|Bathwick, Smallcombe Vale Cemetery|
Also known as: Bath, Bathwick Cemetery
Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Smallcombe Vale cemetery opened in 1861 and was administered by the Bathwick Burial Board. Searches have yet to find a printed report of its opening. The burial records, which define who is buried where, include the status or occupations of those buried.
This Cemetery is accessed from the turn in Horseshoe Walk and Sydney Buildings in the Smallcombe Valley. The road leading to the gates of the Smallcombe Vale and the adjacent St. Mary the Virgin Cemetery is posted Private Drive and can be driven to by car to a small car park next to the old sexton house, if you are visiting the graveyard.
A stone wall which runs from Horseshoe Road to the terrace deep in the thicket, separates the Anglican and the non-conformists sections of the cemetery.
Over half are listed as labor workers with 20% under the age of 11.
Many headstones are not legible or worn too bad to be read without special equipment. Many headstones are missing or no memorial marker is evident. There are many graves on the terrace hillside, in thick ivy and holly, some totally overgrown. There are terrace walks along this hillside to the upper entrance to the adjacent St. Mary's Churchyard also known as St. Mary The Virgin Bathwick Churchyard.[text by Michael V Drachman]
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