We have news of Zeal Monachorum this quarter which
will sadden all family members who have associations with that place. On
April 18th, fire broke out in the beautiful and ancient row of cottages
which back on to the churchyard and one, Monk's Cottage, was virtually
destroyed. The owner, himself a former fire fighter, suffers from MS and
had to be rescued from the upper floor. The other cottages in the row
were damaged but ultimately saved from total destruction by the actions
of the fire brigade who sent ten appliances to the scene. They
worked for many hours pulling burning thatch onto the graves
below. Centre of this photo (to the left of the fireman) is the grave of
James Stentiford (see Issue 14 for his story). We believe the grave in
the central foreground belongs to the Hoskins family.
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have to thank no fewer than four living guest contributors this month - Dr.
Brian Stentiford, Joan Schaumloffel, Geoff Ledden and Sandy Ditzig,
and one posthumous contributor -Mrs. Marjorie F.
lately of Southern Australia.
Brian (who is not himself a member of Nicholas' and Nancy's Stentiford
family) was given material some years ago by Marjorie and that,
together with notes sent in by Joan, has brought new light to bear on a family we
in Issue 15 - the Stentifords of Buckfastleigh, who sought - and
found- a far better life in Australia. Geoff has, as usual added a
touch of humour and Sandy begins the story of her journey,
following in the footsteps of her ancestors, John and Caroline Western,
who came to England in the 1930s to try to find out more about their
roots. And because of all these interesting articles, we shall have to
postpone the second part of our "Adam and Eve" story until
the next Issue in September when we shall also conclude Sandy's