Wednesday 22 January 2020

Memorial celebrates Quaker influence

Quaker cousins Emma (13) and Jordan Pim (12) in traditional garb at the former burial ground in Wyse Park, Waterford city
Quaker cousins Emma (13) and Jordan Pim (12) in traditional garb at the former burial ground in Wyse Park, Waterford city

A NEW memorial will be unveiled tomorrow at a 300-year-old burial ground which is the final resting place of 200 Quakers.

The memorial has been erected as part of the ongoing Waterford 1100 anniversary celebrations and also to mark the end of National Heritage Week.

The unveiling at John's Lane in the city will be performed by the mayor, Cllr Lola O'Sullivan, and will remember those who were buried on the site during its period of use between 1689 and 1764.

The early Waterford Quakers who were buried in John's Lane were behind many of the successful businesses established in the area in the 18th century.

Some of the most recognisable names include Strangman, who established a brewery in Waterford in 1772; Jacob, who were behind Jacob's Cream Crackers, and whose direct descendants were to establish firms in shipbuilding and biscuit making in Waterford; and Penrose, who founded the world-famous Waterford glass works in the 1780s.

Joan Johnson of the Waterford Quaker community said it would be "wonderful" to have a memorial unveiled at the site.

Irish Independent

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