Thursday, August 9, 2012

A virtual walk through Radnor Street Cemetery - William Hooper

On the fifth day of our virtual walk through Radnor Street Cemetery we stop at the final resting place of William and Mary Hooper.

Sadly the cross has become detached from this little monument but even when it was in place this would have been quite a modest memorial.



No doubt everyone here has come across the work of this man, William Hooper, who has left an extensive photographic history of the town and surrounding villages and countryside.

Born at Windrush near Burford in 1865, William moved to Swindon and a job in the railway works in 1882.  However in 1886 he was involved in a serious accident during which his leg was so badly crushed that it later had to be amputated at the knee.



As a result of this injury Hooper was to turn what had previously been a hobby into a business.  In around 1902 he opened his studio at 2 Market Street later moving to 6 Cromwell Street where William and his wife Mary remained until he retired in 1921.

William Hooper has left us some iconic views of local places, people and events.



The tram accident that took place at the bottom of Victoria Road in 1906.



A view of Wroughton High Street taken in 1910


And Stonehenge also snapped in 1910 with William Hooper standing in the stone circle.

William died in 1955 followed by Mary a short while later.  They are buried here with Mary’s parents.

Photographs are published courtesy of P.A. Williams and can be viewed on www.flickr.com/photos/SwindonLocal

Still plenty to see on our virtual walk - tomorrow we visit the grave of Richard Strange - cheesefactor and banker!


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A virtual walk through Radnor Street Cemetery - Samuel Carlton
A virtual walk through Radnor Street Cemetery - Richard James Leighfield

 

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