Friday, 26 June 2009

A grave mistake

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I'm only doing this for the headline, really. A vicar has come under fire after tennis fans parked their cars on top of graves in the grounds of St Mary's Church in Wimbledon Village. The church charges £20 for a day's parking close to the All England Championships, with proceeds going to charity. Photos of cars parked between tombstones have proved embarrassing for Rev Mary Bide, although according to the Sun she tried to defend herself by arguing "the parking was on graves from the 18th and 19th centuries, and that the descendants of those buried there were not traceable".

We'd be interested to know the cut off point for when it's acceptable to park on a grave - if they died 50 years ago? 100 years ago? What about those eternal souls?

9 comments:

Nick said...

From the statement, the key appears to be if you have traceable descendents. So by that reckoning, newly-dug graves of the childless should be fair game.

mumfie said...

I can see a new source of revenue for the NHS here as they combine high car park charges with on the sport burials, without it taking up any more space!

mumfie said...

sorry, that should have read spot, not sport. It certainly makes more sense that way!

Graeme said...

> We'd be interested to know the
> cut off point for when it's
> acceptable to park on a grave -
> if they died 50 years ago?
> 100 years ago? What about
> those eternal souls?

I'll be dead. If you want to sit your car above where what's left of my body is.....park away! Timescale makes absolutely no difference to me!

:-)

1minionsopinion said...

This just reminded me of something, but I doubt I'll never find an article about it.

Some town here in Saskatchewan was under fire at some point because it was discovered that years earlier they had put a parking lot over what turned out to be a forgotten unmarked graveyard. I think they only discovered it because they were ripping up the pavement to build something else at the time.

No one had any idea it had been under there.

Anonymous said...

At least the car is wearing the right colour!

Richard Eis said...

It's disrespectful in a way I can't quite articulate.

Not to mention the cars making a mess of the place. But then i am not a car person.

MrC said...

Well, if I were to be buried (I won't be) I wouldn't mind if you parked on me as long as I was dead first. And I don't think the dead care about that beautiful BMW on top of the the graves either.

Anonymous said...

So far no one has commented on the fact that the fee goes to CHARITY!!! If it was newer graves I can understand. The dead won't care - mind you in Russia you can only be buried for 15 years, then they dig you up and cremate you anyway to not waste landspace!