Tales of unseemliness;  singing and funerals

1855 – Discovery of Roman Remains at Aston Ingham

Workmen employed to make a drain in Coombe wood, situated on top of a hill at Aston Ingham owned by K.M. Power, found the dilapidated remains of two chests.

These two chests held a large number of old Norman coins which were in remarkably good order.

Fine examples of Romulus and Remus suckled by a wolf;  Julius Caesar;  Valerius and Constantine amongst others were revealed.

1898 Aston Ingham Farmer causes a nuisance

Joseph Aubrey, a 57 year old farmer was summoned by William Yates at Ross on Wye Petty Sessions, for making “an unseemly noise in the churchyard thereby causing annoyance to the congregation”.

It was said that Joseph Aubrey followed the complainant into the church, shouting abuse, but his defence was that he was provoked given that the complainant’s son had seduced his daughter.

Pleas for sympathy were largely ignored, and he was fined 15s.

1899 – Aston Ingham Choir

The Aston Ingham Choir journeyed to Ilfracombe on a special railway carriage, sponsored by the Vicar.

1913 – Mr. Samuel P. Jackson

The funeral took place of Samuel P. Jackson in Aston Ingham Churchyard, who died 28th April 1913 aged 78. He had been ill for some time, but was still out and about until a few days before his death.

He was well known in the district where he and his family had lived for many years, and his kind and genial manner ensured a large circle of friends. He was a familiar figure in local musical circles, and was the organist and choir master at Aston Ingham church for nearly 30 years.