Tyne and Wear HER(13203): Jesmond, All Saints Cemetery, grave of John James Lightfoot - Details
Jesmond, All Saints Cemetery, grave of John James Lightfoot
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Monument of an angel to John James Lightfoot (1877-1897), apprentice joiner. John James was crushed to death aged 19 during restoration of the 200 year old Green Tree beerhouse in Robson's Entry, Sandgate.The building collapsed killing 4 people and injuring 12. The disaster was sketched by the Chronicle's artist and published on 6 March 1897 the day after the accident. The article describes the scene - 'in the house to the east there was a yawning space where the wall had tumbled in; behind the hole a staircase stood, but seemed, like the sword of Damocles, to have no more than a hair-strength to support it'.
Alan Morgan, 2004, Beyond the Grave - Exploring Newcastle's Burial Grounds, page 72