Category Archives: Monuments, Graves and Cemeteries

Remembrance Sunday Ceremony

I had the honour of photographing the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at Philips Park Cemetery which included the Dedication of the Rainbow garden and the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the Miners who died working at the Bradford Pit which was situated on land where the Etihad Stadium now stands.



A detailed gallery of images from the ceremony can be seen on my Brian Stark the Photographer facebook site.

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Monuments, Graves, Epitaphs and Cemeteries part one

In the Manchester area there are many monuments, epitaphs and statues dedicated to the region’s most notorious and historically famous people of which many can be found in public parks and cemeteries. I had the pleasure of accompanying writer and poet Mike Duff on a tour of north Manchester’s Victorian cemeteries; Mike Duff who is also a local historian, has a strange fascination with graves and cemeteries.

Our tour started in Failsworth the birthplace of Ben Brieley 1825-1896; the Lancashire dialect writer and poet started his working life as a weaver and through self educating himself in his spare time, he contributed to local papers. In April 1869 he began the publication of Ben Brierley’s Journal’s which help to popularise his work; In 1875 Brierley was elected as a member of Manchester City council. Some of Brierley’s his best known works are A Summers Day in Daisy Nook and The Tales and Sketches of Lancashire Life.  He died on 18 January 1896 as a poor man after losing his life savings due to a building society failure; he was buried along with his daughter Annie in Queens Park Cemetery (formally known as Manchester General Cemetery)


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