Tuesday, 24 July 2012

signs of age

with the cemetery sitting on top of a hill between two railway tracks, the monument has been blackened by soot on all sides. the stone has been worn away by a cascade of (acid) rain on the north side and is completely softened and unreadable on the west side. the east side, which is protected from the prevailing winds, is still easily readable to show that this monument belongs to the family of Isaac and Celia Chilman [née Cecelia Pim]  who had 14 children.

for a Taphophile Tragics at the Hamilton Cemetery

7 comments:

Nicola Carpenter said...

So sad that the information on the north and west side is now lost. Great picture!

Beneath Thy Feet

NixBlog said...

Nice shot. A pity that many of these graves are not being conserved.

Lowell said...

That is an unhappy situation. I see that she lived 77 years. That's not bad after having 14 children!

Re your comment about not taking a picture of clocks and now they're gone: With clocks, you've got to shoot them at the right time. But you knew that. Timing is everything! :-)

Julie said...

So sad, but who is to conserve them. Even with 14 children and all their descendents, there is a strong chance that there is not the money in the family to expend on history. Shame about the placement of the cemetery, although being surrounded by trains, the area was never going to cut the mustard as a housing estate.

Halcyon said...

14 children is quite a burden for any woman! I can't believe she lived 77 years. I was just at the Hamilton cemetery earlier this week. I had no idea who to look for, but saw some interesting graves nonetheless. Is there anyone famous buried there?

hamilton said...

Probably not famous, but there are a lot of well-known Hamiltonians there. There are walks held every Saturday and this coming one is on the Civil War - yes, there are quite a few graves related to that war!

CaT said...

i like the sentence "together with the lord". thats just so weird to me, all those references to God.
i assume at least god is meant. and not her husband... ;) although that would be so much funnier..