Pooley, Martha Eleanor (nee Palmer) (1876-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by S.R.C.

The little Primitive Methodist chapel at Hockwold-cum-Wilton, on the Brandon and Methwold Circuit, has suffered a great loss by the death of Mrs. Pooly. For over twenty years she presided at the organ. In the Young People’s department of the chapel she was a devoted worker. No work in the chapel was too trivial for her. She gave to it her best of brain, body and soul. She was tender and winning to the juniors, respectful and kind to the seniors.

She was interred in the Hockwold Churchyard on April 29th, 1914. The afternoon session of the village school was dispensed with, and the scholars followed the cortége in procession to the burial ground. In the procession were also villagers, circuit officials and representatives of local Friendly Societies. The following Sunday the writer conducted a memorial service.


Martha was born in late 1876 at Lakenheath, Suffolk, to parents Thomas Palmer, who worked the land, and Eliza Johnson.

Before her marriage martha worked as a dressmaker (1901).

She married Charles William Pooley (1877-1966), a blacksmith (1911), in the spring of 1909 in the Thetford Registration District, Norfolk. 

Martha died on 26 April 1914 at Hockwold, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/914

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: The 1911 Census return and death record gives her surname as Pooley, not Pooly as stated in the obituary.

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