Monday, August 6, 2012

A virtual walk through Radnor Street Cemetery - Levi Lapper Morse

I’m continuing this week’s virtual walk through Radnor Street Cemetery today by looking at a grave close to the Chapel.

The grave plots around the Chapel area were the most expensive, and it is here that you will find a lot of Swindon’s dignitaries and most wealthy residents.

This impressive monument is that of Levi Lapper Morse, Justice of the Peace, an Alderman, Swindon’s second mayor and MP for South Wiltshire for six years.  

This urn once stood on the top.   

This is a photograph of the magnificent home The Croft where he lived.  It is believed that this was taken in 1913 at the time of his funeral.

Levi’s father had been a shop keeper in Stratton but Levi went on to far greater things.  He established one of Swindon’s first departmental stores which stood on the present site of Smith’s in Regent Street up until about the 1960s.

 When he died in 1913 Levi Lapper Morse left £124,095 19s 4d worth more than £40 million today.

This photograph belongs to a member of the Swindon Society and was taken at the time of Morse’s funeral with the flowers laid out where the monument stands today.

The aerial view of Radnor Street Cemetery is published courtesy of Neil Lover.  The photograph of The Croft is published courtesy of Swindon Local Studies Collection – visit the website on

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