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A lost necropolis

3 Feb

They say there is no returning from the grave but that does not stop me returning to Spring Bank Cemetery with a couple of shots of its leafy summer splendour and Victorian taphophilic excess.

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Edward Booth, fireman

5 Jul
On our way through Spring Bank cemetery yesterday I came across this unique memorial which I hadn’t noticed before. I think I might have remembered a steam train on a gravestone. Anyhow the web is a wonderful place and after two  little clicks it provided me with this site which tells you all you need to know about the sad demise in 1906 of young Edward Booth, fireman, in a rail accident and the subsequent improvements in rail safety that followed. Thanks for this work must go to the Friends of Hull General Cemetery and to W.P. Everingham & Sons Ltd, a local firm of monumental masons.

Margot took the close up.

Slow Motion

1 Jul

Given the eternity that they are intended for these stones are rightly taking their time over falling down.

The theme for the first of July is ‘motion‘.

The weekend in black and white is here.

Young Crow

16 Jun

Margot took these a few years ago in Spring Bank cemetery..

O what made fatuous sunbeams toil …

4 Mar

 …To break earth’s sleep at all?

The weekend in Black and White is here.

Final resting place

5 Oct

Usually fly tippers choose a secluded spot, a back alley or a country lane say. The depositors of this unwanted bed chose the entrance to Spring Bank cemetery on one of the busiest roads in town. Is rubbish dumping at long last coming out of the closet and into the mainstream?

Eleanor Crosses

21 Jun
Spring Bank cemetery has two of these Gothic iron Eleanor Cross style monuments. They are nearly identical. The left hand one is a listed monument  and both were repaired in the mid 1990’s when a newspaper from 1868 was found in one of them. Originally they would have had some glazing and a funerary urn positioned within. Of course when new there were no trees and the place would have been kept clear and well maintained.