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I will just repeat this. Tower Hamlets Cemetery known as Bow Cemetery in Victorian times has more common graves than private graves. it was the cemetery for Eastenders. Common graves can contain up to thirty or forty coffins but no markers. They would fill up pretty quickly . Eastenders would prefer to spend money on a grand 'sendoff' posh funeral rather than an expensive private grave. The burial clubs paid for this.
As there was twenty years between the death of Charles and his wife, his common grave would be filled up. I think she died when the Blitz had started and was living in an old people's home. It would have been impossible to find the exact location of his common grave at the time with the war on and later the cemetery was bombed.

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I will just repeat this. Tower Hamlets Cemetery known as Bow Cemetery in Victorian times has more common graves than private graves. it was the cemetery for Eastenders. Common graves can contain up to thirty or forty coffins but no markers. They would fill up pretty quickly . Eastenders would prefer to spend money on a grand 'sendoff' posh funeral rather than an expensive private grave. The burial clubs paid for this.
As there was twenty years between the death of Charles and his wife, his common grave would be filled up. I think she died when the Blitz had started and was living in an old people's home. It would have been impossible to find the exact location of his common grave at the time with the war on and later the cemetery was bombed.

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I think it is a stretch to draw any conclusions from the burial of Charles Lechmere and his wife. Even if it could proven they were on bad terms, there might be a million reasons why that might be, but I do not think bad terms are even close to being proven.

That is not to say there are not significant reasons to consider Lechmere a suspect. Just not where he and his wife were buried.
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By the standards of the day, the Lechmeres were not exactly poverty-stricken. They could have afforded to place Charles in a private plot. They chose not to.
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I will just repeat this. Tower Hamlets Cemetery known as Bow Cemetery in Victorian times has more common graves than private graves. it was the cemetery for Eastenders. Common graves can contain up to thirty or forty coffins but no markers. They would fill up pretty quickly . Eastenders would prefer to spend money on a grand 'sendoff' posh funeral rather than an expensive private grave. The burial clubs paid for this.
As there was twenty years between the death of Charles and his wife, his common grave would be filled up. I think she died when the Blitz had started and was living in an old people's home. It would have been impossible to find the exact location of his common grave at the time with the war on and later the cemetery was bombed.

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Charles Lechmere wasn't an Eastender by birth or ancestry. His father was a member of a prominent Herefordshire family and his mother was the daughter of a butler to the Clive (of India) family.

Did those kind of people prefer a boozy knees-up to a permanent memorial, I wonder?

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What Charles father did was irrelevant, he had died when Charles was a child. Charles lived in the East End, his children were born in the East End, that made him an Eastender. He had working class job, there appears to be no aspirations apart from being hard working and respectable. Many families are descended from 'good families' and for what ever reason may end up in a different social class. The facts are that most graves in Tower Hamlets are common graves because of the expense, money could be better spent on the living. Given the choice between a funeral and a plot, many opted for the funeral, not a 'boozy knees up' that is a stereotype, but horses, a glass hearse, flowers, paying respect to a good citizen.

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