Friday, 18 July 2014
I have hundreds of In Memoriam cards in my collection but this is the first time I have found a photograph of the deceased printed inside. William Charlesworth was born in Honley, Yorkshire in 1811. He was described as a Widower in his marriage banns prior to his wedding to Susan Caroline Porter in 1847. Census records describe his occupation as 'tobacco cutter' and probate records state he left £137 to his wife. At the time of his death, he lived at 336 Wandsworth Road, Clapham. He was buried in Nunhead Cemetery, one of London's big seven cemeteries
Thursday, 17 July 2014
There is, I feel, a certain beauty to these eroding headstones which captures my imagination. These are fast disappearing last vestiges of the record of a person's life, and I find myself drawn to capture them. It is quite remarkable how some of the faint traces of an inscription remains readable.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Recently, I went to Brandwood End cemetery in Birmingham which was full of wonderful cemetery statuary. Sadly, its spectacular chapel is decaying and I believe the Cemetery Friends organisation was refused Lottery funding. I was scanning a mass of cemetery-related vintage postcards, today, and found I actually had a Brandwood End card in my collection. How things have changed.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
One of the reasons for going to Nottingham's Rock Cemetery was to photograph the angel in the sandstone quarry part of the cemetery. It is quite special because the Angel has butterfly wings. It marks the grave of Laura Zella Davenport who died in 1887 aged 48 years and her husband, Stephen who died in 1889 age 52.
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An illustrated look at the World of Graveyards and Cemeteries. There are many Stories behind the Stones that Stand in them. Who knows what we might find?