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General Cemetery

Address: The Gatehouse | Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield S11 8NT, England
Phone Number: +44 114 268 3486
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Ranked #36 of 83 Attractions in Sheffield
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Who would have known that only a few minutes away from the not so good looking city centre, one could find such a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy a walk or a bicycle ride, surrounded by tall trees and wild flowers carefully hugging the victorian gravestones? Possibly the most interesting place to visit in Sheffield! Tour guides available on... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I came across this on a walk last week and I am so glad i did, this place is calming and heaped with history, i felt very privaliged to be able to walk around and take photos. I knocked one star off due to the stunning church being bricked up and unloved, and also the chapel, But what a lovely... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

This is a stunning Victorian cemetery, it has suffered from vandalism in the years since its closure for new burials but is maintained by - as far as I can tell - a group of attentive volunteers who don't exhibit the overzealous nature I've seen elsewhere. It is overgrown in places, and it suffers still from the inevitable ravages of... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This cemetery is a dreadful disgrace. It is a piece of important history that has become completely derelict. The Church is a shell and the Chapel boarded over. It is a place I expected to find used needles though fortunately I didn't. I think local people care too much to allow this but it is a place derelict enough to... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I have recently become interested in my family history as I now have time to do some research. My father always used to tell me that there were relatives buried in the General Cemetery but I didn't know where it was until I found it on an old map. I visited with my mother on Sunday and was amazed that... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The cemetery is close to my home and is a great little place to go for a jog or take the dogs for a walk. Everything except the entrance is overgrown and most of the buildings have fallen into disrepair and boarded against entry. You can incorporate the Frog Walk into your visit as the river and the walk run... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

this isnt as old as the one on neepsend .. look it up. but its sheffields main cemetary. off city road

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

This is one of the oldest cemteries in the city. It has become rather wild and overgrown over the years although attempts have been made to restore it as much as possible. There is so much history of our City's past to be foun here. There are the graves of many names that were once well known in the city,... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Can't decide if it makes the cemetery the fact that it is in such bad repair, or if it should attract funding to repair it... Just a quick visit makes you realise how important death was to the Victorians, and how well they mourned... So many important engineers graves, such as the Firth grave where the creators of Stainless Steel... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

On the first Sunday of every month at 2.00 p.m. there's a free guided tour of this historic cemetery, highlighting its history (opened in the 1830s) and recounting the lives of some of those buried in the graves. The guide is excellent and very informative, he kept the group's interest throughout the tour (which lasts about 1 and a quarter... More

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