GNH Community

nonprofits,local leaders & Grt.New Haven business sharing information

Grove St Cemetery - Mischievous March - Our Celtic Crosses

Cheers To All!!

The month of March can be a time of mischievous weather. It is a month where we are witnessing the last of the winter season and then the first signs of spring. Where there are great winds at times and then soft spring breezes coming about in this month. But this is the month of the Irish celebration of St. Patrick's Day and so within the cemetery there are Celtic Crosses for viewing.

In Victorian times and carrying-on into the Gilded Age, March offered maple-sugaring parties, then St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, with fairy wayside jaunts of finding new flowerings, or children planting their own special gardens, with the making of pussy willow wreaths and finally the making of Easter baskets. There were scents from the kitchens of Irish families of Colcannon and the savoring flavor of Irish Soda bread. Still by the fireside on March evenings,  the literature of the Gilded Age was of Peter Pan and Wendy by Sir James M Barrie (1911), or we  might be reading this book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911).

But getting on with Grove Street Cemetery, not just in March but all year, the cemetery hosts monumental structures of Celtic Crosses. The Celtic Cross is a very distinct piece of funerary art. The Cross is considered a most effervescent of all crosses to be found anywhere. They are embellished with lovely and intricate tracery and froth with ancient symbolism of the Celt people. The basic form of the Celtic cross is a cross form enclosed with a nimbus (circle). The cross has its origins as far back as 10,000 years ago with the Pagan funeral rites. As the cross became Christian, it lost the symbolism of the Goddess rites but was still strongly tied to the Mother Earth and very much part of national pride. Just as a brief description of the cross, the four arms correspond to the four elements of Earth - Wind - Fire - Water. Yet in some areas the Celtic cross takes the four arms representing the fours provinces of Ireland and the nimbus creates a fifth province by incorporating all the other four provinces

Just as a point of interest - in a churchyard of Coniston, Cumbria, England, there stands the memorial cross of the famous author John Ruskin (1819-1900). What makes this cross unique it there is no nimbus but the cross has the life of Ruskin chiseled into the cross on all four sides using only symbols. It is breath-taking to be assured.

However, please come to walk about to witness our lovely crosses. If there is an interest to have a guided tour as such, please call me at 203.389.5403, or email any time


All the best,

Patricia Illingworth

Chief Docent





Views: 23


You need to be a member of GNH Community to add comments!

Join GNH Community

Now available in multiple languages

Welcome (Bienvenido, Benvenuto, Powitanie, Bonjour! Willkomme,歡迎, ברוךהבא أهلا وسهلا, Bonvenon) to GNH Community

traducción, traduzione, tłumaczenie, traduction, Übersetzung, 翻译, תרגום أهلا ترجمة, traduko


Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever



Neighborhoods: What is Working

Open Street Project

An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

The post An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

The post Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

The post Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The Warmth of Family, the Taste of Mexico

We launch our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this year with the story of the Villegas family, owners of Los Originales Tacos Árabes de Puebla in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Natives of Puebla, Mexico, Merced and Alfredo Villegas run one of the city’s most beloved food trucks, and are emblematic of Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. who have not only enriched the cultural, social—and culinary—terrain of this country, but stoke the economy through their energetic entrepreneurship, creativity and resilience. (All photos courtesy of Inclusive Action for the City.)

Geoff Jolley is the New Executive Director of LISC Kansas City

LISC has named Geoff Jolley to lead its ambitious community investment plans in Kansas City. Jolley, who has spent decades working on the interests of local residents as both a policy expert and community leader, takes the helm of LISC Kansas City this month to oversee work on affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs.

New “SchoolPrint” Program Funds Expert Advice to Develop Charter Schools Facilities

LISC has launched a new program to help connect charter school operators to experts in facilities development. Called SchoolPrint: Charter School Project Management, the program will advance development plans that deliver top-notch school facilities while also keeping dollars in the classroom. “Our goal is to protect the interests of students and teachers, and to fuel the development of schools that are assets to their communities,” noted LISC's Eva Schweitzer.

© 2019   Created by Lee Cruz.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service