Friday, 18 June 2010

Illingworth Tomb - Undercliffe Cemetry

This is the tomb of Alfred Illingworth and his wife.  The Illingworth family were walthy Bradford mill owners.  The structure of this unusual tomb is based upon the ancient Egyptian 'mastaba'.  The mastaba was the tomb of the Egyptian social elite and consisted of an underground burial chamber with an above ground chapel.  The family would bring food and other offerings for the soul of the deceased to this chapel.

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