Ellen Reade`s Bible was found in the clearing of the church in December 2017, prior to work on the nave ceiling.
She was the daughter of Charles William Reade and Eleanor Chorley, and their memorial is on the south side of the west wall. Charles was the son of George Reade, mill owner and mayor, commemorated in a matching memorial on the north side of the west wall. Charles was a “Merchant” who lived in Everton, Liverpool. He married Eleanor Chorley on May 5th 1825. There were eight children in the family and Ellen was the third. Her father gave her this Bible on Christmas eve a few weeks before her 23rd birthday.
She married John Fielder Hall and moved to Congleton where he was a silk spinner and actuary. They had four children. A little girl, Eleanor died in infancy, their eldest son, Charles Russell Hall, became an architect and surveyor, and an active member of St Peter`s until his death in 1953. Their second son, Alexander Chorley Hall, followed his grandfather into the medical profession. After completing his training in Salford he volunteered as a medical missionary with the Church Missionary Society. They placed him and his wife in Sudan in 1900. He died there three years later. John and Ellen`s other daughter, Frances, came to live with her mother in Homefield, next to the church. Ellen died there in 1903. The house was inherited by Charles, who lived there for the next fifty years.
Ellen Chorley Reade and her husband John Fielder Hall shared a common grandmother: Frances Fielder. Frances, a wealthy heiress from Bath, married Richard Martin, son and heir of the Richard Martin, mill owner, mayor and rebuilder of the chapel in 1740. After Richard`s death Frances remarried. Her second husband was George Reade, father of Charles William and Ellen`s grandfather. Frances and Richard had a daughter, Ann, who married a local surgeon, John Hall. His memorial is on the south side of the east wall of the church. Ann inherited Homefield from her father and there John Fielder Hall and his twin brother Richard Martin Hall were born in 1823.
A128 MARY / the wife of RICHARD MARTIN / dyed Jany ye 5th 1755 aged 44 / RICHARD MARTIN
her husband / was here buried Mar 25 1769 / aged 72 / Also the body of RICHARD / MARTIN
his son who died the 23rd of Octr 1795 aged / 35 years / And of RICHARD MARTIN Twin son of
/ JOHN HALL and ANNE his wife and / Grandson of the above RICHARD / MARTIN who died
March 9th 1842 / Aged 19 years / JOHN HALL died 27th Novr 1861 aged 76 / ANNE relict of
the above JOHN HALL / youngest daughter of RICHARD MARTIN / died 8th December 1861
Richard Martin Hall was John Fielder Hall`s twin brother
A243 In remembrance of / ELEANOR MARGARET / daughter of / JOHN FIELDER and / ELLEN
CHORLEY HALL /who was born on the 11th Feby 1867 / and fell asleep July 29th 1868. See para 3
Upright Cross on base
In loving memory of / ALEXANDER CHORLEY HALL / C M S Medical
Missionary / in Egypt & the Soudan / who entered into the Joy of his Lord / Oct
9th 1903 aged 37 years / I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom / shall I send
and who will go for us; then / said I here am I send me IS. VI 8
These 2 spaces have been purchased by Charles Russell Hall and converted
into a double vault, above buried Oct 13th 1903. See para 3
Upright cross & kerbs
Purchased by Miss F.E.R Hall to be her own burial ground
Grave handed to parish by Miss IRIS HALL for use at their discretion, Miss
F.E.R HALL having died overseas
Front In / loving memory / of / LAWRENCE GEORGE / WATERHOUSE / 1892
– 1966 / Also / his dear wife / ALEXANDRA / 1902 – 1999, buried 2.1.00 /Left
JOHN LAWRENCE / WATERHOUSE / son / Died 27th Dec 1984 / aged 55
Vase with no inscription
FE R Hall was Ellen`s daughter and sister to CR Hall, she died in Kingston, Jamaica; Iris E E Hall was C R Hall`s only child and Ellen`s only grandchild.
Frances E R Hall was the surviving daughter of John and Ellen, see para3
Purchased by C. R. HALL Esq to inter Mrs Ann Wells
St Peters 1895 graveyard – Section D
In memory of / ANNE RADCLYFFE WELLS / widow of JOHN WELLS / of Aylsham Norfolk / died September 28th1896 aged 70.
John Hall senior was a local magistrate, secretary to the Congleton Savings Bank, as well as a surgeon. His son John Fielder Hall was described as a silk spinner and actuary with the savings Bank.