Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Newtown Road

Newtown Road in Newbury was a cemetery I had heard about and noticed on the map while planing a trip along the Kennet and a nearby disused railway. On my way back through the town I had planed on taking in the cemetery but time did not permit this so over the Christmas Holidays I thought I would pay a visit and finish a part of another railway project of mine.
I found my way through Newbury to Newtown road and came to the cemetery. All the following photos were taken through the cemetery railings.

My first view of the cemetery taken through the railings along the road.

The cemetery lodge house now privately owned, either side are the entrance gates which I found padlocked shut. The notice said it was open from 10 till 3pm daily except Christmas Day, it was gone 10.30 an no sign of it being unlocked. Not to be deterred I set about recording what I could from outside the railings.

From one of the entrance gates you could see the footpaths through the cemetery.
 Walking to the South gate and the perimeter wall show the works access to the cemetery.

Looking North from the gate another footpath.

Walking back along the path you could see some beautiful memorials 

The whole cemetery looked well kept if not used any more.

One of the notices said maintenance had been carried out  on the trees  and some areas looked to have been heavily cleared of shrubbery.

Other parts looked like they were waiting the grass to be cut.

In the background the pollarded trees could be seen.

Near the chapel were more graves one with a kneeling angel.

The chapel looks like it could still be used.
Finally as I left I noticed a second war grave which I could get a photo of. My intension is to return for another visit in the near future and take some closeups of the wonderful monuments which can be seen.


  1. What an interesting looking place. Such a shame it wasn't open when you visited.

    I look forward to seeing more from your next visit.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday

    Beneath Thy Feet

  2. Really interesting ---- your photos have me hoping you'll be able to gain entry at some point and take more up-close photos. :)

  3. It possibly doesn't get many visitors, so whoever opens the gate does so when they feel like it. I really like the look of that chapel.
    and as an aside, 'pollarded' trees is a new term to me, but well suited.

  4. Think its and English term http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollarding

  5. Thank you for sharing this on Taphophile Tragics! :)