Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Cemeteries of Hull

Death ,Disease and Decay Waiting
in Hull
A selection of my photographs from a recent exploration of cemeteries in Hull. Dating back to the early 1800’s, there is certainly much evidence of death, decay and disease. Many of the surviving stones had in fact been relocated from previous locations as the City expanded.
One of the most interesting finds was evidence of the 1849 Cholera epidemic in the City and the headstone of Labour Master James Myers of the Hull Work House, who died in 1883. Buried along with his wife Ellen, James is recorded on the 1861, 1871 and 1881 Census documents as a Joiner living at James Place in Hull with his wife and  6 Children and according to Census information James was born at nearby Paull in 1813. Curiously, on none of the Census documents for the period is the Workhouse mentioned. Which means one of a few things, his employment there was between 1881 and 1883, he chose not to state his place of work or his activity there took place during years when the census was not taken. In any event his role was significant enough to be mentioned on his stone and any future researcher would be left checking other records for confirmation.
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