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Under the limes, Todber Churchyard, Dorset

Under the limes, Todber Churchyard.

Current Location: Dorset, UK

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The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the registers date from 1833. The building is of stone in the Gothic style; it has always looked imposing, both from close at hand and also from a distance with its towers and pinnacles adorning the landscape. The main walls, towers, pinnacles and castellettes are constructed of cut granite which, apart from some isolated surface erosion, is now as good as the day it was built. Restoration works were carried out in 1891 and a new pulpit and other furniture were added in 1897. A "new" system for heating the building was installed in 1911 and coloured glass windows set in sandstone window mullions were added, dedicated to the memory of Sir Wm Williams Bart, Lady Williams and Mrs Buller in the 1870s and 1880s.

However, the collapse of the mining industry in the 1870s caused massive depopulation of the area and it is understood that questions arose among the Church Commissioners as to the necessity of maintaining such a large church. The refurbishment works carried out in 1931 included the removal of a mezzanine gallery which had had a stiffening effect on the slender brick built columns supporting the high double valley roof, thus causing inherent weakness. This defect was seized upon by the Church who obtained a report that the structure was unsafe and a further report that the granite was "pot" or mined granite and therefore liable to serious erosion.

The present church is a gothic structure, and had four stained-glass windows, and an organ. The graveyard was virtually full by the turn of the 20th century and the church was finally closed in 1956. In 1985 vandals caused the fall of a small section of the roof and a decision was taken that the rest of the roof structure be dynamited. The pulpit, and possibly the lectern were removed to St Euny Church in Redruth. The font is now in several pieces, and the single bell has been stolen. Work started in September 1999 to stabilise this derelict ruin so that it could be used for open-air concerts and events. It is also planned that the church building become a centre for the interpretation of the Mineral Tramways routes around the St. Day area.

This FORMER church of the Holy Trinity is open during the summer months (Approx. Easter to September). It is held on lease from the Diocese of Truro by the Trevithick Trust and is no longer a church.

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http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/StDay/#ChurchHistory - Accessed 08/072014)


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These shots were taken in a municipal cemetery located just outside the town centre.

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As you will notice from this photo and a few more that follow, this cemetery seems fairly relaxed about allowing relatives to leave things on the graves; a lot of municipal cemeteries will not allow you to leave *anything*.

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Please note that there are photos of children's graves under the cut

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My regular readers will know that I can never visit my mother without making a trip somewhere to take graveyard photos, and here is the latest batch. These were taken at the Hardwick Cemetery, just outside King's Lynn; as you will see, the place has been allowed to decline quite dramatically for a long time. Crossposted, as usual, to ontdcreepy

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The groundskeeper lives here.

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http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monksthorpe-chapel/

garienos took me there during our trip to Lincolnshire over Easter and I was impressed by the peacefulness of it. Lincolnshire Heritage has this to say:

"The chapel at Monksthorpe was built in 1701, soon after the Toleration Act of 1689 which gave Protestant dissenters the freedom to build places of worship. Under the Five Mile Act a Non-conformist preacher or teacher could not preach or teach within five miles of a town. Although its penalties were removed by the Toleration Act, this Act had not been repealed. A chapel could legally be built within the five mile limit though it must be registered with the bishop or magistrate. It was, however, still illegal for a Non-conformist to preach there.

It would appear that the Chapel at Monksthorpe was deliberately built in a remote location to avoid discovery. There is evidence that some Lincolnshire Baptists were subjected to persecution and even imprisonment. The Chapel served a scattered community and people travelled from many miles around. Records show that in 1782 the church had 99 members, from at least 24 different villages and hamlets around Monksthorpe."



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Head memorial, 1886, Ibberton Churchyard

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Current Location: Dorset, UK

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148 years and one day after the first decoration day, we visited the Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, MS.



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While some of the graves here are new, most are not - and the recent flooding has shifted the ground, as some of the photos will show!

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**Please note that the photos under the cut include several shots of childrens' graves**

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