Monday, 6 December 2010

The Sepluchre, Near Endmoor

The Sepluchre, Quaker burial ground
Near Endmoor

This small and forgotten Quaker burial ground can be found about a mile North of Endmoor, just off the A65. There is a handy lay by just beyond the footpath, Sepluchre Lane, that leads into the trees heading East. A five minute walk will bring you to this hidden gem on your left as you leave the tree cover and head out into the fields.

Above. Looking towards the burial ground from the West.

The burial ground was probably established sometime before 1694, when the first Quaker Meeting house at Preston Patrick was built. Pastscape dates it to around 1651. There certainly wouldn't have been much room in this tiny space for many burials, and it was soon superceded by the new Meeting house's burial ground which was established in 1694.

Above. The burial ground from the adjacent field.

Above. Looking West from within the burial ground.

Above. Looking North from within the burial ground.

There are only two surviving headstones here now, and both are very badly damaged. The first one, shown below, is made of slate, and only about a third of it survives today.

Above. The first of the two badly damaged headstones.

The second is a more substantial item, probably made of sand stone, and again, very badly damaged. One of these two stones apparently commemorates Anne, daughter to Isaac Cartmell who died in the early 1700's.

Above. The second of the headstones.

The burial site is freely accessible, though to gain access without climbing over the field walls, make sure you enter the field through the gate on your left before you leave the tree cover. The burial ground is then accessible through a gap in the West wall.

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