Saturday, 12 October 2013

Glastonbury Cemetery

Not sure how I came across this cemetery we had driven past the place but I'm sure I noticed it on an Ordnance Survey Map. It was on my list of places to visit and last Saturday I had the chance. It is set on the side of St Edmund's Hill along the Wells Road with some nice views over the surrounding countryside.

From the road it could be easy to miss with the houses along the side of the road.

The main entrance is through the arch though there is a side one along to the right at the end of the wall.

 Walking through the entrance the road turns left 

and brings you to the two chapels

though after looking through the window of this one it looks like it is just used for storage of the groundmens equipment.

The other one though is available to hire for use and I was pleased to see a wheeled  bier at the back.

The internals of the chapel look as though they have not changed since it was built.

This view towards the chapels is from the lower path looking up the hill. This area has some of the older graves .

Looking down to the lower path across the graves

 A column  memorial made of marble

Above are a couple of the headstones the one on the left has and inscription which tells of a Cecil Emery who was killed in action in Palestine  1917

The right hand one has this dove which sadly looks to be eroding away.

Walking up to the top path you get  a great view of both surrounding area and the cemetery

You can view the many different monuments down the hillside

dating back  to the 19th century

 The graves are kept in good condition

There are many different types of headstone but lots of crosses in evidence
Even the odd wooden one

Along the top path you can also see the green burial ground

There quite a few green burial there over looking the cemetery, they are left to blend in with the surrounding area with no markers.

Carry on along the path from the green burial ground and you come the more recent part

Looking down the cemetery to where I parked my car and did enter the place.

Lichen grows on  the headstones
I love finding an angel like this

If you go round the other side it tells you who they are

This grave was one I spotted on the way in and is of Lee Baker who was a retained fireman, he died in an unfortunate motorcycle on the way home from a shift. RIP

Glastonbury Cemetery
Taking part in  Taking Part in Cemetery Sunday & Tapophile Tragics
Have a peaceful Sunday


  1. Very nice Bill. I love these cute little chapels... :-)

    Big hug from the Netherlands,

    1. So do I, it's just a shame they are always locked

    2. I was wondering: I mentioned you in my post with the mushroom picture yesterday. Did you get a nitification of that? I try to figure out how that works...

    3. No but thank you for the mention.

    4. Hmm.. Guess I'll have to look in to that... :-)

  2. A great report ... Especially about the fireman, a good Friend of us is also fireman ... And I like this Place You show. Each headstone, each Cross or an Angel tell a story of a person, of their life.

    Cheers and have a good sunday, Heidrun

    1. Thank you for the kind words Erica and thank you for visiting.

  3. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  4. Such an interesting little cemetery and a wonderful selection of gravestones. Just a note, Private Reginald Cecil's surname is emery, not Cmery.

    Thank you for linking up with Cemetery Sunday.

    Beneath Thy Feet

    1. Thanks for pointing that out I have corrected it.

  5. I always enjoy the way you set up (and describe) these photos so that we feel we are walking with you.
    The stones that list on the back "a Glastonbury Dutchman/woman" is interesting. I don't think I've seen that before.

    1. I try to show the photos as though you were walking round the place though I must admit I was wandering all over the place. I felt showing the back of the Dutchman/Woman would leave a bit of mystery about them even though I did take the front.

  6. Aha! Somewhere I have been. Well, not really -- just into part of it, and it was years ago. Bill, your photos are lovely and always make me want to travel. I've been making a list of places you've had on your blog. :)

    Thanks for sharing all of this on Taphophile Tragics!

    1. Law of averages tells me I will visit a place one of you have been at some time. Glad it making you want to travel.