SP9211 : Where have all the Gravestones gone - At Tring

taken 4 years ago, near to Tring, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Where have all the Gravestones gone - At Tring
Where have all the Gravestones gone - At Tring
When I first visited this cemetery in the 1960s there was an almost continuous row of gravestones edging this footpath, with many more behind them. However in 1972 it was announced that if you didn't leap out of your grave to say you wanted the stone to stay (or a surviving relative spoke up on you behalf) it would be removed. A team with sledgehammers moved in in 1973 to break up and remove the unclaimed stones. (I must shamefacedly admit that I was one of those involved.)
The Old Graveyard at Tring
When the old churchyard got full in Victorian times a new plot was opened in 1853 next to what was then the Rectory Garden. This rapidly filled with burials and when I arrived in Tring in the mid 1960s this was a solid sea of gravestones. Shortly afterwards the area was developed and the graveyard was opened up as an open space in 1973 - and only a few of the gravestones were retained.

The Tring & District Local History Society produced a booklet in about 2005 listing the surviving graves, and (surnames only) the graves removed in 1973.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 29 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9240 1154 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.6933N 0:39.6949W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9240 1150
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