15 thoughts on “The ‘Cousin It’ of Gravestones?

  1. Lol Ruth. I love bravestones. So interesting. Maybe not everyoneโ€™s cup of tea but I am fascinated by the inscriptions on them, and try to imagine the lives of thenpeople in the grave. Yep, ivy does take over a bit!

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  2. I wonder if it’s a very old gravestone. Never seen anything quite so overgrown in a cemetery as most are much neat and tidy these days. Was the picture taken from outside of the U.K. Ruth? Good one for the prompt thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. No it’s actually in our local churchyard here in Leytonstone, East London, with only a few VERY old gravestones remaining in situ – apparently the effects of a WWII bomb dropping nearby caused many of the original gravestones to become unstable and those that remain unreadable!

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      1. Such a shame. In my grandma’s cemetery vandals smashed many of the old gravestones and they’ve been left on top of the graves in bits. The cemetery here in my village where my husband is, is owned by the Parish council not the city council. It is beautifully looked after, however many of us added more to the graves than we should have such as plant pots. So far no one has said anything!

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      2. This graveyard hasn’t been in use for burials since the mid 1800s – the ‘new’ City of London cemetery opened nearby (in Manor Park) in 1854 and from then on churchyards were no longer used to bury London’s dead. So even by the time the bomb trashed everything in its path the gravestones would have been historical rather than contemporary ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. There’s a wee nature trail laid out for spotting different birds and trees and plants, so its not all overgrown – but nature takes precedence, and it is lovely, very handy when you just want 5 mins peace away from the busy High Street ๐Ÿ™‚

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