Special English visitors to Livorno's old English cemetery

Vivienne and David Kay from Ings, Cumbria, in Livorno to visit the old English CemeteryVivienne and David Kay from Ings, Cumbria, in Livorno to visit the old English Cemetery 4th July 2010 Just a few weeks ago, on 15th June,  some important visitors came to Livorno especially to visit the old English cemetery in via Verdi, making a trip from the island of Corsica where they were on holiday.

Vivienne and David Kay wanted to see the old English cemetery because it contains the monumental tomb belonging to Robert Bateman (d. Livorno 1743), an English merchant and prominent member of the British community in Livorno in the 18th century. He was a generous benefactor both at home and in Livorno, leaving money after he died to have the wall and railings built around the old cemetery, and for the building of almshouses in Ings, Cumbria (northern England) from where he originated and where the Kays now live.

In fact, Vivienne and David actually live in one of the very same houses in the tiny hamlet of Grassgarth, near Ings, built with Bateman's money, and this was the reason for their visit. Back in Ings, the memory of Robert Bateman is still very much alive and there is a Bateman Club and a Bateman Trust named after him. Vivienne hoped to be able to research more about the merchant while she was in Livorno, but later realised that the task would have taken much longer than the two days she and her husband had to spare. However, they were able to see the outside of the villa that Bateman used to live in - Villa Perti, whose entrance is now off Via Redi (see note below).

Vivienne and David's visit has marked the beginning of a new relationship between Livorno and the little village in the English lakes, a relationship which will hopefully lead to more research about Bateman's life, as well as greater awareness and support for Livorno's historic cemetery.

All those currently involved with the work to clean and restore the cemetery - Matteo, Francesco, Roberto and myself - would like to say a big thank you to the Kays for their visit, their interest, and for our very first donation to the cemetery upkeep!

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Vivienne and David Kay from Ings, Cumbria, in Livorno to visit the old English CemeteryVivienne and David Kay from Ings, Cumbria, in Livorno to visit the old English Cemetery 4th July 2010 Just a few weeks ago, on 15th June,  some important visitors came to Livorno especially to visit the old English cemetery in via Verdi, making a trip from the island of Corsica where they were on holiday.

Vivienne and David Kay wanted to see the old English cemetery because it contains the monumental tomb belonging to Robert Bateman (d. Livorno 1743), an English merchant and prominent member of the British community in Livorno in the 18th century. He was a generous benefactor both at home and in Livorno, leaving money after he died to have the wall and railings built around the old cemetery, and for the building of almshouses in Ings, Cumbria (northern England) from where he originated and where the Kays now live.

In fact, Vivienne and David actually live in one of the very same houses in the tiny hamlet of Grassgarth, near Ings, built with Bateman's money, and this was the reason for their visit. Back in Ings, the memory of Robert Bateman is still very much alive and there is a Bateman Club and a Bateman Trust named after him. Vivienne hoped to be able to research more about the merchant while she was in Livorno, but later realised that the task would have taken much longer than the two days she and her husband had to spare. However, they were able to see the outside of the villa that Bateman used to live in - Villa Perti, whose entrance is now off Via Redi (see note below).

Vivienne and David's visit has marked the beginning of a new relationship between Livorno and the little village in the English lakes, a relationship which will hopefully lead to more research about Bateman's life, as well as greater awareness and support for Livorno's historic cemetery.

All those currently involved with the work to clean and restore the cemetery - Matteo, Francesco, Roberto and myself - would like to say a big thank you to the Kays for their visit, their interest, and for our very first donation to the cemetery upkeep!

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