Geophysics in the cemetery
Twenty-first century technology helped the Billesdon & Rolleston Joint Burial Committee understand how their cemetery was laid out..
Geo-physics, as used on Channel 4's Time Team, was used as a non-intrusive way of creating a basic plan of the Victorian cemetery.
The land was acquired in 1870 and divided into two areas separated by a path. Members of the Church of England were buried to the west and non-conformists to the east. On this side, there is an area with no memorials and no record of burials.
The Nottingham-based Technics Group used ground-penetrating radar to survey this area. They took readings from different depths and found that most of the area has not been previously disturbed.