The Dead Tree, Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 18, 2009

The Dead Tree stands in a clearing and is highly visible from almost everywhere in the southern half of Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve, Dover, England.

The first photo to be uploaded showing this tree was The Dead Tree from the Lower Pathway, but it will be this webpage that is linked to in all subsequent photos in which it appears.

Part of the inscription on the headstone in the bottom-left of the photo reads:

In Loving Memory of Harriet Ann wife of George Henry Barnes who fell asleep 25th of January 1893* in her 69th year.

Also of the above named George Henry Barnes who passed peacefully away 2nd March 1915* in his 90th year.

*The last digit of both years is difficult to make out.

Their daughter, Emily Finn Barnes, is also buried there.

Five images of Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve were uploaded in 2007. This latest batch were all taken in September and October, 2009 (see 'Extra Information' under Photo Details in the right-hand column for camera details).

Click on the Cowgate tag to see more photos (and/or watch the YouTube video linked to below).

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The Victorian Cowgate Cemetery is an approximate rectangle whose maximum dimensions are 150 x 70 yards. It slopes uphill from east to west with the western boundary wall (the longest) set into the lower slopes of the Western Heights.

There are three long pathways running north to south: western, middle, and eastern. To reflect the fact the cemetery is on a slope, these will be correspondingly referred to as the upper, middle, and lower pathways.

From east to west there are the five shorter pathways: northern boundary, northern traverse, central traverse, southern traverse, and an irregular southern boundary pathway. For simplicity (although it might not seem so!), most positional references references will be given in terms of the three traversing pathways.

In other words, the burial areas of the cemetery are set out in a 4 v 2 grid pattern with a row of family vaults running along the upper boundary wall.

Abridged extracts from the plaque just inside the main (north) entrance:

Dover's Cowgate Cemetery is named after the medieval gate which allowed townspeople to graze their animals on the lower slopes of the Western Heights.

The land, over two acres in extent, was donated by William Mowll and consecrated in 1835 by the Archbishop of Canterbury (William Howley) as an extension to the Parish churchyard (St Mary`s).

The layout of the cemetery is attributed to Stephen Geary, the architect who designed London's Highgate Cemetery.

In 1990 the Wildlife Conservation Community Program (WCCP) discovered a small population of the Garden Dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) living in the cemetery. The Garden Dormouse is not 'officially' recorded as living in Britain.

Click to see a YouTube Video of Dover`s Victorian Cowgate Cemetery (part of which shows the exterior of the 'empty coffin' vault).

For more information see The Dover Society - Cowgate Cemetery Project and Cowgate Cemetery Volunteers.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 18, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/27 12:07:37
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 38.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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