Overleigh Cemetery

A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester

Some Notable Memorials in the Overleigh Cemetery

Overleigh Gallery 2

Henry Raikes, Chancellor of Chester, has one of the most extravagant tombs in the Overleigh Cemetery, featuring a full-size prone statue of the occupant protected by an ornate stone canopy. It is located in the oldest part of the cemetery on the edge of a steep drop down to the River Dee. Today, it is extensively- and picturesquely- overgrown by ivy.

Next to the Raikes tomb stands this massive circular memorial. When the author took this photograph about 20 years ago, the tomb was fairly accessable but today it is completely hidden by heavy undergrowth. This is the shamefully-neglected grave of another of Chester's great men, the architect Joseph Turner. He was the designer of the Watergate, the Bridgegate, 'Pill-Box Terrace', the fine row of Georgian houses in Nicolas Street and the Bridge of Sighs crossing the canal, formerly linking the infamous Northgate Gaol with the Bluecoat Chapel in Northgate Street.

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