The picture shows the tower of St Thomas Becket Church, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. The churchyard here is where Thomas Hallam is buried and his tombstone reads:
Here rests the body of / Thomas Hallam / a member of the / Council of the / English Dialect Society / Born 26 December 1810 / at Raglow [Draglow] Chapel en le Frith Died 7th September 1895 / at Ardwick Manchester / He devoted the leisure moments / of a long and busy life / to a patient and diligent enquiry / into all that is noteworthy / in the various dialects / of Northern England / The results of his Studies are / placed in Bodley’s Library / in the University of Oxford.
There seems to be some doubt about the date of his birth, because the Chapel-en-le-Frith parish record of
births baptisms has an entry: 30 Jan 1820 Thomas the son of John & Hannah HALLAM of Raglow, farmer and an entry for a burial: 11 Sep 1895 Thomas HALLAM of Ardwick, aged 75. I am trying to resolve this. The above information comes from the website of The Hallam Family of the Peak District. Many thanks to them.
The Bodleian Library does indeed have works by TH. Apart from the two works mentioned in my previous post, the catalogue also lists:
- 1882 Three Great Dictionaries.
- 1882 with Chamberlain, Edith L. A glossary of west Worcestershire words.
- undated [Newspaper cuttings and printed items of the years 1838-94, chiefly of philological and biographical interest, collected by T. Hallam].
I am still trying to find information on TH’s profession, marriage and offspring if any.
Update: See the comment from Steven Hallam.
Photo credit: Tony Bacon. Used under this licence.