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Mystery over Quadring grave is solved

Library picture: the Rev Ian Walters beside the grave at Quadring. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270418-101TW (2039500)
Library picture: the Rev Ian Walters beside the grave at Quadring. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG270418-101TW (2039500)

Church leaders are relieved now a mystery has been solved following changes to a grave in Quadring churchyard.

There were fears that a body or ashes may have been buried there in secret but, thanks to a story in our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, a family has come forward to explain what happened.

The Rev Ian Walters highlighted a potential problem after a second memorial stone appeared in an existing grave at St Margaret’s, saying there was nothing in the church records to explain it.

But now he says the church may well owe the family an apology because it appears there is a problem with the church records.

Mr Walters said: “It’s a bit of a mystery why the records aren’t there. We have found a number of very old emails which suggest that the stone itself was obtained with permission and that the ashes were buried there with permission.”

The original memorial stone commemorates Lavinia Birch, who died aged 38 in July 1929.

The second stone is a memorial to Lavinia’s daughter, Eunice Eales, who lived from 1928-2011.

Through the Lincolnshire Free Press, Mr Walters appealed for information from anyone who could explain the changes made to the grave.

He believes a relative living locally got in touch with Mrs Eales’ daughter who was able to say what happened.

Mr Walters said: “We are very pleased someone has come forward to explain and be accountable for it.

“It may well be that the church will be writing to apologise for any records that have not been properly maintained or recorded.”

Mr Walters said the mystery probably would not have been solved without the Free Press story.

Some further changes will have to be made to the final resting place of mother and daughter.

Mr Walters says a grave surround and gravelled surface do not have consent and will have to be removed.

At the time of his original request for help, Mr Walters revealed there were fears that if no one came forward the matter could end up with police and perhaps lead to an exhumation to solve the mystery.

“We are very relieved the matter has come to an end with an explanation as to what has happened,” he said.


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