RECENT NEGLECT

Burials are still taking place in the cemetery and at the last count nearly 25,000 people have been buried there since 1836. The first investors might have been concerned to find that today plots may not be bought in perpetuity, and are only leased for 50 years. Not all the graves are marked by a monument or a headstone. Although the grassed areas of the cemetery are mown regularly many parts have become jungles of vegetation with headstones and monuments submerged beneath a sea of brambles and ivy. Others have been damaged by self seeded saplings and falling trees. Such neglect could ultimately prove disastrous for this unique area of social history.




 
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