The LAPHAM children & the 3 “P’s”

During the course of our restoration of the cemetery during the last five years it is always in our minds that the cemetery has probably more burials of infants and children than any other age group, such was the disease and deprivation during the Victorian era in Carmarthenshire. The headstone below is testament to that in recording the deaths of four children of one family, two of which died a day after each other aged 4 and 3 years old. Not a lot of detail is known of the family itself, which is sometimes the case but one thing is certain, that their names will not be forgotten.

IN

Loving Memory of

WILLIAM LAPHAM

Son of Edward Alfred & Alicia Owen,

Ship-Inn, of this Town,

who died April 18, 1880, aged 4 years.

Also of Eliza Jane, their daughter,

who died April 19, 1880 aged 3years.

Also of William Edgar, their son,

who died Feb 15 1886 aged 1 year.

Also of Beatrice Alicia, their daughter,

who died April 12, 1890 aged 4 years.

 

“HE SHALL GATHER THE LAMBS WITH HIS

ARM, AND CARRY THEM IN HIS BOSOM”

 

The LAPHAM children’s headstone
The children’s headstone with inscription visible after rubbing flour into the inscription

What’s in a name” EXTRA”  The following comprises of a list of unusual surnames that appear on many of the memorials, together with a list of professions reflecting the huge and important mixture of people that made Carmarthen what it is today – many long since disappeared from the English Dictionary and only now found in history books, and finally Public Houses which are also recorded on many of the memorials as places of residence. Here then are the Three P’s …….

 

People, Professions & Public Houses.

 

PROFESSIONS

 

DRAPER

CATTLE DEALER

SEA CAPTAIN

COAL MERCHANT

TAILOR

SOLICITOR

ASSYLUM ATTENDANT

BUTCHER

WEAVER

OSTLER

GLOVER

HATTER

CURRIER

MARBLE MASON

SERGEANT (ARMY)

SERGEANT (POLICE)

SERGEANT MAJOR

PLUMBER

COACH BUILDER

TIMBER MERCHANT

SCULPTOR

WATCHMAKER

GUN MAKER

PAINTER

CABINET MAKER

SADDLER

TEACHER

IRONFOUNDER

MERCHANT

SLAUGHTERHOUSE  KEEPER

PRINCIPAL/TRAINING COLLEGE

BOOT CLEANER

SURGEON

BOOTMAKER

CHURCH WARDEN

CONSTABLE

SHOEMAKER

TINPLATE WORKER

FISHMONGER

POST OFFICER

PRINTER

DRIVER

COOPER

GROCER

JOURNAL PROPRIETOR

VICAR

ARCHDEACON

PARISH WARDEN

GWR GUARD

GWR FIREMAN

MASTER MARINER

ALDERMAN

MAYOR OF  CARMARTHEN

COMPOSITOR

ORGANIST

SHOEMAKER

GARDNER

GROOM

BUILDER

COUNTER CLERK (PO)

MIDWIFE

WATER INSPECTOR

CHAPLAIN (PRISON)

COUNCILLOR

BAKER

CHIEF CONSTABLE

BOOKBINDER

MAGISTRATE

BOROUGH SURVEYOR

CARMAN

HOUSEKEEPER

POTTER

SCHOOLMASTER

SPIRIT MERCHANT

SAILMAKER

HARBOURMASTER

COMMANDER- R.N.

MALTSTER

FOREMAN

MILLWRIGHT

PROCTOR IN CONVOCATION

MASTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, LLANDEILO- FAWR.

DEPUTY LIEUTENANT

 

PEOPLE/SURNAMES

 

WOOZELEY

OLIVE

BASS

MEYRICK

NOTT

DUCKFIELD

BRODRIBB

WEATHERHEAD

BRIGHT

CASSIN

TRIVETT

WHITNEY

BURNELL

TALBOT

POOLEY

BARFIELD

BUCKLAND

WHARFINGER

DUFF

GOBLE

WOOLASTON

NEEDLE

SHELL

LAPHAM

AUBERY

COMPTON

KINDER

SPURRY

VALENTINE

POSTHUMOUS PRYSE

GILLELAND

BAGNALL

CADWALLADER

SHARKLAND

BLAND

SOPPITT

COTTRELL

VIGOR

GOWER

CLEVERLEY

NESBITT

DELL

 

PUBLIC HOUSES

 

BOAT & ANCHOR

ROYAL OAK INN

NAGGS HEAD

SQUARE & COMPASS

MORGAN ARMS

OLD WHITE LION

OLD PLOUGH INN

STAG & PHEASANT

SHIPP INN

RAILWAY TAVERN

GOLDEN LION

STAGS HEAD

SWANSEA CASTLE