Monday, 22 April 2013

2002 - working mostly at the N end of the main cemetery

This area looks bare - under this layer of earth we found tombstones.

Here we discovered an largely intact low-level box tomb. Copies were made from it.

This corner northern corner of the cemetery adjacent to magazine lane presented problems, as there had evidently been a small hill or elevation here. We infilled the area after walling it off. The graves here were small, and  indicated this was a section used for child burials.

This corner was the only location during the entire restoration that a burial was disturbed - work was carried out while I was in London, and I returned to the island to find the exposed lead coffin seen here. This tiny area, about 2 x 2yards in size, in the N corner of the seventeenth century graveyard, was immediately walled off, and the ground level raised with infill.

Exposed lead coffin.

The wall marks the boundary of the seventeenth and eighteenth century graveyard, the area to the right was purchased and added on in the 1800s. The most recent graves are here, marking the decline and extinction of the original Spanish and Portuguese community.

There remains free unused ground in the nineteenth century addition to the graveyard.

The northern carrerot of the seventeenth and eighteenth century graveyard

Southern sections adjacent to Magazine Lane. Abarbanel tombstone.

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