by Rafael Marin Trechera of thenovel “Lovelock” from Ediciones B, 1995. Theoriginal appeared in 1994 and was reprintedin 2001 but there is still no promised sequel.
Imagine you were there in the sunshine at ‘Lovelocks Alive’ on 12 June 2004. After lunch  you would have boarded one of the coaches, and Jeremy or Graham would have regaled  you with their versions of the following commentary: 
e are leaving Hungerford as we shall return – on the A4, London toBath, road. Just imagine how many people have travelled along thisroad over the centuries. With both Bath and London being Romancities, there has been traffic backwards and forwards for at least 2000 years.The first place we shall come to will be FROXFIELD – a name whichmeans literally Frogs Field. Although we shall not be stopping, there is a fascinating building to be seen on the right as we come into the village – the Duchess of Somerset’s Almshouses, built in 1686. The Duchess herself was buried in Westminster Abbey in 1692. A mile and a half or so to the north-east of the village is the hamlet of RUDGE, where in1725, in a well filled with rubbish and bones and Roman coins, was found the bronzeRudge Cup. The remarkable thing about the cup is that it has round it the names of Roman stations on or near Hadrian’s Wall. The cup is no longer here – it went to Alnwick Castle in County Durham, probably much closer to where it was made. The little church inFroxfield, which we shall not visit, and only briefly see, is well over 800 years old.Unusually, its north wall is longer than its south, making the church turn towards thenorth, in keeping apparently with the fancy that Jesus so turned towards Mary on thecross. There are hardly any Lovelock entries in the Froxfield registers: we have just three baptisms in the 1820s. But perhaps there are more waiting to be discovered? We are turning south after leaving Froxfield, and as we eventually get over the top of thehill you will be able to see off to the left the spire of LITTLE BEDWYN church, which alsohas only a few Lovelock associations: just five marriages and one burial that we know of. Itis another ancient building, with evidence that the same Norman masons who built GreatBedwyn church builtpart of this one too. Off to the right as we app-roach Little Bedwyn isChisbury Hill – the siteof a Roman camp, aSaxon mint, and a battle some 1300 yearsago between the forcesof Wessex and Mercia(which the wrong side won!).Our first stop is GREATBEDWYN. The name,some suggest, means aplace where the bindweed grows – notperhaps the best place for the gardeners among us – but an alternative version of thename has Celtic roots and means White Grave – an allusion perhaps to a barrow that wasnearby but long since erased. In the church here you will find the tomb of Sir John
Seymour, the father of Jane Seymour the third wife of Henry VIII, who died, some mightsay, before he could tire of her; and also the father of Thomas, who married Henry’s widow Catherine Parr; and finally the father of Edward, who became Lord Protector whenHenry died, as Henry and Jane’s son, king Edward VI, was only 10 years old. The LordProtector took the title of Duke of Somerset, which provides a link back to the almshousesat Froxfield. Sir John was originally buried at Easton Royal, which we shall be visitinglater, but his tomb was moved to Great Bedwyn by his grandson, probably because thepriory at Easton had fallen into disrepair. There are lots of Lovelock gravestones in thechurchyard at Great Bedwyn, and indeed Lovelocks still live in the village, although noneare with us today  We are now going on to EAST GRAFTON, and on the way we shall pass through the villageof Wilton. Not too many people are aware that Wiltshire has two Wiltons – the betterknown one just outside Salisbury was at one time the capital of Wessex and arguably, for a very short time, the capital of England before Winchester assumed the role; but the Wilton we shall pass through has another claim to fame – the only working windmill left in thecounty. Alas, we will not actually  be passing it, but you might wantto keep it in mind for a future visit. There is no church at Wilton, but it does have Lovelock associations – in fact Graham’sgreat grandfather John was here with his first wife and their sevenchildren at the time of the 1851Census. With his second wifeJohn was here in 1861 and 1871, by which time a second Lovelock family was in residence, but they had all left by 1881.In the churchyard at East Grafton you will find a number of Lovelock graves, and inside thechurch you will find otherLovelock associations: inparticular a photograph of Jeremy’s great grandfather, witha record of his remarkable serviceto the church. We have records of Lovelocks in East Grafton inevery Census from 1841 to 1901and plenty of Parish Registerentries. Make sure to examine thechurch from outside as well as in, because its architecture is a littleunusual compared to the otherchurches we are visiting today.

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