TQ5840 : Edward Hoare's Grave, Woodbury Park Rd

taken 10 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

Edward Hoare's Grave, Woodbury Park Rd
Edward Hoare's Grave, Woodbury Park Rd
Hoare was a Victorian Canon of Trinity Parish Church
Woodbury Park Cemetery
Trinity Cemetery, as it was originally called, was consecrated in the autumn of 1849 and was succeeded by the larger Hawkenbury Cemetery in 1873. Many notable Victorian dignitaries of Tunbridge Wells are buried here TQ5840 : Who is buried where?, including Canon Hoare TQ5840 : Canon Edward Hoare's grave, Woodbury Park Cemetery and Joseph Bell TQ5840 : Jacob Bell's Grave. The Cemetery is now a wildlife refuge in the middle of an urban area. Website: LinkExternal link
Canon Edward Hoare and Memorial
Canon Edward Hoare was the vicar of Holy Trinity ( LinkExternal link ) for 40 years and became known as the ‘Protestant pontiff of Tunbridge Wells’.
He was the son of a London banker and born into a Quaker family on his mothers side, and related to Elizabeth Fry the prison reformer. He moved to Tunbridge Wells from Ramsgate in 1853.
He was an outstanding preacher in the evangelical tradition who exercised his great talents to improve the spiritual life and shape the character of the town during the mid-Victorian period. His sermons were so powerful and compelling that parishioners would fill the church to the point of overflowing and many would travel from miles around just to hear him preach. Such was his powerful spiritual influence that the whole town and all classes benefited from his sermons, many rich and well-known families attracted by his personality bought or built mansions and villas and settled down in the town, developing a wealthy residential area. He also operated temperance meetings and soup kitchens for manual workers and the poor.
He was also instrumental in creating three new parishes and their churches in the expanding Victorian town. His affect on the town cannot be underestimated, it has been said that "his influence over the community's morals was as great as Beau Nash's had been over its manners".
Canon Hoare was the leading figure in the religious life of Tunbridge Wells for over forty years until his death in 1894. His funeral was a grand affair and the gothic memorial at the corner of Culverden Park Road was erected in his memory. The Memorial is Grade II listed. LinkExternal link
(Tunbridge wells.gov.uk)
He is buried in Woodbury Park Cemetery ( LinkExternal link )TQ5840 : Edward Hoare's Grave, Woodbury Park Rd
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Sunday, 12 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 21 April, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 584 401 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.2947N 0:15.8282E
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