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Newsletter 117, Summer 2017  © Hampshire Mills Group

 

Staying with his mill

From Tony Yoward

 

The SPAB W&WM Section Bulletin of September 1954 printed this item from the Kentish Gazette of 7 April 1815:

 

Eccentric Funeral:  On Friday last the remains of William Fowle, gent. of Boxley, were interred (according to his will) under part of a windmill on his estate.  The funeral was respectably attended by his executors and relatives and was conducted with a solemnity well according with the awful circumstances of his death;  and the eccentricity of selection of such a spot for the occasion drew together a considerable assembly of persons.  On arriving at the Mill the coffin was carried into the building and the Revd Mr Harris of the Society of Unitarians, in the open air addressed the persons assembled.   The body was then committed to its silent abode and the following epitaph (the deceasedís own composition) is to be placed on his tomb:

 

 

Underneath this little Mill
Lies the body of poor Will
Odd he lived and odd he died,
And at his burial no one cried.

 

 

 

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