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kev

Glasgow Graveyards and Cemeteries

Whilst taking some shots this afternoon of an old building long gone I ended up in Sighthill cemetry... now i have only ever been to 2 funerals in the past 20 years  1  being my father a couple of years back...I was  fascinated by the stories on the headstones and thought these are the folk we discuss on a a daily basis on UG  some of the headstones havent got long for this world looking at the state of them...thought it might be an idea to see if we could get a retrospective of the ordinary folk of glasgow lying in the cemetrys around the city






Stuball

Kev, hope you don't mind but I change the name of the thread to make it more of a universal subject.

Here is a list of headstone meanings

Anchor - Steadfast hope
Arch - Rejoined with partner in Heaven
Birds - The soul
Cherub - Divine wisdom or justice
Column - Noble life
Broken column - Early death
Conch shell - Wisdom
Cross, anchor and Bible - Trials, victory and reward
Crown - Reward and glory
Dolphin - Salvation, bearer of souls to Heaven
Dove - Purity, love and Holy Spirit
Evergreen - Eternal life
Garland - Victory over death
Gourds - Deliverance from grief
Hands - A relation or partnership (see Reference 3)
Heart - Devotion
Horseshoe - Protection against evil
Hourglass - Time and its swift flight
Ivy - Faithfulness, memory, and undying friendship
Lamb - Innocence
Laurel - Victory
Lily - Purity and resurrection
Mermaid - Dualism of Christ - fully God, fully man
Oak - Strength
Olive branch - Forgiveness, and peace
Palms - Martyrdom, or victory over death
Peacock - Eternal life
Poppy - Eternal sleep
Rooster - Awakening, courage and vigilance
Shell - Birth and resurrection
Star of David - The God
Skeleton - Life's brevity
Snake in a circle - Everlasting life in Heaven
Swallow - Motherhood
Broken sword - Life cut short
Crossed swords - Life lost in battle
Torch - Eternal life if upturned, death if extinguished
Tree trunk - The beauty of life
Triangle - Truth, equality and the trinity
Shattered urn - Old age, mourning if draped
Weeping willow - Mourning, grief
Greek letters might also be used:

αω (alpha and omega) - The beginning and the end
χρ (chi rho) - The first letters spelling the name of Christ
IHS - Stylised version of iota-eta-sigma, a Greek abbreviation of Jesus
kev

Hey Stu you have got me there... ...I loved walking about there today.. first time ever...what would you think to rename ?....there is lots of history in the graveyards..
Stuball

None more than the Necropolis...

I've got loads of graveyard pics and will post some when I'm on the home computer
UG_admin

Child vampire hunters sparked comic crackdown

From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8574484.stm

Great bit of social history. The Gorbals Vampire will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 2300 GMT on Tuesday 30 March, and will be available on BBC iPlayer

When Pc Alex Deeprose was called to Glasgow's sprawling Southern Necropolis on the evening of 23 September 1954, he expected to be dealing with a simple case of vandalism.

But the bizarre sight that awaited him was to make headlines around the world and cause a moral panic that led to the introduction of strict new censorship laws in the UK.

Hundreds of children aged from four to 14, some of them armed with knives and sharpened sticks, were patrolling inside the historic graveyard.

They were, they told the bemused constable, hunting a 7ft tall vampire with iron teeth who had already kidnapped and eaten two local boys.

Fear of the so-called Gorbals Vampire had spread to many of their parents, who begged Pc Deeprose for assurances there was no truth to the rumours.

Newspapers at the time reported that the headmaster of a nearby primary school told everyone present that the tale was ridiculous, and police were finally able to disperse the crowd.

But the armed mob of child vampire hunters was to return immediately after sunset the following night, and the night after that.

Urban myth

Ronnie Sanderson, who was an eight-year-old schoolboy in the Gorbals area of the city when the vampire scare was at its height, described how Chinese whispers in the schoolyard escalated into full-blown panic.

He recalled: "It all started in the playground - the word was there was a vampire and everyone was going to head out there after school.

"At three o'clock the school emptied and everyone made a beeline for it. We sat there for ages on the wall waiting and waiting. I wouldn't go in because it was a bit scary for me.
Ronnie Sanderson and Tam Smith
Ronnie Sanderson (left) and Tam Smith joined the vampire hunters

"I think somebody saw someone wandering about and the cry went up: 'There's the vampire!'

"That was it - that was the word to get off that wall quick and get away from it.

"I just remember scampering home to my mother: 'What's the matter with you?' 'I've seen a vampire!' and I got a clout round the ear for my trouble. I didn't really know what a vampire was."

There were no records of any missing children in Glasgow at the time, and media reports of the incident began to search for the origins of the urban myth that had gripped the city.

The blame was quickly laid at the door of American comic books with chilling titles such as Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror, whose graphic images of terrifying monsters were becoming increasing popular among Scottish youngsters.

Corrupt comics

These comics, so the theory went, were corrupting the imaginations of children and inflaming them with fear of the unknown.

A few dissenting academics pointed out there was no mention of a creature matching the description of the Gorbals Vampire in any of these comics.

There was, however, a monster with iron teeth in the Bible (Daniel 7.7) and in a poem taught in local schools.
Southern Necropolis
The Southern Necropolis provided the perfect setting for a vampire story

But their voices were drowned out in the media and political frenzy that was by now demanding action to be taken to prevent even more young minds from being "polluted" by the "terrifying and corrupt" comic books.

The government responded to the clamour by introducing the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955 which, for the first time, specifically banned the sale of magazines and comics portraying "incidents of a repulsive or horrible nature" to minors.

Another of those who had gathered at the graveyard as a child, Tam Smith, said the Necropolis provided the perfect stage for a vampire story to take root, with the noise and light from the nearby ironworks casting spooky shadows across the graves in which some 250,000 Glaswegians had been laid to rest.

Mr Smith said it had been common for naughty children in the area to be threatened with the Iron Man - a local equivalent of the Bogeyman - by their exasperated parents.

Holy Grail

Neither Mr Smith or Mr Sanderson had televisions in their homes at the time, and neither had ever seen a horror movie or read a horror comic.

Comic book expert Barry Forshaw said getting their hands on one of the underground American horror comics had been like finding the Holy Grail for schoolyards of British children reared on the squeaky clean fare found every week inside the Beano and Dandy - both of which are produced in Scotland.

The story of the Gorbals Vampire had been a gift to the unlikely alliance of teachers, communists and Christians who had their own individual reasons for crusading against the corrupting influence of American comics, he said.

Mr Forshaw added: "It was a perfect fit. Here was a campaign that was looking for things to justify itself, and then this event happens.

"It is ironic that the moral furore began in Scotland, where the comics could not have been more safe."
Zeno

Thanks Stuball for the meanings, very interesting!

Zeno
dukeboxhero

Taken at the Necropolis on the 50th anniversary to the Cheapside fire
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Stuball

cybers

Stuball wrote:


Great photo

I have as near as dammit got that as a night shot stu ... Bit shaky and i did vow to return and redo it...
Though plodding around the necropolis on my own in the early am is never a laugh
Stuball

Keep your 31st of October free
Stuball

Alex Glass



calamity

Dalbeth Cemetery

was over taking photos today for someone in England in Dalbeth and noticed a lot of graves been demolished, at the far end.. does anyone know whats going on.. as I think doing this to graves is horrible.

Hawick_1987

18th July 2012 - a wander around the Necropolis - it's been estimated that over 50,000 people are buried here with only 3,500 monuments;

Restored entrance gates


This former road used to follow the bend of the crags in Fir Park onwards hence some of the street names - Westercraig, Craigpark etc.


Cemetary Lodge, which was resited from the left of the bridge to its current site
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Superintendents House and garden








Bridge of Sighs
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Entrance facade - the aborted attempts of making an underground labyrinth of crypts


William Miller monument - author of Wee Willie Winkie






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Monteath Mausoleum
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Plaque incorporated into the wall near Tennents


Looking onto an older part of the brewery






An unfortunate surname...
Beano

Hawick_1987 wrote:


William Miller monument - author of Wee Willie Winkie



Hawick...also a bronze memorial plaque in Ark lane for William Miller, can be seen on this link  

http://www.dennistoun.co.uk/Page....le=News&Section=41&Page=4
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Conservation area









Some of the steep cliffs from the quarry remain

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Quite a large area without monuments - mass burials here?


In one sweeping view you can see life, death and everything inbetween - (some outwith my pic) The Princess Royal, The Royal, The Cathedral, Strathclyde Uni and the Necropolis!




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The Jewish plots


Another pic of the Bridge of Sighs
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The source of the lighting


The John Knox statue predates the cemetary, placed at the highest point of the former Fir Park












Honestly, what posesses people?!
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Great views to be found here!








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Fire Fighters memorial








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Simpler monument




Friends of the Necropolis bird feeder
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Glasgow Necropolis (13/02/13)


Alex Glass

Great photo of the Necropolic. I love it when it snow you get great  photos.
Doog Doog

Good stuff.
Hawick_1987

Alex Glass wrote:
Great photo of the Necropolic. I love it when it snow you get great  photos.


Thank you Alex & Doog Doog.

It was a real pity as most of the snow had melted by the time I got away from work.
Hawick_1987

A wee trip around the Necropolis and the Cathedral (17/02/13)









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cybers

As is my want sometimes ... a wee wander in the dark


Necropolis by David C Laurie, on Flickr
cybers


Pathways to Gateways by David C Laurie, on Flickr
calamity

love that one Cybers.
Marblez

Tis indeed Mr L .. was looking for a good place to post these ..


Beyond the Grave by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Tombstones by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
Marblez

Hawick_1987 wrote:


I hope you heeded the advice young man ....    
Hawick_1987

Are you kidding me on? That is like an open invitation to me...  
smb95

Marblez wrote:


Beyond the Grave by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Looks like this is where the block on the left will be going soon.
BTJustice


Autumn 2013 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr


Autumn 2013 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr


Autumn 2013 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr


Autumn 2013 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr
cybers


Tombed by David C Laurie, on Flickr
Marblez


Tombs by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Merchants Monument by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Graveyard Gatehouse by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
Marblez

Necropolis


The Good The Band and The Ugly by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
Stuball


Lost Angel by stuballscramble, on Flickr
cybers

Eastern Necropolis ?
She looks miserable though most of the faces of statues in the bone dumps look miserable.
Doog Doog

Excellent pic,Stu
Stuball

cybers wrote:
Eastern Necropolis ?
She looks miserable though most of the faces of statues in the bone dumps look miserable.


Cathcart cemetery
cybers

Still never managed to go get a wander round that yet... Might try and pencil it in for the weekend as there is nothing else planned.
fastnet

The Jewish and Asian part is fascinating mate.
cybers

Had a quick snoop around the Asian one around 4 or 5 years ago in the Mearns but was killing time with only a crap camera phone. Kept meaning to go back.
Stuball

See if you said Monday or Tuesday during the day, I'd be in.... a wee trudge round the graveyard and some long exposures of the waterfall for old times sake
Glaspark

Sighthill Cemetary in the mist




Moderator Edit

MOVED:Please use the search function before starting needless new threads

Glaspark

Thank you for moving, I thought I had posted in this thread but was unable to delete.   Will post correctly next time.
Doog Doog

Nice one. Would be good in B&W too...
Targer

It would be a better photo. if more closely cropped?
Glaspark

Thanks Doog Doog.  It is a blend of colour and B/W.  The grass wass too green and desaturation just made it paler, I wanted it to look cold so I tried to make the ground look frosty, which was achieved by leaving a little colour.  I lke the crop as captured, sorry.
cybers

I dont mind the crop as is. You should post Portrait orientated photos as no taller than 640px though as it lets people view the image without having to scroll through it.


This is merely a guideline as most webpages are designed in landscape format. It serves to keep things neat and free flowing.
Glaspark

Thanks Cybers, I haven't been here for a while and I got into the habit of sizing to approx 1200 on longest edge elsewhere.  Infact i used to host via Flickr previously which sized accordingly.  Will remember next time  
ken198960

small graveyard on shettleston rd



Doog Doog

Where's that Ken?
ken198960

its on shettleston rd  about 100 yards from the kirkhouse pub  directly across from st serfs church
Celyn

Is it the one with the wee sentry boxes?
cybers

Yes they are just either side of the gate though were probably more for storing shovels etc. Though back in the bad old days of grave robbing who knows
ken198960

riddrie park cemetery





Alex Glass

Craigton Cemetery

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cybers

In the U.K the War Graves and their whereabouts and layouts are piss poor compared to those in other countries.

Some of these plaques proclaim war graves but enter the cemetery and trying to locate them is another matter. Whilst time may have clouded the locations there should be more done to identify these interred sites. Go to France, Germany, Belgium etc the war graves are in manicured lawns, here the headstones usually have been kicked over and are lying in Glasgows answer to a rainforest.
Doog Doog

cybers wrote:
In the U.K the War Graves and their whereabouts and layouts are piss poor compared to those in other countries.

Some of these plaques proclaim war graves but enter the cemetery and trying to locate them is another matter. Whilst time may have clouded the locations there should be more done to identify these interred sites. Go to France, Germany, Belgium etc the war graves are in manicured lawns, here the headstones usually have been kicked over and are lying in Glasgows answer to a rainforest.


Agree with you there. Craigton looks a lot better than it used to do.
skintobalinto

One from January


A wee walk round the Necropolis by SkintoBalinto, on Flickr
Alex Glass

John Knox Memorial Cathedral Square Wander (34)
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Sighthill Cemetery


Views from 32 Pinkgston Drive (72) by Alex J Glass, on Flickr
BTJustice

Cathcart cemetery in the winter sun;

winter sun 16 by Dave Campbell, on Flickr

winter sun 3 by Dave Campbell, on Flickr

winter sun 10 by Dave Campbell, on Flickr

winter sun 14 by Dave Campbell, on Flickr

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