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Edmund Crosse
   

Edmund Crosse is buried alongside his partner Thomas Blackwell in the churchyard at All Saints’. As successful business men, responsible for developing an innovative new approach to food processing, each has left an important legacy in the area. Both families contributed greatly to the church and its environment and both men have impressive tombs. The Crosse monument is Grade 2 listed and has been recently restored. It is the most significant memorial in the churchyard.

The children were fascinated by the relief patterns on both the tombs and sketched them in situ. Some of them also went back inside the church to look up biblical references they had copied down. One of our volunteers had spent time researching the partners and it was particularly interesting for the group to hear from someone with a real enthusiasm for the story.

The local Waitrose supermarket was very cooperative and gave the children a tour of the store pointing out the influences of the Crosse and Blackwell Company and the ways in which packaging has developed. The personnel manager also gave an illustrated talk on branding and how much of the original Crosse and Blackwell ‘look’ lives on today.