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Tombstone Tuesday: Ivy Covered Tombstones

When we were taking photographs in Mithian churchyard in May, I couldn’t help thinking that some of the tombstones with ivy growing over them looked a little quaint and ethereal, so for today’s Tombstone Tuesday I am including this photo:

original photograph taken by me at Mithian in May 2010 - copyright 2010

These tombstones are not those of any ancestors of my partner or me, but we tried to transcribe them anyway.  It was very difficult mainly because of the ivy growing over two of them but also because time and weather has etched away some of the inscriptions.

As you look at the photo, the tombstone on the left is for:

David Collins

of Mithian

…(?)  Decr. 10th 190?

aged 47(?)

nearer the bottom it also says something about recognition of service, but is very difficult to read exactly what service.  We shall have to go back and try to read it again.

The middle tombstone is so covered by ivy we could not read it at all!

The tombstone on the right is for:

William Henry

and sadly, that is all we could make out.

 

Added a News Link to News Items – General Page

I’ve just added a link to a BBC News item about arrests being made after some vandalism at a graveyard in Scotland.

I really cannot understand why people would want to do this at all.  There just seems very little or no respect these days!!  Just so sad to see this happening!

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Tombstone Tuesday: Almost Disappeared!

While we were mooching around at St. Peter’s churchyard, Mithian, Cornwall at the end of May, we took various photos of graves and I thought this one was particularly striking as it was virtually disappearing in the very overgrown plantlife there!

original photograph taken by me - copyright 2010

This grave is not for one of my partner Paul’s ancestors, but I transcribe it here for posterity as the Graveyard Rabbit for this churchyard.

It possibly states at the top: Sacred to the Memory of

SAMUEL JEWELL

died Nov. 18th. 1888

Aged 80 years

____________

also of MARY ANN

wife of the above

died Oct. 6th. 1889

aged 59 years

___________

(more here but unreadable)

I think it looks kind of nice with the ivy growing over the headstone, but somehow think that with the long grass and other overgrowing plantlife, it won’t be too long before it is completely covered!  I will keep an eye on it and rescue it from being covered if it becomes necessary!!

Tombstone Tuesday: This One Is A Little Different!!

For this Tombstone Tuesday I thought this photo shows a tombstone that is just a little bit different from most!!  I must admit, that I haven’t seen anything like it at any graveyard I have visited before.  This one was partially hidden in the very long grass at St. Peter’s Church, Mithian, Cornwall so we had to flatten the grass a bit to take the photo.

Photograph taken by me at Mithian, May 2010 - copyright 2010

I have digitally removed the name of the person who this grave has been reserved for, because they are obviously still with us and might not appreciate their name shown on this blog or on the internet.  As I do not know the person personally, I was not able to check if they would object to their name being shown in this photo.

Tombstone Tuesday: “One of our last travelling Gypsies”

My first GeneaBloggers Daily Blogging Theme post for this Graveyard Rabbit blog is of the grave of Alex Draper who died on 1st July 2005.  We noticed this particular more recent grave on our visit to St. Peter’s Church, Mithian, Cornwall yesterday.

The person at rest here is not connected at all to my family history or my partner Paul’s, so I cannot tell you anything at all about him.  I have taken the photo and kept a transcript of the MI as the Graveyard Rabbit for this churchyard.

I thought this grave was just a little different and would be perfect for my first Tombstone Tuesday on this blog.

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

As it states on Alex Draper’s gravestone “May he rest in peace and his soul travel on”.

St. Peter’s Church, Mithian – So sad to see this happening!

Yesterday my partner Paul and I visited the churchyard at St. Peter’s Church, Mithian in Cornwall.  This is where Paul’s Mother and Grandparents are laid to rest.  We knew the church was closed as there were problems to the roof we believe and just maybe other problems to the building as well. 

We’ve missed seeing how lovely the churchyard looks when strewn completely in the Spring with Primroses everywhere, but it still had a beauty of its own for when we arrived this time the churchyard was covered in Bluebells and white Garlic flowers.  It kind of made up for the fact the whole place was really overgrown and neglected!

As you will see from the photos I add to this post though, it is very sad to see that it has come to this!!

This noticeboard should really be showing the Church name and other details and the message on the notice pinned to the board has now been weathered away – it’s at the entrance to the churchyard.

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall 31st May 2010 copyright 2010

 And then you get to the entrance gate:

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

You will see through the gate, that there is a notice on the Church door:

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

Okay, let’s just have a stroll around and see what’s happening in the churchyard:

Almost disappeared!!

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

The wild flowers bring some beauty to a very sad, neglected churchyard:

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

This is the main entrance to St. Peter’s Church for all the happy times and sad times and now to see it like this – and with a discarded Rememberance Day wreath too!

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

Danger Keep Out; Roped off; Fenced off:

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    

original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

                                                                                                                                              

And what if a descendant wants to lay flowers here?

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

Well, at least it is possible to take a break, have a seat … and wonder what will become of the church and churchyard!

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

                                                                                         There are some wild flowers spreading about in the churchyard – this will help create a haven for all sorts of creepie crawlie insects and wildlife – so that’s good!                                                   

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

And of course, this day and age, we couldn’t really expect anything else than someone showing some disrespect in a churchyard!!!

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, 31st May 2010 - copyright 2010

We plan on visiting this churchyard on a regular basis, particularly to see how it progresses with regard to what will happen to the church and therefore what will happen to the churchyard!!  I will try and investigate what the plans are and hopefully there aren’t any to flatten the churchyard!!  It’s a bit of a worry.

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