02 February 2010

Abney Park Paupers Graves

Abney Park Cemetery, London. Tightly packed paupers graves. These were actually one step up from a pauper’s pit where the poor or unclaimed bodies would be buried, often without an inscription plaque listing who was interred there. The price for one of these small headstones was around a shilling and for a further one penny you could have a name inscribed on it.


  1. I'm not sure if I think this is sad because they are so tightly packed together, or if I am glad because at least there is some type of remembrance there. Very interesting though! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am glad you shared this. I don't think we have anything quite like this in the US.

  3. This is pretty cool. I'm drawn to the energy of the Paupers' graves or Potter's fields as we call them...so much sadness seem to come from these sections...

  4. I have not heard the term Potters fields, it's lovely.

  5. I've never seen anything like this. Sad by a lovely photo.


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