Coleman hunting in Wolverhampton – Day 2
Merridale Cemetery opened in June 1850, and from that date the vast majority of burials in Wolverhampton took place there, till the opening of Bushbury Cemetery in 1949 provided an alternative burial ground.
We had already found 2 burial records in Merridale Cemetery: Burials 1850-1879 and Merridale Cemetery Burials 1904-1937 :
|COLEMAN||Ellen Goody||40years||11 March 1874||Salop Street||St.Mark||7507||U2/05508|
|COLEMAN||Frances Ann||74years||4 May 1918||Slade Hill||St.Jude||Spinster||6195||G5/02902|
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|COLEMAN||Edward Hayling||76years||29 April 1871||Salop Street||St.Mark||7506||U2/04769|
|COLEMAN||Catherine||82years||11 January 1924||Tettenhall Road||St.Jude||Spinster||6195||G5/07503|
The cemetery is very nice and quite big but the grave number was no help to us – until we got some from a very helpful grass-cutter cum grave-digger cum office manager, who opened the office and consulted its
indexes and charts:
Here lies the body of Ellen Goody Coleman, apparently, although no headstone remains visible to mark the spot. An old stone seems buried now, face down, maybe that said RIP Ellen Goody. [update 2015-09-24 this is now confirmed as the site of grave 7506 too, where Edward Hayling Coleman was buried, 3 years before his daughter]We had more luck with Frances Ann Coleman, who has a boulder inscribed with her name to mark the spot:
It seems that Catherine (aka Kate) Coleman (1842-1924), sister of Frances Anne (aka Fanny) Coleman (1844-1918), was buried there too [now confirmed by Reg. No. G5/07503] – Jane could just make out Catherine’s name as a monumental inscription postscript.
We knew that E.H. Coleman\’s home/practice in Salop Street was variously recorded in Censuses as No. 3 or 4 and we found in the City Archives that he had also acquired the next door property, round the corner in Worcester Street:
Mortgage of a messuage in Worcester Street and Salop Street
- Ref No: DEED/F37/11
- Repository: Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies
- Date: May 1856
- Description: 1. Edward Hayling Coleman of Wolverhampton, surgeon
Our bus back into the city centre passed 4 Salop Street and Worcester Street but no evidence remains of the old practice I let Google Street View provide the images:
Then on to the Art Gallery for tea and cake:
Where I wasn’t the only photographer:We were joined later by Pete and Nina, at the Victorian sewer in West Park (which Dr E.H.Coleman would very much have approved of)! Pete has Wolverhampton connections too, but more recent.
The house surgeon, Mr. Edward Hayling Coleman, had, in 1847, carried out the third ever operation using anaesthesia, in England. He was later to become an Honorary Surgeon in October 1852, his grandson, of the same name, became Honorary Physician at the hospital and his great grandson a medical registrar there.
Here is the Great War Photo of Uncle Ned leaning on the wall beside the steps at Wolverhampton Royal Hospital.
And here is a photo of the same place, more recently, where Tesco has just pulled out of a plan to re-develop the old Royal Hospital as a supermarket.Don’t forget, you can browse the whole Coleman family tree story, as far as we know it, at http://dalriada-vps.org.uk:8080/Webapp01/treeHome.html?db=ColemanTreeDB.