have always fascinated me (not in a macabre way you understand)
we are the only species on this planet to bury their dead in a
those people buried next to each other or on top etc. A Grave
digger once said to me that "The dead aren't lonely. Only
the living isolate themselves from each other." I think he
is right ,all those people in one place....
The picture above is of a Norman Church on the border of Shropshire.
It is a beautiful place. It's charm in the daylight makes the
1839 the first London Cemetery was built on modern lines (rows
and rows of graves). George Walker wrote a most scathing attack
on the sick-making revelations he found.
London woman noticed amongst a heap of graveyard rubbish, the
finger of her own mother who had been buried there not long before"
he continued. "In making a grave a body, partly decomposed,
was dug up, and placed on the surface on one side, slightly covered
with earth; a mourner stepped on it, the loosened skin peeled
off, he slipped forward, and fell headlong into the grave"
only were the coffins resold for 'Coffin Furniture' the wood,
silks and brass being reworked. Also the poor occupants of the
coffins were taken to the bone house to be ground up for manure.
An interesting modern day fact is, over 90% of the worlds Gold
that has been mined and sold as jewelery is still in circulation..