WW1 fallen remembered in Goostrey

The men to be honoured:  (click the individual name links for more details listed on the Cheshire County Memorial Project)

Joseph Hamilton. Born Allostock 1895. Killed 31st October 1914. No known resting place.

Walter Bagnall. Born Twemlow 1893. Died age 22 in action at Ypres 6th May 1915.

William Davies. Born 5th May 1894 Parkgate Peover Superior. Died 17th August 1915.

Harry Newton. Born 1882. His family moved to Bank View, Goostrey, he enlisted in October 1915. Died from his wounds on 15th April 1916.

William Carter. Born Goostrey 1897. Enlists at Northwich in 1914. Killed in action 27th July 1916.

Thomas Edward Barber. Born 1884. Killed in action 17th September 1916.

George Lewis Hamilton. Born Twemlow Hall Lodge 1891. Returned to England wounded in September 1916 and died, age 25, from his wounds on 27th October 1916. Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in action which led to his death.

William Street. Born Twemlow Green 1888. Killed in Balkan Campaign 25th April 1917.

George Smallwood. Born in Blackden 1890. Died in action 13th June 1917.

Herbert James Hardy. Born 1890 in London but family moved to Twemlow. Killed at the third Battle of Ypres on 22nd September 1917.

Frederick Johnson. Born Blackden 1887. Killed at The Somme on 28th September 1917.

Philip Kirkland Glazebrook.D.S.O. Born December 24th 1880. A Conservative MP in South Manchester whose parents were from Twemlow Hall. Died in action on 7th March 1918.

Levi Jervis. Born Blackden 1886. 2nd/8th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, 307364. Killed, aged 32, in action 21st March 1918. Commemorated Pozieres Memorial, the Somme and Lower Withington memorial.

Arthur Wood. Born Goostrey 1898. Killed at battle of St Quentin on 23rd March 1918.

James Street. Gunner. Born in Goostrey 1891. Died from his wounds on 26th March 1918.

Charles Parrott. Born Goostrey 1899. Awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for bravery in action. Killed at Flanders on 31st March 1918.

Thomas Rufus. MC. Born May 18th 1890. Son of parents from The Willows, Goostrey. Died in action 14th April 1918. Buried where he fell.

George Thomas Woodward. Born 1898. Survived hospital treatment to return to action, but died on 18th December 1918 from the flu epidemic sweeping through Europe.

We will remember them.




Goostrey’s fallen in the First World War will be honoured at a ceremonial oak tree planting at 10.30am this Saturday, November 10th on the Bogbean.

The 18 young men from Goostrey, Twemlow and Allostock who gave their lives in the war will be remembered at a memorial service organised by the Goostrey branch of the Royal British Legion, who have funded the event along with Goostrey Parish Council.

The branch will be joined by the chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, Cllr Ken Morris, together with 18 Scouts and Guides from Goostrey, the vicar of St Luke’s Church, Rev Heather Buckley, and the Minister of the Methodist Church, Reverend Yvonne Pearson.

Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War, an oak tree will be planted on the Bogbean, and Scouts and Guides will place named poppy crosses in honour of each of the fallen in a wreath beside the tree, to salute the men and as an everlasting memory of their sacrifice for the community and country. A memorial plaque will be placed around the tree.

**There is a Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s at 10.00am on Sunday 11th and the bells will also be rung at 12.30 to mark the 100th anniversary (along with many churches nationally).  The parade will assemble in the Crown Inn car park from 9.15am.

Biographies of Goostrey people who gave their lives can be viewed in the church this week during daylight hours.

The Goostrey Archive contains details of all those who gave their lives plus info on many men detailed on the Goostrey Roll of Honour who returned.

St Luke’s church fundraising

St Luke’s Reverend Heather Buckley is celebrating the success of its recent appeal to raise more than £8,000 to fund the cost of removing the old beech tree which, including traffic management costs, was £8,239, a major blow to the church’s finances for 2018.

Among a number of large individual donations the church received towards the cost of the work was an anonymous donation of £1,000.

Now, after reaching the target, Rev Buckley hopes more funds can be raised to continue the work in the churchyard.

St Luke’s Christmas fair is on Saturday, November 24, and the church would welcome donations for the raffle, tombola, gift and toiletries, cake and produce stalls.  The fair is the church’s major fundraising event of the year, and the church is very grateful for anything people may give.

St. Luke’s Goostrey

The Goostrey Yew

The ancient yew by St. Luke’s entrance is included in a new book “The Immortal Yew” by Tony Hall – the manager of the arboretum at The Royal Botanical Gardens:


However in 1992 Arthur Jones and Rod Wainwright wrote the following fascinating history of the tree…

The Goostrey Yew in 2018


In the Churchyard at Goostrey within feet of the entrance to the Church is a very old and most interesting Yew tree of enormous girth, which until recently does not seem to have attracted much attention. But it is almost the same girth as the famous yew in Selbourne Churchyard referred to by Gilbert White in his “Natural History of Selbourne”, which still draws crowds despite having been severely damaged in the great gale of January 1990. The age of the Selbourne yew has been estimated by Mr Alan Meredith, a leading expert on dating trees, to be about 1400 years, but this cannot really be used as any guide in the case of the Goostrey yew because of the differences in soil and climatic conditions.

The probability is that the first Goostrey Church would have been built on the rising ground on which the yew was growing, and we do not know exactly, when that was. The Short History of Goostrey, a copy of which can be seen on the table at the back of the Church, records that “Goostrey Chapel was built before 1220” and as far as we know that was the first place of worship on the site. We are of course in 1992 celebrating the bicentenary of the present church, and its predecessor was a typical black and white half-timbered Cheshire Church. It is not certain when the black and white Church was built, but it is known that there was already a Church of some sort in Goostrey in 1220 because it appears in the earliest known list of diocesan Churches made in connection with a tax levied by Pope Nicholas in that year. Continue reading

St. Luke’s new look

Of course it’s sad to see an old tree felled but its loss has given us a new lovely, open view of Goostrey’s St. Luke’s church.

St. Luke’s Goostrey

A wooden framed church was built on the mound around 1220 and was replaced – because it was too cold to sit in! – by the present Grade ll listed, neoclassical style brick one in 1792.  The church font is from the 15th century, the oldest of the six bells was cast in 1606 and the stained glass windows date from around 1876.  The 1,200 year old yew tree suggests that the mound on which the church is built was a focal point for the community during the ‘Dark Age’ of the first Millennium.


Church beech tree to be felled

A reminder that Church Bank will be closed to traffic tomorrow while the beautiful old beech tree is taken down.  There should be pedestrian access as well as residents’ vehicles when/where possible, but has to be closed possibly Thursday and Friday to allow for a crane etc.
It’s always sad to see such magnificent trees cut down but it’s been inspected and deemed to be dangerous (after a large branch fell and damaged a car) and it would be dreadful if someone was hurt.  The decision hasn’t been taken lightly and will cost £3000 but for safety’s sake has to be done.
How old is it? I’m guessing the early-mid 1800’s, does anyone know?
One bonus is that it will open up a view of St. Luke’s as in this wonderful, but faded, photograph taken in the late 19th century from the Blackden Trust archives….in which I think you’ll see the young beech tree!

Bell ringing comp today

(Sunday Update: Goostrey won!)


The trophy now on display in the bell tower.

This afternoon, Saturday 21st April, from 3pm you’ll hear our church bells ringing.

Goostrey is hosting the annual 6-bell striking competition for bell ringers in South Cheshire.

The aim is to ring a four-minute piece of method or call changes. The teams will be judged on their rhythm and accuracy and receive a trophy designed by a Goostrey ringer. If you’re passing the church why not stop and have a listen.

“It’s the first time for a couple of years that the Goostrey ringers have fielded a team but we’ll do our best for the village. Here’s hoping for a sunny spring day too!” Tom Nestor

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