Tolpuddle Martyr Cemetery Restoration Project

Please note that donations for this project will flow through Siloam United Church in London, Canada. These funds will be dispensed as directed by the Organizing Committee to the contractors carrying out the work. Excess funds, if any, will stay with Siloam United Church to be used at their discretion. The Siloam Church was originally a Methodist Church founded by the Martyrs in 1857.

Five of the six Tolpuddle Martyrs emigrated to Ontario in the 1840’s.  Their gravesites and monuments are in varying states of deterioration. 

The objectives of this project are to:
– identify and rectify all such deficiencies;
– add and improve historical signage; and
– in general raise awareness of their historical significance.

The organizers of this GoFundMe fundraiser are Gayle Young and Geoff Anderson.

The beneficiary is Siloam United Church in London, Ontario, Canada, a registered charity (# CRA: 119150050RR0001.)

As Siloam has charity status, GoFundMe is able to provide tax receipts to donors in the UK, Canada, USA, and Australia.

Once all the projects have been identified and costed, they will be undertaken in priority order to the extent of the actual funds raised.  Any surplus funds will stay with Siloam United church to be used at their absolute discretion.

Based upon a preliminary review, the target goal is $50,000.

Here are some of the issues we hope to rectify:

  • John Standfield’s monument in Mount Pleasant needs to be repaired and rebuilt.

  • James Loveless’ burial plot in Mount Pleasant Cemetery is unmarked.

  • Historical Plaque at Siloam cemetery does not indicate that Thomas Standfield is buried there, plus it has other errors. And there is no signage at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

  • George Loveless’ monument needs to be repaired and the engraving made legible.

  • 17 year old Louisa Loveless “sweetly fell asleep in Jesus” and is the first burial in Siloam Cemetery. If there are sufficient funds we will have the stone cleaned and the engraving sharpened up.

Please click the “HELP” link below to go to the GoFundMe page to make a donation. Thanks so much!