I was very excited a few weeks ago when Kylie Chapman contacted me with details of The Rock Cemetery where she had found that Thomas Edward Caddy and his wife Eleanor Caddy (Ryan) were both buried there, along with their third son, Thomas Caddy AND that the stones were still in existence. There were several photos online, but unfortunately not ours and it didn’t look like they were going to appear anytime soon. Fortunately, I am still in contact with a fellow historian who used to live here in Geraldton but has now returned to his home country of England. John Mellors does some research for people and will take orders for certificates and sends them out to us.
I knew that he also had research interests in the Nottingham area, so I emailed him to see if he was going to be visiting Nottingham anytime in the near future and if so, would he have time to visit The Rocks Cemetery and take some photos for us. John was very obliging and in a matter of weeks, I had an inbox with these glorious photos of the gravestones of Thomas, Eleanor and son Thomas. All are buried in the same plot. I can’t believe I was in Nottingham in 1998 and did not know about this cemetery. It would have been fantastic to visit there.
So when would the stone have been erected? At the time of Thomas jnr’s burial in 1894? If so, that makes this gravestone 119 years old and he passed way, exactly 119 years ago on the 5th of this month! The stone appears to be in fairly good condition except for the hands of the angel are missing and the death date for Thomas Edward snr, however, it could be that it is below the grass line. We do know that he died 17 April 1908 in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.
The Church Cemetery was first opened in 1856 and is referred to as The Rock Cemetery by local people because of the sandstone rocks and caves on which it is built. Situated on the junction of Forest Road and Mansfield Road, the cemetery adjoins the Forest Recreation Ground which once formed the start of the great Sherwood Forest of the Robin Hood tales. Here is a link to a You Tube video showing more of The Rock Cemetery.