The General Cemetery, Sharrow, Sheffield opened in 1836 two miles for the city centre. It was the principal burial ground in Victorian Sheffield. By the time it closed in 1978 87,000 people had been buried there.
Originally the designers saw the cemetery as having a dual role:
A burial ground for the dead to provide more space as the city churchyards were full to overflowing. There was also a need for a burial space that reflected the wealth and status of Sheffield’s new middle class. A sanctuary for the living which provided meditative recreational space in a setting enhanced by careful landscaping, inspiring architecture, and sweeping vistas. The site is a Conservation Area, one of only six sites in South Yorkshire. It is listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It is: One of the earliest commercial cemeteries in Britain, containing some unique catacombs, and nine listed monuments and buildings.
Home to many important figures in Sheffield history such as Mark Firth, the steel manufacturer, and Samuel Holberry, the Chartist.
The Gatehouse,Cemetery Avenue,
Sheffield S11 8NT
Tel. 0114 268 3486
Gatehouse office normally open :
Tuesday 9.30 to 4.30pm - Wednesday 1 to 3pm
Thursday 10.30 to 2.30pm - Friday 1 to 4.30pm
Registered Charity Number - 1103158
The cemetery entrance is at the end of Cemetery Avenue, off Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11. Arriving by Rail Sheffield General Cemetery is two miles from Sheffield station Arriving by Bus Catch a 22 from Sheffield Interchange. The cemetery is on your right. Catch an 80's bus (82, 86, etc.) from the town centre up Ecclesall Road. Get off at Collegiate Crescent and turn left down Cemetery Avenue (by Cafe Rouge). The cemetery entrance is at the bottom of the road.
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