Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blog Guelph: The Mysterious Lady, The Burglary and The Lost Love.

This story comes from the brochure put out by the Woodlawn Cemetery.

" The mysterious lady appeared at the cemetery one morning, placed by an unknown benefactor (sometime between 1903 and 1905).

The statue has been attributed to Matthew Bell. It was one of the statues stolen from the grounds of 40 Albert street. The house at one time had belonged to Bell.

The Grundy family, the owners at the time of the theft, spent summers in Kincardine. While they were away several carved figures were stolen from the grounds.

Local lore speculates that an unknown admirer placed the statue at the grave of Clara Snowden (d 1903 aged 36 yrs).

The limestone statue would have probably been carved during the winter months from a block of soft limestone selected from Bell's own quarry on Water Street."

Sue Richards

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