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Beckett Street Cemetery, view of a 'Guinea Grave'

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Beckett Street Cemetery, view of a
Undated. Image shows an example of one of the 'guinea' graves, also known as subscription graves, located in Beckett Street Cemetery. This type of burial was introduced in 1857 and continued until 1940. It enabled impoverished people to provide a decent burial for their loved one in a communal plot with a shared headstone. The cost of one guinea (one pound and one shilling) included a commemorative inscription of up to 36 letters. Some of the guinea graves are inscribed with as many as 46 names but this particular example of 1904 marks the interrment of 14 people aged between just 3 months and 59 years. The image was sent in by a Mr. Bradley whose relative is commemorated here. Frederick Othick Johnson would have been his Great Great Uncle but sadly died at the age of only 17 months.

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frances wicks/kirlew.

Most of the headstones can no longer be read unfortunately as they are so old. My sister and i took a walk through this cemetery and it is very dangerous actually with holes everywhere - you do have to be very careful. It is indeed a sad sight - so many forgotten dead. It seems people only visit when they find out they have a long lost relative buried there. Shame on leeds for allowing this cemetery to get in such a state.





The cemetery is now very different I am Chairman of the Friends group contact me if you need advice





Alun Pugh.I am looking for plots for Jesse Booker.d1897.Mary Ann Booker d 1881-1886.George Arthur Booker d1897. Jesse Booker Jnr d1957.Emma Booker d1919.If any of these people are here I will comeand have a look and pay my respects as I dont drive I am relying on the internet to give me my points in the right direction.They may be in a guinea grave which will make it very difficult to check and I may need to find plot numbers to see for sure. Thank you very much. Respectfully Anne


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