All Saints Church Worthen, Shropshire
In many British villages the church is the one accessible physical link to the past. For the most part houses, inns and schools come and go but although a church may have taken many forms, been enlarged and even rebuilt, the site of a church in the majority of cases remained fixed. Family historians are therefore drawn to churches because they played a central part of their ancestors lives and landscape. For centuries before the introduction of civil registration, baptisms marriages and burials, recorded at the church, marked the passing of generations of ancestors. Some historians may be lucky to find a memorial to an ancestor in a church, or even more fortunate, in the churchyard where the ravages of time and weather are much harsher. The earliest Brazenor grave that I have found is Ann Braznor’s at Worthen, shown below. It is probably the world’s oldest memorial to a member of the Brazenor/Brazener Family.
St Peters Church, Astley, Worcestershire
St Peters Church Astley. Blount Family chest tomb of the 1570,s
St Marys Church, Shrawley, Worcestershire