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Gory riddle of grave cracked; ACOCKS GREEN: Victorian monument in memory of shooting victim.

Byline: By Anna Jeys

THE mystery surrounding the tallest monument in an Acocks Green Acocks Green is an area and ward of south Birmingham, England. It is named after the Acock family who built a large house in the area in 1370. Acocks Green is one of the four wards making up Yardley formal district. Nowadays, it is written without an apostrophe.  graveyard has been unravelled thanks to a local history group.

Members of St Mary's Church had always wondered about the monument that sits in the graveyard of the Warwick Road church and bears the name Emily Palmer.

Locals and church members thought the impressive gravestone belonged to a local aristocrat or wealthy family but have now found the real story behind the mystery.

Member of Acocks Green Historical Society found that Emily was shot in the White Hart The White Hart ("hart" is an old word for stag) was the personal badge of Richard II, who derived it from the arms of his mother, Joan "The Fair Maid of Kent", heiress of Edmund of Woodstock.  pub, Birmingham City Centre, on December 27, 1884 by a man called Henry Kimberley.

Kimberley had apparently had a row with his common law wife, Harriet Stewart, and had shot at her but Mrs Palmer intervened.

She died on January 8, 1885 and was buried in the cemetery cemetery, name used by early Christians to designate a place for burying the dead. First applied in Christian burials in the Roman catacombs, the word cemetery came into general usage in the 15th cent.  six days later but Miss

Emily's husband, Thomas Palmer, died three years later and is also included on the memorial.

Mike Bryne, chairman of

Stewart survived the shoot out.

The murderer was hanged in Winson Green Winson Green is a loosely-defined area in the west of the city of Birmingham, England. It is part of the ward of Soho.

It is the location of HM Prison Birmingham (known locally as Winson Green Prison or "the Green") and City Hospital (formerly Dudley Road Hospital).
 prison on March 17.

Acocks Green Historical Society, said: "We found out about the memorial because we were doing some research on the history of Fox Hollies.

"I was interviewing Derek Wilkes, who lives there, and this was one of many stories he told me. Then we checked it all out."


HENRY KIMBERLEY.' TRAGIC END... the gravestone monument at Acocks Green cemetery in memory of Emily Palmer.
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Date:Jan 23, 2006
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