Author: Ray Hayes

SHORT THEMED TOURS OF JOC

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As well as continuing our long standing contribution to the Jesmond Community Festival this year, the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery are, for the first time, also taking part in National Cemeteries Week, which coincides with Hospice UK’s Dying Matters Awareness Week. We thought we’d try and do something a little different for NCW, so we have arranged a variety of hour long tours of Jesmond Old Cemetery, each one based on a specific theme, details below:

Wednesday 4th May 2022 (12:00 to 13:15) – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Thursday 5th May 2022 (12:00 to 13:15) – Lives Cut Short

Thursday 5th May 2022 (13:30 to 14:45) – The Military

Friday 6th May 2022 (12:00 to 13:15) – Women in Jesmond Old Cemetery

Friday 6th May 2022 (13:30 to 14:45) – General Overview of Jesmond Old Cemetery

The tours will be approximately one hour long, which is much less time than we would normally spend on a tour of Jesmond Old Cemetery, but it provides an opportunity to have a quick but informative insight into some of those individuals buried within Jesmond Old Cemetery who are linked by a common theme.

To book a place on any of our tours, please email friendsofjoc@gmail.com and we’ll confirm arrangements with you by return.

All tours are free, but any donations you may wish to make will be collected and forwarded to St. Oswald’s Hospice, Gosforth.

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HERITAGE TOURS OF JESMOND OLD CEMETERY

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Just to announce that the Friends of JOC will, once again, be taking part in the fantastic Jesmond Community Festival taking place in May this year. If you’ve never been on one of our tours, why ever not?? If you have been before, come again…. there’s always something new to find out!!

The magnificent entrance to Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Tour details as follows:

Wednesday 11th May, commencing at 14:00

Saturday 28th May, commencing at 12:00

Tours last approx. 2 hours

If you want to book a place, you must contact us via email at friendsofjoc@gmail.com

We will then confirm your booking and provide you with further details.

Please don’t just turn up on the day without booking a place and, if you do have a place reserved, don’t forget to turn up…. we had quite a few non-attendees last year, which is a shame when we were over-subscribed.

Thank you.

Ray

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Welcome to our new website!!

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Hello and welcome to the new, updated and very informative, official website of the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery.

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, our old website ‘died’…… unfortunately (or fortunately, really!!), technology overtook the dated platform that we used for it and it just disappeared…..overnight…. meaning we have had to start again…. from scratch!! Obviously, we were quite proud of our work on the original website and we must have been doing something right as we had over 27,000 ‘hits’ during its existence – not bad for quite a niche market – but, time (and technology) waits for no-one, not even the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery group, so here we are, having found the cloud with the silver lining, ready to show off our brand new website.

As you will see, it is not quite the finished article and, hopefully, never will be, as we intend to keep adding to it as we go along. However, we feel there is enough ‘completed content’ within our website to warrant it being published as it is now.

In terms of what we are trying to achieve, the ‘stories’ section is our main priority; this is where the ‘residents’ of Jesmond Old Cemetery get to tell us a bit about themselves, their families, their achievements and, ultimately, their demise. There are over 25,000 people buried in Jesmond Old Cemetery, so it will be a bit of a daunting challenge to document them all, but at least we’ve made a start. On our original website, we mainly used the information provided by Alan Morgan (with his permission, of course) in his magnificent book about Jesmond Old Cemetery which, out of necessity via the printed form, was quite brief and lacking somewhat in depth and detail. Now, that is not to say that the information provided by Alan was not useful – indeed, all of his books are a treasure trove of fantastically useful knowledge and history that are a starting point for a wide range of local historians; however, the many advantages afforded by the medium of online content means that we have the luxury of unlimited ‘space’, where we can not only build on Alan’s work, but also produce our own research, providing as much context, depth and detail as we can find. Obviously, this will be an on-going project, as we amend and add profiles to the website, but this will, hopefully, entice you to return again and again to further explore what we have uncovered about our residents.

So, as you explore the ‘stories’, you will come across a number of Alan’s ‘pen portraits’ but, alongside these, you will find an increasing amount of our own in-depth biographies that will, eventually, become the gold standard profile throughout the website. For instance, if you look at Robert Amos, Thomas Pallister Barkas, Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, Walter Runciman or William Baigent, you will see what we are endeavoring to achieve in terms of the amount and level of information we want to provide.

The ‘stories’ themselves are organized into ten categories, namely ‘Architects, Builders and Engineers’, ‘Arts, Entertainment and Literature’, ‘Brewers, Merchants and Retailers’, ‘Crime, Police and Solicitors’, ‘Maritime’, ‘Medicine’, ‘Military’, ‘Mining’, ‘Politics, Public Life and Religion’ and ‘Sports’. The categories have been chosen to help facilitate a logical, organized and structured ‘grouping’ of the wide diversity of lives lived by our residents, helping the visitor to our website more easily find who they are looking for. However, it is acknowledged that the allocation of an individual to a category is an imperfect science and that some may disagree with the decisions made but, we had to start somewhere, and we are open to being persuaded to change our minds……for a small fee!!

Moving on to other components of our website, we have a section on ‘The Friends’, which details, amongst other things, how we started, who we are, what we’ve done and what we want to do. ‘The Cemetery’ section focusses on the history of Jesmond Old Cemetery, from its antecedents, right through to the present day. It also includes a lovely section on our ‘Listed Structures and Monuments’.

So, there we have it….a brief introduction to our new website. What do you think???

Let us know your thoughts….            

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