Buried. Top third showing, it had to be dug up.
In Loving memory of
My Dear Husband Sidney Thorne.
Fell Asleep 14th Feb.1954.
Aged 59 yrs.
Nunhead Cemetery after years of neglect is wildly grown over.
Many areas are designated wildlife areas now.
As the aerial view, below on the left, shows just how overgrown
it is. And the map obtained from the council on the right shows
areas with shading that are the designated wildlife areas. This
includes the area where Sidney is buried (marked in red pen).
Red dot & red square mark the spot.
To even find his grave we had
to overlap the map on the photo
and worked out the scale to
find exact distance up the path.
Before the fancy map work we
were just guessing the distance
& once on the path all you can
see very high bushes either side
& no idea of how far you have come.
Nunhead is now looked after by a charity that have done a
huge amount of work clearing out areas. But in the area
we were interested in the only graves standing are those
that have been put back up in last couple of years.
Just look at how wild it is in there now !!
Few more steps along the path & I'm
walking right over Sidney's Grave.
Looking back down the path I just
come along. Actually in 23sq.
Most stones are not even just beneath the undergrowth
but packed down into the dirt. Some covered completely.
View - standing right in front
of stone looking in opposite
direction away from it.
No stones to be seen anywhere!!
A few do lie above ground usually
either side of the smaller pathways.
Back out onto one of the main paths...
And here it is... all cleaned up and back upright !