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Doesn't this have the classic creepy cemetery look? A sign explained that it's left wild and unmowed to attract wildlife.

Doesn’t this have the classic creepy cemetery look? A sign explained that it’s left wild and unmowed to attract wildlife.

I had about a half-hour to spare before a meeting today at Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court campus. I spied a nearby church spire and thought where there’s a church, there’s probably a cemetery. Yes! I stumbled across this treasure.

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St. Bartholomew’s Church. Parts of it were built at different times, but the earliest standing part seems to be from the 15th century. A plaque in the church lists all the clergy that have served the parish since 1244. Amazing!

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Detail from a more modern gravestone. This one was actually readable and not all that old (comparatively to what I’m used to).

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Most of the gravestones looked like this, with the etchings totally obliterated. I didn’t have enough time to investigate how old the oldest gravestones are.

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The more modern area. I’m guessing these are cremains, because each plaque is a small square and a couple of dozen are laid together.

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The back part of the cemetery.

The back part of the cemetery.

The church is near this manor, the Methuen manor house.

The church is near this manor, the Methuen manor house.

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