SJ9494 : The grave of Fanny Bush

taken 6 years ago, near to Gee Cross, Tameside, Great Britain

The grave of Fanny Bush
The grave of Fanny Bush
On the South side of St George's churchyard lies the grave of Fanny Bush. The inscription reads "Sacred to the memory of Fanny Bush, the beloved child of Simon and Gaiki, Bush people, born 8th day of August, 1846, on board the Brig 'Fanny', of Liverpool, Captain Wheeler, on their voyage to England. She died of consumption, at Hyde, the 29th day of September, 1849, at seven o'clock a.m."

The child alluded to belonged to some travelling showmen who came to exhibit a party of "savages" on Hyde Market Ground. Whilst at Hyde she died and was buried at St George's, the "savages" attending the service in charge of their keepers. The unusual nature of the funeral procession drew a great number of sightseers.

The Rev. Alexander Read composed a verse which is also inscribed on the tombstone:

Savage her race, and dark her hue,
Brief her career of life has been;
But in the great Creator's view,
Young, old, dark, fair, are equal seen.
By Christian hands to Baptism brought,
And dedicated thus to God,
The Saviour's heart rejects her not,
She gains salvation through His blood.

(Information c/o Thomas Middleton: History of Hyde (St George's) Church, 1911)

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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  People, Events 
Date (from Tags)
1846  1849 
Person (from Tags)
Fanny Bush  Alexander Read 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9488 9441 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.7858N 2:4.7133W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9489 9441
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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