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Beckett Street cemetery, guinea graves (Burmantofts) (12 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Beckett Street cemetery showing rows of inscription graves or 'guinea graves'. These were a type of common grave for a number of unrelated people buried at the same time, but unlike pauper graves they had headstones commemorating the names of the dead. This type of burial originally cost the family one guinea (one pound and one shilling), hence the popular name. The graves on the right here date from 1912. In the background are the high-rise flats of Shakespeare Towers, Court and Grange.
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Beckett Street Cemetery, view of a 'Guinea Grave' (Burmantofts) (5 comments)
Colour imageUndated. 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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Holbeck Cemetery, Decorative fencing at the view point (Holbeck) (4 comments)
Colour imageFebruary 2007. View of decorative fencing recently erected at the viewing point in Holbeck Cemetery. It has significant dates including 1857 when the cemetery was first opened, 1857 - 1940 representing the era of the 'Guinea Graves', 1914 -1945, the fallen of the two world wars, 1987, the year Beeston born poet Tony Harrison wrote 'V', the poem about his parents' grave, and there are also words and symbols. The viewing platform was constructed in 2005/6 and offers spectacular views over Leeds.
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Holbeck Cemetery, Guinea Graves (Holbeck) (3 comments)
Colour imageFebruary 2007. Image shows many of the 'Guinea Graves' that can be seen in Holbeck Cemetery in Fairfax Road. In contrast to the more ornate memorials these are simple stone slabs which have been inscribed with a long list of names and ages of people in the locality who died in poverty. The guinea or 21 shillings paid for up 36 letters of inscription. Some of the guinea graves in Holbeck Cemetery have as many as 46 names, the guinea graves date from 1857 to the 1940's
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Holbeck Cemetery, Guinea Graves (Holbeck) (6 comments)
Colour imageFebruary 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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