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17 May, 2006

Rebirth

Why are modern (well, 20th Century) municipal cemeteries so bland?  The Guardian reports one architect's attempt to 'restore some beauty and civic pride' to the 'most under-valued public spaces we have'.

The Victorians considered cemeteries as an environment to be visited and enjoyed, and I certainly regard Lancaster's* as a good place to take a book (partly because few others do...), but it's pity that modern designs have become so boring and off-putting.

*: the Victorian one on Quernmore Road, last resting place of such prominent and less-prominent Lancastrians as Lazarus Threlfall Baines, Pythagoras de Nicteroy and Lord Ashton.

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