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General Cemetery

The Gate House Cemetery Avenue | Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield S11 8NT, England
+44 114 268 3486
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I often visit the cemetery walking my dog as there is a park near by. There are 5 grade 2 listed... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2016
Debbie R
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Fantastic place

This cemetery is fascinating, full of such interesting social history and the website is wonderful... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2016
planetdeb
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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The General Cemetery opened in 1836 'at some distance in the countryside' in a 'remote and undisturbed' location. It became established as the principal burial ground in Victorian Sheffield containing the graves of 87,000 people. The site today is a Grade II* listed park which is the highest listed in Sheffield, and one of only four in South Yorkshire. It is a Conservation Area, Local Nature Reserve and Area of Natural History Interest. One of the earliest commercial cemeteries in Britain, it contains the largest collection of listed buildings and monuments in Sheffield, ten in total including Grade II listed catacombs, Anglican Chapel and monuments with the Gatehouse, Non-conformist Chapel and the Egyptian Gateway, each listed at Grade II*. There is the largest single grave plot in the country, holding the bodies of 96 paupers. It is also home to many important figures in Sheffield history such as Mark Firth, the steel manufacturer, and Samuel Holberry, the Chartist. The Cemetery was closed for burial in 1978, when half the Cemetery was demolished to make way for a green space. The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust carries out education tours and workshops; conservation work to maintain and enhance the monuments, the landscape and the paths; and historical research of the Cemetery and its occupants. The aim is to encourage everyone to enjoy this historical site by walking its paths, learning its history or simply as a quiet place to sit and contemplate.
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The Gate House Cemetery Avenue | Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield S11 8NT, England
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

I often visit the cemetery walking my dog as there is a park near by. There are 5 grade 2 listed buildings in this early Victorian cemetery including an Egyptian gatehouse & mausoleum. After the last burial in 1978 the cemetery was neglected & overgrown....More

Thank Debbie R
Reviewed 8 March 2016

This cemetery is fascinating, full of such interesting social history and the website is wonderful too. Love it.

Thank planetdeb
Reviewed 17 February 2016

I found myself with a spare half an hour and spent a lovely time exploring this cemetery recently on a sunny day.

Thank spottyladybird736
green_dolphin1, Public Relations Manager at General Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2016

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 February 2016

Like many old cemeteries or graveyards in industrial towns and cities, Sheffield's General Cemetery speaks of past times - the great and the good, the poor and downtrodden. The styles of stone carving, the language, the decoration - they all reveal aspects of nineteenth century...More

2  Thank Neil_in_Sheffield_UK
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Have been through the cemetery hundreds of times and today went on a little guided tour which was very interesting despite the inclement weather. The cemetery has always been a nice place for a walk and it was really good to have a little more...More

Thank DonerKebab
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across the cemetery after a meal on Eccleshall Road. It has a feel of grandeur from times past and it holds many famous residents such as Firth of Sheffield University fame. We loved the architecture and the quiet green feel of the place.

Thank theharrogatelady
Reviewed 8 January 2016

This is an astonishing find in the city, somewhat overgrown but with magnificent memorials to the great and the good in Victorian Sheffield.

Thank rabjohn
Reviewed 30 November 2015

The cemetery used to be a real place of adventure before the council turned much of it into a rather grotty park. Still worth a visit if you're in that part of Sheffield though.

Thank AliAl-Asfa
Reviewed 5 November 2015

I have lived in Sheffield many years and only now found myself visiting this wondrous place.I took a morning stroll round here on a Saturday morning .It is only 2 mins away from the bustling shops and restaurants of Ecclesall road to come across the...More

Thank rachael729
Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

My favourite place in sheffield to just go and sit and chill out. Its like a fairtale setting all year round! Autumn is best though! The volunteers who help with the upkeep of the cemetery are amazing! Its just such a lovey space and needs...More

1  Thank Jodie0114
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