I was in Brampton yesterday with my love and as we were waiting at this store I saw a small graveyard so I dragged Andrew over to it and all of the headstones were dated back to the 1800's 😵😱 I thought it was pretty cool, I don't think I've seen such old headstones like that before!
The Black Flaneur's Bath, Part Four - Beckford’s Tower and Cemetery. Yet another example of the wonders that might be found if you manage to escape the monotonous slurry of staid clothing-n'-coffee chain-store shit in the town centre, this architectural idiosyncrasy, viewable on the hills of Lansdown from most of the city, has fallen into modernity and the caring hands of the Bath Preservation Trust via a series of improbable past stints as a beer garden, funerary chapel and holiday home. Today, the eponymous tower has come full circle and returned to serving the purpose its creator envisaged - providing exceptional views across Bath and housing his amazing art collection, as adeptly explained by tour guides who also offer additional insight into the man himself and his attempts to rewrite the book on matters of sexual debauchery and financial profligacy, the crusty old Anglo-Saxon slaver!
The graveyard itself, containing Beckford's self-designed pink marble tomb, is an ode to the garden beauty and romantic decay of the (unmolested) English cemetery, full of magnificent carvings, ornate tombs rendered in marble, mysterious dignitaries laid to rest under trees or in forgotten corners, ankle-breaking potholes and we-saw-you-coming imploding graves, and even an appearance from local deer, if you're lucky! Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only, 10:30am – 5pm. #bathuk#bathlife#bathpreservationtrust#flaneur#beckfordstower#williambeckford#georgianarchitecture#englishheritage#igersbath
I've always appreciated the art that goes into the creation of tomb stones. Trying to honor a loved one and convey their story on a piece of stone takes true talent. Of course the more creative and artistic ones seem to be from earlier times. A favorite activity of mine while traveling is visiting older, historical grave sites and seeing the stories so eloquently told on granite or marble and imaging what times were like when the person passed. This collection is from the small Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys, CA which dates back to the gold rush in California. I can just picture some of the old prospectors and the upper crust of society who are now resting together in eternity.