Histories of those buried here
George MansonGeorge was born in Edinburgh in 1850 to Eliza & Magnus, a merchant.
After school George entered a five year apprenticeship with a firm W & R Chamber’s producing woodcuts. He also found time to attend the School of Art & to contribute to the Sketching Club and in the summer of 1870 he spent his holiday making studies of the national collections. The following year saw George at the Edinburgh School of Art. 1873 was a busy year, George’s painting titled “Bertha” was accepted for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and George also travelled to France, Belgium & Holland. His paintings are distinguished by fine colour & great tenderness of handing and many of his paintings survived today. However on his return he was feeling unwell and in 1874 he travelled to Sark for health reasons. Feeling better, he travelled back to Scotland, then on to Paris before a spell in Croydon. But it was not long before he was ill again with his health finally broken, and it evident to all but himself that he had not long to live, he moved to Lympstone accompanied by his sister. Yet he still busied himself with his art, until this too was too much and he quietly locked away his paintings and etching materials. He died on the 27 th Feb 1876 of TB. aged 25.
Worthington BriceThis is the brick built tomb of Worthington Brice who lived in Parsonage Stile House, located on the shore of the Exe in the parish of Woodbury, just around the corner from Cliff Field in Lympstone.
Worthington was born in 1701 and the family seat was at Dinnington, Somerset between Ilminster, Yeovil & Crewkerne. The name Worthington was carried by a number of male heirs, the name coming from a marriage of Hugh Brice & Dorothy Worthington of Worthington Hall, Lancs. In national records one Worthington Brice was fined £300 during the Commonwealth for supporting the wrong side.
Our Worthington was brought up in Kenton, on the other side of the Exe, by parents Worthington & Margaret. Worthington attended Wadham College in Oxford.
The next record we have of Worthington is a yearly contribution to Rev Hancock for Gulliford Chapel in 1733 of 14 shillings.
Worthington appears to have been a bit of a 18th century Richard Branson with Worthington’s name appearing on documents relating to mining rights, ship building, property and the whale trade.
In 1751 he built a ship called “Mary & Sarah”, especially for whaling. He also had his Try-Works on the shore at Parsonage Stile where he boiled the whale blubber, until the posh folks of Burgmann’s Hill area complained of the smell and it was moved to Sowden End, south of Lympstone.
Worthington’s name is also on a record in 1752 as a trustee of Gulliford Chapel and on a document to increase the land and build a larger chapel on the site, along with Thomas Smith jr, a tallow chandler of Lympstone who would have made candles out of the whale fat.
Worthington continued to live at Parsonage Stile until his death aged 80 & is buried here with his wife Joan & five of their children.