HC Deb 14 July 1884 vol 290 cc897-8

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether Joshua Horsewood, an agricultural labourer at Donington on Bain, placed a headstone on his wife's grave in the churchyard, and paid the rector the customary fee of half-a-guinea; whether the rector demanded a guinea, and told Horsewood that if he did not pay that amount the stone would be taken up again, and he must pay the guinea or take the consequences; whether the stone shortly afterwards disappeared, and was found in a neighbouring mill pond; whether inquiries have been made to ascertain who removed the stone; and, whether there is any legal ground why it should not now be restored to its place in the churchyard?


I have received a good deal of correspondence with reference to this case. This is a matter in which I have no immediate jurisdiction; but thinking that the proceeding on the part of the clergyman had not been well advised, I wrote to him on the subject, and he has given an undertaking that the tombstone shall be replaced in the churchyard. I have communicated this to the parties.