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I'm not a churchgoer, and I don't pretend to hold any religious views. But I find a graveyard or a cemetery, with their frank and open religious connections, irresistible. And not because I connect with those connections, but purely and simply because, as a photographer, I find there are few scenarios or locations offering such a wealth of texture, colour and interest as final resting places. I hope you'll understand when you glance at the pics below.

These photographs were taken at various times of the year at a handful of fine cemeteries, including Newtown Road Cemetery here in Newbury, where I live, and Chain Hill Cemetery, just down the road in Wantage. Newtown Road was closed to public wanderers for many years - for a start, it's full, and secondly for health and safety reasons (a dodgy cedar tree, apt to drop heavy branches on visitors). Another cemetery replaces it, Shaw Cemetery, but it has not a tenth of the character or beauty of Newtown Road.

I hope you enjoy my cemeterial obsession, to find out, scroll down and see the pics!












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A frosty mid-winter day at Pangbourne Cemetery










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Frozen cobwebs looking like fine lace










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Old tap in Hungerford Cemetery










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Ancient wooden siding at Coombe church










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Fortuitous landing point of a chestnut










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The tears of the angel










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A completely delaminated gravestone










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Please please please, no more rain










Cast-iron grave markers were common in Victorian times










Local visitors find grave ironwork to be quite accommodating










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Three for the price of one










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All that remains of an old wooden cross










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We could go insane wondering ... why??










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I'll admit that this is highly digital-darkroomised










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That is the cedar tree which caused Newtown Road Cemetery to be closed for years










I doubt any babies would be christened with that name nowadays










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Nature claimed a cross grave marker years ago, but has since been un-alived!










A wooden cross has lasted for many years










Another wooden one, aging very attractively









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