Heath Memorials at Inkberrow

Heath Memorials at Inkberrow

On a recent holiday with my wife to the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, I realised that whilst returning home I would be going near a village called Inkberrow in Worcestershire so I took the opportunity to call in and see the HEATH memorial tablets mounted on the wall of St Peter's church. This is indeed a beautiful place which has a rich history, celebrated by the community. The parsonage where the HEATH's lived is still opposite the church to this day, although now in private hands.

I first encountered this branch of the HEATH's whilst researching the Hanley Archives and I spent a very pleasant afternoon reading a large, calf bound book that was full of entries about military life in India and a lost fortune via the pottery industry, (which had originally been located where the present car park is, opposite the Archives Section on Broad St, Hanley). I'd spent so long reading this book and looking at the photographs that I didn't get a lot of work done and so had a further collection of papers copied and I read those at home. These papers were the result of years of research and donated by a Mr Peter HEATH, whose son Christopher I eventually liaised with online and eventually met a couple of times when he visited the UK from Canada.

To say Chris is a keen researcher of the HEATH name would be an understatement; he has also promoted the use of DNA to further our understanding of the many HEATH lines and the results can be seen at the moment on this site The Heath DNA Project

Chris is the administrator for the HEATH side of this world wide project and even at over 80yrs old, a huge enthusiast who doesn't show any signs of slowing down. I enjoyed meeting him again at the 2013 HEATH reunion held in Leek which was a resounding success with over 50 people attending for the day and the Staffordshire HEATH tree came on in leaps and bounds thereafter with a lot of work being completed by follow up enquiries with folk that had kindly left their contact details and provided further information on various lines of the family at a later date.

Although Chris's family are not related to mine, there are some curious connections caused by the various marriages between HEATH's over the years. A lot of his family ended up farming at Caverswall and Dilhorne with further connections to Horton and Cheddleton HEATH's. Many of the Inkberrow HEATH's went into the military and saw action all over the world. Later generations became Artist's whilst there are also ties to the Coalmaster HEATH's of Biddulph Grange. There is no doubt that reading his father's work and leafing through his family history that day at the Hanley Archives, gave me the impetus to find out more about the Horton side of the HEATH's and attempt to finally sort out the various entanglements and misinformation that have built up over the years.
I can thoroughly recommend a visit to St Peter's at Inkberrow. It was a hot sunny day when we visited & the elevated views over the countryside from the rear churchyard are stunning - the perfect spot for a picnic in fact.

By Mark Heath Sept 2014. All photograph's taken by the author unless otherwise stated.

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