Gallery 54 - Ross on..
Contemporary abstract art, ceramics and glassware
Cleeve Orchard Cider..
Artisan maker of Little Owl cider from the last orchard in Ross on Wye
Catherine Drew - The Forest PoetessCatherine Drew - The Forest Poetess
Catherine Drew was born on 30 May 1784, and died on 21 March 1867 in Cinderford. Her grave is at St. John's church Cinderford. During her life she wrote many poems about the Forest, some of which were published in a limited edition book, of which it is understood that only 100 copies were printed.
It is hoped to be able to obtain some of those poems to include here. First we have to find a copy of the book!
Marie Sims writes:
My 5th Great-Grandmother Catherine Smith DREW (1784-1867) published a book of poems in 1841 titled "A Collection of Poems on the Forest of Dean and its Neighbourhood" - (picture is of Catherine Drew's Grave at St. John's Church, Cinderford)
THE FOREST POETESS
BORN MAY 30 1784
WHO DIED MARCH 21 1867
NO SIN NO GREIF NO PAIN
SAFE IN MY HAPPY HOME
MY FEARS ALL FLED AND DOUBTS ALL SLAIN
MY HOUR OF TRIUMPH COME
The actual inscription is already hard to read, and the surface of the stone is decaying badly. The whole surface is about to fall off entirely. A couple of years more winter frosts, and it is likely to be gone.
Genealogy Pages for Catherine DREW by Marie Simms
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