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Warriston Cemetery

 

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Warriston Cemetery

Warriston Cemetery 5  -  Infra-red Photo

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Warriston Cemetery dates from the mid 19th century.  I believe it is an important aspect of Edinburgh's history.  The gravestones of many of Edinburgh's early photographers can be found there, including:

-   Hippolyte Blanc

-   James Howie

-   James Howie Junior

-   Cosmo Innes

-   James Lennie

-   Peter Truefitt

-   James Good Tunny

 

Please click here to see these photographers' gravestones.

Warriston Cemetery

and bluebells

Warriston Cemetery  -  Gravestone and Bluebells

 

Gravestones Toppled

I was shocked to read in the Edinburgh Evening News that many of the gravestones have recently been declared unsafe, and that following failure to make contact with descendants, over 500 of the gravestones have been pushed over and now lie flat on the ground.

 

I visited Warriston Cemetery today and photographed the result.  It was worse than I had expected.  Many of the gravestones are lying face down, so that visitors tracing their genealogy and others are no longer able to read the names.  In some cases the headstones have been broken!

Scenes in Warriston Cemetery  -  25 January 2003

1.

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh   -  January 2003  - Warriston Cemetery gravestones toppled 1

2.

Photographs by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh  -  January 2003  -  Warriston Cemetery toppled gravestones

3.

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh  - January 2003  -  Warriston Cemetery gravestone toppled

4.

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh  -  January 2003  -  Warriston Cemetery gravestone toppled 4

 

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that the Council's reaction shows no respect for the graves and has been disproportionate to the risk.  [The action follows the death of a child in a graveyard in England 3 years ago.]

Surely it would have been better to find ways of making these gravestones safe, seeking funding to do so, if necessary, rather than leave the cemetery in the state it is today..

The very least we could expect is for the gravestones to be lowered gently, and not meet the fate of those in pictures 3 and 4.

[For further comments on the toppling of gravestones, see:  Edinburgh Evening News  24 Jan 03, pp.1, 5, 10]

What next?

Following press comments and other protests earlier this year, we now [April 2003] have better news from Edinburgh City Council.

Maintenance

After seeing some of my recent photos taken at Warriston Cemetery,

Warriston Cemetery  -  July 2010          Warriston Cemetery  -  July 2010

Edith Caulfield wrote:

"I was just wondering as to why Warriston Cemetery is not maintained.  How long has it been since any work has been done on the grounds, and who's decision was it to allow this to happen?. 

This is terrible for families who want to visit there relatives who are buried there, I have an Aunt Elizabeth (Bessie) Hay who was buried there some time in the 1960s."

Edith Caulfield, (nee Cavanagh), Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  August 3, 2010

Reply

Edith:

I can see your cause for concern, having looked at the photos that I took recently, but the whole of Warriston Cemetery does not look like that!  I took the photos in the lower (southern) parts of the cemetery.   These are now overgrown.  They can look quite atmospheric at times!

However, the upper (northern) part of the cemetery seems to be well maintained.  (I'll take a photo in that area for comparison next time I visit the cemetery.)

I believe that most of the damage to the cemetery (apart from the toppling of the gravestones, referred to above) occurred when the grounds were being maintained by a private company two or three decades ago.  The Corporation was not happy with the level of maintenance that the private company provided, so took over control again.

On my most recent visit to the cemetery,, although the lower part of the grounds were very overgrown, I did not see any problems of vandalism or litter.  There is now only one entrance to the cemetery open.  The entrance that I used to use, from the disused railway (now a footpath and cycle path) on the southern side of the cemetery has been bricked up.  So it should now be easier for the Corporation to control access to the grounds.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  August 10, 2010

 

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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