The Mary Beal Appeal: do you know of this Portsmouth woman?

St Peters Church, Falstone, Northumberland

St Peters Church, Falstone, Northumberland

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Full marks if you recognised the church here before reading the caption.

It is St Peter’s in the tiny village of Falstone, Northumberland, close to the huge reservoir Kielder Water.

Mary Beals grave is unearthed

Mary Beals grave is unearthed

Today’s Remember When is devoted to a recent discovery there and churchwarden Jill Swaile would like your help.

She writes: ‘I was part of a working party clearing a corner of our churchyard, which was under a mass of brambles, when we uncovered the grave of Mary Beal.

‘She died in 1879 aged 15 and was the rector of the time’s daughter.

‘Her headstone says she was born in Southsea. Her father would have been a navy chaplain who would have been sent to our area when he was no longer needed at sea, a bit of a change from the warm coast to the wilds of Northumberland.’

The working party at St Peters, Falstone, gradually reveal the grave

The working party at St Peters, Falstone, gradually reveal the grave

Jill and her husband Alan are now planning to tackle a challenging via ferrata in the Lake District next month to raise money for The Mary Beal Appeal to refurbish the headstone.

She wonders if any reader might be a distant relative or know anything about the family. Please get in touch if you do.

The cross and headstone recovered from Mary Beals bramble-covered grave

The cross and headstone recovered from Mary Beals bramble-covered grave

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