Friday, 18 April 2014

Don't believe everything you read on a memorial!

St Mary's Cemetery, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye
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This two-part cemetery is probably the best located cemetery I can remember. Wonderful views and so peaceful with just the sound of the wind and the birds. I would love to have my ashes scattered here.
 

 

A lady who died at age 105 - in 1674 - and so perhaps not the most reliable of records.
 
Visited - June 2009
 
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This memorial is designed to look like a bank vault.

Chingford Mount Cemetery, Greater London
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We were on a family trip to London so we decided to spend a sunny afternoon walking around this cemetery. Unfortunately we ran out of time and two section remain unsurveyed. These were the block of new graves closest to the entrance and the oldest graves right at the far end of the site.
 
 
This memorial is designed to look like a bank vault.
 
Visited - April 2012
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A beautiful grave to remember Dorothy who died serving her country in 1942

 
St Faith, Hexton, Bedfordshire
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It is curious how two of the windows in the church have been blocked up.
 
 
Information available on the internet would indicate that
Dorothy Winifred Oliver died in Shropshire.
 
Visited - August 2010
 
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One of only a handful of stainless steel graves we have ever seen.

 
The Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Luton, Bedfordshire
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A very large site but well maintained and with the graves in straight lines which made searching much quicker and easier.
 
 
One of only a handful of stainless steel graves we have ever seen.
 
Visited - March 2010
 
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Remembering Larry and George

Southam Road Cemetery, Banbury, Oxfordshire
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The blossom was spectacular - we must have timed our visit just right!
 
 
I am sure there is an interesting story to be told about this grave.
 
 
Isn't it both strange and sad that nobody seems to have known his
full name or when he was born or died.
 
Visited - April 2009
 
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It seems curious to describe somebody as "late" and also as "deceased".

Buckingham Cemetery, Buckinghamshire
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There were two disused chapels and a house that seemed to be subsiding near the entrance to the cemetery.
 
 
It seems curious to describe somebody as "late" and also as "deceased".
 
Visited - July 2010
 
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11 crew from the Holmrook drowned near Holy Island.

St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland
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We visited Holy Island on our way up to Scotland while on our annual holiday. We expected to find evidence of sailors being drowned and we were not disappointed.
 
 
11 crew from the SS Holmrook died in a single accident off False Emannuel close by Holy Island in March1892. The stone was hard to read, being both worn and having the sun at a difficult angle. The photo is marginally easier to read than the orginal!
 
ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF ELEVEN OF THE CREW OF THE HOLMROOK S.S. WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THROUGH THE VESSEL BEING WRECKED ON THE FALSE EMANNUEL NEAR HOLY ISLAND 26TH MARCH 1892 OF WHOM ARE BURIED HERE W. B. BAINES, MASTER - JAMES SKINNER - JOHN JAMES - A. WILKINSON - WM. TAYLOR - W. M. ROBSON - S. HAGGERSTON - H. R. GUTHRIE AND ANOTHER UNIDENTIFIED - JOHN NYE
 
Visited - June 2009
 
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