Not! Are you kidding me?! Since the GBP was down compared to the USD, we visited Scotland last November, and it seemed like everyone and their brother was also visiting. I visit cemeteries to avoid crowds (shout out to my second cousin who does this on his travels, too).
This cemetery, however, wasn’t totally unoccupied. Homeless people evidently sleep there at night…and also shoot up heroin and use the loo in some of the tombs. Saint Cuthbert Cemetery has some of the most amazing, macabre architecture I’ve seen yet, and also has some of the worst upkeep I’ve seen in a cemetery attached to an active church.
Viz., exploding limestone monuments:
Viz., evidence of drug use:
Last I checked, Saint Cuthbert is the patron saint of Northumbria, not of junkies.
Look, I know criminalizing homelessness is not the answer, churches are dividing their funds to a myriad of social causes, and who knows who is really messing up this cemetery. I mean, who cares, it’s just dead people. It’s not like they talk back…
No, but if cemeteries aren’t maintained, how do we know who lived where, what they did, how they died, what plagues happened, soldiers went to war, etc.? Paper records can be damaged by fire and water, but stone records are a tiny bit more durable (unless they are exploding limestone or soft marble).