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St Andrew's churchyard 1 | by Camperman64
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St Andrew's churchyard 1

The medieval church at Ferrybridge was always prone to flooding in this swampy spot, then the nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw it hemmed in by railway lines and power stations. So in 1952-53 it was dismantled stone by stone and moved half a mile to the south, leaving this overgrown graveyard slowly disappearing beneath the undergrowth. There were occasional efforts to tidy it up in the 1980s through job creation or probation service schemes but nothing since then.

I find all abandoned cemeteries to be poignant places, but this one especially so given the almost surreal surroundings.

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Taken on May 6, 2013