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    If you're in Bristol and have a bit of time to kill Arnos Vale Cemetery
    is well worth a look, I'm not usually one for graveyards but this
    huge place really is something special.









    http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.c...e=10000&icon=x

    Bristol and Avon family history page.
    http://www.bafhs.org.uk/arnos/arnomain1.htm

    Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery page. Listed monument
    pages are good but could do with a bit more history imo.
    http://www.favc.freeserve.co.uk/

    Pics from krela, myself and (soon) Norman in the Religious sites gallery.

    Bishop :)

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    40,000 graves
    How old are some of the graves?
    brings nothing new to the table. For now an armchair Explorer :o

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    first burial there was 1839, so not that old really, but it is a 40 acre site!
    milk can go sour in one second!

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    I had Arnos Vale on my list of places for my buildings trip while Stoop and Silo were exploring the Motherload. But as is usually the case once I was into one place (Courage brewey in this case) I just stayed there all day and didn't have time to get around anywhere else!! Looks awesome, could spend days wandering around in there!!!!!!! That third pic with the casket and the greenery is grrrrrreat!

    JD

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    Thanks JD, you should check out Arnos Vale next time
    you're in this neck of the woods, like Courage it takes
    a lot of time to get around though, I don't think I've
    seen half of it yet.

    Page on Icons & Symbols in Arnos Vale Cemetery, good stuff.
    http://www.favc.freeserve.co.uk/symbols.htm

    There are three recipients of the Victoria Cross in Arnos Vale,
    the VC is the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry
    in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and
    Commonwealth forces. Only seen H.B Wood's grave I've yet
    to see the other two.

    Harry Blanshard Wood
    http://www.answers.com/topic/harry-blanshard-wood

    Major General Gronow Davis
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gronow_Davis

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Burges
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Burges

    B

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    WOW, that place looks amazing. i love looking round graveyards. mates think im morbid, but just love em, dunno why. That 3rd pic down, looks like someone very important was buried there, with the size of the tomb part of it and just the size of the whole grave. Did you see who it was who was buried in that grave?

    Great pics. :)

    :) Sal

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    SmileySal wrote.
    That 3rd pic down, looks like someone very important was buried there, with the size of the tomb part of it and just the size of the whole grave. Did you see who it was who was buried in that grave?
    Thomas Gadd Matthews (- Grade II*)

    No idea who he was but I'd like to know, funky final resting place like
    that must have cost a few pennies, I'm guessing he was a merchant
    or landowner?

    Friends of Arnos vale Cemetery listed monuments page, I think Thomas
    Gadd Matthews is on the third page?
    http://www.avctrust.freeserve.co.uk/...monuments1.htm

    Great pics.
    Ta, Krela got a good pic of a butterfly and a Robin when we were there,
    think they're in his user gallery bit not the AV gallery?

    B :)

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    Ok I Googled Thomas Gadd Matthews and my first guess as to
    his career is spot on :), according to the page below he was
    a merchant (bottom of page). Merchant in what though?
    http://homepage.virgin.net/allen.gittens/arnosvale.html

    Amongst other tombs are Thomas Gadd Matthews, 1859.
    Lavish marble sarcophagus on table, by Tyley
    Above is from the Pevsner Architectural Guides website.
    http://www.lookingatbuildings.org.uk...document=3.C.8

    Highly recommend the Pevsner books though they are far from easy to
    use, and in the case of Arnos Vale Cemetery he only really mentions the
    lodge or gatehouses which is criminal. If he likes a place he'll really go to
    town on it and write shedloads, and on the flip side if a building offends
    him then he'll not pull his punches in slagging it off, normally in a very
    amusing manner.

    Worth buying just for the glossary alone heres an example.

    Entasis:
    Very slight convex deviation from a straight line; used on Greek
    columns and sometimes on spires to prevent an optical illusion
    of concavity.
    B :)

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    Rammohun Roy (c.1772-September 27, 1833) The Father of Modern India.





    Rammohun Roy (c.1772-September 27, 1833), a Hindu monotheist, who made early translations of Vedic scriptures into English, co-founded the Calcutta Unitarian Society, and later founded Brahmo Samaj. He successfully campaigned against sati, the practice of burning widows. He sought to integrate Western culture with the best features of his own country's traditions. He promoted a rational, ethical, non-authoritarian, this-worldly, and social-reform Hinduism. Thus he has been called the "Father of Modern India." His writings sparked interest among British and American Unitarians, inspired Unitarian missionary work in India, and influenced the Transcendentalists.
    Couple of links about this very interesting chap.
    http://www.uua.org/uuhs/duub/article...mmohunroy.html
    http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/R_0232.HTM



    It comes as no surprise to find that Arnos Vale has suffered over the
    years, BBC link below about vandalism from september last year.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/4203568.stm

    Noticed a few cctv cameras in Arnos Vale the other day, they could
    do with a lot more though.

    B

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    Nice thread, well researched, great pics; good work Mr B.

    I take it the whole place is derelict, or are there parts still in use?

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