Many of the memorials in St James' Cemetery were removed or buried in the 1960s and 1970s. Of the original 4,443 memorials, about 1,135 remain, although few are in their original locations and many are in poor condition. Despite this, we can still learn a lot from the remaining gravestones.
Comparing the information on the gravestones with the burial records can tell us which people in society were more likely to be commemorated. As an example, two of the sections below look at what we can learn about how people of different ages and genders are represented in St James' Cemetery.
The third section looks at some of the imagery and symbols that can be found on the memorials and what they can mean.