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The mysterious tombs on Warstone Lane Cemetery

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The historic cemetery Warstone Lane Cemetery was first opened in 1848. It belonged to the Birmingham Church of England Cemetery Company. In 1951. He was acquired by Birmingham City Council.

One of its biggest attractions are the two-storey catacombs. They were built with the aim of wealthy people who do not want to be buried in an ordinary cemetery. All the tombs are sealed to prevent the extraction of these unhealthy and unpleasant odors.
Rests here among other things, John Baskerville, the creator of "Baskerville Typeface, or font Baskerville.

The body of the inventor must have a long way to a peaceful rest. The man died in January 1775.. and in accordance with his wishes he was buried standing up in the basement of his own home. Unfortunately, after his wife's death, the property was sold and is intended for the construction of buildings and infrastructure associated with the channels. Teacher job workers stumbled upon a coffin filled up Baskerville layer of gravel.

Because Baskerville was considered to be an atheist, not agreed on the burial of the body in the local cemetery. Therefore, one of the builders decided to take the body to its storage Street Cambridge. Not only guided the noble motives - any curious can see the body for only six pence. One such visit was described in detail in the local newspaper. Record dates of May 1821. "His body, after 46 years spent underground, it was exceptionally well preserved. It was wrapped in white linen with a sprig of laurel - faded, but in good condition. The facial skin was dry, but perfect. Missing eyes, but eyebrows, eyelashes, lips and teeth remaining. Skin rest of the body was generally in the same condition as the face. Bad smell the stench reminiscent of rotten cheese wafted from the body and ordered fast closing the coffin. "

Then the body went to the store plumber and glazier John Marston, where the coffin was opened again to the public. This had disastrous consequences for the body of the deceased, and more and more people have complained about the stench. Finally delay returned to the bosom of the family - a man was buried in the tomb of the Baskervilles in Christ Church. However, and here the body did not find peace - in 1890. ordered to transfer all coffins in connection with the demolition object. Baskerville then went to the tomb in the chapel of the Warstone Lane and although she chapel was demolished in 1954. Is the inventor of the mortal remains lie quietly in the basement of the cemetery.

On the cemetery is related to the legend of the woman seen many times as it comes in a costume from the 30s of the last century. He can pass through walls and parked cars. Sometimes it appears in front of the hood moving car and forced the driver to brake with a squeal of tires, only to smile at him and suddenly disappear. Witnesses say that her presence is accompanied by the smell of pear drops - British candy. That's what it smells swallowed arsenic, hence the suspicion that the woman died of poisoning the substance used in the Jewellery Quarter.

Warstone Lane Cemetery, also known as Brookfields Cemetery is best visited in the evening, then it is the most picturesque, and the appearance of the spirit seems to be the most likely. However, a number of guides warn that the area can be quite dangerous after dark and recommend a walk during the day.


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