pots and text: no new thing

West Norwood Cemetery Another visit to West Norwood Cemetery, for this year’s Curious Trail: this time in the Columbarium and the Greek Orthodox part of the cemetery.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s a salutary reminder that pots and text have been important to people for a long time: there’s an amazing variety of shape, material, font, calligraphy there, including fantastically archaic engraved ones – I couldn’t quite make out the words, but there are some.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I was struck by some stories of the Greek community: there’s a Greek Orthodox section in West Norwood, amazingly full of classical pediments, but crammed together: luckily also still square – there’s subsidence in many parts, the ground heaving and toppling the monuments in a rather disturbing way.
I’ve almost decided what my piece for the Trail will be: based on the Greek sisters killed in 1942 and the poem by Edith Sitwell – Still falls the rain. The Trail will open at the end of June – I’ll post details nearer the time.

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