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We live not far from Warstone Lane Cemetery, one of Birmingham's more notable Victorian burial grounds. It features an impressive selection of gravestones and tombs, as well as - unusually for an English cemetery - catacombs. A few days ago we had a clear, frosty morning so I went for a walk along with [livejournal.com profile] cthulie and T who were visiting, in the hope of getting some good pictures. We weren't disappointed.

The catacombs (HDR merge of three pictures):

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Frosty headstones:

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Leaves, frost and fallen statuary:

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Signs around the cemetery note that a lot of the gravestones have become unsafe and so have been laid flat. This makes them even more striking when frost settles:

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We also noticed that where now-horizontal gravestones had deeply-recessed carving, it had accumulated leaves, filled with water and frozen:

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I'd always thought black marble a little pretentious for monuments but it does frost up very nicely:

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Full album here.

Date: 2017-01-08 01:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Ooh! Nice!

And since we now live in Shropshire, just down the road.

Date: 2017-01-11 02:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
Feels like a mini Colosseum.

Date: 2017-01-11 02:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
Teh fallen statue makes me thing of Tolkien's headless king.

Date: 2017-01-07 05:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] strange-complex.livejournal.com
Fantastic photos. I have explored that cemetery myself in the summer, but this is a whole new angle on it. I guess the catacombs were Bham's answer to the Circle of Lebanon at Highgate Cemetery - I've just checked the dates and Highate was opened 9 years earlier.

Date: 2017-01-24 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gnommi.livejournal.com
lovely photos

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