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Significant Memorials, Headstones and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected people - as we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

John Grifiths - Fossil Collector

Obituary JOHN GRIFFITHS. THE death is announced (in Nature) of Mr. John Griffiths, the well-known fossil-collector, aged 62 (birthplace Dover) of 8 Folly Cottages, Folkestone. He rendered important service to Mr. F. G. Hilton Price, Mr. C. E. De llance, and Mr. J. Starkie Gardner in their researches on the Gault and associated formations, and he discovered a large proportion of the most important Gault fossils now in the British Museum and the Museum of Practical Geology. So long ago as 1887 it was announced in the GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE (p. 140) that Griffiths had been permanently disabled by rheumatism. The town helped raise funds for his keep. Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthopholis  “Around 1865 commercial fossil collector John Griffiths found some dinosaurian remains, including osteoderms, at the shoreline near Folkestone in Kent, which he sold to the metallurgist Dr. John Percy. Percy brought them to the attention of Thomas Henry Huxley, who paid Griffiths to dig up all fossils he could find at the site. Despite being hampered by the fact that it was located between the tidemarks, he managed to uncover several additional bones and parts of the body armour.” Thanks to Alan and Denis Cooling who located this long forgotten memorial in the cemetery and recognised it’s significance.
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS
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 John Griffiths and his wife Rebecca image donated by his great great grand daughter Tracy E Willett
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Significant Memorials,

Headstones

and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected people - as we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

John Grifiths - Fossil Collector

Obituary JOHN GRIFFITHS. THE death is announced (in Nature) of Mr. John Griffiths, the well-known fossil-collector, aged 62 (birthplace Dover) of 8 Folly Cottages, Folkestone. He rendered important service to Mr. F. G. Hilton Price, Mr. C. E. De llance, and Mr. J. Starkie Gardner in their researches on the Gault and associated formations, and he discovered a large proportion of the most important Gault fossils now in the British Museum and the Museum of Practical Geology. So long ago as 1887 it was announced in the GEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE (p. 140) that Griffiths had been permanently disabled by rheumatism. The town helped raise funds for his keep. Excerpt from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthopholis  “Around 1865 commercial fossil collector John Griffiths found some dinosaurian remains, including osteoderms, at the shoreline near Folkestone in Kent, which he sold to the metallurgist Dr. John Percy. Percy brought them to the attention of Thomas Henry Huxley, who paid Griffiths to dig up all fossils he could find at the site. Despite being hampered by the fact that it was located between the tidemarks, he managed to uncover several additional bones and parts of the body armour.” Thanks to Alan and Denis Cooling who located this long forgotten memorial in the cemetery and recognised it’s significance.
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS