A stroll around a fascinating piece of social history, revealing Victorian attitudes to war, peace, gender, grief, economics, migration, style…and death.
Bath Abbey Cemetery was consecrated in 1844, a private Anglican burial plot. It was designed by the so-called ‘Brunel of cemetery design’ John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843). Our stroll will explore different aspects of the ‘Victorian way of death’, ranging from the economy of nineteenth century burial, to memorialising war and peace, the different styles and designs of headstone, and how these could reflect gender, class, and other social issues. We will explore the nature of grief and how its expression has changed over time, looking at how to read a headstone and how the languages of loss have evolved.
This will be a gentle walk with time for discussion and reflection, rather than a strenuous hike!