News Release - Issued by York Dungeon
It’s a show of community spirit that would have probably sent outlaw Dick Turpin turning in his York grave. The cemetery where he is laid to rest at St George’s church, George Street, has been spruced up by The York Dungeon and a group of volunteers led by York City Council.
Monday 21st September will be 310 years since England’s most notorious highwayman – also known as John Palmer – was baptised/born in Hempstead, Essex. Over the past 18 months the graveyard where he now lies has been improved for visitors and residents alike.
The transformation is thanks to a collaboration between the Navigation and Walmgate Community Association, York Cares Volunteers, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, the tourist attraction The York Dungeon and the City of York Council.
Iain Dunn from City of York Council said “The team have removed hedging from the front of the burial ground. This will help to make the area more open and welcoming to the public. Volunteers also installed a new bark chip footpath which begins at the entrance and lead visitors to the site where Dick Turpin is buried. With help from York Dungeon we have designed a Dick Turpin specific sign which will hopefully help educate and inform all our visitors. This will give people a clear definition of how to get to Dick Turpin’s graveyard.”
Helen Douglas, General Manager at The York Dungeon said “Dick Turpin is a key historic character at the Dungeon where you hear the tale of his murky past and how he faced his fate. We were delighted to be a part of this project and felt that he deserved a tidier resting place to educate visitors about his tale, which can now be enjoyed by all.”
Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the environment said “Dick Turpin was a notorious national figure and I am not sure that he would have joined in a voluntary community project like this. However, the graveyard, a gem of historical interest, is now looking much improved. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support and hope that this will encourage people to visit, and consider volunteering in their own area.
Turpin was renowned for poaching, burglary, horse theft and murder. Hear about his crimes committed between London and York in a fully immersive show at The York Dungeon.
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