Overleigh Gallery 1

A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester

Some Notable Memorials in the Overleigh Cemetery

Overleigh Gallery 3

Here is the realistically-carved memorial stone of three-year-old Mabel Francis Ireland-Blackburn, who reputedly choked on chewing gum (but actually died of whooping cough) in 1869. She became known locally as the 'Chewing Gum Girl' because of a notice said to have been posted up near her grave to discourage the young from using gum:
Chewing gum, chewing gum, made of wax
Brought me to my grave at last.
When I die, God will say "Throw that dirty stuff away!"

Local children long used to sing this ditty as a skipping song, and to this day flowers still mysteriously appear on little Mabel's grave.

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