St Oswald’s, Filey
Photo timed at 16:26. I had probably forgotten to reset the camera to British Summer Time, so “old time” would have been 14:26. The steep angle of the gnomon shadow indicates the sun is still high in the sky – but 2 pm? Maybe the dial is running slow. (I’m not sure if this is the “Greek” sundial that used to be by the priest’s door, mentioned in some sources.)
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
CLAUDIUS GALEN WHEELHOUSE F.R.C.S.
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
NIHIL TETIGIT QUOD NON ORNAVIT
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.
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.)
I’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.