St. James's Cemetery, Liverpool

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Sanitary arrangements for burying the dead were an urgent need in the rapidly expanding towns of the early 19th century, and Liverpool was exceptionally early in providing cemeteries to replace its overcrowded churchyards. St James's Cemetery was laid out between 1827 and 1829 to the designs of John Foster Jr (1786 - 1846) in the disused Sion Hill quarry, exploiting its unusual setting to great dramatic effect. The cemetery chapel in the form of a small Greek temple and the circular domed monument to William Huskisson MP (1770 - 1830) both survive, but the minister's house in the centre of this view was demolished to make way for the Anglican Cathedral. On 22 June 1834 a writer for the Liverpool Chronicle said he had viewed the Huskisson Monument "the other day" and found it complete as far as the tops of the columns. This work is presumably later than this date, unless Barrow knew what the monument was going to look like before it was finished.