Conservation Plan Addington Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

Conservation Plan Addington Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

2.2.3 Graves and Memorials

Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

Not all monumental masons and historians agree on exact terminology for graves and

memorials. For the purposes of this Conservation Plan, grave elements include

monuments (headstone, footstone, grave cover such as slab, vault etc), surrounds (wrought

and cast iron surrounds, fencing, stone kerbing, edging tiles), grave furniture (vases, shells,

artificial flowers, tiling, pebbles, other memorabilia) and grave plantings.

Addington Cemetery contains a range of grave and memorial types. They tend to be fairly


although there are a number of formal monuments. There is only a small number

of elaborate sculptural monuments that could be seen as being art works in their own right,

probably the most notable being the pair of carved stone angels at the graves of Alison May

Thompson and Margaret Terry.

Composite Angel and Cross monuments

The most common form of grave in the cemetery consists of a plain rectangular flat

concrete slab on the ground, with an upright (stele) headstone of stone. Variations on this

include graves with a low concrete wall around the perimeter, railings of wrought or cast

iron, and grave plantings (some historic but most relatively recent). A relatively small

number of graves have grave furniture such as tiling, vases and shells.

Most of the upright slabs/stelae are relatively plain and are broadly rectangular in shape,

with a variety of shaped tops. A number of headstones are more ornate, such as those with

a base supporting a shaft and cross,

obelisk, urn. Relatively common motifs at Addington

Cemetery include the Cross (especially the Celtic Cross) and clasped hands in the action of

a handshake signifying parting. There are a few headstones which have images particular


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