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Waters Upton memorial inscriptions: RIDER
IN MEMORY OF
OF WELLINGTON AND WATERS UPTON,
DIED FEBRUARY 10TH 1887,
AGED 64 YEARS.
WIFE OF THE ABOVE,
WHO DIED OCTOBER 25TH 1919,
AGED 82 YEARS.
Census returns from 1851 to 1881 show that John Rider was born at Crudgington in about 1823, but lived in Wellington where he was a surgeon and general practitioner. He was baptised at High Ercall on 25 Sep 1822. His wife Mary Tennant was born about 1827 in Everton, Lancashire; her marriage to John took place at St Paul’s Church in Princes Park on 14 Apr 1858 and was registered at West Derby. The register entry shows that John’s father, also named John, was a farmer, while Mary’s father Edward Tennant was a merchant.
The will of John Rider, surgeon, who died at his home, Crescent House in Wellington, was proved at the Principal Registry in London on 6 Apr 1887 by his widow Mary and his son John Edward Wase Rider, solicitor, of 8 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, Middlesex. The value of John’s personal estate was £5,028 8s. 8d.
The following appeared on page 8 of the Wellington Journal of 17 March 1888:
The Late Mr. J. Rider.—Yesterday afternoon a special service was held in the Parish Church of Waters Upton on the occasion of the unveiling of a window, which had been placed there in memory of the late Mr. J. Rider, who for many years had a large and extensive medical practice in Wellington and the district, and who died on February 10th, 1887. The window was subscribed for by the neighbours and friends of the deceased, and is a rich work of art. Its execution was entrusted to Mr. Done, of Shrewsbury. It is of the 14th century style, and remarkable for its subdued character. It is a three-light window, depicting Jesus Christ among the lame, halt, and blind, as the “Great Physician.” The inscriptions at the base are, “Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” and the following:—“To the glory of God.—In memory of John Rider, M.R.C.S., of Wellington, born Sept. 9th, 1822; died Feb. 10th, 1887. Erected by his friends and neighbours.”
The service was the ordinary evening service, the prayers being read by the Rev. J. B. Davies, rector, the first lesson by the Rev. S. Hobson, vicar of Uffington, and the second the Rev. W. T. Burges, B.D., rector of Newport, the sermon being preached by the Ven. Archdeacon Lloyd from Exodus xx. 4. The offertory amounted to £5 3s. 7d. Among those present at the service, in addition to those already named, were the Revs. J. Miller, J. Thomas, J. Paine, R. M. Tillard, E. C. Hardy, Dr. and Mrs. Cranage, Mrs. Calwell, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. T. Lander, Mr. and the Misses Acton, the Misses Newill, Mr. J. Shakeshaft, Mr. W. Rider, Mrs. and the Misses Rider, Mrs. Ashdown, Mr. Done, &c.