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St Pancras Burial Ground (Hardback)
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St Pancras Burial Ground (Hardback)

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Hardback 225 Pages / Published: 15/10/2011
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St Pancras Churchyard underwent several extensions in the post-medieval period, culminating in the creation of the 'New Burying Ground' in 1792, with the last burial taking place in 1854. This volume concentrates on the study of the southernmost 'Third Ground', where 1,383 burials were recorded archaeologically. Analysis included reconstruction of coffin stack sequences within known burial rows, innovatively presented in a series of three-dimensional illustrations. A sample of 715 burials underwent full osteological analysis, revealing a heterogeneous population buried during a time of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. Preservation of human bone, wooden coffins and their metal fittings was exceptional, with inscribed coffin plates linking many burials with biographical detail. Identified individuals include refugees from the French Revolution, most notably three aristocrats and two prelates.

Publisher: Gifford, Part of Ramboll
ISBN: 9780956940605
Number of pages: 225
Weight: 1238 g
Dimensions: 304 x 217 x 23 mm

...I wholeheartedly recommend this volume, not only for those interested in nineteenth century mortuary archaeology, but as an excellent example of interdisciplinary research that can work from the level of the individual right up to patterns of development of space and a time of centuries. This should become a classic example of what can be achieved with effective excavation recording, even in far from ideal circumstances, and with dedicated and insightful post-excavation analysis by a highly professional team led by the two main authors. * Archaeological Journal *
In 2002 the grisly task began of clearing St Pancras' packed 18th century burial ground for London's new internationl railway station. Previously the Midland railway had sliced through in the 1860s, only a decade after its closure: Thomas Hardy observed how the navvies went about their task, and was scandalised. The modern methodology and ethics of such clearances - sometimes unavoidable - are discussed here. * British Archaeology *
Among the report's main conclusions are the noticeable rise in burials, in mass graves, associated with the documented cholera epidemics from 1828, and the high rates of both tooth decay and growth retardation amongst many of those studied, reflecting the poverty of many of the parish's inhabitants. The authors remark that this might not have been at all apparent to anyone visiting the New Burying Ground, as many of the gravestones and memorials that set the tone and character of the crowded early nineteenth-century cemetery were those of Catholic and Jacobite aristocrats and gentry. * SALON - The Society of Antiquaries Online Newsletter *
The volume is very informative, clear and well structured, brilliantly illustrated, and in sufficient detail provides the results of the material which derived from the 2002-2003 excavations. This is done by wonderfully complementing the archaeological evidence with information obtained through historical and archival research on this 18th and 19th century London population sample. * BABAO Annual Review *
The authors, Philip Emery and Kevin Wooldridge, are to be congratulated, as indeed are the sponsors, HS1, for seeing the whole, expensive job through and making sure that the results re out there for reference. * Camden History Society *

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