June 14, 2018
I love Barnoon Cemetery. I walk through it most days on my way into town. Pass through the little gate by the stooped pine tree and you will find a pathway through the field, brimming with flowers, palm trees and wildlife. It bypasses the traffic going to Barnoon car park, especially in Summer and is a really peaceful place to walk and sit.
The field and pathway over looks the cemetery, chapel and Porthmeor Beach. You really can't beat the view, it is stunning in all weathers, althought it can be a little wild in Winter!
During Spring time when the grass grows (and hopefully doesn't get cut too soon by Cornwall Council), the field at the back of the cemetery grows some stunning wild flowers.
During late Summer, the hedges that line the path are a good place for picking blackberries. Leave some for us though!
During Autumn, the stooped pine tree drops some lovely pine cones. We like to collect a few to decorate for Christmas.
A word of warning, people use the Cemetery for walking their dogs. And like everywhere these days, not everyone picks up their dog poo. Just keep your eyes peeled, especially if you are letting any kids run through there.
The cemetery is no longer in use, but contains some really interesting graves.
Alfred Wallis, the fisherman turned painter is buried here. His grave is decorated with lovely ceramic tiles made by his good friend Bernard Leech (from The Leech Pottery).
There are also graves of those lost in shipwrecks such as the SS Alba, the St Ives Lifeboat disaster in 1939 and Stephen Curnow and William Carbines who lost their lives on the Titanic.
The grave inscriptions are fascinating to read. There are so many local names, some who died tragically early. And those that lived a full and long life!
If you are looking for certain graves, all burials prior to those at Barnoon Cemetery (1857) were in the actual churchyards. All burials after Barnoon Cemetery became full were out at Longstone Cemetery in Carbis Bay.
The pathway down through the cemetery is steep and leads to two chapels of rest, arranged back to back, like mirror images of each other, each with a small bell-cote holding a single bell.
At the bottom of the cemetery on the corner of Porthmeor Hill is Venton Ia - or the well of St Ia. This is where the St Ives Feast Day procession comes to on the first Monday in February to receive a blessing. There is a gate at the bottom of the cemetery which leads onto Porthmeor.
November 02, 2021