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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019)

Gravestone Graveyard

Gravestone Graveyard
Ince Cemetery.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 2,452

Comment by: JJP on 2nd July 2019 at 07:17

Just what is going on ???. over to you Reverend David.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 2nd July 2019 at 07:41

This is awful, worse than yesterdays bleak photo.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 2nd July 2019 at 08:39

I know that cemeteries are expensive to maintain but this should not be allowed to happen. My Mum & Dad are buried at Gidlow and that is quite beautiful so why is this such a mess?

Comment by: kath on 2nd July 2019 at 08:48

subsidence?when i walked there around the oldest part the ground was very soft and spongy

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd July 2019 at 08:51

Those headstones don't look all that old.

Comment by: irene roberts on 2nd July 2019 at 09:08

What a sad scene. This is Wigan Cemetery, down Cemetery Road, where the crematorium is. Ince Cemetery is the one on Warrington Road, which you overlook when driving past. There has always been confusion over them. When I was a little girl in Ince, people used to have a walk to the cemetery on Sunday afternoons, wearing their best clothes and carrying flowers to put on loved ones' graves. There was even a flower stall at the top of Cemetery Road at weekends. To see this sad photo makes me treasure the memories of my childhood; days when we had very little but the world was a nicer place.

Comment by: Poet on 2nd July 2019 at 09:35

I'm reminded of the epitaph on Shakespeare's grave..
'Blest be the man who spares these stones and cursed be he who moves my bones'.

Comment by: TommyT on 2nd July 2019 at 11:47

Helen, it might be bleak but this photo is showing what is really going on in some places around Wigan.
Well done Mick.

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd July 2019 at 14:15

Its always good to find headstones when doing family history - you can find more information you didn't know about. Also the expense involved when families erected them.... It doesn't seem right to just take them down and toss them to one side.

Comment by: MikeW on 2nd July 2019 at 17:59

Graves are leased, after a set period of time, anything between 25 and 100 years family of the deceased are invited to renew the lease. If they choose not to the owners of the graveyard are legally entitled to remove any headstones and even place another coffin in there. It's nothing sinister, it's how the system works.

Comment by: Angela on 2nd July 2019 at 20:57

Those headstones are by the back wall which collapsed a few years ago damaging quite a lot of them. Thought they would have been put back by now.

Comment by: Poet on 2nd July 2019 at 23:59

It seems sacred ground is only sacred if the owners can profit from it ! Still, if you've rented a narrow small four walled
flat all your life why deny the landlord, even in our demise ,rent for an even smaller one?

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd July 2019 at 14:18

They're not getting any rent off me - I've made my mind up - I'm being scattered to the four winds! ( apologies to any ancestry hunters in another two hundred years!)

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