All Saints Day in New Orleans - Decorating the Tombs in One of the City Cemeteries, a wood engraving drawn by John Durkin and published in Harper’s Weekly, November 1885.
Hampstead cemetery chapel, NW London
Cadaver gravestone, cemetery of St. Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland
“This is a grave from the Victorian age, when a fear of zombies and vampires was prevalent. The cage was intended to trap the undead just in case the corpse reanimated.”
No! Mortsafes were contraptions designed to protect the bodies of the dead from disturbance. There had been body-snatching close to the schools of anatomy in Scotland since the early 18th century. This was due to the necessity for medical students to learn anatomy by attending dissections of human subjects, which was frustrated by the very limited allowance of dead bodies - for example the corpses of executed criminals - granted by the government, which controlled the supply.
This is the amazing scene at Southend Cemetery in Essex UK. Millions of caterpillars spinning their silk webs all over the trees. In their caterpillar stage, the bugs, known as web worms, weave leaves of trees together and eat them. They are bird cherry tree ermine moths and when they emerge fully grown, they become distinctive white moths with five rows of black dots. It gives the cemetery a kind of eerie winter wonderland feel!
West Highgate Cemetery
St Michael’s Church, Highgate Village, North London