The Body in the Ballast Hill...
Posted by BJC on July 31, 2020, 8:52 pm, in reply to "before Hebburn Cemetery"
Before Hebburn cemetery opened, local folk were buried at Hill Park Cemetery, Jarrow, St Pauls Church, Jarrow, and a host of other places on both sides of the River Tyne. |
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 [story below] 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."
The Body in the Ballast Hill: