In 1856 a new cemetery opened on the edge of Buckingham with two chapels of ease. I found there a wide variety of unusual gravestones and memorials, many of them Victorian.
One chapel is for Anglian or Church of England burials, the other for The Nonconformists or “Dissenters”. There’s also a gate lodge, now a private dwelling but once for the sexton.
Though all in the Gothic Revival style, they don’t have a common design; but they share details; each has bandings of red and yellow brick, slate roofs, and stone dressings. The Anglican chapel has lost its bell turret, the other chapel still has one.
It’s not unknown to have two chapels; there were once two at the Calverton Road cemetery in Stony Stratford but they were demolished in the 20th Century. These are the only examples I know of in North Bucks.
(Edited) Aylesbury’s Victorian Tring Road cemetery also has two chapels; I’ll take a look one day so that I can show you.
There was also a small mortuary on the opposite side of the entrance to the gate lodge; it was demolished in the 1960s. It’s likely it shared the same details as the other buildings but no photos are known to have survived.
Jerome Tronson died of TB. His inscription says:
Advance agent for Bostock and Wombwell’s Menagerie.
Died December 28th 1915.
Aged 43 years.
Erected by his brother Louis
and his employer E.H. Bostock.
The grave of Ann Boulter, who died in 1861. Also named on the stone is her brother, who died in 1884 and is buried at North Platte, Nebraska, where he had died. Below the inscription is "Harrison" in small letters; probably the stonemason.
The architect Samuel Charles Tripp designed the buildings and, it’s believed, the general design of the cemetery, including the surrounding dwarf wall with iron railing and another railing (now gone) that separated the Anglican and Nonconformist burial areas.
Tripp was a Bristol man, and the cemetery is the only work of his known in Buckinghamshire.
He was an experienced architect; just two years earlier the headquarters of the Bristol & Exeter Railway at Bristol’s Temple Mead station had been finished to Tripp’s designs.
Well, that was lucky. I’d planned to look at two completely different historical places on the day I visited here but couldn’t gain access to either.
I just popped in to the cemetery on the way home thinking I might get a couple of photos and be on my way, so at least my day wouldn’t be completely wasted.
But I found more than enough for two posts. Next week we shall have a look at the symbolism in Victorian memorials, and what things like the obelisk and the “broken column” I found at Buckingham mean. See you next week.
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