I was interested to read that the
Ranfurly Shield has been refurbished and is now ready for
the next 100 years. What a shame that the grave of its
instigator, Earl Ranfurly - one time Governor-general of New
Zealand - hasn't much prospect of being repaired.
His grave is situated in the disused and neglected Lansdown
Cemetery, near Bath, in England. It is in a very sorry state,
as are virtually all the graves and tombs around it.
The local authorities keep the place 'safe' by knocking down
any headstones, crosses and memorials which become unstable,
but no-one takes responsibility for the proper upkeep of the
The attached photos show the rapid dilapidation of the site
over the past few years: the first picture shows the grave in
a still recognisable state in February 2009, and the other
photo shows it in August 2011.
Is there anyone on your side of the world with the money to
return it to a respectable state?