A Little Local Mystery.
bizarre little local story of Victorian times which has concerned me for a long time now, has recently reappeared in my searchings but I am still to discover a true and full picture of the events of the time. The little I do know is very tiny indeed, thus frustrating, so I pass my evidence on in the hope that somebody out there might wish to put me out of my misery. My personal knowledge of the event commences on a day when I was searching the Redmile Parish burial records register and came across the following three entries which were dated August 19th 1853:
Parish Church of St Peters at Redmile, Leics. (picture by Richard A Higgins Photography.)
I was assured by some at the time of my research that such behaviour was ‘just a thing that they did in those days’, but I am not too sure. The removal of bodies from sacred ground has always caused controversy and cannot usually be done at a whim or without official process – not a subject though that I wish to to dwell on right now. Whilst on the subject of the Rev John Healy, a quick check through the local newspapers of the day confirm that the good reverend was kept pretty busy during his stipend in the County and worked hard right up to the end of his life. As I say, just a little mystery, but one worth bringing to notice.