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    Default Solomon's Tomb, Aigburth

    This is marked on the 1840 1in. OS map at approx SJ 391 865. This is about 1km from both the Calderstones (which are shown on the same map), and Robin Hood's Stone (which isn't). Solomon's Tomb is not marked on larger-scale maps from the later 1840s, which do mark Robin Hood's Stone.

    The map pre-dates the development of Aigburth and the area is otherwise shown as mostly fields and a few isolated houses.


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    The name (and the proximity to a group of ancient sites) seems suggestive of a monument of some sort, but it seems to be unrecorded and undiscussed in any of the learned papers on the Calderstones etc.

    Of course, it could just be a field name, but does anyone have any info?

    The site is now occupied more or less by Rockside Road.

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    The Tomb is discussed in Robert Griffiths History of the Royal and Ancient Park of Toxteth (1907), so it is more than a field name but was Dr. Solomon's actual burial vault. A number of years ago I looked a copy of Dr. Solomon's book on his Balm of Gilead in the library on the history of medicine at Hopkins which was a bit of a thrill.

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    Well done you three, very informative, you's obviously know your stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyS View Post
    Hi,

    You are referring to Solomon's Mausoleum, shown here on Bennison's 1835 Map of Liverpool.



    Dr. Solomon died in 1819 and was interred here, alongside other family members. The land was purchased by the London and North Western Railway Company. The mausoleum was demolished and the remains of the doctor and his family were removed to the Necropolis on West Derby Road.

    This is an extract from the burial register :

    "Sophia Tobias, aged 21, died 2nd June 1813 ; Elizabeth Solomon, aged 50, died March 1815 ; Jane Solomon, aged 38, died December 13th 1818 ; Samuel Solomon, aged 16, died November 17th, 1824. All removed from Mossley Hill and re-interred in the Necropolis, September 11th, 1840. "

    What "learned papers" have you read ?


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    The learned papers I've read are the usual antiquarian and more recent sources, such as:

    Ecroyd Smith,H. 'An Ancient-British Cemetery At Wavertree' T.H.S.L.C. vol.20, new series vol.8, (1868)
    Simpson,J.Y. 'On the Cup-Cuttings and Ring Cuttings on the Calderstones, near Liverpool' T.H.S.L.C. vol.17 (new series vol.5) (1866)
    Romilly Allen,J. 'The Calderstones' Journal of Brit.Arch.Soc. vol.39 (1883) and vol.44 (1888)
    Herdman,W.A. 'A Contribution to the History of the Calderstones, near Liverpool' Trans.Liverpool Biol.Soc. (1896) pp.132-146.
    Hand,C.R. 'Captain William Lathom and the Calderstones' T.H.S.L.C. vol.31 (1915)
    Forde-Johnson,J.L. 'Megalithic Art in the North West of Britain: The Calderstones, Liverpool' Proc.Prehist.Soc. vol.23 (1957)
    Cowell,R.W. & Warhurst,M.The Calderstones Merseyside Arch. Soc. (1984)
    Cowell,R.W. 'The Prehistory of Merseyside' J.M.A.S. vol.8 1987 (1991)

    My mistake was to assume that the feature (being shown on a mid-nineteenth century map, before modern burial outside the confines of approved churchyards and secular cemeteries became more commonplace) was prehistoric rather than recent in date (after all, "Solomon's Tomb" has a certain folkloric quality about it, not unlike Robin Hood's Stone), especially given its location among some of Merseyside's very few significant early monumental sites.

    Plus, I couldn't find anything about it beyond the single map appearance (though admittedly I've hardly spent the last decade searching diligently).

    So thanks for the information. Any reason why he was buried in a private plot, unconnected to a cemetery?

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