VIDEO: THE SALFORD DIPPING BAPTIST WITH TWO HEADSTONES
Today we paid a rare visit out of Salford to Hawkshaw above Ramsbottom to visit the grave of Roger Worthington a chap who was born in Salford and died in Hawkshaw in 1709 and has the distinction of having two gravestones.
Roger was a Baptist Minister and preached in the isolated moorlands around Hawkshaw and Edgeworth and when he died expressed a wish to be buried there and a local was given a £1 a year to maintain his grave.
His grave soon fell into disrepair and that would have been the end of "Old Roger" as was known, however in 1935 a chap from New Zealand, Godfrey Ramsbott0m paid for a new stone and a small walled garden which you can see today.
Not certain if he was a long distant relative but what a nice thing to do, and so today the grave is well maintained by volunteers, and has a couple of benches for the visitor to sit and contemplate on.
The entrance is through a small gap in a drystone brick wall which has the inscription, "Visitors are requested to honour this Sacred Place."
The grave lies within the Greater Manchester boundary midway between Ramsbottom and Edgworth.
It can be found at the northern end of a rough lane leading from Hawkshaw Post Office towards Grainings Farm, about 100 metres before the latter.
Postcode and Co-ordinates in the video.
Edited by KARL