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so this is my third, and hopefully final post from graveyards for now. I make no apologied though, it is Hallowe’en after all, and this is my Hallowe’en post. I discovered this graveyard today whilst trying to track down a lost holy well. The atmosphere in this place was evocative enough  in bright autumn sunshine, and I am nominating this as probably one of the spookiest places you could ever expect to visit on Hallowe’en night. The pictures were taken at Halkyn Old Graveyard in Flintshire, North Wales. The graveyard belonged to the old church. The church was demolished around 1880 when it was replaced with a bigger new church about 100 yards away. At the centre of the graveyard is a rectangular gap on a mound where the church used to stand, and the graves stand around it – memorials both to the dead and to the church yard they once stood in. The graves are remarkably well preserved, there are several from the mid eighteenth century on which the inscriptions are still perfectly legible, and obviously none are more recent than around 1880, since the new church has its own graveyard which takes over from then on. The graveyard must be occasionally maintained, and rough tracks through it show that it is visited regularly. But the degree to which the graves are overgrown, appearing through undergrowth of long grass, ferns and brambles leave the place with an incredibly atmospheric air of gothic gloom and decay. There are many more pictures down there beneath the cut and there is more on my search for the Halkyn Holy Well posted here. http://wellhopper.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/st-marys-well-halkyn/

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