Walking with questions of poverty, death and social justice, considering how a city buries its past.
The walk includes a premiere performance by John Payne of his cycle of Workhouse poems. Walkers will be invited to gather words, thoughts and found items for sharing digitally and instant short spoken word responses on arrival at the Bath Workhouse Burial Ground. Bath’s Union Workhouse still stands high above the city, the birthplace of many Bathonians when it was St Martin’s Hospital. Rock ‘n’ roll hero Eddie Cochrane (Three Steps to Heaven) died there following a car crash, Eddie has a plaque, even though his body was flown back to the US. Over 3000 Bath residents died in poverty there when it was the Bath Workhouse, they were buried in a nearby field. There is no memorial to them. Over a slow three hour walk we will make an instant requiem. This walk continues the process of raising awareness about the Workhouse Burial Ground considering the lives and stories buried there and what that field has to tell us now.
You can find out more about Richard’s walks or join one over the summer here.
Image is a screen grab from the Know Your Place website, a fantastic resource of historic maps and images where you can find out about your local heritage.