He, Claudius


St Oswald’s Church was open for visitors today so I took the opportunity to photograph the bronze plaque that remembers Claudius Galen WHEELHOUSE. I wrote about him on the 9th of this month (A Fine Type of Englishman). I don’t know if this three-dimensional portrait of him is a good likeness but it does him proud.


In loving memory of


Born 29th Dec 1826, Died 9th April 1909

For twenty years Honorary Surgeon

To the Leeds General Infirmary

President of the British Medical

Association 1889: L.L.D. of McGill

University, Canada 1897: D. Sc. Of

Leeds University 1904: J.P. of

The East Riding of Yorkshire

1889 – 1909: Churchwarden of

this church 1890 – 1909

Some of his friends who loved and honoured him erected

this memorial


My O level Latin wasn’t up to translating so I resorted to the Internet. Two choices.

He touched nothing which he did not adorn.

He touched nothing without embellishing it.


The Memorial Plaque is located on the wall to the left of the altar.

St Oswald’s Church, Filey

Although it seems unnecessary on most occasions, I usually tag “Filey” on to any mention of St Oswald’s. There is a namesake church at nearby Flamborough.

I’m offering this link to the ArcGIS Church of England Parish Map because it is such great resource for anyone with ancestors in this country. (Just put any parish of interest in the search box.)

Filey’s parish church is just visible at the right edge of Today’s Image (previous post). For any readers unfamiliar with this corner of England the photo has three other geographical features that figure in this blog and so may help you get your bearings. North Sea to the left, Filey Bay to the right hemmed in by the chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head. The photo was taken from (roughly) this location: 54.223702, -0.291269. If you have Google Earth installed copy and paste the coordinates into its search box, otherwise try Bing Maps (Curiously, Google Maps was flummoxed by the numbers when I punched them in.)

1955_IanWall_mLI’m sure you’ll be tempted to fly around a bit while you’re in either space. It is a few years since I looked to see what the satellites make of my childhood home and was surprised to see that the current owner (or a recent one) has put a door in the wall of what used to be the outside toilet. I can’t resist sharing this circa 1955 photograph of me posing against this very wall. 53.765914, -0.323161



Filey churchyard is where most of my research into families begins and I have taken to walking through on most of my daily walks. This photo was taken at dusk a couple of weeks ago.