In April, I popped over to Amersham. Its a place which I have read about quite frequently but never had a chance to visit. In particular, while reading about Amersham, came across the name of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in the UK way back in 1955. She was buried here and I wanted to find her grave.
Parked the car and went to find the graveyard. What a lovely looking tree.
I could see the graveyard on the right, with this rather sad looking bridge. Come on folks, you have a wonderfully old village here and then you plonk this horrendous eye sore of a bridge?
See this brick bridge? bah
A fleur de lis? A French grave? No markers anywhere.
Gravestones all over the place. This is what saddens me. How soon memories fade. After 60-70 years, graves are no longer tended. Nobody remembers you generally. Only famous graves are tended but generally? no, and then you see gravestones and grave markers all helter skelter.
A large crucifix with carved ivy and an bollix.
I couldn't find the grave of Ruth Ellis. I was feeling a bit disappointed till I read the wiki entry which I quote:
Ellis was buried in an unmarked grave within the walls of Holloway Prison, as was customary for executed prisoners. In the early 1970s the prison underwent an extensive programme of rebuilding, during which the bodies of all the executed women were exhumed for reburial elsewhere. Ellis's body was reburied at St Mary's Church in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The headstone in the churchyard was inscribed "Ruth Hornby 1926–1955". Her son, Andy, destroyed the headstone shortly before he committed suicide in 1982. Ellis's grave is now overgrown with yew trees.
Very sad indeed, but the cemetery spoke to me, its a lovely little place with loads of memories.