Friday, 25 April 2014

st george's fields, pt. 1
















I divided these into two posts, because it just seemed easier that way. I don't even know if anyone reading this finds cemeteries interesting, but I do, so maybe that's enough. I love the appearance of old gravestones, modern ones just aren't that detailed and  grand anymore. (Well, most of them at least.) I also love the little - or longer - texts of remembrance or quotations from the Bible. Personally, I want to be cremated, but I also want to have a gravestone. It may be a bit morbid of me, but I use the old ones I like for inspiration. For example, for quite a while my headstone quote-to-be has been "Thy will be done". "Saviour in thy gracious keeping, leave we here our dear one, sleeping." is pretty neat, too, but who knows if I'll be dear to anyone at the time of my death.. As I'm interested in strange things like this, I'm also the one who's had a chat with my mum about what she wants her funeral/burial to be like (not that she is likely to die soon!). Her favourite headstone quote at the moment is "Henki elää Jumalassa, muisto rakastavissa sydämissä." which is Finnish for "Spirit lives in God, remembrance in loving hearts." and is something I found in a gravestone last summer.

Anyway, for me the main grave to see at St. George's Fields was that of Pablo Fanque. Nowadays he's most known because of the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" but he was also a pretty big deal as a circus proprietor in his time! I must admit that I wouldn't have known anything of him if it wasn't for the Beatles connection. But I am wiser now and he seems to have been one interesting lil' man!

17 comments :

Magda Carvalho said...

I love cemeteries are quite cutest of that here in Portugal.
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Meg Kernaghan said...

I like this :)

I don't think it's right that we feel that cemeteries are morbid, when really they are all about remembrance and they are quite beautiful. I love the appearance of old gravestones too, some of them are such works of art. And I wonder about all the people they represent.

Sam said...

Your photos are excellent, this looks like a scene from The Originals. Have a great start to the weekend hun!

Lady parisienne said...

nice post!
I love the photos!

Wynne Prasetyo said...

great shots there!

Kim Alston said...

The sayings on the stones are so beautiful.
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Krysten Gautreaux said...

I think cemeteries are so interesting, especially when you can find old graves and wonder about the people who they belong to. Is that weird?

Maja eM said...

Very melancholic pics I really love old cementerys thay have some kind of magic!
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Stephanie said...

I don't walk through cemeteries very often, but there is something very captivating about them and reading the memorials. Just a hint of people's stories. Beautiful photos x

PiotrowskaPaulina said...

Nice, old cemeteries :) kisses

Corinne said...

Cemeteries are beautiful, your photos are lovely and such a lovely celebration of those that once lived.

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Gail J said...

Next time, you come to Manchester and we should explore more <3 xx

Laura said...

Magda Carvalho - i'd love to explore the cemeteries over there as well, hun! x

Meg Kernaghan - thanks, dear! and i agree, cemeteries really are beautiful and should be associated with that and remembrance instead of negative emotions! x

Sam - thank you, lass! didn't know what the originals was, but now i am wiser, ha:-) x

Lady parisienne - thank you, lovely! x

Wynne Prasetyo - thank you, chick! x

Kim Alston - that they are, love! x

Krysten Gautreaux - not weird at all, honey! i love that too, and it is so interesting when you actually find out about the stories behind the graves! xx

Maja eM - they really do seem to have something magical about them, hon! xx

Stephanie - oh, i wish i visited them more often and captivating is just the word to describe them! thank you, lady! x

PiotrowskaPaulina - cheers, hen! x

Corinne - ah, thank you, girl! xx

Gail J - yehh, we definitely should, sweetie! i'll recruit you to be my explorer buddy;-) xx

The Adventures of a Shopaholic said...

It's amazing!

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Laura said...

Marianna - glad you think so, hen! x

HighlandFling said...

I find grave stones fascinating. I did an assignment on them at university about the changing of "fashion" in them. It's really interesting if you look at the dates and what is trendy to have on your grave stone!

Emma x

Laura said...

Emma - ooh, that sounds really interesting, dear! i wish i was doing something like that at uni, but i'll actually pay even more attention to that kind of detail now! xx