Friday, April 29, 2011

Emmanuel display links with monarchy.

Royalty is featured in an exhibition being held at Saltburn's Emmanuel church. A copy of a report in the parish magazine in 1901 when Queen Victoria died is shown in the display, which continues until Monday May 2.
And a reference to St Hilda says she is descended from royal blood through a Northumberland family. A stone carving in the altar area is said to be of a young St Hilda.

Carving in Emmanuel Church said to be of St Hilda

One of the organisers Mrs Margaet Bennett said one of the exhibits was of a snail, which is said to be 120 million years old and found on Saltburn beach. It has been fitted into a prayer book.

Another prayer book features the Rev Ben Irvin, an early vicar of the church, whose name lives on through Irvin Avenue in the town, which is named after him. He lived in the Zetland Hotel for a while. A copy of a 1911 census named him as a bachelor aged 67, who was born in Northumberland. He was among five other boarders along with a dozen live-in members of staff, mostly Yorkshire born.

The display also features a roll of honour from World War 1 naming 370 Saltburn parish men who fought. Those who died are also identified.

The exhibition is one of the church's contributions to Saltburn's 150th birthday celebrations this year.

The exhibition, which is free of charge, is being held in the church, off Windsor Road, from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2 between 12 noon and 4pm. Other visits can be made by arrangement with the church office 01287-205322 (open mornings only) until mid-June.
Michael Morrisey


Judith Neal said...

re Rev Benjamin Irvin am doing family research (for a friend) on this gentleman. Already have quite a lot of info but would welcome any local knowledge to fill in gaps. E.g. when he ceased to be vicar (?1913) he ended up in a hotel in Bournemouth where he died Nov 1915. His companion there was a Saltburn maiden lady, Maud Crosthwaite (b 1870) who Rev Benjamin adopted as his daughter.Would like more on this rather strange relationship, perhaps from Saltburn papers & church reports.Lots more queries - hope you can help. J Neal Suffolk

Sonia Brodie nee Irvin said...

I have Benjamin's Irvins will as he adopted my father in Bournemouth