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Preston Memorial, Lawnswood Cemetery, postcard


Preston Memorial, Lawnswood Cemetery, postcard
Description:
Undated. Postcard showing the grave and memorial to Ethel Preston situated in Lawnswood Cemetery. This grade II listed structure, dating from 1911, is of Italian marble and features a life-size statue standing under a classical porch, in front of partially open black marble doors, holding a bunch of flowers. Ethel Preston, who died on 24th March 1911 aged 50 years, was the wife of Walter Preston of The Grange, Beeston. The memorial is reputed to be a replica of the entrance to The Grange which has since been demolished.

User Comments:

Name:
Rob

Comment:
I wonder who she's waiting for?

Date:
16-Jul-2011

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Name:
Bernadette Smith/Mcnamara

Comment:
I remember seeing this monument when I was a child when my grandmother had taken me to Lawnswood and I was fascinated with it. Over the years, I had all but forgotten about it until my parents funerals were held at Lawnswood and I saw it again when walking through. I did read that the door was left ajar so that the lady could walk between this life and the afterlife. It must have cost a small fortune back in the day when this was made. When I do get to visit Lawnswood, there is always a bunch of flowers in her hands. Beautiful!

Date:
12-Aug-2011

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Name:
Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
When I was a child, if you stood around doing nothing and looking gaumless, you were told, "Don't just stand there like Ethel at Lawnswood". Some people, including my mother, would have it that it was Alice.

Date:
14-Aug-2011

Email:
madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Name:
L. Swanson

Comment:
My grandfather (Alfred Holt) was a chauffeur around the time this memorial was erected. I've been told by my mother that he claimed to have known the chauffeur to the Prestons at The Grange, which was usual enough. The Preston's chauffeur had told my grandfather that the memorial was designed and put up as an act of remorse by Walter Preston, Ethel's husband. He had been a prolific womaniser and gad about, often abandoning Ethel for days. The memory of returning to his wife's mournful vigil at the entrance of the Grange haunted him so much he effected it in marble. Ethel's health deteriorated due to her husband's habits and finally led to her death allegedly. The memorial is a guilty testimony to this.

Date:
03-Sep-2011

Email:
romanaghost@yahoo.co.uk

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