GROVE, Joseph (A85)

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For 25 years, Joseph was the Bailiff of Dingestow Court. Bailiff is a Norman word for a King's Officer, charged with local administrative authority. Joseph was responsible for Dingestow Court - He kept the gardens as well as keeping the peace.

Joseph was also a grocer in Raglan. His shop was on High Street. We may never learn the whole story behind this lovely inscription and the thanks of the Bosanquet Family.

When the Raglan History Detectives were tending his gravestone, they uncovered a flat stone under part of the beautiful standing gravestone. This turned out to be the grave of both Joseph and his wife Elizabeth. Once again we uncovered "lost" stones in the Churchyard.



A85: In memory of JOSEPH GROVE who knew 25 years in the family of Samuel Bosanquet, Earl of Dingestow Court as gardener and bailiff from 1840 to 1865 in the members of which family this stone is placed and inscribed

A85a: Sacred - Joseph Grove of this parish. December 7, 1865, aged 62. Also Elizabeth, wife of Joseph who died July 19, 1868, aged 57. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God


Joseph GROVE is possibly our oldest known grocer in Raglan Village. But that is not what makes him interesting to us. An intriguing inscription on a beautiful gravestone located at the top-end of St Cadoc's Churchyard on Chepstow Road is written for this very humble man.

We can capture a vague image of this man from the Raglan Census Records. The first entry for Joseph is in 1840 when Joseph and Elizabeth GROVE baptized their daughter, Lydia at St Cadoc's Church in Raglan. Sadly, she must have died as an infant as there is no further mention of her. Although there is no record of Joseph in the 1841 Census record, he is listed in the 1840 Tithe Map for Raglan as the occupier of the King's Head Inn on the Usk Road (nb. the owner was John LEWIS). In 1851, Joseph, age 48 years is listed as a gardener and grocer living on the High Street in Raglan with his wife Elizabeth (aged 40) and their two children: Joseph junior aged 18 born in Bettys Newydd and Ann, aged 12, born in Raglan. His third child Emma, age 13 (born in Llandilo Pertholey, Mon) is employed as a servant at Dingestow Court, the home of the Bosanquet family.

Based on the information provided in the 1870 Rates Book along with examination of the relevant census records we know that the Grove family occupied a house and garden of 1 rod and 16 perches on Raglan High Street. The land was owned by the late Charles Forward. It was probably either the Olde Shoppe (now the Post Office) or London House (now a private residence). In any event, it was very near to Caestory Villa, the home of Miss Anna Marie Bosanquet.

Joseph continued to live on the High Street and work as a gardener and grocer until his death in 1865. Joseph GROVE died on 9 December 1, 1865 at the age of 63.


There are no records of Joseph GROVE's ancestors. The only hint we have is that he was born in Llanvair, Monmouthshire, Wales in 1802 - there are two Llanvairs but Joseph probably came from "LLANVAIR-KILGEDDIN, a parish in the upper division of the hundred of Abergavenny, county Monmouth, 5 miles S.E. of Abergavenny, its post town. It is an occasional station on the Monmouth branch of the Taff Vale Extension railway. The village is situated on the river Usk, which is here crossed by a chain suspension bridge, only passable for foot passengers."

For more information about Monmouthshire places and people seeGENUKI


On 18 April, 1865, their daughter Emma Groves married Isaac WILLIAMS, a saddler, also of Raglan. Isaac WIlliams' father was Lysond Williams, also a saddler (nb. Lysond Williams is buried near the grave of Joseph Grove). The witnesses to this marriage were Joseph Grove and Lizzie Williams.

n 1868, Joseph Groves (junior) (also a gardener), married Mary Ann DAVIES, a servant and daughter of Thomas DAVIES, a carpenter, on 2 January 1868. Isaac and Emma Williams (Joseph's sister) were witnesses. The family were bereaved once again with the death of Joseph's (junior) mother, Elizabeth Grove on 22 July 1868 age 56 years. Joseph and his wife Mary Ann continued the family business on the High Street for many years. In January, 1889, Joseph's wife, Mary Ann, aged 55 years, died in Raglan.

The only links between Grove and the Bosanquet family are the employment of Emma Grove as a servant and the proximity of Joseph Grove and those with the youngest Bosanquet - Anne Marie Bosanquet who came to live in Raglan around 1860. Anne Marie is well known in the village for giving the clocks to the tower of St Cadoc's Church and a peal of bells to Llandenny Church. At Dingestow Court (the family home) she is remembered for her beautiful watercolours and interest in travel!


Family Tree: Joseph GROVE (1802-1865)

Return to: St Cadoc's Churchyard Trail

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