Burngreave Cemetery

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 This beautiful Victorian Cemetery is Sheffield's largest graveyard site with over 180,000 souls buried in the ground.  It was officially opened on 16th March 1861 and the first burial took place 8 days after the opening ceremony.

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The chapel on the left is consecrated to the Church of England                                                       Main entrance. The cemetery has two mortuary chapels

 

 

This is the magnificent clock tower built with a bell-turret                                                     Each Chapel had their own Minister

 

 

This is the ceiling of the chapel

 

 

Some monumental graves clearlly indicating the wealth of the dead at the time                                                  The last new grave was created in the 1960's

 

 

Burials today are very rare as they only take place on existing graves                                                There are two war memorials and a communal military grave within the cemetery

 

 

In 1900 the cemetery was extended to 9 acres

 

 

This is the grave of John Crowther, the stonemason who died in 1869                                                  There are at least 300 graves of those who died as a result of military service

 

 

The cemetery provides the largest open green space in the district                                                  Fine wrought iron ornaments still exists today

 

 

Souls of the Church of England occupied the largest area in the cemetery

 

 

In recent years unsafe stones have been laid down                                                 Religion was then of great importance

 

 

Two families united in work and marriage rest here                                                     In later years as church attendances have been diluted, there have been crossburials

 

 

The first burial in this cemetery was that of a five year old boy

 

 

In the 1980's a regretful clearance took place removing several monuments and gravestones                                                     The grassland varies erratically throughout the cemetery with many gentle slopes

 

 

Many matured trees within the cemetery provide ideal habitat for species of wild life

 

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