08 July 2007

Grave stones


St Andrew church yard, Hornchurch

13 comments:

Roger B. said...

Nice atmospheric shot.

beakerkin said...

I find it unusual that Churches have cemetaries in their yards. However, this is also a practice in the USA and can be seen in NYC and Boston but oddly not in my area of Vermont.

In NYC Trinity Church is the final resting place of Alexander Hamilton and the General whose name everyone has forgotten who died on the Plains of Abraham. Sadly, he is more remember for the painting of his death than his actual life.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Roger!

It probably goes back to colonial times. Beakerkin. However, most churchyards, particularly in cities are long full. Hamilton? the one klilled in the duel with Burr?

beakerkin said...

Yes that Alexander Hamilton is burried in Trinity Church. However, Americans have no problem remembering him.

Poor General Wolfe?? I think from the French and Indian War is forgotten except for the painting of his death. People recognize the painting of his death in seconds.

This obviously is not the case in VT.

jams o donnell said...

It was General Wolfe indeed, but the French general Montcalm died too. Do British people remember him? Most would be likely to remember who did what in Eastenders ( a soap opera_.....

Roger B. said...

General Wolfe? I dimly remember something about 'muffled oars' from a history class at Junior School.

beakerkin said...

General Montcalm was never painted in a larger than life way. People who have never heard of the French and Indian War recognize the painting of Wolfe dying on the Plains of Abraham.

This may be the only case in recorded history where a historical subject's painting is more famous than the historical subject himself. This may be because the artist did an excellent job.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Looks like a nice place for a picnic! (If you're a hungry zombie)

jams o donnell said...

We must have ben at the same lesson Roger!

To be honest I can't bring teh picture to mind. I'm sure I've seen it.

Sounds good to me ewbl. A lot of churchyards are overgrown in places. For me it adds to to atmosphere of the place

Roland Dodds said...

Oooooo, nice and creepy looking! Got to love scary graveyards; I have always had an interest in burial places, and Europe sure has its fair share.

jams o donnell said...

Oh it certainly does Roland. If you come over again I would recomend starting with, say' Newgrange in Ireland!

Alison said...

I'd imagine this is the oldest part next to the church jams? The rest is a bit too manicured for my taste. Though being a genealogist, I've been attacked by my fair share of brambles while trying to read names!

jams o donnell said...

This bi was behind the church towrds the back of the yard between the Dell and the cemetery. for some the overgron stones would be disrespectful. Me, I like that older unvisited graves are often left to become overgrown