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Tombstones


During the clearance of St. James Cemetery in the 1960s many of the tombstones were set around the edge of the grounds in memory of the persons buried therein. There are quite a few that contain lists of children who were buried in St. James. During the 19th century there were several severe cholera outbreaks in Liverpool and many children died or were left without family to look after them. The surviving children were taken into care by the Liverpool Orphan Boys Asylum and similar organisations. Those that died were listed on the tombstones.

Strangely enough two of the tombstones had been decorated by someone with a few christmas decorations, why only these two is anybodys guess.

Tombstones


During the clearance of St. James Cemetery in the 1960s many of the tombstones were set around the edge of the grounds in memory of the persons buried therein. There are quite a few that contain lists of children who were buried in St. James. During the 19th century there were several severe cholera outbreaks in Liverpool and many children died or were left without family to look after them. The surviving children were taken into care by the Liverpool Orphan Boys Asylum and similar organisations. Those that died were listed on the tombstones.

Strangely enough two of the tombstones had been decorated by someone with a few christmas decorations, why only these two is anybodys guess.

comments (6)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 18 Dec 2007, 01:48
Very interesting find, Les. I bet the story is a touching one!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, just one of many stories to be found in St. James.
Fascinating! Well spotted. I really sparks the imagination, doesn`t it? (:o)
Les Auld: It certainly does make you wonder Rosalyn, there are so many stories there. Thanks for the comment.
Interesting presentation Les. They must have been well crammed into the grave, poor souls!

I am enjoying the historical notes on your current run of posts. This was once a popular playground as a child before they let it go to rack and ruin and then desecrated it!
Les Auld: Strangely enough this was my first time there, even though as a child I did not live too far away in Liverpool 8. Thanks for the comment Alistair, glad you are enjoying the series.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich..not quite as cold as yesterday
  • 18 Dec 2007, 19:33
A poignant story Les and this picture is a excellent piece of work.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, just one of many stories there.
Very nice creative shot and heavy atmosphere ! I like it very much !!
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb, glad you like it.
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 18 Dec 2007, 23:27
It's so sad to see so many names listed, and to see how young they were when they died. Did you notice the Matron, aged 27 is there too?

Maybe in amongst these names is the relative of somebody who visited the cemetery, the flowers and tinsel is a touching thing to see.
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, it is sad and there are quite a few more stones with just as many names on them.

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