Final resting place?...or not so final? by miss_molly

Final resting place?...or not so final?

After a significant graveyard clearance, at St Nicolas Church (perhaps around 30 years ago) many ‘unclaimed’ graves had headstones removed and land re-used for new deaths. The clearance was undertaken by bulldozers and was quite shocking to witness! Many headstones were salvaged and repurposed as paths... for me, it has never felt right or respectful walking on the headstones of the deceased.
This is such a poignant image, especially as I read the small gravestone of the young Louie Lane-Wells who died aged 17 months. How tragic. I understand what you say about walking on these headstones, but at least they were salvaged and not thrown out. However, I imagine that with time, the words will disappear, which will be a great loss.
April 28th, 2021  
A lovely image of this walkway with the dappled light. I totally get you on this, I would be tip toeing across there feeling like a guilty trespasser.
It's like sacred crazy paving, fav.
April 28th, 2021  
So sad that the gravestones had to be removed , but at least salvaged - I would also feel reluctant to walk over them !
April 28th, 2021  
Awful to see when it was happening. I took many photographs at the time as witness to the event.
April 28th, 2021  
Your right Molly - something wrong about this :(
April 28th, 2021  
Nicely captured and interesting narrative - seems like a strange thing to do.
April 28th, 2021  
So sad to see...............I wouldn't walk on them either!
April 28th, 2021  
I agree with you Molly, I don't like to walk over gravestones either, but at least they are being preserved.
April 28th, 2021  
I think I feel the same as you, I wouldn’t want to walk on them either!
May 9th, 2021  
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