Merridale Cemetery, Jeffcock Road

This cemetery, opened in the 1850s, contains a wide variety of graves, including some elaborate Victorian ones.  The tomb chest of John Shaw and his family is not the least remarkable of these.  He seems to have been anxious to get a bit of everything in and perhaps this is why a few tiles appeared on it.  They might look a bit out of place but would probably have been justified as representing the encaustic tiles to be found in medieval churches - the general style of which this tomb is so enthusiastically reproducing in miniature.

The grave is in one of the more prominent - and expensive - areas of the cemetery.

The marble panels in each niche record a different member of the family. Each marble panel had, at its foot, a row of tiles.  Some of them are now missing.


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