A change from my usual but I thought it time I showed some photos from a cemetery that is local to me. I could not say when the cemetery was built but I would think the early 1800s after the turnpike to Shillingford was built. The main entrance is just off the road past the bends by castle meadows.
This is the main entrance to the cemetery the road on castle street
The gates that would have been here have long gone.
Hidden behind the ivy on the left side you can see this ornate gate, there is another on the other side which is open. I wonder if the main gates that were once on the pillars looked like this.
As you walk through the gates you can see the cemetery with the older headstones
They can be see on both sides of the drive
The words are faded on this headstone which looks shamrock shaped and has a harp it also has a matching footstone
This chapel is now used as a chapel of rest by Howard Chadwick
I can't complain as I have used Howard Chadwick on three occasions and found him the most the considerate undertaker you could meet
The twin opposite is used for services from what I can see
This view was taken through the chapel window.
The obelisk is a memorial to the Payne family round base you can see the names of the family carved on the crosses on the back you can see this inscription.
There are a couple of older war graves not far away
Some headstones are leaning over others sit under the shade of the trees
On one side of the cemetery a lot of headstones are lost in ivy
It relentlessly makes it's way up and covers the whole memorial
Shaking hands I think the first I have seen
A upside down dove
Graves with footstones
Headstones which are so covered in ivy they look like trees
Across the way you find the new cemetery
Leaving the new cemetery you can see the old one opposite
Which seems more tranquil