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Talk on March Cemetery delivered by Peter Wright was latest in society’s series

The lives of railway workers and prominent town residents were explained during a talk to The March Society.

The talk by Peter Wright delved into the history and stories of March’s Station Road Cemetery.

Prior to the talk, Peter researched the lives of many of the deceased and gave verbal biographies about some of them.

Speaker Peter Wright gave the talk on cemeterys
Speaker Peter Wright gave the talk on cemeterys

The cemetery was opened by the Bishop of Ely in 1867 before the building of neighbouring St John’s church. The first burial was in 1870.

Peter said many of the graves are those of railway workers. In the late 19th century and early 20th century these workers received accidental and sometimes fatal injuries while working on the rail lines. The accidents were caused by contact with train engines, tenders or wagons.

He also spoke about the prominent March residents were buried in the cemetery. These include a former chairman of March Urban District Council, business owners, farmers and landlords.

The cemetery is now closed and parts have become overgrown.

The next meeting of The March Society will be a talk by Andrew Callaghan on the Fenland Orchard Project.

It will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, April 17 at March Library. All are welcome to attend and refreshments are available. Members tickets are priced at £2, visitors £3.

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