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Started by: JR (202)

Could anyone direct me to the precise location of George Lyon's grave at St Thomas' Church, Upholland. I was there today and despite being told it was under the cantilever of the steps, I couldn't find it. I know it doesn't bear his name but that of his presumed daughter, Nanny Lyon. There are 2 sets of steps, but to be fair, the graveyard was covered in fallen leaves. I need to find this as I will be assisting in making a documentary on this local 'hero' or villain when things get back to normal.
As I was already there, I took a look at a more famous grave - Robert Daglish (he was a locomotive pioneer for those who haven't heard of him). Now, the historic records describe a marble memorial; I don't know who these historians are but they should perhaps get the advice of a geologist as it is actually granite - marble outside is to be avoided. Take a look at what happened to the original Boer War statue in Mesnes Park - by the 1960s it had worn away so much that it had to be broken up and disposed of. Even as a kid I remember the face being totally indistinguishable. For memorials, granite is best, our local sandstone isn't bad too. But apart from that, the question here is where is Mr Lyon's grave? The beauty of technology - I no longer have say "Answers on a postcard please to PO box number...."!!!

Replied: 23rd Oct 2020 at 16:25

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