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Search for family after gales topple Fernhurst gravestone

The gravestone of  Arthur Balfour 1st Lord Riverdale of Sheffield .  CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

The gravestone of Arthur Balfour 1st Lord Riverdale of Sheffield . CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

FERNHURST parish councillors are trying to trace the heirs of Arthur Balfour, lst Lord Riverdale of Sheffield, after recent gales knocked over his gravestone.

One of the finest grave stones in Fernhurst cemetery, it had stood there for more than half a century until the force of Christmas storms took its toll.

It commemorated the man who lived with his wife and family in the village, although his businesses were steel manufacturing works in Sheffield.

During his lifetime, he was president of the Association of the British Chamber of Commerce, president of the British Council and chairman of the Advisory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research,

Although the stone mentions his wife, her ashes were scattered at sea a few years later. The stone, as is the case with all the graveyard memorials, is the responsibility of his heirs and parish councillors are hoping to make contact to see what they wish done. It is thought that the grave has not been visited for some time.

Parish councillors decided future memorials may not have metal connecting rods between the upright and the piece in the ground because over the years the metal tends to rust or rot and the grave to fall apart, as in the case of the Balfour stone.

It was not always easy to access safely, and a large grave such as this one could have caused injury.

 

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