12 July 2014

John Critchley Prince and Joseph Johnston in Hyde, Cheshire

In Thomas Middleton's remarkably informative Poets, Poems, and Rhymes (1908), he gives clear directions to the grave of minor poet Joseph Johnston (1810–68) in St George's churchyard, Hyde. Unfortunately, the grave now seems to have disappeared under a children's playground. Johnston (although teetotal) was a good friend of John Critchley Prince, so I'm taking advantage of that fact to post more shots of Prince's grave, but cleaned up this time:

Now, we are able to see a much clearer picture of the grave.

'ERECTED
BY A FEW ADMIRERS
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN CRITCHLEY PRINCE
AUTHOR OF
HOURS WITH THE MUSES
BORN 21ST JUNE 1808
DIED 5TH MAY 1866'

Inside the large circle is a laurel wreath and the initials 'J C P'.

2 comments:

Damian Smyth said...

I just want t say I came across your spectacular blog via a Google search for Adelaide Procter - long story - and have been fixated since especially by the Victorian 'minors', like Prince and Laycock and have even sourced their works. Great stuff altogether. Well done.

Dr Tony Shaw said...

Many thanks for the very welcome comment Damian.