2019

TF4510 : The ancient mariner in Wisbech General Cemetery

taken 5 years ago, near to Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England

The ancient mariner in Wisbech General Cemetery
The ancient mariner in Wisbech General Cemetery
The wording on the top half of this gravestone and memorial reads

IN AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE WILLIAM
SECOND SON OF CAPTAIN
JOHN AND EMMA HILL
WHO WAS WASHED OVERBOARD FROM THE SHIP
"BEN VOIRLICH" (OF GLASGOW)
FEBRUARY 4th 1883
AGED 20 YEARS
DURING A S.W. GALE, HOMEWARD BOUND FROM
AUSTRALIA IN LAT. 47N. LONG. 13W.
NOT LOST TO MEMORY, NOT LOST TO LOVE,
BUT GONE TO OUR FATHERS HOME ABOVE
............

Details of this iron 3 masted sailing vessel can be seen here LinkExternal link and here LinkExternal link
The journey from Melbourne in Australia to London took 92 days, 9th November 1882 to 9th February 1883 see LinkExternal link
The young mariner was washed overboard mid-way between southern Ireland and northern Spain
The General Cemetery in Wisbech Richard Humphrey

Wisbech General Cemetery is a 3 acre tranquil oasis in a busy part of Wisbech. Situated on North End formerly Leverington Road, access is available from North End or Harecroft Road Playing Fields.

Established in 1836 the design followed the mid-19th century style of building public cemeteries laid out along the lines of a formal garden. To allow use by all denominations the ground was not consecrated.

By the 1960s only six burials took place in ten years and in 1972 it finally closed. 6571 people are buried in the cemetery.

A Friends group was formed in 1992 with the purpose of working with Fenland District Council, owners of the site, to preserve and manage this valuable woodland wildlife habitat and historic cemetery for the enjoyment of the public. Guided walks are held during the year.

In 2014 Fenland District Council agreed terms for a 30 year lease to the Wisbech Society, including the care of the chapel and memorials to become effective when funding for the project has been obtained. An application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the renovation of the chapel and the initial costs for its use as a public study/learning amenity. LinkExternal link The renovation was completed in 2018.
For additional information see Echos of the Past LinkExternal link


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Photographer
Richard Humphrey   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 20 May, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 26 February, 2020
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4586 1025 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:40.2202N 0:9.3405E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 45843 10237
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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