The Drone photos

The Mary O'Toole drone photo


In June 2018 having been denied access to the cemetery by the Developer, Mary engaged a drone photographer to take this excellent but disturbing photo of the Cemetery after the developers had laid the gravel roadway across the graveyard.

Note the roadway running in front of the chapels and in particular the small rectangular area which has been taped-off and which the developer apparently informed the Archdeacon  was the Garden of Remembrance.

A distinct strip of brown and disturbed earth can be seen running the length of the roadway which appears to include approximately half of the taped-off area and confirms the Friends view that the Garden of Remembrance has been significantly damaged or destroyed by the developer.

Note the security caravan and the area immediately behind it which looks grey or black, this is the location where both sets of fragments of pottery and earthenware were found in June 2018 and July 2019

Two areas of grass have also been taped-off in front of the chapels, in the area of the Booth Hall babies graves.

The explanation for the large  patch of light grey material in the  top left hand portion of the photo is unknown, it may be construction material or the site of the Stormcell. The soakway can be seen leaving this area and going to the southern boundary.

Along the top of the photo, a short distance from the southern boundary, part of a rectangular grassed area can be seen. This is the grave of John Newton which the contractor, having apparently unknowingly destroyed the top layer of the grave, established a new perimeter for the grave.



The July 2019 drone photos


A member of the Friends, Heather Birch contacted a local photographer who kindly provided the following  pictures. These photos were taken shortly after the developer cut the grass at the Cemetery with an industrial cutter, further damaging graves and destroying memorials. The cut revealed the pattern of graves, as will be seen later . The developers gravel roadway is evident but the security caravan and container have been removed.

The lower photo shows the site of the proposed crematorium in the north west quadrant of the cemetery.

2019 drone photos


The grave of Jean Middleton, Eric Williams and Elizabeth Cleary is clearly visible in the top right and lower right photo 

2019 drone photos

There is a shaded triangular area in the top left (south west) quadrant, which is at a slightly higher level than the surrounding area. The Planning Authority required this spoil to be removed from the site as a condition of approval. Instead, it appears to have been spread across this area, possibly obscuring  a grave which the gravedigger was unable to accurately locate.

The pattern of graves can be made out and the grave of Josephine, Eric and Ethel ( number 597) is visible in the south east quadrant

2019 drone photos


2019 drone photos


2019 drone photo of the chapels

The easterly side of the chapel roofs are clear of vegetation, unlike  the moss covered west side. In front of the chapels are the Booth Hall babies in the brown areas .  The gravel roadway is clearly visible at the bottom of the picture, but the taped off areas which were evident in the June 2018 drone photo have gone.