City of YORK SCENES
York Cemetery is a cemetery found in the city of York, England. York Cemetery was founded in 1837, and now encompasses 24 acres and is owned and administered by The York Cemetery Trust with support of the Friends of York Cemetery. It is situated on Cemetery Road in the Fishergate area of York. York Cemetery is also the location of some Commonwealth War Graves.
York Cemetery: The Pritchett Chapel near the entrance.
York Cemetery offers a variety walks along various laid out paths e.g. Butterfly Walk, Fossil Tree Lawn & Fernery Walk, Herb Garden & Heritage Orchard Walk and the Soldiers Lawn.
An accompanying angelic carvings and a rural scene carved on a gravestone in York Cemetery.
A bicycle adorns this York Cemetery grave.
Two examples of Commonwealth War Graves in York Cemetery.
Left: RAF Sergeant G. T. Lapping (aged 26, 1942) and RAF Aircraftman P. L. Lapping (aged 53, 1945)
Father and son buried together in York Cemetery.
Right: Private S. Goodrick of the West Yorkshire Regiment (1916)
Some fine carving on this gravestone in York Cemetery.
One of the many beautiful tree-lined paths to walk down in York Cemetery.
A nice open sunny space of green in York Cemetery.
Two stone angels - some of the best 'Angelic' carvings in York Cemetery.
More on York Cemetery (adapted from Wikipedia)
The York Public Cemetery Company was formed in 1837 to
provide better burial facilities for the citizens of York – whatever
their station in life – than those offered by the overcrowded parish and
non-conformist graveyards in the city. Initially, York Cemetery had to compete
with the other graveyards in the city, but, because of their
unsatisfactory condition, they were all closed by an Order in Council in
December 1854. From 1855 then, until the 1940s, the cemetery expanded to
its present size by buying all the adjacent land that was available. As
a result, York Cemetery prospered and paid good dividends to its shareholders. By
the 1960s, however, with the cemetery nearly full, it became clear that
it was no longer financially viable and that the high returns previously
enjoyed by the shareholders could not be sustained. With prospects of
very little income to pay wages and cover the maintenance of the site
the company, in June 1966, York Cemetery went into voluntary liquidation. When the
process was completed in 1979, there was nothing of commercial value
left, only the land containing over 28,000 graves, 17,000 monuments and
two listed buildings in an advanced state of disrepair. The abandoned
site devolved to the Crown.
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