Do you like cemeteries?

I do! I find them really strangely captivating; I am talking about old, ancient cemeteries, of course. It makes me feel strange when I walk between old, sometimes unrecognizable graves – who lies there? People who lived and died so many years, even centuries ago…

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This is the cemetery at St. Michael’s Mount – a wonderful little island off the coast of Cornwall with a magnificent castle on top of it.

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St Michael’s Mount Castle, Cornwall

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St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

It is closed to the public, unfortunately,  so when we visited St Michael’s Mount all I could see was just several very old headstones. But it made me curious and I looked it up. Not a lot of information is available, lamentably, but consider this. St Michael’s is a minuscule island separated from the mainland by the tide. For centuries sailors, fishermen – may be pirates even – landed on this island; and there was a tiny village at the bottom of the mount.

The oldest grave I could locate is dated 1754. The cemetry looked quite small  but I found out that there is approximately 724 graves and 111 of them are those of PAUPERS! How weird! How did they get there? Who were they? Why and how did they die and were buried at this cemetery? Lots of questions but, of course, no answers could be found now…

Interesting though… Mysterious even. Well, for me anyway

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