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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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Ancestors at Rest – why I have this blog!!

Even looooooong before I was bitten by the genealogy bug I was always interested in graveyards. I always found them peaceful places to walk around (and still do) and some of the stones and monuments were always quite fascinating. I stopped and read many inscriptions even though the people laid to rest there were not connected to my family at all.

Once the genealogy bug bit me, I had more of a sense of purpose for strolling around graveyards, still finding them very peaceful and interesting but of course I had the added incentive to discover my ancestors, transcribe any inscriptions that could still be read and if there was no stone, at least I knew which graveyard they were buried in and could still visit.

In more recent years it has saddened me to see so many graveyards turned to just grass with no tombs, monuments, headstones, nothing and where the obvious graves still exist it saddens me so much more to see that many younger people these days have absolutely no respect for those that went before us, because they really don’t worry about standing on an obvious grave, throwing their litter on it, and just trampling all over other graves. And some even vandalise graves!! Why!? I always tread very carefully so as not to walk over someone lying there and always utter a quick apology should I inadvertently step on a grave.

I talked to the Vicar of St. Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire a few years ago when we were able to visit and told him that sometimes it was quite difficult to not step onto someone’s grave and I felt bad if I did that. He knew I was researching my family history and visiting ancestor’s graves and he just said to me that as I meant no harm at all then they won’t mind!! So since then I don’t feel quite so bad because I don’t mean to trample on any of my ancestors or anyone else’s, but I still utter a quick apology, that’s just me!!

So, why this Graveyard Rabbit blog?

Since moving and updating my general genalogy blog So That’s Where I Get It From, and joining Geneabloggers I have looked at many other genealogy blogs, which I find so fascinating and then I came across the Graveyard Rabbit Association and other Graveyard Rabbit blogs. They are wonderful and it is so good to see all those who are Graveyard Rabbits trying to inform, educate, preserve and generally try to “look after” their respective graveyards they are interested in. It made me think that I would very much like to do the same. So, that is why I have this blog, Ancestors at Rest Graveyard Rabbit!!