1908 - tombstone of Rev. Francis Owston, Rector of Layer Breton church, and formerly of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. Francis Owston died 16 April 1908.
The photo shows Layer Breton old church, demolished in 1915. It was opposite Layer Breton Hall, near the present reservoir.
See www.bretonheath.me.uk/history/centen42.htm for more information about the church.
Ref. Francis Owston was the grandfather of Donald Bean of Sudbury, on his mother's side. The daughter of Francis Owston married Edward Bean, son of Alexander Bean of Peldon and brother of Willoughby Bean, West Mersea. Alexander Bean had married Eliza May, daughter of Henry May of West Mersea.
[ Samuel Edwin Bean c1860 to 1951, c1891 married Bertha Owston b1865 - CK research ]
Photograph and Bean family notes from the Estate of Mrs Mary Catt.