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Taphophilia Photograph Albums

I am very proud to present herewith my albums of taphophilia related photography. Please enjoy and, should you have any questions or comments, I'd be delighted to hear from you at
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Churches first, cemeteries further down the page, but first a quick index. Click the hand to scroll down to that location's index entry:



Quick Index:
 Aldworth, Berkshire - St Mary's
 Ashford Hill, Hampshire - St Paul's
 Brimpton, Berkshire - St Peter's
 Bristol, Avon - Arnos Vale Cemetery
 Bristol, Avon - Arnos Vale Cemetery
 Bullington, Hampshire - St Michael and All Angels
 Childrey, Oxfordshire - St Mary's
 Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire - St Mary's
 Cholsey, Oxfordshire - St Marys
 Chute, Hampshire - St Nicolas
 Combe, Berkshire - St Swithun's
 Compton, Berkshire - St Mary and St Nicholas
 East Ilsley, Berkshire - St Mary's
 Ecchinswell, Hampshire - St Lawrence's
 Farnborough, Berkshire - All Saints
 Froxfield, Wiltshire - All Saints
 Goosey, Oxfordshire - All Saints
 Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire - St Marys
 Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire - St Mary the Virgin
 Hannington, Hampshire - All Saints
 Hermitage, Berkshire - Holy Trinity
 Hungerford, Berkshire - Hungerford Cemetery
 Hungerford, Berkshire - St Lawrences
 Knights Enham, Hampshire - St Michael and St Pauls
 Letcombe Bassett, Oxfordshire - St Michael and All Angels
 Litchfield, Hampshire - St James the Less
 Midgham, Berkshire - St Matthew
 Newbury, Berkshire - St Mary's, Shaw
 Newbury, Berkshire - Newtown Road Cemetery
 Newbury, Berkshire - The Cemetery in the Snow
 Newtown, Berkshire - St Mary the Virgin and St John the Baptist
 Ramsbury, Wiltshire - Holy Cross
 Shaw, Newbury, Berkshire - Shaw Cemetery
 Silchester, Hampshire - St Mary's
 Southampton, Hampshire - Southampton Old Cemetery
 Sparsholt, Oxfordshire - Church of the Holy Rood
 Speen, Berkshire - St Marys
 Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire - St Denys
 Tangley, Hampshire - St Thomas of Canterbury
 Thatcham, Berkshire - Thatcham Cemetery
 The City of London - Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
 Wantage, Oxfordshire - Chain Hill Cemetery
 West Ilsley, Berkshire - All Saints
 West London - Kensal Green Cemetery Part 1
 West London - Kensal Green Cemetery Part 2
 Woolhampton, Berkshire - St Peter's



Part One: Churches:

Sparsholt, Oxfordshire 
Church of the Holy Rood
This church is one of several so-called Ridgeway churches in the vicinity of the nearest town, Wantage. The Oxfordshire Ridgeway churches are at:
Sparsholt, Childrey, Kingston Lisle, Letcombe Regis, Letcombe Bassett, West Challow
You'll find photographs of those which are highlighted like this in these albums.
Due, presumably, to financial restraints begetting perhaps a shortage of vicars, these churches take it more or less in turn to offer Sunday morning and other times of services.
Childrey, Oxfordshire 
St Mary's
One of the Oxfordshire Ridgeway churches, Childrey lies no distance at all from Sparsholt, above
Letcombe Bassett, Oxfordshire 
St Michael and All Angels
Another one of the Oxfordshire Ridgeway churches, Letcombe Bassett lies quite close to Sparsholt and Childrey, above
Newbury, Berkshire 
St Mary's, Shaw
Just down the road and around two corners from Newbury's Shaw Cemetery you'll find St Mary's, Shaw Church. It's a fairly sizeable church with a neat and tidy graveyard offering a
handful of interesting sights. Quite a few of these pictures seemed to lend themselves to a spot of vignetting, which you may spot.
Hermitage, Berkshire 
Holy Trinity
This odd little church has a graveyard which offers delamination and rusty crosses, but, frankly, not an awful lot else.
Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire 
St Mary the Virgin
This quite large church still has spiked fences (unusual nowadays) plus the most stunningly unique family tomb : the rust pyramid!
Brimpton, Berkshire 
St Peter's
Just off the main A4 road linking Newbury and Reading you'll find the little village of Brimpton. Its church has its own little road, and there's a few interesting sights to be seen and appreciated.
Woolhampton, Berkshire 
St Peter's
Another St Peter's is found on the opposite side of the A4, in the sprawling big village of Woolhampton. The graveyard here is one of my favourites, even though the front of it is dominated by the most extravagant and extraordinary pink monstrosity of a chest tomb. But there's also what must surely be a completely unique grave marker, the likes of which I've seen nowhere else. Have a look.
Aldworth, Berkshire 
St Mary's
In a little village called Aldworth, neatly situated just off the main road, lies lovely St Mary's church. Its graveyard contains some interesting sights, including some chest tombs, nice rusty fences and some really quite old graves - the inscriptions on which are quite unreadable - and a semi-subterranean shed.
The church dates back to the 1200's, though, like pretty well all such old churches, no graves of such advanced age are evident. There's the grave of a man called Quiet, surely almost unique.

Of great note also in the churchyard is the Aldworth Yew, a tree which could be anywhere betwen 1,000 and 2,000 years old. Clearly, at such an age, it's seen the ravages of time, but has survived lightning strikes and at least one collapse. But it's nevertheless still alive and sort of thriving, though as you'll see, it needs a bit of help and support.
Combe, Berkshire 
St Swithun's
This unusually named church lies in the tiny hamlet of Combe. Combe gives its name to Combe Gibbet, which is near to the highest point in the county - against the village of Combe which could almost be viewed as the lowest point in the county!

You'd be hard-pressed to find Combe if you're unlucky, and then even harder-pressed to find this church. It's quite unusual, for such a small graveyard, to see so many big chest tombs, all of which are ageing and weathering very nicely.
Goosey, Oxfordshire 
All Saints
This little church, in an odd spacious village, is of little real account. The church has been painted white - always an error in my view - and there's little of real interest in the graveyard, so I include its album merely for the record, not out of any particular interest it may hold. There is some interesting history though - click through to see.
Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire 
St Denys
This is a fairly large church with graves situated all around it, of varying ages. As always, I don't depict very recent graves in my photography. There are some very nice looking old gravestones, together with a very few chest tombs. I could have taken more pictures, but this was a bitterly cold - though brightly sunny - and breezy day, and I simply couldn't wait to return to my car and its efficient heater!
Farnborough, Berkshire 
All Saints
No, this isn't the Farnborough in Hampshire, home of British aerospace, the well-known airshow and the aerodrome. No, this is the tiny village just off the main road between Newbury and Wantage, with its hard to find little church (took me two passes through the village to find it!)
Litchfield, Hampshire 
St James the Less
Litchfield is a tiny place just off the main road between Newbury and Southampton. There's nothing particularly noteable about the graveyard or its graves, but on the day of my visit I was intrigued to note the striped tape around various parts of the graveyard.
Bullington, Hampshire 
St Michael and All Angels
Bullington, or, more correctly, Upper and Lower Bullington, which together seem to be a single village, lies off the main Newbury to Southampton road, down various little roads around some tight bends. The church itself lies at the end of a narrow lane and appears to boast a single parking space!

It's a nice little graveyard, with reasonably ordinary graves, but two things to mention: one is a very unusual and extraordinary grave marker, which I photographed front and back, but the second and most striking thing you'll spot if you visit are the amazing trees lining the pathway from gate to church.
Midgham, Berkshire 
St Matthew
Midgham is a little village situated atop a low hill just off the main A4 road between Newbury and Reading. I visited on a damp and drippy day with very light rain. The churchyard is a delight, very scenic and good-looking, made all the better by many many daffodils enjoying the light rain and the mid-March temperatures.
East Ilsley, Berkshire 
St Mary's
East Ilsley, and its companion West Ilsley (album below) lie off the main A34 road between Southampton and the Midlands, or in my local case, between Newbury and Oxford.Its graveyard, at St Mary's, is very attractive and interesting. Of particular note are the numerous older gravestones which have at some time been uprooted and placed against the outer wall, presumably to permit reuse of the ground.
West Ilsley, Berkshire 
All Saints
West Ilsley, and its companion East Ilsley (album above) lie off the main A34 road between Southampton and the Midlands, or in my local case, between Newbury and Oxford.
The graveyard contains some interesting memorials and sights, but its ground is oddly devoid of grass in a large area. I was particularly impressed by an enormous number of visitors to the graveyard, ie, crows, very very noisily occupying the large tree in its centre. There's one particularly nice old cast iron grave marker.
Compton, Berkshire 
St Mary and St Nicholas
Compton, like East and West Ilsley, albums above, lies off the main A34 road between Southampton and the Midlands, or in my local case, between Newbury and Oxford.
You could be forgiven for thinking you couldn't find the church, having driven right through the village, but then suddenly there it is, on your left as you leave the village.
Ashford Hill, Hampshire 
St Paul's
Ashford Hill is a small place in Hampshire. As is often the case, the church is to be found somewhat outside the main part of the village, but is easily spotted due to
its size, which seems disproportionately large in the context of the size of the village.

It's a bit strange at St Paul's. Great swathes of the land around it are devoid of graves, yet down at the end there's a big collection of gravestones, all leaning against each other. It's almost as though someone's taken a big brush and swept all the gravestones into a corner.
Silchester, Hampshire 
St Mary's
Silchester is a village and civil parish about 5 miles north of Basingstoke in Hampshire. It is adjacent to the county boundary with Berkshire and about 9 miles south-west of Reading.

Silchester is most notable for the archaeological site and Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, an Iron Age settlement first occupied by the Romans in about AD 45 and includes what is considered the best-preserved Roman wall in Great Britain.

St Mary's, Silchester, lies entirely within the ancient walls of the site, which will be seen in the pictures. The graveyard contains a pair of carved 13th or 14th century coffin lids, presumably to members of the Bluet family.
Chilton Foliat, Wiltshire 
St Mary's
Chilton Foliat is a nice little village, situated on a back road running more or less parallel to the main road between Newbury and the West. As churches go it's nothing particularly special, though there are a few nice little gargoyles either side of two of its doors. There's a pathway leading from the roadside entrance up to the church itself, lined with heavily cropped old trees.
Ramsbury, Wiltshire 
Holy Cross
Ramsbury is a pre-medieval village steeped in history and tradition. Situated in the picturesque Kennet valley, Marlborough is 7 miles to the West and Hungerford 5 miles East.


The church, Holy Cross, boasts a sizeable and quite interesting and picturesque graveyard with a good number of chest tombs. It boasts an enormous solid great bell tower!
Ecchinswell, Hampshire 
St Lawrence's
Ecchinswell is a village situated off the beaten track along little dusty lanes leading from the main Newbury to Basingstoke road, not a million miles from Watership Down. It has a nice little church, very peaceful to wander around the little graveyard on such a sunny day.
Newtown, Berkshire 
St Mary the Virgin and St John the Baptist
Newtown is an odd little place, not seeming to have much of a real identity. It's situated on the more or less southerly road out of Newbury, as you head in the south coast direction. I'm afraid the graveyard doesn't really offer an awful lot of interest, other than stream running through it and, most notably, an absolutely massive yew tree, which must easily be 12 feet (4 metres if you're that way inclined) in diameter at its base. I can't seehow such an ordinary little church can deserve such a grand name!
Tangley, Hampshire 
St Thomas of Canterbury
After what seems like miles of single-track road leading off the Andover road, we reach the little village of Tangley and its church, St Thomas of Canterbury.

It's a nice-looking little church, with some quite interesting features, though, as the first picture will reveal, it's not exactly enjoying enormous numbers of worshippers, despite its splendid doors, befitting a vast cathedral.
Chute, Hampshire 
St Nicolas
After what seems like more miles of single-track road leading off the Andover road after leaving Tangley (see album for Tangley), we reach the little villages of what are known as "The Chutes".

The Chutes consist of several villages which are Chute Forest, Lower Chute, Chute Cadley, Chute Standen and Upper Chute. Here we'll find St Nicolas, with its really very nice graveyard.
Knights Enham, Hampshire 
St Michael and St Pauls
Knights Enham is a tiny place just outside Andover. It's proud of its 12th century heritage, though of course no graves of such an age are to be found.

It's nice though.
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire 
St Marys
Great Bedwyn, and its little sister, little Bedwyn, lie off the main Berkshire to Wiltshire road, both near to the Kennet and Avon Canal. Great Bedwyn is a sizeable but somehow rather quiet village, with its quite large and rather nice church and its interesting graveyard. One thing struck me about the graves here is that there are a number of unusual names to be spotted, both first names and surname and I've included and commented upon some examples below
Froxfield, Wiltshire 
All Saints
Froxfield lies not too far from Great (and Little) Bedwyn (I have a Great Bedwyn album here) off the Newbury to Marlborough road. An odd little place, with its church at the end of just about its only road. For such a small village it boasts an enormous so-called hospital, formerly charity almshouses, now an elderly care home. However, the church itself and its graveyard are of little or no real interest, hence just a small handful of pictures.
Hannington, Hampshire 
All Saints
If you don't think you've taken a wrong turning, because that little narrow single-track road seems to go on forever, you will eventually arrive at Hannington. It's a quintessentially correct and proper English village, with little hidden byways, glorious old cottages, and what should be used as the template for any English village green.

The church sits - of course - right next to the green, and while its graves and graveyard have nothing particularly unusual about them, the whole flavour of the place fits the perfect English village flavour.
Speen, Berkshire 
St Marys
Speen is a suburb to the west of Newbury, situated upon the road leading off to Hungerford. It's a fairly large church, but, regrettably, its graveyard is not massively interesting
Hungerford, Berkshire 
St Lawrences
I already have an album covering Hungerford cemetery here at CallMeAlan. This time we are visiting Hungerford Church.

It is a lovely church, with a lovely graveyard, and it's situated right on the Kennet and Avon Canal, as you will see in the pics.
Cholsey, Oxfordshire 
St Marys
Cholsey is in Oxfordshire, a large village, it lies not far from Didcot, which was until quite recently home to a massive coal-fired power station. St Mary's is a fairly sizeable church, with a large graveyard containing comfortably spaced graves, and no overcrowding. A sign near the entrance to the graveyard warns us to be on the lookout for old bones! Apparently bunny rabbits have been burrowing and unearthing said examples of anatomy!

There rests in the graveyard one well-known and important incumbent, together with her husband. You'll have to look at all the other pictures first before I present her grave in the last two pictures out of about 40

Part Two: Cemeteries:

Hungerford, Berkshire 
Hungerford Cemetery
Hungerford lies about 8 miles to the west of Newbury. You may have heard of Hungerford - it was the scene of a series of random shootings on 19 August 1987, when Michael Robert Ryan, an unemployed antique dealer and handyman, fatally shot 16 people including a police officer, before taking his own life. A nice little cemetery, visited on one of those impossibly bright and deeply shadowy mid-winter days.
Newbury, Berkshire 
Newtown Road Cemetery
This is the older original cemetery of the two to be found in bustling little Newbury. The other is Shaw Cemetery, below. This is a delightful cemetery, good not just for Taphophiles, but also for those who just feel like a nice quiet stroll on a summer’s day.
Shaw, Newbury, Berkshire 
Shaw Cemetery
This is the newer cemetery of the two to be found in bustling little Newbury. Less attractive than Newtown Road, it nevertheless offers some worthwhile viewings.
Thatcham, Berkshire 
Thatcham Cemetery
Minutes along the road from Newbury there lies Thatcham. Once a tiny village, now virtually a town in its own right, though there's no gap between the two towns. But it has its own tinycemetery, interesting for its cast iron grave markers and the obvious pride which has gone into maintaining its topiary.
Bristol, Avon 
Arnos Vale Cemetery
The delightful Arnos Vale Cemetery is situated near Bristol. Easy to find via maps or satnav, it's not far from the centre of Bristol, and caters to and welcomes visitors, with its own parking within the cemetery, a cafe and a gift shop. It even caters to weddings, held in one of two buildings on the site. It's set in 45 acres and was opened in 1837. Well worth a visit to see graves of all conceivable types.

Quite a few pictures, so I've split the album into two parts.
Bristol, Avon 
Arnos Vale Cemetery
This is the second album of my pictures of Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol
The City of London 
Bunhill Fields Burial Ground
These photographs were taken in 2010 with a Canon EOS300D, but this is such a wonderful place that I'm unlikely to revisit any time soon, so I thought I'd add it here as a special album. I no longer have the original RAW photographs, and these few pics are all that remain of my visit there.

First and most important thing to note: burial grounds, not cemetery.


What's the difference? Cemeteries are consecrated. Because Bunhill Fields was originally designated for dissenters and non-conformists, it was never consecrated, and is thus called a burial ground. Around 4 acres, it's the last resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies, including three of Britain's most eminent nonconformists. It's no longer in use for new interments, and hasn't been for a long time.

It's right in the centre of the City of London (NB: not London, the capital city in general, but the City of London, merely a square mile or so, the financial district to all intents and purposes), and is the only remaining burial ground in the capital.
Wantage, Oxfordshire 
Chain Hill Cemetery
Wantage's cemetery, Chain Hill, is situated on quite steeply sloping ground on the Newbury side of the town. As town cemeteries go, it's reasonably ordinary, but there are some good things to be seen.
West London 
Kensal Green Cemetery Part 1
Kensal Green is one of the so-called Magnificent Seven London cemeteries, and magnificent it certainly is.

Inspired by the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green was founded by the barrister George Frederick Carden.


The Cemetery opened in 1833 and comprises 72 acres of grounds, including two conservation areas, adjoining a canal. The cemetery is home to at least 33 species of bird and other wildlife.


The Cemetery has memorials ranging from large mausolea housing the rich and famous to many distinctive smaller graves and includes special areas dedicated to the very young.
Please also see the second album of Kensal Green photographs.
West London 
Kensal Green Cemetery Part 2
Kensal Green is one of the so-called Magnificent Seven London cemeteries, and magnificent it certainly is.

This is my second Kensal Green album.
Newbury, Berkshire 
The Cemetery in the Snow
We don't get a lot of snow here in the UK. Even less nowadays, thanks, presumably, to global warming. But just this last weekend, in mid-March 2018, we were treated to a considerable downfall, and woke up to 4 to 6 inches of it on Sunday morning. As a keen photographer I felt I needed to get out there with my camera, and where better than the cemetery?

But all was not plain sailing when I came to work on the pictures. Click through to find out why, and what I did with them
Southampton, Hampshire 
Southampton Old Cemetery
This is the glorious and beautiful Southampton Old Cemetery. The cemetery has had various titles including The Cemetery by the Common, Hill Lane Cemetery and is currently known as Southampton Old Cemetery. An Act of Parliament was required in 1843 to acquire the land, and it covers an area of 27 acres. The total number of burials is estimated at 116,800. Currently there are no new burials other than about 6 to 8 burials a year to existing family plots.

It is a lovely cemetery; wildly overgrown, and thus home to numerous rare and not so rare flowers, plants and birds. Indeed during my recent visit I heard birds I had never previously heard. Bold grey squirrels are in abundance.

I took a lot of pictures on my visit, and so my Old Cemetery record here at CallMeAlan is split into four albums of about 30 pictures each

Part Three: Miscellaneous:

Could be anywhere
All the rest
All the odds and ends. Miscellaneous, often interesting, pictures from graveyards and cemeteries which don't warrant their own albums


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