Willy Kitchen 2007

University of Sheffield, UK

Non-conformity or unconformity? The case of Underbank Chapel Burial Ground, Stannington

This paper presents some preliminary findings of a study of headstones and burial records from the Unitarian chapel at Stannington, some five kilometres north-west of Sheffield. The mismatch between individuals named on tombstones and individuals listed in burial records suggests that it may be useful to conceive of each burial plot as having its own individual “life history”, in the same way that archaeologists have talked of the life cycle of individual artefacts or structures. A number of ideas will be explored in relation to this model, including a discussion of the influences of family, community and stonemasons in the production, reproduction and relocation of memorials in time and space.


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