A Man Worth His Brass

Alexander Akehurst

An admirable classical scholar

-London Evening Standard. Wednesday 7th May, 1828.1

With over 1500 inscribed ledgerstones and wall tablets, it is estimated that only around 38 of Bath Abbey’s memorials are brass. Alexander Akehurst is one of the few.

The decorative carvings of Akehurst’s memorial are similar to that of other metallic memorials of 17th Century. Such as, the ledgerstones of Esther Harington and John and Henrietta Parish

Commemorating the Country Curate

Detailed records of Akehurst’s life are found in the Daventry Tithing Book, which kept an account of his time as a country curate. In December 1786, two years into his curacy, Akehurst opened the alms boxes. To his surprise the boxes had been left sealed for seven years. They contained three shillings and nine 1/2 pence. He distributed his findings amongst the poor. Other extracts from the book state that in 1788 there were “thirteen weddings, seventy-nine baptisms, sixty-seven funerals, the calls for private baptism, and visiting the sick are frequent.”2

1. London Evening Standard Wednesday 07 May 1828. Death the Rev. Alex Akehurst, MA. The British Library Board. Accessed from Death Of The Rev. Alex. Akehurst, Ma. | London Evening Standard | Wednesday 07 May 1828 | British Newspaper Archive Accessed on 14/06/2023.
2. Daventry Tithing Book 1700-1818 (page. 101-106). Edited by R. L. Greenall. Published by Northampton Record Society 1988. Digitised 06/10/2009. Accessed from  A Northamptonshire Miscellany: The Daventry Tithing Book 1700-1818: Text: Rev Alexander Akehurst (northamptonshirerecordsociety.org.uk) Accessed on 14/06/2023.

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