The Body in the Ballast Hill...
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on July 2, 2018, 7:11 pm, in reply to "Hebburn"
Hello Peter, |
I also found this:
Rowlands Gill 2006:
“… there appears to have been a tradition of burials in or near to ballast hills. Long before the establishment of Burial boards and Public Cemeteries, Newcastle had a cemetery at the confluence of the Ouseburn and the Tyne, on the site of an old ballast hill, and it is still referred to as the Ballast Hill Cemetery. Furthermore, when the Wallsend Pit exploded in 1821, killing 52 miners, it is recorded that some of the victims were buried in the nearby ballast hills. Secondly, the fact that the body appears to have been enclosed in a makeshift coffin makes it less likely that foul play was involved. The victim may simply have been an unfortunate seaman, possibly foreign, who met with a fatal accident and was given the best burial his mates were able to manage."