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Holbeck Cemetery, Guinea Graves

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Holbeck Cemetery, Guinea Graves
February 2007. Images shows examples of some of the 'guinea graves' in Holbeck Cemetery located in Fairfax Road. These are public graves containing the remains of local people who died in poverty. Rather than the family suffering the indignity of a paupers grave for their loved ones, a guinea or 21 shillings, would pay for an inscription of up to 36 letters. As many as 46 names are listed on a single tombstone in Holbeck Cemetery. There are many 'guinea graves' dating from 1857 to the 1940's

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