ST6376 : Fishponds churchyard

taken 11 years ago, near to Stapleton, Bristol, Great Britain

Fishponds churchyard
Fishponds churchyard
A multitude of small identical graves: I wonder if they mark the graves of the Stapleton workhouse inhabitants who used to worship here? (I cannot find confirmation of this.)
Update: thanks to Hazel, who contacted me with a link to the history of Fishponds, it appears that this is indeed the case. A visitor to the church in 1847 was dismayed by the sight of the wretched workhouse children that filled the pews, and of their graves that filled the churchyard:
"The churchyard seems to be almost wholly used as a Golgotha for the neighbouring poor-house, as the long ranks of little red clay-mounds, with a small inscribed footstone to each, indicated. I seldom saw a more desolate and cheerless looking resting place for the dead in my life; not a shrub or altar-tomb, that I could see, rose to vary the dismal and monotonous dreariness and flatness of the place."
See LinkExternal link for the rest of the contemporary account - it deserves to be read.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008   (more nearby)
Thursday, 17 July, 2008
Churchyard   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 632 760 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.9161N 2:31.8107W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 632 760
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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