Showing posts with label Grave. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grave. Show all posts

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Well Pollution

"The Clergyman's Hand-book of Law"
Charles M. Scanlan
Project Gutenburg

431. Well, Pollution.—And where a man had built a dwelling near a cemetery, it was not good ground for him to prevent the enlargement of the cemetery by showing that it might destroy his well. The court questions whether there is any legal ground for complaint for the pollution of subterranean waters when caused by the proper use without negligence of the adjacent premises. Additional lands may be obtained under the law of eminent domain by condemnation.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Running out of burial plots.

"RESIDENTS in Market Weighton, which is fast running out of burial plots, will face the choice of being cremated to stay local – or buried miles away from the town when they die.

The town’s cemetery, on Holme Road, has less than 10 plots left in addition to the spaces that have already been bought by residents who are still alive."

Friday, 7 June 2013


Miss Lily A, Jackson
Died 21 October 1918
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Raymond Henery Goddard
Died 7 February 1924
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Peter's Orchard

"It may be assumed that “Peter’s Orchard” was originally an apple orchard or an Avalon similar to the “Heaven’s Walls,” which were discovered some years ago near Royston: these “walls,” immediately contiguous to the Icknield or Acnal Way, were merely some strips of unenclosed but cultivated land which in ancient deeds from time immemorial had been called “Heaven’s Walls”. Traditional awe attached to this spot, and village children were afraid to traverse it after dark, when it was said to be frequented by supernatural beings: in 1821 some labourers digging for gravel on this haunted spot inadvertently discovered a wall enclosing a rectangular space containing numerous deposits of sepulchral urns, and it then became clear that here was one of those plots of ground environed by walls to which the Romans gave the name of ustrinum."

Title: Archaic England
       An Essay in Deciphering Prehistory from Megalithic
       Monuments, Earthworks, Customs, Coins, Place-names, and
       Faerie Superstitions
Author: Harold Bayley

Friday, 12 October 2012

Sheringham Family

Harriet Sheringham Died 24th February 1864
Emily Sheringham Died 8th November 1868
Saint Andrew - Little Snoring [Link]
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Sarah Sheringham Died 3rd January 1858
Saint Andrew - Little Snoring [Link]
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Robert Sheringham 12 February 1879
Saint Andrew - Little Snoring [Link]
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John William Sheringham Died 1911
Saint Andrew - Little Snoring [Link]
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Monday, 1 October 2012

Death is nothing at all

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.

By Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Canon of St Paul's Cathedral 

Friday, 8 June 2012

Robert Goodson - Rackheath

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English cemeteries are surprising places and Rackheath is no exception. I had imagined that a cemetery cross is pretty standard although in Rackheath we find a cross looking very different to others and here Robert Goodson's grave is marvellous. The cross is ornate and imaginative. On the day that I visited, it was sunny and hot at around 27 centigrade although in the current cold June it is hard to imagine that temperature anymore.

John Lee - Edingthorpe

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Monument park

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I love pictures like this as photography gathers together different periods of monuments and memorials in one collection. The stonework memorials look like a sculpture park of inscriptions, hope and aspiration. The work involved in this collection is enormous if we add together the stone masons, the labour involved in putting the monuments together and the grass cutters over the years who have kept the monuments clear of greenery. Despite this the monuments start to fall apart and disintegrate. Graveyards are clearly high maintenance to keep clear and an even higher cost to individuals to create in the first place.


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This is a reflective picture of Swafield earlier in the year and before the weather changed for the worse. From the perspective of a very wet and cold June the earlier part of the year seems preferable.

Friday, 25 May 2012

"Grave reserved by faculty"

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I've never seen this one before in a Church of England cemetery but here we have it. There's a queue to enter the cemetery or at least a waiting list for the best seats in the house!