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SACRED TO THE MEMORY

OF

ELIZABETH

WIFE OF

WILLIAM ROLLS

WHO DIED JUNE 21ST1871

AGED 51 YEARS

 

ALSO OF

WILLIAM ROLLS

WHO DIED MAY 17TH 1860

AGED 45 YEARS

(INTERRED IN HARDWICKE CHURCHYARD)

HE WAS THE FIRST LOCAL PREACHER TO PREACH IN THIS CHAPEL

 

EDMUND BRADSHAW ROLLS

24TH OCTOBER 1895 – 25TH FEBRUARY 1935

AND

CONSTANCE EVELYN ROLLS

27TH DECEMBER 1895 -12TH AUGUST 1967

Born Elizabeth Battams, in a cottage where the war memorial now stands, with a twin brother Elisha who died aged 7, her father George was the village shoemaker and mother, Phoebe. She married William Rolls in 1840 but he died in 1860 and her parents in 1867 and 1870; all buried in Hardwick.

 

She was the first person to be buried in the graveyard. Her tombstone was erected many years afterwards replacing a rose bush marking the grave. She ‘fell out’ with the eccentric Rector of Hardwick Rev Christopher Erle after the death of her husband.  She was the mother of Edmund, who is buried next to her.

 

 

 

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