Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Cemetery Corner

This is the next shot from my visit to Buckfastleigh to make it out of the digital darkroom. I'm still at the church at the top of the hill.

Gravestones like silent sentinels

I've always had a fascination for this particular cemetery. When I used to go caving as a teenager in Bakers Pit, a cave a lot closer by this cemetery than you'd think, I learnt about the local folklore.

The tomb of the local landowner that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his Hound Of The Baskervilles is in this cemetery and, as locals would have it, the Devils Toe resides on the other side of the hedge, cut off in some epic battle for the souls of the village folk hereabouts.

In the cave, one of the main entrance chambers lies almost directly under the tomb and in the ceiling of the large chamber is a coffin shaped section of limestone. Great for adding a bit of drama for any newbie to a caving expedition!

I must also confess to having been responsible for a large depression opening up in the graveyard. With a mate, we spent around 18 months on a dig in Bakers Pit, pushing some collapsed passages and a chamber at the end of them. As we dug it out from underneath, as I found out a few years later, the vicar had been filling it in from the top. Oops!

There's more to the story about bones and the British Museum but I think we'll close the book at this point!

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