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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   James Richards
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   01 December 1909
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   1 Montague Villas, Gloucester Road,
Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 179
Record number: 8631
Official at burial:
   E G French
Source of information:
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Memorial Details

  Rev'd James  Richards
  27 November 1909
  4 kerbstones and headstone at western end
  Marble with letters
  From top of Headstone: In Loving Memory of/ Revd. James Richards/ born June 29th. 1842, at Rest Nov. 27th. 1909./ "Good and Faithful."/ Also in Loving Memory of/ Mary Howes/ widow of the above/ who passed peacefully away Feb. 16th. 1921/ aged 76. " So be my passing, and with God be the rest."
  22 January 2012
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Mary Howes



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

James Richards
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    02 December 1909
Copyright:    © Newbury WeeklyNews







With something of startling suddenness, the Rev. J. Richards, of Montague Villas, Gloucester-road, passed away in the course of Friday night. Mr. Richards had been about during the week, attending meetings almost every evening. On Thursday evening, he presided at the Young People's Meeting, and gave an address on Bunyan's delectable mountains. On Friday he attended the Ministers' Fraternal Gathering, which met at the Rev. G.J. Knights. On arriving home he complained of feeling unwell though this was not particularly noticeable, as he had latterly shown signs of failing health, and during the week had sought medical advice. In the course of the night he became worse, and Dr. Hickman, who was sent for, pronounced the case to be very serious, and indeed shortly after his arrival, Mr. Richards passed away in the presence of his wife and the Rev. E.G. French, the cause of death being heart failure. His unmarried daughter, Miss Hetha Richards, who was in London, but was about to leave for the north of England, was communicated with, and with her sister, Mrs Foat, reached Newbury in the course of the morning.


The deceased was a native of Cornwall, and was born at St. Ives, on June 29, 1842. Having been found useful as a local preacher, he was designated for the Ministry, and having been accepted by the Conference, he was appointed to Southampton in July, 1865, and laboured in the following circuits: Winchester, Newbury, Motcombe, Stroud, Swindon, Banbury, Aylesbury (second time), Frome, Bath, Knighton, Madeley and Newbury (second time). Throughout his course, Mr Richards has proved himself a useful and earnest minister, conscientious in his work, and loyal to the church of his choice. One of the features of his ministry has been the interest he has shown in building and renovation schemes, and personally he has collected between £2,000 and £3, 000 for Primitive Methodism. He had been elected to the Conference, and also received other marks of confidence and respect from the church. He retired from active work in 1907, since when he has preached occasionally, and been useful in family visitation, particularly when there has been sickness and sorrow.


The funeral took place yesterday (Wednesday), the body being brought to the Primitive Methodist Church, which was filled with a large congregation wearing mourning attire. The introductory sentences were read by the Rev. E. French, and then Whittier's hymn was sung, “We may not climb the heavenly steeps.” This was followed by the 90th Psalm, read by the Rev. A. Smith, of Swindon. The second hymn was known as Beulah Land, “I've reached the land of corn and wine,” and then the Rev. K. Kinnish read a portion of I Corinthians xv.


An address was delivered by the Rev. J. Neville, who said that on account of his long acquaintance with the deceased he had been desired by the family to give utterance to a few words bearing upon his life and character. The deceased spent forty-three years as a minister in the Primitive Methodist Connexion, his work beginning at a time when long journeys had to be travelled on foot, and when stipends paid were very small. It was in 1878 when at Aylesbury, that Mr. Richards became his colleague, and between them they had the oversight of twenty village churches, in addition to the one in the town. He found Mr. Richards to be an earnest, plodding and useful minister. He never allowed himself to be perplexed wit the mysteries of the universe, or the more subtle problems associated with the doctrines of God, and the destinies of man. He took the plain facts of nature as they appeared on the surface, and accepted the doctrines of Divine Existence in their plainest evangelical sense. In this way his teaching and preaching met the needs of the greater part of the people to whom he ministered. He devoted himself with rare fidelity to pastoral visitation, and displayed remarkable tact and energy in raising funds for distressed chapels. Only the last week of his existence he collected a sum of £7 for their Centenary effort. Above all this he had a rich Christian experience, and a deep religious devotion. And so in conclusion he said, “Farewell! Farewell James Richards. Farewell brother beloved. Farewell to the one whose name will be a household word and a precious memory in the hearts of hundreds of our poor people for many years to come.


A funeral anthem by the choir, prayer by the Rev. Alfred Smith, of Swindon, and the singing of the hymn. “On Jordan's stormy banks I stand,” brought the service to a close. On leaving the church for the cemetery a lengthy procession headed the funeral car, consisting of the Free Church ministers of the town, a large number of local preachers, and others. The Rev. E. French and the Rev. J.H.Green took part in the proceedings at the grave, where the hymn “Rock of ages, cleft for me.” was sung.


The mourners were the widow, Miss Richards and Mrs Foat (daughters) and Mr. W. Foat, of Aylesbury. Dr. Foat was absent through a delay on the underground railway causing him to miss his train at Paddington.

Several floral tributes were laid on the coffin.


The arrangements were carried out by Mrs. A.J. Chivers, of Cheap-street.


Newbury Weekly News 2 December 1909


Mrs. P. p.3 Grave 44

Born 29 June 1842 Died 27 November 1909 Aged 67

Burial book buried 1 December 1909

Book 1899 p. 179 no. 8631

[Also Mary Howes, “widow of the above” died 16 February 1921 aged 76]

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