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Before the rural cemetery movement of the 1830s, graveyards were considered undesirable places for the living to visit. Churchyards and family plots were becoming overcrowded and unsanitary. For this reason large rural cemeteries were created on the outskirts of towns. The idea of public cemeteries spread quickly. They were designed like parks, making the visit a pleasing experience. Benches, paved paths, gardens, ponds and fountains were added to give a serene setting to those wishing to mourn or meditate.





   

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